A Quest that is Short but Sweet
How do I introduce a review of a show like Senyu? It’s a four-minute per episode series spoofing fantasy tropes from anime and JRPGs in a loud and quick fashion. That’s the concept, but it doesn’t really say anything about the story of the show or how the show tells its jokes.
The twenty-six episodes of Senyu was split into a two cour run, first one running through winter season and the second one just finished up now that summer season is ending. It’s the story of the resurrection of the demon king Rchimedes and the king sending out the descendants of the original hero Creasion that sealed the demon king to do it once more. We follow the story of Hero 45, Alba, who is on this quest with the sadistic royal soldier Ros.
Saying anything more than that is not only spoilers in terms of story, but also spoiling all of the jokes. Senyu does not hold back when it comes to diving straight into gags and hijinks, minutes into the first episode it’s made clear that this will not be your normal comedy anime. It’s mean, it’s stupid, it’s loudmouthed… and it’s hilarious.
Senyu and its second cour Senyu: Dai-2-Ki sums up part one of the Senyu series, originally a manga by Haruhara Robinson. The anime is a very faithful adaptation of the source material based on what I’ve read so far, but adds a few neat new jokes to the mix like my personal favorite, the Ros Rap. The story itself is a mash-up of your standard fantasy plots turned up to eleven, be it the concept of a “chosen hero” or just the standard Japanese fantasy “Demon King” villain.
Senyu‘s voice cast is decent, but nothing special. Though it’s impressive how much Hiro Shimono manages to shout as Alba without completely ruining his vocal cords. On the other hand, the soundtrack is memorable and a fun listen with the two ending themes “Believe ~Eien no Link~” and “QUESTERS!” being great songs in their own right. The second one being sung my Shimono himself, and it’s glorious.
Visually, Senyu is not impressive. The art-style is simple and almost traced right out of the manga, but it’s animated in such a cute and entertaining way that it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the show.
The show manages to pull a few neat things with the visual design now and then though, especially when it starts playing around with the opening narration sequence.
There’s really not a whole lot more to say. Apart from some low-points during the end of the first half, Senyu is enjoyable throughout. I absolutely hope that the rest of the manga gets adapted as well. This review is short, just like Senyu is a short show.