If God was an anime he sure as hell wouldn't be this.
Oh hell yeah!!! Hard hitting non stop action accomplished with amazing directing and animation skills!!! Love it!!! Oh wait... no... that was the game.
This... this is just... well... bland. As a massive fan of the PSX game "Star Ocean: The Second Story" I was very eager to watch this anime when I first heard about it. Boy, was I in for one hell of a disappointment. While the writers try hard to keep the characters true to their game counterparts I don't think they are as believable. Claude in particular who is probably one of the biggest cliché hero's in anime history. The show seems to make the female characters go head over heals for the guy as soon as he meets them. Rena, Celene and whoever else you want to name. Claude's whole attitude is another example. Once he makes a decision, about something or someone, he changes his mind for no damned reason. Just so that the plot can move forward. And it moves forward like a cripple without a wheelchair. Ashton however is probably the best character in this anime and probably the shows biggest redeeming quality (he's the only reason I gave this show a 6/10 rating). he sticks more or less true to his video game counterpart and his scenes of humour are brilliant(in some cases better than the game).
Animation. It's more like a slide-show. Especially with the action. Over and over throughout the series it's the same repeated shots for battle scenes(e.g Claude's main attack). Maybe these guys should take some tips from Naruto or FMA on how to do a good anime fight. Maybe they were trying to stick to the method of what a games battle system was like or maybe they were just lazy sods through and through.
Music. Well I'm not entirely sure how to judge this. The soundtrack seems pretty lax at points but in others seems rock solid. Oh but I will mention I found the opening credits song "To the Light" extremely catchy even though some may disagree with it. Meh... is all I say to that.
Overall this is not really something to watch if your not familiar with the games story. Mainly because it ends on a sodding unresolved cliffhanger but that's not the only reason (see above for why else). This mainly serves as a bit of nostalgia for the fans of the game and that's about it.
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