Name: The Law of Ueki
Genre: Action, Comedy, Supernatural
Director: Hiroshi Watanabe
Original Airtime: April 4, 2005 – March 27, 2006
The Law of Ueki follows Kosuke Ueki who is a student of a Junior High School. He was offered to receive a power by a God-candidate. Despite so many powerful and interesting powers Ueki strangely chose the power of turning trash into trees. Now Ueki enters a tournament where other junior high students with powers are also participating with the hope of getting the talent of blank. Will Ueki win the tournament? How strong is his sense of justice? What potential does his powers truly possess? What sort of hardships await for him? To know all of this you have to watch the anime.
The Law of Ueki is a bit messy in the beginning but really kicks-off from episode 6. There is no pacing issue. It is predictable at times but nothing serious that will actually hinder your enjoyment. It has all the attributes of a typical shounen. Probably the one complain the viewers will have is the lack of plot twists. Otherwise, the story is satisfactory and pretty easy going.
The Law of Ueki contains a massive group of characters each of them has unique and interesting personality of their own. The characters are mostly likeable. I specially liked Ueki, Robert, Sano and Burrows. But not that I have any personal dislikes towards any character. The character development is not that good here though. Ueki in short can be termed as the fusion of “Souma” from Shokugeki no Souma and “Nozaki” from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun. Robert is probably one of those few characters that showed decent development throughout the series. He started as a psychopath but towards the end he really turns into a character you will feel for. Sano is pretty cool too with his fighting and weird punch lines. But like I said before, despite having a great set of character there simply wasn’t sufficient character development.
Here are some notable characters from the anime:
The Law of Ueki has an excellent artstyle with distinguished drawings and great color choice. The animation in action scenes are definitely some of the best. It has the Studio Deen animation and they did a pretty god job.
Here are some screenshots from the anime:
The anime has some fantastic soundtrack. The first OP was a bit light-hearted and went well. The 2nd OP was “No regrets” . It was better when it was used as BGM rather than OP. “No regrets” was more emotional compared to the first OP. The first ED was good but I thought the 2nd one was tad bit disappointing. Nonetheless, they did a great job.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Law of Ueki. Nothing to complain about and seriously I would ask those who watched the anime to find some notable flaws not the minor ones, because it’s really difficult to find one. A shounen with some stunning characters and a great story to go with. What more can you ask for.
The Law of Ueki is one of the most stunning yet terribly underrated anime I have seen. The anime will make you laugh, make you cry, make you excited, make you depressed and so much more. It also has tons of Life lessons to offer. The things like “Sense of justice”, “Value of friendship”, “Hard-work surpasses talent” are greatly emphasized on the anime and you’ll simply be awed by the sheer determination, willpower and dedication of Ueki.