To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (2019) Anime Review

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Japanese: かつて神だった獣たちへ Hepburn: Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Maybe. The series is published by Kodansha in Japan and by Vertical in North America. An anime television series adaptation by MAPPA aired from 1 July 2019 to 16 September 2019.

Plot

100 years after settlers on the continent of Patria established a democratic nation, the discovery of an energy source called Somnium ore sparked a conflict. The nation of Patria split between the industrial Northern Union and the mining towns of the Southern Confederation, and began fighting a civil war. While the South had greater numbers, the North had a secret weapon: The Incarnates, soldiers who could transform into giant mythical beasts and single-handedly destroy enemy emplacements. However, when the war ended and a peace treaty was negotiated, the Incarnates were supposed to be destroyed. Instead, an officer named Cain betrayed his superiors and fled with the surviving Incarnates across the continent. Two years later, an Incarnate named Hank has made it his mission to hunt down the surviving Incarnates, assisted by a young woman named Schaal who blames him for killing her father.

In a world where a country, Patria, is torn with a civil war over resources, the North, outnumbered by the South, decides to research into a very strange serum that gave a portion of their troops incredible abilities, calling themselves “Incarnates”. These troops could turn into incredibly powerful monsters and turn the tables of battle in a flash despite the South outnumbering them. 

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The war continues until these warriors win every battle they encounter against the South. However, the serum’s perceived harmless side effects begin to grow and become outside of anyone’s control. The half human soldiers lose control over their bodies while the ravaging beast side takes over. The only solution was to end the life of these soldiers that go berserk.

Hank is the captain leader of the beasts and the faction along with his childhood friend, Cain, and love interest, Elaine. As the end of the war draws close, more and more beast soldiers go berserk. Elaine feels immense guilt as she was the one who divided this serum. 

The plot twists at the end, where Elaine realizes that HQ is negotiating peace treaties and the war is very close to ending, while that was good news, the incarnates now had no place in this new era, therefore Elaine as the creator of the incarnates took it upon herself to end all of them as they would become an even bigger threat than the war when they go berserk considering she failed to find a cure to halt the madness that takes over them. She shoots Hank but tells him how she feels and that she will join them soon. Cain joins them, but twists the plot yet again as he unexpectedly shoots Elaine and she dies in front of barely conscious Hank, Cain busts out laughing and the scenes ends with Hank falling unconscious.

Hanks wakes up two months later, the war ended, and a new mission upon him, to kill all the remaining Incarnates as they all went berserk. Elaine and Cain are both missing.

After Hank meets Schaal and do adventure with her and Hank kills their team and destroy them. In last finale episode Hank and Cain have a big fight and probably Hank win but later we found out that Cain is alive and he says I will be back again. And this is how story line ends.

My Personal Thoughts

I have to say, this is very, very reminiscent of Fairy Gone. It’s pretty much the same exact thing, However 2 episodes in of Sacred Beasts, and I’m already much more involved than I was for Fairy Gone so there’s that.

Also, I was not surprised at Cain’s betrayal, ever since they showed him and in how the story seemed to be peacefully progressing I was wondering whether the story would use him either as a tragic death that impacts Hank or as tragic betrayal that impacts Hank. And it seems we got the latter. I figured the Elaine would be used to spice up either scenario and that’s exactly what happened. However, I am very intrigued as to why Cain would do that and in such a cold hearted manner, I feel so sad for Hank for not simply losing Elaine, and not only by suffering a terrible betrayal but for also having to kill his ex squad members that have gone berserk.

So far I’m liking the show, I’m keeping my expectations low because of the resemblance it has to the abomination Fairy Gone. I don’t know if I’ll be reviewing it episodically, but I’ll keep watching as it progresses to see how I’m enjoying it.

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So, as we know finale ends of this season 1 and last scene of episode 12 shows sign their will be second season because Cain and other members of him capture south one and ruiling it almost cover all parts of area under North only fourth part left in their hand. The fight and capturing the fort was Cain plan to make some time to capture south etc. And one more thing studio is famous for their animation but I didn’t get it why this anime animation is not so good. In this show animation sucks its an average animation done in it. But still I will highly recommend this show to watch. I loved the story of this anime. I will rate this anime 7.7/10.

かつて神だった獣たちへ
(Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e)
GenreAction, dark fantasy
Manga
Written byMaybe
Published byKodansha
English publisherNA Vertical
DemographicShōnen
MagazineBessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original run9 June 2014 – present
Volumes10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byJun Shishido
Written byShigeru Murakoshi
Music byYoshihiro Ike
StudioMAPPA
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, MBS
English networkSEA Animax Asia
Original run 1 July 2019 – 16 September 2019
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Hank younger version

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