When I first heard about Brave 10, I was psyched. It’s an action series set in the Warring States period of Japanese history, which happens to be my favorite historical time and place. Also, its OP reminds me of Saiyuki, and that’s just great.
If you’re looking for no-nonsense action, definitely give Brave 10 a try. I don’t think I’ve seen better fight scenes (especially for the first episode) elsewhere except the final confrontation in [C]. The animation is crisp and smooth and really gives me Samurai Deeper Kyo flashbacks. I can’t really speak much about the music, because it’s pretty basic stuff for that time period. The OP’s the only thing that really stood out and that’s mostly because I’m a sucker for vocals. There is a short piece of ‘traditional’ Japanese music near the end of the episode which is done in a more techno style, so that was pretty cool.
I’m going to be completely biased about the plot and characters. I will admit that right now. I am a huge fanboy of the time period, and it hits all the right spots with me. The amazing shot of Ueda at sundown, the dimly lit room where Sanada discusses his plans. Everything is near-perfect if not one-hundred-percent golden. The more modern touches like Saizou’s outfit are nice little additions. Also, Isanami is adorable and totally the reincarnation or avatar of Izanami, calling it right now. You don’t name a character that without it being an important thing down the road.
Anyway, if you like the Warring States period and like action on par with Saiyuki and Samurai 7, then you need to check this out. Is it too early to give out my best of the season award yet?