I have just finished another one of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s epic series. This one, unlike most of his, is a fantasy bound Isekai series called Aura Battler Dunbine. It is a 49 episode series, that gives what you’d expect from a Tomino series.
It features the protagonist, Sho Zama, who is transported into the magical world of Byston Well. It is said that Byston Well is located between the land and the sea. He was summoned to be a Aura Battler pilot for the overlord Drake Luft, but ends up working for resistance forces under the leadership of Nie Givun.
Overall, I really enjoyed this series. The characters were all very interesting, and there were a lot of them. By the end of the series, there were so many factions/sub factions at work, it could be hard to figure out who was who by the end of the series. The characters moved the story the most. While Sho is the main protagonist of this series, other characters like Marvel and Nie stood out just as much. Who could forget Cham, a faerie companion to the crew of the Zelana.
The soundtrack of this series was moving and emotional. The opening theme, “Dunbine Tobu” by MIO, certainly set the tone of this series with its upbeat and emotional song. It got me excited to watch the next episode.
If you’ve watched other fantasy mech series such as Escaflowne and Knights and Magic, or you enjoy fantasy epics, I recommend this series.
Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series, and you can watch it streaming on Hi-Dive and/or VRV.