Eden’s Bowy (1999) Review

Synopsis

In a world with ruled by gods and governed by two floating cities called Edens, a boy named Yorn finds that it is his destiny to become the God Hunter, a being with a sword powerful enough to kill a god. Unfortunately for him, he does not want to embrace this destiny, and he is being pursued by the warring Edens, both of which want to use his power for their own gain.

Review

Eden’s Bowy has a story heavily influenced by mythology, and it blends technology and magic to create a rather original setting. In the past, the God Hunter and the gods have been a system of checks and balances, it would seem, with the gods keeping the humans in check and the God Hunter’s power keeping the gods from overstepping their bounds. Yorn vaguely remembers his long lost mother telling him the story of the God Hunter, although she was unable to finish it. Throughout the series more of the legend is revealed, but ultimately Yorn has to discover it for himself.

Yorn sets out on a journey to rescue his mother with help from the ‘old man’, a swordsman friend of his father, and Elisiss, a mysterious girl he encounters and promises to protect. The story also alternates frequently between the two Edens as their agents devise ways of capturing the God Hunter.

The story has a good deal of variety, offering some decently funny moments, action, and more serious elements. Unfortunately, the mood is often broken by the bad timing of some comedic moments, leaving you feeling awkward. The emotional tone fluctuates perhaps too frequently, reducing the impact of several scenes. Nearer the end of the series, however, the story manages to raise some interesting moral questions, although nothing life-changing.

Action is very prevalent in the series, but the choreography does leave something to be desired. There are some scenes of widespread destruction that are pretty well done, however. Despite Yorn’s awesome potential as the God Hunter, he is mostly unaware of his power and doesn’t do much fighting, being mostly protected by the old man and Elisiss. We do get to see some Dragonball-style action near the end of the series however when the pace quickens considerably.

The characters are all pretty likeable and have pretty distinctive personalities. I especially liked Elisiss and Spike. Spike is Yorn’s alter-ego, in a way, and plays a great devil’s advocate. Elisiss is both powerful and innocent and is probably the best-designed character in the series as well.

Interestingly enough, a good deal of time is given to several of the characters we initially see as enemies. The henchman Vilogg and Goldoh provide some of the best comic relief with their gross incompetence and rambling speeches. The leader of their Eden, a cat-girl named Nyako, is another enjoyable character. The story also covers the past of Fenice, her father, and her friends, who are all agents of the other Eden. Their past and the current story is covered in surprisingly great detail, perhaps even more so than Yorn’s.

The fact that all of these opposing characters are portrayed not as good or evil, but as individuals with their own motives and destinies is an interesting and significant aspect of this series. The only downside to this may be that no single character stands out as particularly memorable.

Another problem that I found, with regard to the characters, was their names. With almost all of the characters having exotic names (like Rumisavia), it became difficult to follow some of the conversations, especially early on.

The animation quality is nice and smooth, for the most part. The character and environment designs are colorful and varied, although they felt a bit random and inconsistent at times to me. The use of CG was tasteful and subtle.

The audio was nothing spectacular, and for the first few episodes, the characters all sounded as if they were speaking over an intercom system.

The musical score was effective, utilizing dramatic violins and energetic guitars. Inexplicably, the creators insisted on using a terrible pop dance song repeatedly throughout the series, however. It made its appearances on almost every single radio that was shown in the series and sounded like a terrible impersonation of 1950s American dance music. The timing made it even worse as the song was often played during very dramatic and emotional scenes, supposedly to reinforce a sense of nostalgia. It is very apparent that the creators had no idea how awful this song was as it completely destroyed the efficacy of these scenes. This song was a massive detriment to an otherwise respectable soundtrack.

Conclusion

Eden’s Bowy is a noteworthy series, possessing solid action, a very large cast of characters, and an original, albeit somewhat obtuse, story. The attention given to fleshing out the various characters throughout the series deserves some recognition if nothing else. Although the story and characters did not capture my imagination as much as some, I have no doubt that many viewers will find it worthwhile.

  • Audio: Good mixed with horrible
  • Video: Colorful, crisp animation. Nothing really special
  • Plot: Original plot with moral dilemmas and twists
  • Style: Interesting fusion of styles, perhaps too varied
  • Characters: Large cast of mostly enjoyable characters
  • Violence: Mild
  • Language: Mild
  • Nudity: None
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Episodes: 26
  • Rating: 2.5 of 5

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