World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman

World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman

IMG_1573.PNGSwords of Salvation are special people chosen from across the world. This is because they have inherited the memories of their previous lives, and this enables them to use the miraculous powers of the Ancestral Arts – light and dark magic. As a result of their fighting prowess, they are being trained in order to break down Metaphysicals who are attacking the Earth. There are two types of people: Saviors, who fight enemies with weapons and techniques gleaned from the Puraana powers from their own bodies, and Kuroma, who wipe out enemies with magic to manipulate the Maana powers that surpass physics. Moroha Haimura is the first person with past lives of both Saviours and Kuroma.

Haimura Moroha attends a special magical academy where he meets fellow students Satsuki and Shizuno, who he discovers are people he knew in past lives. Naturally, Moroha’s abilities go above and beyond the average student’s and so is quickly initiated into the school’s Strikers brigade, as you would expect.

Now, I’m not saying World Break is bad, but it is, however, furiously generic and featured a lot of things we’ve already seen from other magically-orientated shows (that are better). There’s fanservice from the get-go shoved in the viewer’s (and the characters’) faces. Fortunately, this seems to have died down since the first few episodes in light of more important things like character development and action scenes.

Moroha has yet to make a substantial impact with his personality (as the main leads do tend to tread lightly in this kind of anime), but Satsuki in particular is a character that is fast getting on my nerves. She is annoying, whiny and vapid and I’m not sure that there’s going to be more of her character than what she already is.

Honestly, this girl is nothing but ‘wah’.

Shizuno, by comparison, is a lot more interesting. Her character has been very well fleshed-out in the last couple of episodes and has made a good connection with Moroha. Truth be told, it’s Shizuno that keeps me watching this one – she holds a promise that this anime will develop more depth and intrigue as she slowly reveals herself to be a more complex character than her initial appearance as a kuudere with giant oppai gave her credit for. Her family own the magical academy, and that fact that she was taught dark magic from an early age for specific purposes shows that she is only viewed as a tool to further the family’s gain – until Moroha convinced her that she was worth more than that. As a result, Shizuno’s brother has tried to separate them by ‘bestowing’ an S rank title upon Moroha. Shizuno will no longer be a pawn, but Moroha must work to protect the Japan academy with his power and lose his freedom. There are some interesting developments stirring – there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The magic elements of this show are very different to what I normally see. This includes ghostly incantations and ethereal calligraphy which makes for some cool and unusual fight scenes. Strangely, these high-octane scenes flow quite nicely while, in comparison, sometimes the animation is a bit sketchy in some of the more relaxed scenes. Faces and bodies sometimes have a slight inconsistency which I’m hoping will be addressed soon.

World Break is a better iteration of the magical academy harem anime. It’s not the best example, but it makes a good effort. It’s got characters with potential (except for Satsuki – go away, Satsuki) and a substantial plot. There’s nothing particularly striking about this one when compared to other magical harem contenders, but it’s worth giving the benefit of the doubt.