Hortensia Saga

Title:Hortensia Saga
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Notables: Animation - LIDEN FILMS
HOSOYA Yoshimasa
TSUDA Kenjiro
UEDA Reina
UMEHARA Yuichiro
The Kingdom of Hortensia is rocked by an unexpected attack launched by Duke Lugis of Carmelia, which had previously been a trusted ally. The King is killed by the treachery and his heir, Princess Mariel, goes missing. After his father is killed defending the King young Alfred Ober must be a leader of his principality and help put things in order.

12 Episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4241#628]
(One episode watched):

Well, how do I put this: the Hortensia Saga felt unconvincing. It seemed like a weak, stereotypical, even corny show. Whereas the first episode of King's Raid last season gave me the impression that there was an intriguing story coming together (even though I was ultimately disappointed), this first episode didn't do the same. Maybe the mistake was to leap right into the action without introducing the characters properly. It's the same mistake that I've seen in show after show: the characters feel like strangers, so I can't really care what becomes of them (or feel their grief or determination or anything else). The plot seemed labored--as if an attempt was being made to pass off a weak story as a 'Saga'. a Saga implies a grand, epic story with numerous sophisticated plotlines and all of better quality than average, but my impression was that everything here seemed to have been kept about as simple as possible, as if true complexity was to be avoided at all costs. It's all a matter of bad-guys-must-be-punished, and even the bad guys weren't all that despicable since they too were 2D. I briefly thought that the relationship between Alfred and Marius, an orphan his family has taken in, might be interesting but it didn't pan out (the critics at ANN have concluded that Marius and Princess Mariel are one and the same). I had pretty much decided early on that I wouldn't be watching this show. The quality here is clearly not on an 'Saga' scale.

Last updated Saturday, February 20 2021. Created Monday, January 11 2021.

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