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La storia della Arcana Famiglia

“I will decide my own path!”

Name: La storia della Arcana Famiglia

Japanese Name: アルカナ・ファミリア

Air Date: July 2 2012 – September 16 2012

Studio: J.C.Staff

Episodes: 12


The Arcana Famiglia is a powerful organization that keeps the peace on the trading island of Regalo. The most unique trait of this prestigious ‘family’ is their mastery of the Arcana—mystical powers derived from tarot cards. The current leader of Arcana Famiglia – Mondo – wishes to choose a successor through a tournament called the Arcana Duello and as an added incentive, the winner will take the hand of Mondo’s daughter, Felicità. However, two young men among the family – impetuous Libertà and serious-minded Nova – are more interested in protecting Felicità’s freedom than letting her be someone’s trophy wife. Together, Liberta, Nova and Felicità get to know each other better…but with Felicità’s ability to read people’s hearts, she may discover more than she bargained for in Liberta’s violent past and Nova’s troubled family history. Can the trio remain friends, or will the growing tension between them be too much to bear?

I’ve been dying to watch this ever since it premiered but my backlog has been increasing and of course I was watching other series as well, namely Durarara!! and Starry Sky. I can’t multitask very well to be honest. Multitasking is possibly one of the most difficult things to do. Ever.

Negative reviews again. What is it with all the negativity around here? Well, all I can say is…STUFF YOU HATERS. I’m only messing, but seriously I’m a bit worried too so I’m being biased here (^_^;)

First Impressions

Why, hellooo~ there! Fancy hearing your voices again ❤

Jun Fukuyama as Libertà.
Tsubasa Yonaga as Nova.
Hiroyuki Yoshino as Debito.
Tomakazu Sugita as Pace.
Yuichi Nakamura as Luca.
Jurota Kosugi as Dante.
Koji Yusa as Jolly.

Basically, episode 1 starts off with a fight/chase around Regalo which introduces the Arcana Famiglia. Then it moves onto the party and they just introduce what’s happening; it goes straight to the point about Mondo’s retirement and Arcana Duello. It also explains about their contracts with the Tarocco cards. At the moment, I know:

Libertà has a contract with the first card, Il Matto – the Fool.
Nova has a contract with the thirteenth card, La Morte – Death.
Felicità has a contract with the sixth card, Gli Armani – the Lovers.
Debito has a contract with the ninth card, L’eremita – the Hermit.
Pace has a contract with the eleventh card, La Forza – Strength.

Must. Know. Luca’s. Jolly’s. And. Dante’s.

The family have a dance party and all of the men were looking forward to seeing Felicità in a dress…even Luca – her personal attendant – tried to convince her but to no avail. She just had to wear her mafia outfit. So not cute. Anyways, when she arrives, everyone present at the party is clearly disappointed…apart from Debito who clearly wanted to look at her “long legs” ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ of course Debito, nothing says pervert like wanting to look at a woman’s legs or in this case, a girl’s legs. Felicità looks into Libertà’s heart and sees that he’s thinking dirty thoughts so she kicks the poor guy xD Luca’s reaction is jokes:

Luca: “She read Libertà’s heart?”

*Points at Libertà*

“Does that mean you were thinking of oujo-sama in unbecoming ways?!”

*Libertà’s face goes pink*

Libertà: “The hell you mean ‘unbecoming ways’?!”

Luca: “W-well…”

*Luca goes completely red and steam comes out of his ears, then Felicità kicks him into the wall* プッ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵

*Luca’s face is in the wall and continues to talk with a muffled voice*

Luca: “My apologies, oujo-sama”

Debito: “My condolences”


Midway Impressions

Pace is so adorable! He really does love lasagne and he’s such a darling it’s unbelievable. What a glutton! Yes he seems as childish as Libertà but that’s one of his charms and it suits him very well (๑´ლ`๑) I really do adore Pace, plus Tomokazu Sugita voices him which makes it all the more better. I think that Pace is too nice to Felicità. His kindness is too much for her own good; you’re spoiling her Pace! Spoil me instead please sweetie?

Debito you ladies man, stop making me fall for you! It’s wrong on many levels! The way he says bambina makes me turn into a puddle of goo…it’s too sexy for my own good! Beware girls! Debito also has a foul mouth as in he uses a lot of foul language and he’s rather rude in some ways. It’s a part of him so he can’t change that. Debito wears an eyepatch because he has an amethyst eye which helps him to control his Arcana power and guess who gave him his powers and artificial eye? None other than Jolly. This is why Debito hates Jolly. However under that rough exterior, he’s kind and is naturally good with children so no wonder I’ve fallen for him – that deserves a thumbs up from me o(^_^)o his voice reminds me of Allelujah Haptism but that’s because they have the same seiyuu…the man that is Hiroyuki Yoshino! Thankyou for bringing such a…nice character into the world xD is that the best way to put it?

Luca has been Felicità’s personal attendant ever since she was born. The lucky bugger. Poor Luca. He’s the subject of everyone’s anger. They always take it out on him whether it’d be kicking him into a wall or forcing him to bake lots of lemon pies may I have one please? I feel sorry for the guy. It’s understandable why they want more lemon pies though…they were very delicious! On the plus side, Luca has been best friends with Pace and Debito since childhood and…they all have a hatred for Jolly \(^o^)/ they have something in common!

Luca, Pace and Debito = Best friends forever ❤

Libertà and Nova are a comedy duo. Maybe they should become comedians? Their interactions with each other are amusing and cute so I found myself laughing whenever they bickered about something ridiculously stupid like when Libertà nicknames Nova ‘chickpea’ xD I think my laughter was quite loud so my parents stood outside my door to make sure I’m not delusional LOL. But what they have in common though is tragic pasts. Libertà was in an orphanage that did tests on him which lead him to not use his Arcana power whilst Nova was used by his parents to overthrow Mondo so then he uses his Arcana power unknowingly to put them to sleep. They’ve been asleep for seven years 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。

JOLLY! You super hot thing! Anyone else insanely in love with him? Everyone I know either loves or hates him…it’s Marmite (^_^;) so far, Jolly is my favourite in terms of looks. It’s the sunglasses, they make him look so mysterious but sexy ❤ he’s sexy and he knows it xD however, it’s also his looks that make him…odd. Jolly looks like the type of person who schemes things and manipulates others. Everyone pretty much hates his guts. I’ll be keeping an eye on you O_O

*Gasp* JOLLY TOOK HIS SUNGLASSES OFF *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・’(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*

Overall Opinion

No way. Did I really just finish twelve episodes? That was too fast!

La storia della Arcana Famiglia is a visual novel series developed by HuneX. Currently there’s one game, one fandisk and a second game is in the works. If you want to read the individual routes of each character then you should read Rin’s blog! They’re all very detailed posts so READ (^-^)

The main factor that brings this series down from what it could have been is the way they neglect to explore any character. In almost all of the episodes new characters are introduced with a bit about their personality and background. Not one of them throughout the whole series is properly explored. There was quite a bit shown to know that ‘there is a lot more to know’. Not even the main characters are properly developed, which left me at a loss as of what pasts all these people have and share. Only glimpses of their pasts are revealed and it is never properly explained what really happened between any of them. Felicità remains as a background accessory, whilst none of the male characters seems to be interested in her above the point of cheering her up when she is depressed – which basically happens in all later episodes. This depression is also the only REAL emotion she expresses, which is kinda sad considering this is supposed to be a love story. Where’s the romance?

SPOILER: Felicità is the host of two Tarocco cards – the Lovers and Wheel of Fortune. Thirteen years ago, Felicità used Wheel of Fortune subconsciously in order to save her mother, Sumire. As a consequence, she lost her memories so Mondo sent her away from the mansion so that she would never use it again. Well tough luck Mondo! She used it again to save you (ノ`д´)ノ〃┻━┻

However, the comedy was what made up for this. After the first few episodes, there are ‘punishment sessions’ where the family members gather and decide who should get punished. What they have to do is to name the card and the holder of that card will get punished. The funniest had to be Debito’s in my opinion…Luca made him drink some potion and then suddenly, Debito started to talk politely xD Pace and Luca were seriously creeped out! Dante’s was just WTF though. The artwork and animation were amazing throughout. The fight scenes were well done and looked fluid. The voice acting was solid, at times it was a bit off but hey! They’re still brilliant, credit to the seiyuus once again (^^)

La storia della Arcana Famiglia starts out with great potential and the very interesting character gallery which ended up being wasted due to the lack of progress the characters made and none of them being properly introduced or explored. It was disappointing that the series didn’t have a proper ending, I’m hoping that there will be a season 2 in future because this had so much potential but failed miserably in terms of character development. I demand a season 2! I’m keeping my eyes peeled for any news but whilst I wait, I shall go and make myself a hot chocolate for my reward.