Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

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59259lWhile browsing for this season’s latest anime and thinking of trying some shounen anime, I bumped into one specific anime that had a mouthful title: Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii.  I’m a real sucker for anime/manga/books with long titles; so this one took my interest right away.

Summary (taken from myanimelist):

Nike, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom and one who holds the power to call forth the rain, travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, despite her own reluctance. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child! Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain…?!

This was a pretty interesting anime to watch. You have your young evil genius, conquering king, who has a bit of a perverted side to him, and a strong, not-gonna-stand-your-BS heroine.

What I didn’t like about this particular anime is the fact the hero is still just a child! There were plenty of plot holes in the story as well. While watching, a lot of questions popped in my head.

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How can a child think like a grown man and conquer the world in just three years? Hitler wasn’t a kid when he tried to take over the world. He was a sick, old, detestable megalomaniac! Could Livius be suffering from some kind of mental illness?
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How can Nike fall in love for a child? How can she see Livius as a love interest? When I was in high school and saw elementary
kids, I never thought they were sexually enticing. I thought they were stupid brats.

Another issue I had was the world-building. It’s kind of hard to jump from the real world to the 2D world. I really like it when any of my books or manga and anime takes time to introduce to the reader or viewer how the world in the story works. Unfortunately, this anime has a bit of a world-building problem. Why? Well, it didn’t have any kind of helpful information about Rain Dukedom and Sun Kingdom. What’s the history of these two countries? What’s their connection? Geography? Anything?

Do I recommend this anime?

Surprisingly, yes. I do recommend it. It does have action and a big-chested heroine. So, why not? It’s pretty entertaining and can leave you wanting to watch more episodes. I’m just hoping as the story progress it won’t get dull or get more ridiculous as it is now.

 

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Rai is a lover of books, manga and anime. Ranma 1/2, Naruto, Hetalia, and Fairy Tail are just the few anime she's been stalking for the past four years. She's an author. When the stress of manuscript deadlines and writer's block get too much, she finds solace in reading manga or fan fiction.

  • LuminaryPrism

    I understand what you mean however the author of the manga has stated Livius is 15 an Nike is 2-3 years older than him, Livius grew up with conflict surrounding him so when his mother died he kept to himself not knowing if he could trust anyone, he conquered the world to distract from his pain and so he was a teenager with the mind and eyes of a monster. Nike fell in love with him because he shows her the beauty in the world, he provides her happiness and with love that’s all you could ever really ask for, the same goes for Livius’s love for Nike, I’m happy that you overall enjoyed it though, I enjoy it too!

    • Ⓙυ﹩т Jεᾔη⑂

      wow thought livius was 13-14 years old and nike was 19, like in otoyomegatari.