Jim Hawkins is a young boy lead by progressive events to embark on a search journey for the legendary treasure of the once dreaded pirate, Captain Flint. On their way to Treasure Island, John Silver, Jim's best friend, take over command of the ship revealing his true self as the ruthless pirate who once was the right hand of Flint himself. Feeling betrayed, Jim now has to deal with his mixed feelings and face Silver who still consider himself and Jim as friends.
Takarajima: A Treasure of Adventure!
Welcome aboard, fellow anime fans! Today, we set sail on an adventure like no other as we dive into the high seas exploration anime, Takarajima. Pitch up your anchor and get ready to sail the ocean!
The anime ‘Takarajima’, or ‘Treasure Island’ as it’s better known outside of Japan, is a classic series based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel. This anime adaptation, set in the 18th Century, follows the wide-eyed and innocent cabin boy Jim Hawkins. Inheriting a map to the legendary Captain Flint’s treasure, Jim finds himself abruptly thrust into a world of daring adventure, danger, and pirates.
Being crewed by a ship full of shifty pirates led by the cunning Long John Silver, the journey is as perilous as it is exciting. As Jim navigates this perilous terrain, he grows and matures, constantly fighting to stay a step ahead of his cutthroat shipmates. He learns the true cost of treasure and the sometimes deceptive nature of heroism.
We begin our review with the all-important question: Is Takarajima worth your time, money, or streaming bandwidth? Absolutely!!
The story in its anime adaptation is beautifully retold. Despite its age, the series does a great job of covering the complete story without losing any of the suspense or drama from the original novel. We’re all familiar with the “coming of age” trope, but watching Jim cross swords with seasoned pirates while learning about life, loyalty, and yet maintaining his innocence, is truly captivating.
The characters and their development is where Takarajima truly shines. From the virtuous boy Hawkins to the ambiguous and deceitful, Long John Silver, each character is phenomenally portrayed. The relationships built are complex and layered, leading to an intricate web of interactions that are as much fascinating as they are engaging.
The art and animation, like many shows from the ’70s, manages to capture a grainy, rustic charm that fits in beautifully with the setting and enhances the overall viewing experience.
Takarajima is possibly one of the best examples that music in an anime can transform the way you perceive it. The energetic theme song ‘Takarajima’ and the nostalgic ending theme ‘Chiisana Funanori’ complements the series incredibly well.
The final verdict? Takarajima is a must-watch for any anime fan! The series is a perfect blend of adventure and character development with a sauce of suspense and secrecy. Whether you rent, buy, or stream it, rest assured that it’s a treasure you’ll want to discover.
That’s it for this review, folks! Join me next time when I dive into another anime. Until then, keep the otaku spirit alive!
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