Brave 10 is trying to be a show somewhere between Sengoku Basara and better period pieces like Lone Wolf and Cub. Unfortunately it misses the mark by quite a bit.
While Brave 10 isn’t terrible by any means, it’s not amazing either. It starts out with your basic guy (Saizo) meets girl (Isa), guy saves girl from ninjas and they bicker even though they clearly like each other. Nothing we haven’t seen before. He is of course incredibly strong for reasons we’ll learn later.
The art is also neither terrible nor amazingly beautiful. Everything about this show simply smacks of being average. The voice acting is good though, the conversations feel natural.
There is of course a ninja named Sasuke later on. Because, how couldn’t there be? This show does everything you’ve seen before. There are even magic herbs and log substitution. Not a drop of originality is to be found in the first episode.
The most potential is seen in the very serious scenes. It seems like the writer had more talent for them. It was the only part of the show that made me take notice. However I couldn’t help but feel that the section was a cheap appeal to emotion. One strong scene does not make a decent show.
I thought that the show had picked up but then it slapped me again. The girl has incredible magic powers and a dark side. We’ve only seen this ten thousand times. Overall the show has been critically panned thus far, as well it should be. There just isn’t much to enjoy here.
Final verdict: In the end this series doesn’t know what it wants to do. It does nothing but copy other shows. It does nothing at all to stand out. While it’s not awful, it’s also not remarkable. Overall this show is dropped, because you can see 20 things like it in a day.