La storia della Arcana Famiglia ~ Review
“Magic, romance and the mafia! Oh my!”
Screw “The Godfather”! This is what the real mafia looks like b*tches! …OK, bit of an offensive start, sorry about that. But there’s a solid reason why I began by cutting down one of the biggest mafia movies there is. And that is because today, we are going to be reviewing an anime series that involves the mafia! And not just any mafia either; we’re talking about a magical mafia! (as odd as that sounds).
La storia della Arcana Famiglia (or just Arcana Famiglia) revolves around the organisation called Arcana Famiglia (surprise surprise) who protect the island of Regalo by using special powers brought onto the person via contracts with Arcana cards. One day, the leader, Papa, decides it is time for a generation change, and opens the Arcana-Duello to decide the next leader of the family. As a bonus, Papa has also promised the winner one wish to grant as well as taking his daughter, Felicita’s, hand in marriage. Refusing to accept such a one-sided offer, Felicita decides to join the battle, with her friends Liberto and Nova joining her for her fight for freedom.
The series is known for its rich personality and romantic/psychological elements melded during the story
The series contains 13 episodes and aired during Summer 2012 season, which also included such notable series as Kokoro Connect, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate and Sword Art Online. The series is animated by J.C. Staff, who brought us such series as Toradora!, Zero no Tsukaima and Azumanga Daioh. Compared to their earlier works, however, it seems that J.C. Staff haven’t put as much effort as they probably should have with this series, which let down the overall score of this series.
There are a few notable voice actors that make an appearance in this series, including Noto Mamiko who voices Felicita (and is also known as the voices of Ichinose Kotomi from Clannad and Miyazaki Nodoka from Mahou Sensei Negima!), Jun Fukuyama who voices Liberta (and is also known as the voices of Nura Rikuo from Nurarihyon no Mago and Lelouch Lamperogue from Code Geass) and Yonaga Tsubasa who voices Nova (and is also known as the voices of Komano Tsutomu from Chihayafuru and Niiya Teiichi from Tasogare OtomexAmnesia). Other notable voice actors include Yoshino Hiroyuki, Sugita Tomokazu and Nakamura Yuichi.
Apart from the extremely rushed ending (no spoiler intended), the character development and action is very well presented. Perhaps a little more of a solid story could have really helped this anime to be a very nice piece of TV, but unfortunately it ended seemingly like J.C. Staff suddenly ran out of funding for this series (no spoiler intended). But I mean, this anime was still very enjoyable everywhere else and the opening/ending has secured a place on my iPod, so I guess it’s worth a watch.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 3/5 – Recommended
Final Score: 6/10