Alternative Titles: Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e, かつて神だった獣たちへ
Airing Status: Finished. July 1, 2019 – September 16, 2019
Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
100 years after settlers on the continent of Patria established a democratic nation, the discovery of an energy source called Somnium ore sparked a conflict. The nation of Patria split between the industrial Northern Union and the mining towns of the Southern Confederation, and began fighting a civil war. While the South had greater numbers, the North had a secret weapon: The Incarnates, soldiers who could transform into giant mythical beasts and single-handedly destroy enemy emplacements. However, when the war ended and a peace treaty was negotiated, the Incarnates were supposed to be destroyed. Instead, an officer named Cain betrayed his superiors and fled with the surviving Incarnates across the continent. Two years later, an Incarnate named Hank has made it his mission to hunt down the surviving Incarnates, assisted by a young woman named Char who blames him for killing her father.
Sacred Beasts starts in the deep end of a civil war which the show’s world building centers around and focuses on the aftermath. This makes it difficult to become invested in the characters until during or after confrontations when backstories are exposed but some of the designs are really awesome. The fight scenes are slightly more gruesome than what is usually seen in anime but do well to show the grit and strength of the Incarnates. Definitely a good show if you’re looking for something with a bit of action!
“To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts PV” – NBCUniversal Anime/Music