Title: Rune Soldier Louie
Armed with Merrill’s cunning, Genie’s strength, and Melissa’s prayers, this all-female band has no trouble raiding ancient ruins, unless a magic seals blocks the way. They set out to hire a magician, but all the magicians they meet prefer ereading to raiding-except Louie, a brash novice who seems to do better with his fists than his spells!
After watching Gungrave, I was planning on watching Full Metal Alchemist. However, I wasn’t expecting the emotional rollercoaster Gungrave would bring me. I heard later on in the series, Full Metal Alchemist would go the same way. Wanting something a little more lighter and would give me some laughs, I instead turned to Rune Soldier Louie.
Basically the whole anime follows the misadventures of a magician named Louie and a bunch of girls whose party/team – due to certain events – he ends up joining. This wasn’t a hard anime to follow. Really. No brain cells were used when watching this anime. And that was fine by me.
Character wise, I liked Louie the best. He’s an idiot with heart. That and we had the same thoughts on things (like when Genie said she was attacked by slimly worms, everyone felt bad thinking of her getting beat up. What I thought was of something akin to tentacle rape and so did Louie! Haha! Perverts think alike XD) The girls took awhile for me to like. At first I thought they were all angry bitches. It was like they were all PMSing at the same time. Later in the series, the girls became more bearable – but they were still PMSing; just taking turns on who was going to be the angry one in this particular episode. I also liked Ila for some reason – maybe it’s because she wasn’t angry all the time?
There’s no real story in Rune Soldier Louie, though the last 4 episodes did deal with the kingdom going to war. I loved how Louie ended up saving the day. I have to say that I have yet to see a hero use the tactic Louie did (and really, it was an accident). I had to pause the DVD for a minute because I was laughing so hard at how completely random it was (and also the way Louie said it. Like, what? It’s not a big deal. We all have to do it at some point. And it was there. So…yeah.).
The ending kind of sucked. It just…ended. I would have liked a bit more – like what happened after everything transpired, who the heck is Louie (I mean, seriously; you don’t have an orphan in an anime without some shocking past history), etc. I guess since this anime was based off a still ongoing light novel series (or so wikiepedia says), you can only have so many answers provided. The ending does leave it open for a sequel, which I doubt but you never know!
Overall, Rune Soldier Louie was an average anime that didn’t require too much thinking and provided me with some laughs along the way. Louie’s stupidity made the show fun for me and kept me watching just to see what troubles he’d dig himself into. If you have low expectations, like fantasy RPGS, and don’t mind angry abusive women, then this show is for you (also, there’s fan service for the guys. And Louie going shirtless for the girls ;) Rune Soldier Louie caters to both sexes haha).