Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi

Title:Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi
Idaten Deities in the Peaceful Generation
The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace
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Notables: Animation - MAPPA
OGATA Megumi
Long ago, demons immune to modern weaponry brought mankind to the brink of destruction. Fortunately, battle deities known as Idaten appeared and defeated the demons and sealed them away. But today there are signs that the demons may be reviving--and after 800 years of vigilance-sapping peace, will the Idaten be up to the task of defeating them yet again?

11 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4360#628]
(One episode watched):

As I have said numerous times before, the most basic test of whether episode one of a new series has been a success is whether or not it leaves me with any questions that I want answers to and therefore am inclined to continue watching. This show miserably failed that test. The whole premise--here come the demons, heroes must defeat them--felt highly generic and unoriginal. The novel twist--centuries of peace may have left the Idaten unprepared for a crisis--didn't seem to be given all that much attention or be taken all that seriously. I wasn't sure if it would be a genuine problem or was just being played as a source of comedy. Speaking of comedy, this show seemed to be trying to make me laugh but again was failing. The scene where Rin--the heir to the position of Idaten leader--brutally beats a subordinate, sending blood flying (yet he's back to normal a moment later) was more disturbing than funny. Then she does it again. Even more disturbing was the rape that occurs at the end of the episode. In some ways this show seemed about as sophisticated as a children's cartoon, with pretty much black and white characters (though the Idaten have their occasional bad traits, mainly as jokes). For instance the 'Zoble Empire' is clearly 100% evil, as it does things like try to revive a demon to use it as a weapon. The whole notion that these deities (who look like ordinary humans but can move so rapidly as to be invisible) can employ martial arts to defeat demons which are invulnerable to guns and bombs was hard to buy. In general character designs and background art are kept as simple as possible but are modestly stylistic and expressive. The OP sequence was wild, colorful, and kaleidoscopic (with a good number of boobs thrown in). But in general the plot seemed simplistic and uninteresting and I was turned off by the large doses of sex and violence. I considered watching episode two, just in case things would get better, but in the end didn't.

Last updated Wednesday, September 29 2021. Created Saturday, August 14 2021.

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