How I got into it:
I honestly don't remember how I learned of this series, but I want to say it was a random find while searching for production artwork from other shows.
General Premise: Two worlds: One dying, the other thriving. Prince Zaza devises a plan that will save their world, at the expense of the other. Two worlds. Only one will survive.
The world of Eternalia is in the middle of a devastating Ice Age. As the planet falls further and further into destruction, those still clinging to life grow more and more desperate. Prince Zaza of Northfeltia has discovered a way to steal the life force from another alien planet and essentially healing their own dying world. But in order to set forth in motion the magical ritual of the "Sacred Reversal", a solid connection with the other planet must be secured. To do this, Zaza sets his minions over to the other planet to begin their mission.
In the meantime, Princess Mereina of Heaven's Tear has anticipated Prince Zaza's move and intends on resurrecting the souls of 4 sacred knights that had once helped to save their world in the past; however, during the resurrection ritual, two of the sacred souls were lost, leaving only two to maturate within the bodies of two young mothers, willing to give birth to a legend. Mereina then sends the two Eternalian families to the other world to grow and await Prince Zaza's next move. Hopefully by the time the children are grown, they will have become one with the legendary souls within them and ready to stop the Sacred Reversal. [SHOW EXTENDED INFO]
Basic summary of the story:
When the series starts, we're introduced to a young boy, named Shinjou Touya, who's in the middle of a kendo match. His two classmate friends, Konoha and Kira, sit off on the side, watching and cheering him on. After the match they go hang out for a bit before going home. When they have all gone their separate ways home, the unthinkable happens: A gigantic robot monster appears out of no where and attacks the city. Army tanks and jets soon fill the city to fight the monster, but none of their attacks work. As Touya tries to make his way back home while dodging toppling buildings and crashing cars along the road, he is rescued by a group of animanoid soldiers: half-animal, half-human type people. They tell him that he holds the soul of the Legendary Knight, Radias, who will save their world. Touya, in total disbelieve, runs away.
When Touya finally gets home, he calls out to his parents, worried that the army's battle with the monster might have damaged his apartment building. He runs inside, but no one is there. He finds a plate of food wrapped neatly on the kitchen table with a note from his mother. She tells him that both she and Touya's father are fine and safe... in Eternalia. She then basically tells him that the fate of two worlds rests on his shoulders. What's a 14 year old to do!?
Oh gosh, where to begin with this series? My first thought is...unfortunate. This series had a lot of potential but it was extremely lacking in execution. The show often suffered from poor art direction (many, many episodes had below par artwork) as well as chronic filler episodes that really took the plot nowhere, or at least made it feel like it.
That said, it's still one of my favorite shows because of the huge turn-around the main character goes through by the end of the series, and what causes him to finally grow up and knock that huge chip on his shoulder.
What I like the most about Touya as the main character and my favorite character is that... he's clearly not perfect. He's clearly bested by Kira in many ways even though Touya is probably the strongest of the two. Touya is your classic head-strong, rush in without thinking, idiot of a main character. It's okay for a while, but dang, he really starts to get annoying!! And it must be REALLY bad for me to even say that! haha Then again, if you compare him to the always whining and squealing Kira...? Yeah, I can handle Touya's idiotic moments.
It is extremely sadistic of me to say that the #1 reason why this show instantly became one of my favorite shows was because Touya basically gets shot to death by the 2nd to last episode. He's stupid enough to go rushing in on enemy territory on his own, gets captured and tied to a chair, then gets executed right then and there, shot over 4-5 times. By the time his best friend Kira finds him, Touya had been thrown out of the chair and lie face-down in a pool of his own blood. What a SHOCK for his best friend, especially when earlier had a premonition of Touya's fate. Although once found, Touya is still barely clinging to life. Kira cradles him and encourages him to life--for Konoha (Kira knows they both like each other but haven't confessed their feelings). But Touya's last words are, "Take care of her..." before he dies.
And that's when Kira has had enough. He refuses to let Touya die and ignites his own Legendary soul, and unlike Touya, he can hear the Knight's voice. Kira is the reincarnation of the Legendary Knight Ryuto, a female who died protecting her beloved, Radias. She asks Kira if he knows what he is doing..and that he will be throwing away his own life to bring Touya back. He acknowledges this but says there is no other way-- only Touya can stop Prince Zaza and save both Earth and Eternalia. The next second Touya wakes as though from a deep sleep, all wounds healed. He sees Kira lifelessly fall to the ground and freaks out before the rest of the furry gang make it to their room. Kira's furry partner, Tedeum, is the one to answer Touya's questions about Kira with a simple: "You killed him!!" Oh, no! What a way to head into the final battle! lol How can this ever end well...?
But it all works out in the end. Touya is the last soldier standing against the evil monster form of Prince Zaza and actually gets a power boost from Kira/Ryuto in order to defeat him. What's *really* irritating the most about this series is that... it was supposed to have continued into a 2nd season...but was caneclled. So you're left with the special "to be continued" animation run during the ending credits that CLEARLY shows the characters gearing up to take their battle back to Eternalia since Prince Zaza was not entirely defeated... he merely escaped back home! GRRR! I have yet to finish reading the 2nd novel of the series, but I'm pretty sure there isn't a definite end to it either.