Hello and welcome to G-Views, where SoL reigns supreme, moe is respected and Dokuro-chan sucks poopie. I don’t have an intro for this one so let’s just get to the review itself.
Groove Adventure Rave
Themes: huge swords
Number of episodes: 51
This would be labeled as a clasic JRPG storyline. The world is in anarchy and evil is planning to dominate all. The fate of all mankind lies in the hands of a teenage boy and his friends. Classic stuff. Nothing wrong with that. I’m used to it. hat I pay more attention to is the execution and this show actually delivers, which is a good thing of course.
The Music is nothing special really, just your typical adventure music. There’s not much I can say about it, because it isn’t outstanding enough.
The animation seems kinda American for some reason. Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s just how I see it. It’s good to be more specific. The style isn’t amazing, just good.
Seiyū: Tomokazu Seki (English dub: Yuri Lowenthal)
Haru Glory is the current Rave Master. He lives with his sister, Cattleya Glory on Garage Island. Haru was entrusted with the responsibility of finding all the Rave Stones and bringing peace to the world when he was chosen as the second generation Rave Master.
Seiyū: Ayako Kawasumi (English dub: Michelle Ruff)
A mysterious girl with amnesia, unable to remember anything. Elie got her name from the tattoo on her left arm. She uses tonfa-blasters as her weapon of choice. She bares a marked resemblance to Resha Valentine, a girl with the power of Etherion, who supposedly gave her life to create the Rave. Elie has the ability to use Etherion as well.
Seiyū: Showtaro Morikubo (English dub: Doug Erholtz)
Hamrio Musica (or Hedara Musica in the English dub) is the leader of a band of thieves named Silver-Rhythm. He can manipulate silver into any form and weapon he wants it to be. He uses the silver skull around his neck to manipulate silver to a weapon of his choice. He is Haru’s good and strongest friend.
* Nicknames: Silver-Claimer
Seiyū: Yukiji (English dub: Mona Marshall)
The strange creature that Haru discovered, Plue is the Rave Bearer, and is able to sense the presence of the other Rave Stones. Plue’s nose also has the ability to destroy Dark Bring. Plue is quite fond of sweets – especially lollipops and spiders (when Plue was shown with Shiba, Plue ate spiders). Plue hates pudding. He has the ability to utilise the Rave of Combat, which powers himself and Haru up.
The characters: Besides some cool battles, it’s the characters themselves that help push the show along.
-You have your typical teenage hero that overcomes all obstacles, no matter how difficult they are. Haru is cliche in my opinion. there’s really nothing that makes him stand out from other teenage chosen ones. As for his weapon, the Decka Force Sword on the other hand, is prety awesome with all of its upgrades and special abilities.
-Musica is pretty cool. I like the different ways he uses his weapon in combat. Some are pretty clever. As for his personality, he’s a cool dude with a short fuse, but his friendship with Haru and ELIE is undeniable.
-Plue is a typical mascot character, adorable, funny and squishy. I espcially enjoy when his power up animation.
-Then we come to ELIE. Oh dear sweet ELIE, how I adore thee. As you can tell, ELIE is my favorite character on the show. Beautiful, energetic, funny and spunky, ELIE is just too awesome to be a real being. Her personality is what I like the most about her. She’s just too cool. Plus her default weapons are tonfa blasters….TONFA BLASTERS! That kicks ass! Also because she has the most interesting and important back story. Actually, she’s one of the most important characters in the series. One of her most epic moments in the anime in my opinion is when she faces off against Sieg Hart. What occurs during that time…oh boy.
The villains are mixed for me. Some are awesome, others annoy me. Let’s leave it at that.
Now we come to my biggest gripe with this show: It’s a “Manga Lure” anime
“Manga Lure” is a term I use to refer to anime whose primary purpose is to make readers read the manga series in order to find out what happens. Yup, you guessed it, this show ends in a cliffhanger.
Shows like Inuyasha (before Final Act), Elfen Lied, Gakuen Alice, Fruits Basket, Tenjou Tenge etc. are other examples of “Manga Lures”.
In conclusion, despite being a “Manga Lure”, this show is pretty good overall. I recommend it to all anime fans. It’s pretty fun and will entertain you from beginning to end.