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Carrying a deadly poison in her body is Cardia. When she meets the thief and gentleman Arséne Lupin, the gears of fate start turning.
As I mentioned in my Sengoku Night Blood first impressions, it is very difficult to make an anime adaptation of an otome game. Part of the reason is that games take many routes based on the choices you make, and it’s only by following each route that you can really learn the nitty gritty details of each character.
I have to say the first episode was okay, and it introduced us to the main characters as well as the steampunk setting. As somebody from England, I was disappointed that none of the characters so far are based on English characters but I guess that’s besides the point. Main character Cardia is okay as far as otome game characters go, as she isn’t so much ‘stupid’ as ‘sheltered’ (the heroines in otome game anime adaptations are often stupid to the point it angers me). I will watch the second episode to see what Van Helsing can bring to the table, but I would much rather play the game.
I loved the character design the moment I laid eyes on it. And while I don’t think this was the most perfect first episode ever, I am going to continue watching it! We are still in a phase of character introductions and I like what I see so far. There are fun male characters, and while I think the main character is a tiny bit stupid with all her stammering and the whispering, I do not dislike her as a whole and probably will get used to her. I ship her with Lupin, which doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy the other characters as well. I am looking forward to meeting Saint-Germain and Van Helsing. Since the series promises to be a good heart-skipping-series, I will most likely get stuck on it because I love those kinds of stories with a bit of fantasy and drama. I wouldn’t suggest anybody who doesn’t like romance to watch it, but I do suggest it to the boys and girls out there who like a nice romance story.
I’ve only ever watched a few series based on otome games (dating sim games), and they usually covered just the main plot while trying not to be biased on one character. Code Realize seems to be doing the same plot-wise, but it feels like the main character is leaning a bit more to Arséne Lupin, which I hope will change as the episodes move on. The other gentlemen need more sweet moments with the MC too! In terms of the art and the animation, it’s just average in my opinion. They did manage to capture the beautiful character designs, but I’m a bit sensitive to hiccups in the art, especially since the original artwork in the game looks so gorgeous!
If more sales was what the anime staff was going for, then they succeeded, because I’m now quite interested in grabbing the game and playing it for myself. Since I don’t want to be spoiled about anything, though, I might already drop this. However, if you don’t have access to the original otoge, I think it’s fine to just keep tuning in to this anime.