Blade and Fan Service – can we take this show seriously?

Okay, I take flak as a guy who has recommended Fairy Tail – and that show turned into pointless fan service early on.

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Now with Blade and Soul, I’m once bitten, twice shy.

It appears to have some highly unrealistic sword fighting in the wire-fu tradition, some unexplained glowy magic, and lots of women wearing skin-tight clothing.

It does not grab me. Girls in revealing clothing are thick on the ground, and unrealistic sword fighting has all the anti-realism of fantasy magic with none of the pseudo-occult thrills.

I think the writers know that this is a show all about the “male gaze,” and so they try extra hard to put in strong, competent women. This means that the clowns are male, which is not a big deal, but the humor is crude rather than witty.
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I suspect the writers really like wire-fu martial arts flicks and Japanese yojimbo flicks. The scenery is nice, and they conclude the episode with the character meaning “way” as in “way of the sword” or “Daoism.”

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I suspect that the visual art shown here would be better used in a video game than in an anime, but I guess the first episode isn’t so bad that I need to drop it right away.

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