Ibara no Ou (King of Thorn) 720p Eng Sub BD x265
“Medusa,” a deadly virus becomes a worldwide epidemic. In order to escape from this deadly virus, a handful of people are chosen to be put into a cold sleep, laying in a capsule hoping for the future cure. Kasumi, a teenage girl is one of the 160 chosen for this procedure, and is guided to a Cold Sleep Capsule Center (CSCC) inside an ancient castle. Understanding that it is hardly possible, Kasumi goes to sleep still anticipating for a reunion with her twin sister Shizuku, who also is infected with the virus.
As Kasumi and the others awake, they notice that the CSCC is not as they remembered. Just like the story of “Sleeping Beauty,” the castle is covered with thorn, and the awaken are attacked by unknown creatures and monsters! How long were they asleep? Where did the monsters come from? What has happened to the world?
Abandoned in the midst of an enigma, the escapade of the seven survivors begins…
- Type: Movie
- Episodes: 1
- Status: Finished Airing
- Aired: Oct 9, 2009
- Producers: TV Tokyo, Bandai Visual,Dentsu, Kadokawa Pictures Japan,Enterbrain, Sony PCL
- Licensors: FUNimation Entertainment
- Studios: Sunrise
- Source: Manga
- Genres: Action, Thriller, Mystery, Sci-Fi
- Duration: 1 hr. 50 min.
- Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity
King of Thorn sees a colourful cast of cryogenically frozen characters awaken to a future ravaged by monsters. The introduction is well executed; it grabs your attention and gets you wondering. As the film progresses, it becomes rather typical of the survival horror genre, but the film exhibits a certain freshness as it isn’t a genre often tackled in anime. Despite certain predictable elements, it’s an enjoyable venture away from the norm. Ultimately, the plot evens out as fairly average despite a promising opening.
The animation and art is reasonably well done, but certain aspects let it down. The backgrounds and characters are drawn in a traditional anime style, but the monsters are computer generated and don’t blend particularly well with the surroundings.
The sound and music is probably one of the stand-out aspects of King of Thorn. The music is used appropriately and is generally impressive, as are the sounds of the monsters; sound editing is an especially crucial aspect in a survival horror, and is utilised well in King of Thorn.
The characters – given the runtime – are fairly well developed, minus a few who are there to up the kill count; such is the nature of a survival horror. The leading lady, Kasumi, does at times come across as a little irritating and certain character motivations and actions are a little puzzling. The characters are an adequate aspect of the film, but they fail to defy convention and never leave their moulds.
Up until the final act, King of Thorn is an enjoyable watch, with a couple of picky elements here and there. The survival horror aspect is a welcomed change from most anime productions, but the ending is very hit-or-miss. There is merit in there – certain redeeming factors – but overall King of Thorn comes across as an enjoyable, albeit satisfactory film.
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