The Leader was released on January 28, 2019 and aired its last episode on March 4, 2019- having a total of 7 episodes. This is a biographical anime on the German philosopher Karl Marx. I wrote a first impression on the anime a couple of months ago, so I’m excited to give a final review on this. Now, please know that I’m going to try really hard not to get political -despite the anime having politics as one of the more prominent themes. This is only a review and I only wish to keep it that way. Now, onto the review.
As I commented on the first impression, the anime uses both 2D and 3D animation that changes every so often. However, at one point, you barely notice it because of the dramatic nature within the era that the anime takes place. You also learn a lot while watching this because it’s historical. The creators give dates and names of books that Marx wrote during his time. It also shines a light with romance since one of Marx’s inspirations in his work is his wife- Jenny. At first, the anime seemed completely hopeful and you see an ecstatic and bright Karl Marx, but as you get to the end, you see how much he had to struggle up to his death. You also get entirely immersed in the era because of how realistic it is. I also have many favorite moments (such as whenever he would share knowledge with others) and quotes (such as: The secret to success is struggle).
The only thing I didn’t like about this anime is the animation itself. Now, I did say that you do forget that this uses 2D and 3D, but there will be moments when it reminds you of how it tends to alternate between the two which sometimes distracts you from the plot itself- so much so that you have to replay the part that you missed due to the distraction. Also, this is really political, so if you don’t like politics and such, this isn’t for you.
With that being said, I give The Leader a good 4.5 paws out of 5 (rounding it up to a solid 5 paws!) 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾. I think this is an excellent anime if you’re interested in history and/or wish to know why so many people love Karl Marx. The storyline was incredibly well thought out and shows a romance that brings you to tears at the end of the anime (yes, I did cry a lot in the last episode). Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up, everyone! Nya! 🐾