Noob Reviews: Levius (Season 01)
Updated: Jan 15, 2020
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Levius?
Levius is an anime adaptation of the Japanese manga series in which a post-war 19th century has entered the ‘Era of Rebirth.’ With many lives lost during the war for territory and resources, a popular and hazardous sport has taken root, one that the masses flock to. One that has brought nations together into a highly competitive but slightly less costly means of proving their superiority. Boxing matches between steam-powered cybernetically augmented fighters.
Levius is our protagonist for this adventure as he seeks redemption for his past and fights to secure a better future for himself, family and friends. Starting from the very bottom and working his way up the fight circuit, how far up the rankings can he get before he meets a fatal end to his career?
Do you have any trailers to show us?
- Official Trailer for Season 01 -
When did it come out?
How many episodes are there?
There are 12 episodes in total, averaging about twenty-four minutes per episode.
What can you tell us about the season’s storyline?
Levius himself is the protagonist and is a survivor of the last great war. His father slain and his mother critically injured during the war. He is sent away to live with his uncle (Zacks) who finds common ground with Levius through boxing. Zacks begins to train him in the mechanical martial arts form as he had previously been a boxing champion himself while serving in the navy. One of the most notable differences between Levius and other fighters. When Levius begins his training. Is most cybernetic boxers have had both arms amputated. And replaced with cybernetic ones to allow them maximum benefit. Levius however, for reasons that unfold as part of the story, only has one cybernetic and (at first) refuses to part with his remaining organic arm. Or more accurately, his hand.
Little does Levius know though, but an encounter he had during the war which he thought had cost the life of an innocent. A life he could have saved. Will come back to face him in the present day and allow him a chance for redemption. However, he has but one shot at doing this as if he fails, there will be only death or captivity. To save one life, he is presented with a choice that may cost him his own.
Before we get to the primary choice though, the story heavily revolves around Levius’ fight for survival and to prove himself in the ring. From his first-ever amateur match all the way to professional rankings, he must take on some of the most hardened veterans of their class one fighter at a time. From the street-savvy and formidable Natalia Garnet to the cunning and underhanded Malcolm Eden. A warrior past his glory days who refuses to back down and will go to any lengths to keep his current placement even as he fights his own failing health.
Who are some of the actors and actresses in the series?
For Levius, there are two actors for every character, both the original Japanese adaptation and then their Western translation counterparts.
Nobunaga Shimazaki and Zach Aguilar (Levius Cromwell)
Junichi Suwabe and Sean Burgos (Zacks Cromwell)
How did you like Levius?
Having read the manga and now seen the anime adaptation, there are quite a few deviations between the two, which to some extent changes the story quite a lot. This included the addition of new characters and the removal of others compared to those in the manga. There was also an exciting fight between Levius and a fighter known as Malcolm Eden that ended very differently between the two formats. To some extent, the impact it had on Levius in the manga is not seen in the anime. Overall I think the manga version of the story was a lot better and the anime seems to have been filled with a lot of inconsequential scenes with the timelines messed up however it does leave season one open quite nicely for a second season.
In addition to the changes between the two formats, I also found the art style to be an interesting choice. Although detailed, beautiful and brought together well, it was not one of my favourite anime styles and took a few episodes to get used to.
On the flip side though the soundtrack was well composed and the episodes smoothly flowed from one into another making binge-watching it very easy. Ultimately though it is an infrequent occasion where I would say check out the manga first. But on this occasion, the manga is a lot more engaging and has a lot more depth and personality to it. Although the anime tried, I felt it was lacking in quite a few areas and never fully delivered the level of entertainment I thought it might.
What overall rating would you give Levius?
Begrudgingly I would give it an iffy 3 out of 5 bananas.
Overall a watered-down version of the true Levius found in the manga. It is still a fun anime to watch and may even be really enjoyable to those going into it blind if you have never read the mangas. The art style is an interesting choice, but admittedly the pace and telling of the anime’s version of the story are delivered well.
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