Banes of my existence in anime and manga include,but aren’t limited to: Ikkitousen, Tenjou Tenge, Blade and Soul, Queen's Blade, and the list can go on and on. But the recurring theme here is, you guessed it, unnecessary boobage been thrown around. I understand this theme is present in many manga and anime titles, this level of lewd is just far too high but it makes sales and viewership numbers grow *ahem*.
Let’s get over the synopsis of Dragons Rioting; it’s a school battling anime with our protagonist, Rintarou, plagued with a unique disease. If he gets aroused his heart will give out and he’ll die. His father, out of desperation, teaches him their ancient martial arts to safeguard his son. After many years of training and mastering the technique of clearing one’s mind and having a heart that is serene and silent, he is able to overcome nearly any obstacle.
With this in mind our protagonist is very pragmatic and practical, preparing his proprietary approach of integrating into regular society after training in the remote mountains with his very paternal father. The school he joins is supposedly an all-boys school based around martial arts but, to his horror, there is nothing but busty girls fighting. Two male students are nice enough to inform him that this is an all-girls school gone co-ed recently. His first thought is to transfer out but he quickly gets sucked into people’s personal affairs. Through the chaos and fighting, he lands up with a pupil after a splendid display of his skills and this is what kills me - the artist depicts action and movement so well when there is a good fight but it’s literally just non-stop boobage.
Chapters two, three and four are filled with tons of comedy and ecchi skits as most of the manga will be but it does a decent enough job explaining the basics of the scales of power. Not only in terms of raw strength, there is also a nice focus on techniques used by students, and how various rivals overcome their obstacles, not just the protagonist-kun. It also offers the first step on the path towards something resembling progress.
As chapters five through nine continue, all the previous mentioned points are expanded on and, by the end of the first volume, we have a solid understanding of who and what a dragon is, who the major players are, scales of power, and a sense of the direction that protagonist-kun is going to take. With all that being said, I still love how awesome they have made the protagonist; he really has so much raw power and stoicism that I just want to see him climb over every obstacle with virtue alone. Not for virtue or morality but rather survival, as absurd as that may sound. It concludes on a decent note, a milestone to makes sense in context of the previous chapters and provides a very clear direction of where the story will go next.
Overall, I was left feeling invested, I want to continue, and I genuinely want to see what the conclusion to this will be (if we get one). The characters are vivid and memorable, the story is straightforward and not overly convoluted (not just quite yet).
Dragons Rioting is a bittersweet symphony; whilst the action of the fight scenes is always high-octane and ultra-detailed, it makes me shed a tiny tear when there is just so much booty and boobage, clothes exploding, cleavage aggressively and threateningly flying towards our main character. It’s a bit of a chip on my shoulder because it’s like an ecchi shonen with no point but, despite this, I will still continue reading in hopes of a solid conclusion, even if it’s simple.
It's only later that I realised why I love anime and games. It's just how many ways one can express an idea.
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28 May 2018
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