Sword of the Yellow Emperor #01 — Mostly Armless


I don’t think toes are supposed to be able to do that.

Impressions:

This takes the approach of throwing everything at the wall and seeing what will stick. On one hand, it throws quite a lot of few different things, all in the vein of fantasy epic. On the other, there’s a buttload of it that’s pretty half-baked. They make a big deal about the not-Fire Kingdom and all its war machines based on tops through the first half, then a little snake monster is treated as a horrifying danger in need of summoning a cyborg out of nothing, who comes and goes without any real fanfare. At this point, the magic seal being broken, everyone begins throwing around fireballs, easily and effortlessly blowing up an army of war machines. But then we cut away from Team Fireball back to the sisters and their pet cyborg… oh, and also a magic sword now, and the cyborg transforms into a robot lion that wields its daggers in its mouth. Have I mentioned that there’s also a B plot through the entire episode of a slave dude befriending the empress using a robot lamb based on the one his sister was chasing when she got her arms chopped off by giant tops?

Maybe for people more familiar with the long-running Final China Fantasy series that this is loosely based on, it won’t seem like quite so much of a disjointed mess… or knock off of Avatar. There’s a lot to take in, and for the most part, while not spectacular (thanks, rampant CGI!), it moves right along without being cheap or wasting entire scenes, let alone halves, on iterating over the minutia of the setting. The aside with Team Fireball throwing magic around all willy nilly was pretty absurdly out of place though and not connected in the slightest to either of the main plot threads, let alone the ‘unstoppable’ robot top army rampaging around everywhere… except for their segment. The sisters were also pretty boring as characters, the armed one in particular showing about the same level of amazement from stumbling into magical powers and cyborg lions sprouting from her ass as one might react to finding the toilet seat left up. The armless one has even less personality than that.



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