Anime Review: Flame of Recca
Hello to my anime fanatics out there. It's Keria Anime Junkie aka KAJ. Today we will be discussing Flame of Recca
Flame of Recca or Rekka no Honoo is about a boy who dreams of one day becoming an excellent ninja in modern times. They are only talked about in history lessons. While playing his ninja games, he meets a mysterious woman that reveals to Recca his past, his bond with the powerful Hokage clan, and the special flame power that resides within him. Meanwhile, the evil Kurei has plans to gather the madougu from the Hokage clan so that he may take control over the elemental powers, but Recca is determined to master his flame and stop Kurei’s evil plans.
According to Anime-Planet this anime was released by Studio Pierrot in the summer of 1997 and lasted until 1998. It has 42 episodes with a 3.5 out of 5-star voting and a ranking of 3,961 on anime-planet and 7.4 out of 10 with a ranking of 2,089 on MyAnimeList.
This anime is listed as an action shounen with elemental powers, hand-to-hand combat, with ninjas, superpowers, tournaments, and it is based on the manga.
First off, I really enjoyed it. When I first started out I thought it was going to be predictable and crappy. However, I was so wrong. For instance, there were moments in the show where I thought enemies of Recca will suddenly start becoming his friend (in which some did in a roundabout way but they were never really enemies per se?) and turn on the main nemesis. I am overjoyed that that didn’t happen. It would have pissed me off. It so happens that they wanted to just take something of Recca to kill the main nemesis who they were working with for revenge.
Also, I like the depth of the nemesis. There was more to him than the outer appearance. However, what did annoy me a little was that Recca was being a little too reckless and feeling himself a little too much with disregard to his friends. But, I like that the story confronted that. It was a part of his character development of something he had to overcome in order to gain something. Storytelling gets a 9/10.
The animation was your typical shounen type anime like Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragonball, or Ranma ½. There wasn't anything too spectacular about it. Just that good old 90's hand-drawn animation style that brings back a little nostalgia. 7/10
In the show, you have your typical character traits. There wasn’t any I dislike. I liked all of their characters and they work well together. It’s almost like a DnD/RPG feel. For instances Kagehoshi being the information giver of things the main characters need to watch out for, Domon being the muscles, Fuuko being the agile and smart damage dealer, Tokiya being the handsome, cool-headed, swordsmen who clash with the arrogant, hotheaded protagonist Recca, and Yanagi being the sweetheart. 8/10
What does it remind me of?
The anime reminds me of Yu Yu Hakusho in a way. You can also see some tropes or traits of side characters that can go hand and hand with many other anime trios. Like for instance, Domo is the hot-headed brute that reminds me of Kuwabara. Also, their English dub voices sound the same to me. Not sure if it’s the same person or not. But, there is another reason why it reminds me of Yu Yu Hakusho. They both were produced by the same studio, Pierrot. Yu Yu Hakusho is a predecessor to Flame of Recca. It was released in 1992 and ran up until 1994. While Flame of Recca came three years later with a one-year run. Besides Yu Yu Hakusho, Pierrot also produced Naruto, Great Teacher Onizuka, and Black Clover.
Overall this anime gets an 8.5/10 for me.
Rickeria Lendale (Keria Art Journey, Keria Anime Junkie, Keria Amateur Jamz, Keria Da Casual)
An anime fanatic who enjoys watching psychological, militaristic, and tragedies. She is also an author of three children's books "My Moms BIG Hair", "The Tree, The Branches, and the Fruit," and "My Little Ol Grassy Waters." She is also a twitch streamer and YouTube content creator where she streams mostly artwork of her projects and commissions for art and casual gaming. Her hobbies include gaming and making beats.