Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Studio: Brain’s Base
Plot: Shun Asanaga is a 15-year-old junior high school student with an optimistic and bright personality. One day, he finds a mysterious crystal in his father’s office, who is a scientist and businessman. When Shun touches it, appears a vortex, and he is sucked into the world of Endora. Emilio, a prince of the kingdom of Endora, is nearing his 16th birthday and despises the reigning king, Delzain. Since Emilio is now at the age when he can inherit the throne, he takes up a weapon and attempts revenge. However, because Emilio is too weak, he is captured by Delzain and put in prison. When Emilio is in grief, another vortex appears and Shun comes out of it with two goals: return to his own world, and complete Emilio’s revenge. What future lies ahead for the two boys trying to survive in Endora, even though they were raised in two different worlds?
Impression: Endride, what does the name mean? Well the plot gives you no clues for that. But hey, everyone makes fun of Bleach’s name but that didn’t stop it from becoming such a popular Shounen. Endride is not a Shounen however, at least not a full one. So we have two worlds and two heroes, sounds like a typical setting for an adventure anime. But the anime may not turn out to be typical though. This is being animated by Brain’s Base. Yes, the same studio that made Baccano!, Durarara!! and Oregairu. Although most of their works are not that popular among the general viewers, those three are probably their greatest achievements till date. That brings the question is, whether Endride will join this list or not.
So we already have two episodes out when I’m writing this. So I’ll write my impression of both of the episodes here. The show presents us with two male protagonists. And judging by their personality, I think you’ll agree when I say that they remind me of Sasuke and Naruto. So in the first episode, Shun is shown to have an interest in crystals and gets sent to Endora when he touches a special crystal in his father’s office. It is also suggested that his father was researching about the crystal. Then we have Emilio, the son of the previous king of Endora. He finds out that the current king was involved in his father’s death and develops a lust for revenge. After his failed attempt at killing the current king to seek his revenge, he is locked in the dungeon. And this is where our two heroes meet. Honestly speaking, I was waiting for the two of them to meet for a lot of time. So yes, the anime appears to be a bit slow. Emilio says Shun is from the surface but is stunned that he has a Warp Relic, a special type of weapon unique to people from Endora. And during their escape, we are introduced with a female character, Alicia. So now we have a team. Really, this feels like Team 7. But at least Alicia isn’t head over heels for Emilio. On the contrary, the anime gives no hint of romance at all. And by the second episode, the concept of Endora and surface is explained. As well as a gist of the history of the two worlds. It is also explained that not everyone from Endora has a Warp Relic. But every Warp Relic user had to be from Endora; that is until Shun showed up.
To be honest, the anime gives off an average vibe in its art style. The Warp Relics haven’t been shown to have any special abilities yet. They seem like simple weapons, only specialty being that the users can manifest them at will. And seriously, the plot is too vague at this point. Shun wants to return to the surface, Emilio wants revenge, which is great. But this can’t be called a plot. The anime is progressing forward however, and I’m certain the plot will be made clear soon. There have been many anime with such vague plots in the beginning that ended up being legends. So we can’t leave out that possibility just yet. The opening and ending songs were nice, but average honestly.
A fantasy anime this simple isn’t something I’d recommend to others. Unless this anime shows some potential soon, I might even drop it. It is an original work, meaning there is no source material. Which also means there are plenty of room for improvements. The setting has great potential, we’ll just have to see just how far Brain’s Base will make use of that. The first two episodes get a 6.5 out of 10 for me.
Here is the promotional video for Endride:
Here are some screenshots from the first two episodes of Endride: