Welcome to the dulcet tones and bright colours of Takt Op Destiny Episode 1, a musical adventure anime. The series is also stylised as takt op.Destiny. The anime has an interesting name, concept, and background to entice people to watch the show. Let’s find out how much of it works in this review!
Takt Op Destiny Episode 1 Overview
Takt Op Destiny is a collaboration project by two of the biggest studios currently operating in the anime industry, Madhouse and MAPPA. Studio Madhouse is known for creating several classics such as HunterxHunter, Death Note, and the recent Sonny Boy. Meanwhile, Studio MAPPA holds the entire industry’s attention in the palm of its hands with behemoths such as Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack on Titan under its development wing.
Takt Op Destiny is a multi-media project between Bandai Namco Arts and DeNA, which comprises a mobile game and this anime series we are talking about. The series is directed by Yuuki Itou, and Kiyoko Yoshimura serves as the primary writer of the show’s script.
– Takt Op Destiny Episode 1 Review does not contain spoilers –
Takt Op Destiny Episode 1 Review- The Plot
One day a black meteorite fell on the world, and the world completely changed. The meteorite produced grotesque monsters called D2, which started running rampant. D2 very quickly banned all music, which was the one thing able to overcome them. But there were some people who resisted the D2. They are young women who hold the power of music, the “Musicart.” These young women hold “scores” that are able to defeat the monsters. And there are also people who lead these women, the Conductor. – Via ANN
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The plot of Takt Op Destiny Episode 1 shows tremendous potential in its first outing. The world that the opening sets up is unique, filled with monsters who can only be defeated with music and thus kill whoever dares to play music. This leads to a world where children grow up never having heard a single melody in their entire lives. In turn, it also leads to brave warriors who defend the world with their music and passion.
Or so you would think. On the contrary, there are now magical beings in the form of “Musicarts”, who possess supernatural powers necessary to rid the world of D2 with the help of their conductors, who have to literally give an arm and a leg to make it possible. While that still sounds like the plot of an ultra-serious anime, the likes of Castlevania, Takt Op Destiny Episode 1 doesn’t take itself very seriously.
There is a ton of action and plenty of sad subtexts to go around, but the tone of Takt Op Destiny Episode 1 remains a jovial one throughout the entire runtime. It is a concept that the creator could have made more pretentious and theoretic, but I’m glad that they don’t. An anime doesn’t always have to be an ultra-serious gorefest to be of artistic value and fun. It can just stick to its roots and be loved and appreciate that way. Overall, takt op.Destiny Episode 1 had an interesting and fun start.
Takt Op Destiny Episode 1 Review- The Characters
Three main characters have been introduced so far in Takt Op Destiny Episode 1. The Conductor Takt doesn’t care enough to rid the world of D2. He only cares about his music and how he can only play it freely if he takes care of this particular problem. He comes across as an ass, but a good-natured one, just how we like them in our anime. He is complemented by his Musicart, Cossette.
Cossette has the appearance and the appetite of a human but only has her eyes on one thing- killing D2s. In this way, she acts almost completely differently from Takt in most situations despite both of them being intrinsically linked with each other. Their trio is completed by Anna, Cossette’s older sister and the group’s caretaker/mom-type, who everyone in the group naturally ignores.
The dynamic between these three characters has been well defined and entertaining to watch in Takt Op Destiny Episode 1. They contradict and complement each other in all the right ways, and the dialogue between them is snappy and humorous. All of them seem to share a single interest but take different steps to achieve it. It’s a dynamic that can lead to multiple interesting directions for each of them. All great stuff!
Takt Op Destiny Episode 1 Review- Art and Music
A music show without great music would be a very unwelcome sight, which is thankfully not the case for Takt Op Destiny Episode 1. The show emphasises renditions of classical music. I’ll preface this by saying that I’m no expert in that particular kind of music and can barely tell a cello and a violin apart. Mozart and Beethoven all sound the same to my ears, but whatever I did get to hear in this episode, I loved. I think that’s what counts, and the show nails it.
The animation is also particularly well done, but what else did you expect from Studios like Madhouse and Mappa? The colour contrast between musicart form Cossette and normal Cossette is striking and makes the character really stand out among the entire cast. Anna and Takt are also well designed, but I’m not so sure about the designs of the enemy D2s. They look like standard robot villains and are nothing special to write home about. We’ll see how everything turns out after Takt Op Destiny Episode 1.
Takt Op Destiny Episode 1 was a great way to start what seems like a very interesting show filled to the brim with lots of fun action and comedy scenes. The show seems very promising, and I’m interested to see what becomes of it.
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