Hello Moar Powah! I wanted to do a review of Dragon Crisis! even though the show finished airing earlier this year. Why? Well for one it’s one of the few shows I’ve watched from start to finish this year. And two with the recent release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim I’ve heard all this talk about killing dragons and such, so I thought it would be cool to do something dragon related.
Dragon Crisis! is about a high school boy named Kisaragi Ryuji. His peaceful life is turned into an adventure by the return of his second cousin Eriko. She returns to Japan after studying abroad, and she drags Ryuji along with her to seize a relic box from a black broker. In the box, they find a red dragon girl Rose. In order to protect Rose from the black organization, Ryuji decides to fight using his power as a relic handler.
As suggested by the title, the focus of the show is dragons. Dragons are “Lost Precious,” special relics that have magical properties. The main appeal for me was the different “Lost Precious” that appeared throughout the series. Not only were there dragons, but there were also daggers, earrings, swords, and even a mirror. Basically, I liked the premise of a giant treasure hunt. Each episode usually featured a new “Lost Precious,” which kept things interesting.
The cast was pretty underdeveloped since new characters were usually introduced every episode. Eriko, while present throughout the show, doesn’t really develop beyond the “busty, support character” to Ryuji. Marga is introduced in episode 3, and she is the princess of the ice dragons. She really doesn’t do much. George Evans is a level 10 breaker (the highest level relic handler in the world of which there are only 7 besides George) who is introduced in the same episode as Marga. He’s a religious fanatic who believes dragons are evil, yet he falls for Marga. Moving along…
Ai, a wolf girl, is introduced in episode 6. She does get some development. After being freed from thieving servitude by Ryuji, she begins to fall for me. Trust is an issue for her, having been lied to and experimented on. Ryuji helps her with this. Speaking of hopeless love sick characters, there’s Misaki. She’s probably the most annoying and useless character in the series. There’s also this wacky scientist named Bianca Alexandra Lou. The primary antagonist of the series is a black dragon named Onyx. He just wants to marry Rose, which is kinda weird considering their ages. He’s got a few lackeys working for him, including a femme fatale named Kai and a blue dragon and second most annoying character named Sapphi.
So there’s most of the cast for you. I’ve been trying to veer away from just listing each cast member and writing about them, but with such a boring cast, I felt I had to mention how underdeveloped they are. The saving grace of the show is the relationship between Ryuji and Rose. Although I’m not too fond of tsundere/loli/anything Rie Kugimiya voices (except Taiga), I can’t say I was too bothered by Rose. I like to consider the factors surrounding why a certain character is the way he/she. That’s why I liked characters liked Okami from Okami-san and Misaki from Kaichou wa Maid-sama!. They both have qualms with their feelings because of their pasts. So with Rose, I give her a (small) pass since she’s a newborn dragon. Later on in the series, we even learn that her attachment to Ryuji is due to an encounter they had when he was young. But really, she’s annoying.
Anyways, the thing I love the most about this series is the exploration of the relationship between Ryuji, a human, and Rose, a dragon. I always find these human-nonhuman relationships to be very interesting; it’s fascinating to see how people react to interspecies relationships. I liked Dragonaut initially for this reason, but that show flopped in moar ways than one. As long as the two individuals love each, I see no problem with it. Of course this only happens in fiction. But these shows are still cool case studies for relationship related persecution. Other shows that feature interspecies relationships include Seto no Hanayome (which I loved for moar than one reason) and Rosario + Vampire. In all these shows, there’s always a few characters who criticize the main couple’s relationship. In Dragon Crisis! you have Onyx, who constantly tells Ryuji he can never be with Rose since she’s a dragon.
Throughout the show, both Ryuji and Rose are constantly trying to figure out their feelings for each other. Near the end, Ryuji performs a “coming of age” ceremony with Rose, which causes Rose to become very embarrassed around him. Eventually, she becomes so weakened that her life is in danger. At this point, Ryuji hands Rose over to Onyx, believing that only a dragon can be with another dragon. However, he realizes that he loves Rose, and he goes after her. Rose also comes to grips with her feelings, and the two are eventually reunited. As I said before, this was the best part of the show.
As far as production values go, Studio Deen did a nice job. The art is very good. Some people might be turned off by the “big buggy eyes,” but it didn’t turn me off that much. Eriko still looked hot, although her boobs looked like pointy peak sometimes. Animation was superb, which was evident in the great action scenes. Ryuji may look pathetic, but he’s a badass in battle. But most of the time he’s still pathetic.
If you’re looking for a time killer, a dragon show, or a show with a focus on love without boundaries, then Dragon Crisis! is for you. Otherwise, you might not be entertained. Bottom line: it really isn’t a great show.