Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series (A J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)
December 7, 2016 by Dennis Amith
“Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series” is an anime series that is easy to follow, is a lot of fun and fully of action. If you enjoy magical academy anime series and are looking for an anime series with a shorter duration, “Sky Wizards Academy” is worth watching!
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TITLE: Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series
ANIME SERIES AIR DATE: 2015
DURATION: (Episodes 1-12) 300 Minutes
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (16:9), English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0, English Subtitles
RATED: TV 14
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Originally created by Yu Moroboshi
Directed by Takayuki Inagaki
Series Composition by Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Music by Daisaku Kume
Original Character Design by Mikihiro Amami
Character Design by Osamu Horiuchi
Art Director: Hirofumi Sakagami, Hiroshi Kato
Art Design by Hiroshi Kato, Shingo Yonekawa
Anime Production by diomedia
Featuring the following voice talent:
Iori Nomizu/Dawn M. Bennett as Rico Flamel
Nao Tōyama/Megan Shipman as Lecty Eisenach
Nozomi Yamamoto/Tia Ballard as Misora Whitale
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka/Joel McDonald as Kanata Age
Chika Anzai/Lynsey Hale as Amie Mustung
Hiroki Yasumoto/Chris Guerrero as Real Nua
Ibuki Kido/Sarah Wiedenheft as Christina Balcuhorn
Jiro Saito/Jeremy Inman as Gail Whitale
Mami Kamikura/Alexis Tipton as Sasha Nielsen
Mari Misaki/Bryn Apprill as Lily Lancaster
Nichika Omori/Michelle Rojas as Coela Viper
Rina Satou/Morgan Garrett as Socie Whitale
Risa Taneda/Jad Saxton as Yuri Flostre
Saeko Zōgō/Alexis Moore as Freon Flamel
Tetsuya Kakihara/Ricco Fajardo as Lloyd Alwyn
Yuki Yamada/Megan Emerick as Chloe Sevegny
Yukiko Yao/Ryan Reynolds as Greg Hastuck
Yuko Hara/Kristen McGuire as Beach
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Once known as the Black Master Swordsman, Kanata Age has fallen in favor with the people of Misutogan after a harrowed battle against the Devil Beetles. Deemed a traitor, he has earned the scorn of his peers and classmates. Kanata is happy enough to fade into the background, until one day he is asked to become the teacher of Fireteam E601 aka the F’ed up Fireteam.
Rico Flamel, Lecty Eisenach, and Misora Whitale make up E601 and have yet to see a single victory. But it’s hard to work together when your team is made up of a self-proclaimed goddess, a coward, and an incapable leader. Not to mention when they mistake him for a pervert. But, Kanata must take these three failures and turn them into winners. Will they trust the man known as a traitor? Or is there more to his story that he just forgot to mention?
Back in 2013, writer Yu Moroboshi and illustrator Yuka Nakajima created the Japanese light novel series “Kusen Madoshi Kohosei no Kyokan” (which translates to “The Instructor of the Aerial Combat Wizard Trainees”).
With a manga adaptation serialized on “Monthly Comic Alive” since 2014, a 12-episode anime series adaptation was created by Diomedea and aired in Japan from July through September 2015.
The series takes place during a time where humanity was driven off the land by magical armored insects forcing humans to live in floating cities in the sky.
To protect humanity, wizards fight the insects with magic in mid-air.
In the city of “Misutogan”, Kanata Age was known as the “Black Master Swordsman” of the elite S128 Team. But because of circumstances, he was branded a traitor because he stopped going on missions and has received a bad reputation and no longer part of the elite team.
Kanata has now been assigned as the instructor of Fireteam E601, a team that has suffered 100 consecutive defeats. Can Kanata turn this team around and get them to winning? And what is the true reason why Kanata stopped fighting on missions?
Fireteam E601 consists of:
- Misora Whitale – Misora is the leader of Platoon E601. She has very good speed and stamina but because of her impulsive attitude, she is not good at giving orders nor is she good with her weapon. Misora wants to be a sword sorcerer to honor her late mother.
- Lecty Eisenach – A close combat fighter who is great with her weapon but because she is too shy, lacks confidence and can’t look at people that she doesn’t know, it prevents her from becoming an effective fighter. So, as part of her training, Kanata has her working at a maid cafe to develop her social skills and confidence.
- Rico Flamel – Intelligent and a great sniper but she is narcissistic and calls herself a goddess and doesn’t feel that she should be a team player nor should she practice. This prevents her from being a good fighter but Kanata must find a way to develop Rico’s will to fight and be a team player.
“Sky Wizards Academy” is presented in 1080p High Definition (16:9). Animation from diomedia is good as character designs are well-done, art backgrounds are also well-done and detailed. Mechanical designs feature good shading and CG looks good. The anime series is colorful, vibrant and I found no compression artifacts or any problematic issues with this Blu-ray release.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Sky Wizards Academy” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. The series for the most part features crystal clear dialogue and music. The English dub has the edge with its 5.1 surround soundtrack but both voice acting for Japanese and English are well-acted.
Subtitles are in English.
“Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series” features the following special features:
- Chapter 1 Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Tia Ballard (voice of Misora), Dawn M. Bennett (voice of Rico), Megan Shipman (voice of Lecty) and Joel Mcdonald (voice of Kanata).
- Chapter 7 Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Alex Moore (voice of Freon), Chris Guerrero (voice of Real) and Megan Emerick (voice of Chloe Sevigny).
- OVA – Lecty, Animal Caretaker – (24:30) Featuring an OVA (only in Japanese with English subtitles) about Lecty discovering and caring for a Garuda chick that she names Tweetie, a chick that absorbs magical powers and the Sky Wizards are wanting to destroy it.
- Promotional Videos – Japanese promo videos for “Kusen Madoshi Kohosei no Kyokan”
- Commercials – Japanese anime CM for “Kusen Madoshi Kohosei no Kyokan”
- Textless Opening and Closing Song
- U.S. Trailer – Funimation trailer for “Sky Wizards Academy”.
“Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series” comes with a Blu-ray and DVD version of the series plus a slipcover.
Fireteam E601 is considered as the worst wizard team in the academy.
Misora is a team leader than doesn’t know how to use her weapons, Lecty is an excellent weapon user but too shy to engage her enemy and Rico is a narcissist who is an excellent sniper but can’t get along with anyone.
And someone needs to turn this team around.
Enter Kanata Age, once dubbed the strongest Sky Wizard of the elite Platoon S128 until after a major mission, he decided to never take part in any more missions. Because of his refusal to take part in any missions to fight the insects, he has been dubbed a traitor to all wizards.
While his friends Chloe and Lloyd of Platoon S128 still support their friend, many don’t. But when Kanata is assigned a new job and that is to be the new instructor of the terrible Fireteam E601, can Kanata Age find a way to turn this team around and make them one of the best Sky Wizard team?
The anime series is quite entertaining and action-packed but some may find the storyline to be quite simple as Kanata tries to teach these three to work as team and find ways to use their abilities. And of course, it also has a harem vibe as each of Kanata’s students has a crush on him.
But with only 12-episodes, the series is easy to follow and for the most part, fans will find this series to be enjoyable, fun and full of action. And no doubt, there is a lot of potential for multiple seasons, considering the storyline is ongoing in Japan.
As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is vibrant and colorful, while lossless audio is very good, primarily for the English soundtrack having a 5.1 surround track, while the Japanese track is 2.0 but both are well-acted. As for special features, you get two audio commentary and the OVA episode, plus promotional videos, commercials and more.
Overall, “Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series” is an anime series that is easy to follow, is a lot of fun and fully of action. If you enjoy magical academy anime series and are looking for an anime series with a shorter duration, “Sky Wizards Academy” is worth watching!
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