Before I watched this I read a lot of mixed reviews, saying its over hyped, not that good, etc. My first impression after 2-3 episodes in was "this is kind of typical but its pretty decent for being typical. Even though, it definitely looks like something i'm going to enjoy". My ending opinion drastically changed from the beginning of the season, it was much darker & more profound than I realized from the beginning and it even has a bit of a twist at the end that genuinely caught me off guard & makes me hope for a season 2 as i'd really like to see where this story is going. Now as the story goes, from what we've seen so far & can tell (imo) its kinda typical shounen. Evil creatures, killing people, good guys kill them. Badass op characters with awesome attacks, but as the story itself seems pretty black & white it actually begins to develop pretty deeply & you learn this world is far far darker than it gives in the very beginning. The animation is pretty great, the fight scenes are all pretty badass. All the character designs are great, & all of the background artwork is very appealing & as well. The music all seemed to match fine, nothing ever felt out of place or bad. Now as the English dub goes, I definitely like it as a hole but I can't ignore the fact that their are at least a handful of characters whos voice just doesn't fit at all. For example the one freshest in my mind is the 10yr old samurai girl(later in the show) she has this deep woman voice that just doesn't fit at all, theirs others as well but all of these are minor/side characters so its not a huge deal. But on the better side of this, some of the characters match 100% great like the main villain with the mask, i couldn't imagine another voice for him if i tried. He's perfection. In the end I really enjoyed this, badass characters, awesome fights, & the story really began to develop into something much deeper. If your looking for a darker themed, bloody battles, profound language, & cool badass little kids then you should check this out.
4/5 Or 8/10 Why? It appeared very typical(although thats not always a bad thing, the best things are usually very simple) but then it began to develop into something more. Much darker than I thought it was going to be, has a bit of a twist that makes me want to watch more. Pretty great animation, epic fights, everything is appealing. Music seems fine, matches well. All the main cast English dub match quite well, a handful of the minor/side characters voices don't match at all. Thats one of the biggest negatives I really have with this. Its not anything crazy "MUST WATCH!" but its an enjoyable show & I definitely wouldn't mind more! If your looking for bloody fights, more seinen genre, with good animation & cool characters then check it out. It will surprise you if your willing to give it a chance.