Familia Myth is an anime series based on a series of light novels of the same name by Fujino Omori, with illustration provided by the famous Suzuhito Yasuda. It is released in 2015 with 13 episodes and an OVA in 2016, this review will focus solely on the overall quality of the 13 episodes. This review does not cover the spin-off series of the same name but featuring a different character that is released in early 2017. Without further ado, let’s delve into the review below!
The basic premise is set in an RPG-inspired world that includes the existence of humans, elves, goblins etc together with the Gods, who delve into the mortal realm in order to give them power through a formation of Familia concept. So an adventurer, which is basically anyone who wants to fight monsters in the dungeon and collects loots, will form a contract with one of these gods in order to level up. Bell Cranel is one of the newer adventurers who form a contract with a Goddess that seems to have just descended into the world, thus making them the youngest and most inexperienced Familia ever. Would they be able to overcome the obstacles both in the dungeon and the real world?
Familia Myth is one of the newer anime series that employs a more elaborate design for the backgrounds, but keeping the characters a bit simpler yet captivating to the eyes. I like the art style that focuses on bright colours and colourful details to the eyes with noticeable contrasts in the shadows etc. Characters are drawn with cuteness in mind, but also balance it with a sense of ‘coolness’ typical of Japanese RPG game. The environments are drawn with detail but do not distract us from the characters themselves. Overall, I love the art style employed in this anime, which sticks quite closely to the manga thankfully.
The animation is pretty smooth, especially during the action sequences which expertly combined CGI with hand-drawn motions. The CGI is covered pretty well, and won’t look like one in most scenes. During fighting sequences, the flashy fights employ awesome slow-mo moments that then transition nicely into a faster animation. The quality of the animation is perhaps one of the better ones I have seen recently, especially so when most of the other animes start to depend on CGI in most cases.
The characters are pretty varied with different quirks and styles. The important characters mostly stand out due to their hair colour, which surprisingly is different from one another. Each character fulfills different role, such as a Support or Fighter, which further connecting this anime to the RPG-genre. There are also different races such as humans, Gods and elves etc that populate the story world. Their relationships with one another are also interesting and are the source of plenty of comedic scenes. Some of the characters are quite dark, which is in contrast with other characters that can be quite goofy and happy-go-lucky types. However, other non-important characters often look similar to one another, so sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart especially if they only appear in specific episodes and then appear a few episodes after, by then I couldn’t remember them at all.
The beginning of the story is pretty simple with the Cranel Bell trying to get stronger in the dungeon by killing monsters after he owes his life to his saviour, Ainz Wallenstein. It is a pretty much shonen type of story where the weak MC has to get stronger but somehow is popular with girls. However, what makes this anime different from other RPG-esque animes are that the MC is not from another world that happens to land in this RPG world, which is a common theme in other similar anime series. The story begins like an actual RPG game, but with a twist in that Gods exist to help adventurers level up. The forming of Familia reminds me of the Party system used in many of the games as well. It is a very interesting take on how to create a proper anime based on RPG-series. The story can get quite dark towards the end, while the beginning gives me the feeling of fun when you explore the dungeons and collect items dropped from monsters. It is truly one of the best-executed story world based on RPG ever in my opinion.
The music soundtracks are great. I love the openings that instill a sense of awesomeness while also creating a fun atmosphere. During some of the fight sequences, the music will change to a more fast-paced RPG-esque music. It is almost like I am playing an RPG game instead of watching the anime. One exception is during the latter half of the anime, when the story becomes darker, the soundtrack seems to become more intense and the last episode captures the best fighting soundtrack ever. The music really amplifies the appeal of this anime series.