“Legend says, when the Evil God awakens from the deepest of darkness, the god of fate will summon Six Braves and grant them with the power to save the world.
“Adlet, who claims to be the strongest on the face of this earth, is chosen as one of the “Brave Six Flowers,” and sets out on a battle to prevent the resurrection of the Evil God. However, it turns out that there are Seven Braves who gathered at the promised land…
“The Seven Braves notice there must be one enemy among themselves, and feelings of suspicion toward each other spreads throughout the group, with Adlet being the one who gets suspected first and foremost.
“Thus begins an overwhelming fantasy adventure that brings upon mystery after mystery!”
Rating: 5 / 5
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Started: January 16th, 2016
Finished: January 16th, 2016
Wine Pairing: Peach Cider – that shit’s delicious.
“I’m sure you’re confused, but I’m the strongest man in the world, so I want you to do as I say.”
– Adlet Mayer
This was my favourite line in the anime. Simple, to the point, and alas, mostly the only thing Adlet knows other than the answer to the only question in this series.
Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers is an anime based off the light novel series. I think that it’s best described as a Fantasy Thriller/Suspense – a classic “who-dunnit” plot with twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire show. As you can see from the cover, despite history and lore of the God of Fate, seven Braves gather to defeat the Evil God instead of six. As it’s impossible to have seven Braves, one of the Braves that showed up must be lying – queue Season one.
I went into Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers completely blind – no excuses from me, other than I’m an idiot (and a bit hungover). My brother said to watch it, I added it to Hummingbird, and then started it. I never read the synopsis, never clued in that there was only supposed to be six Braves (while there was seven on the covers), and thought the story was progressing exceptionally fast when they’ve already reached the meeting point for the Braves in Episode two or three. Eventually I came to my senses and realized the plot isn’t beating the Evil God, but to figure out who the Seventh Brave is. I devoured this series in one day and have set my sights on the Light Novels, which I’ve heard have great translations online.
For any good mystery/thriller/suspense, you need great characters. Not good characters that you enjoy and laugh at, but characters that you relate to. Characters that rip your heart out as your grieve for them, and then make you doubt that you’re holding your heart and not a cupcake in your hands. Of course, our protagonist is Adlet Mayer – the strongest man in the world. His strength comes from his personality and charisma and love, and his dedication to stay strong for the friends he fights for. His strength is giving strength to others to keep fighting what’s in front of them, as well as what’s behind them (physically and figuratively). If you can’t relate to Adlet, don’t worry. There’s also the boss-lady, powerful in raw magical abilities as well as political power, an assassin with eyes we only see twice (and swishy hair to match his tail) with wit and senses as sharp as his blades, a Princess bound and determined to have an adventure and see more of the world beyond her castle, the Princess’ body guard who would do anything for his lady, a mysterious gun-wielding introvert who doesn’t trust anyone, and the kawaii swampy young-un who just wants to beat the Evil God already!
As the show progresses, you pick your favourite characters and root for them the whole time. We’re given more in-depth history for several of the characters, but you learn the personalities of all Seven Braves. By the end, I was rooting for a mistake or third-party because I had a soft spot for almost all of the Braves (yes, almost all of them.. I was still holding onto the hope that maybe I was wrong!).
“Everyone in this group of Braves is strange.”
– Mora Chester
Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers really has a bit of everything. Fight scenes, romance, character development, ridiculously awesome plot twists, suspense, and personality. An awesome suspense, with a feel-good ending that was beyond satisfying and exciting. My only grievance with this anime (as with many) is that it’s not long enough.
“When I’m with you, I want to live.”
– Fremy Speeddraw