Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Review

Adlet Mayer
Adlet Mayer

I was wandering around Cruncyroll for an anime that I haven’t watched before and I came across this Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers. I thought to myself “Why not give it a shot? Maybe it’ll be interesting and I can write a post on it.” After watching this anime’s twelve episodes I can say that there are some things worth watching in this one.

Premise

The Demon Lord awakens every so often (300 years or so) and when he does he sends out his fiends to try to take over the world. The first time this happened, he was stopped by a single hero. In future generations her power would be split between six different warriors who would then go fight against the Demon Lord. Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers follows Adlet Mayer, the self-proclaimed strongest man in the world, as he tries to prove himself as a warrior in order to be chosen as one of the six. After he’s chosen, the fight with the Demon Lord’s fiends is on.

Review

Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers is an anime that’s worth giving a shot if you are into fantasy type anime. Nothing here will be all that special, but if you want something different go ahead and give it a shot.

The setting of this anime is in what looks to be a civilization modeled after the Aztec civilization. This is a nice change of pace from the normal fantasy setting of knights, wizards, clerics, etc. In this world there are several Saints who posses abilities based on the temple and god that their power comes from. Think of it as if the gods that were worshiped by ancient cultures had the ability to grant their specific powers to mortals. In the world of Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers these Saints can only be women. Obviously the Saints are powerful and therefore typically make up several members of the six braves.

As far as the characters are concerned, it feels like the typical character types are present. Adlet is the over-confident annoying type, Flamie is the mysterious silent type with a tragic backstory, Nachetanya is the perky and outgoing princess who wants to leave her world and experience an adventure, and it goes on from there. Of course there’s some animosity between some of the characters and Adlet is forced to try and figure out how to make everyone get along, but characters typically act as you’d expect them to act.

I did enjoy the twist at the end. That made for this anime to be different from your typical fantasy story. I won’t spoil it for you here, just know that there’s much debate over who the impostor brave is and the big reveal is unexpected. The first thing that came to mind was Aizen’s reveal as the main bad guy in BLEACH. Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers is not on par with BLEACH as an anime by any means, I was just reminded of the surprising reveal.

Is this anime worth watching?

If you’ve got nothing better to do go ahead and give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed and you shouldn’t be either. Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers is not going to set the world on fire and become the next One Piece or Naruto but it has a solid story, good animation, and characters that are interesting even though their types aren’t unique. Just know what you’re getting into.


Now go watch some anime!

-Nathan

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