I’m gonna find Radiant and destroy it!
- Episodes: 9+
- Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Magic
- Airing Date: October 2018 – Ongoing
- Studio: Lerche
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In a world where colossal eggs containing monstrous creatures called Nemesis drop from the sky, sorcerers are humanity’s greatest saviors. Unfortunately, sorcerers are alienated from most societies because they have gained their abilities from being infected by these Nemesis and typically have odd physical mutations. Seth, a young boy with a forgotten past, dreams of finding the mythical place called Radiant where Nemesis are found so he can destroy it and end the ostracization of sorcerers.
Seth Highlights (Spoilers Beyond This Point)
1. Titan Punch
Seth’s most defining feature is his trademark ability: Titan Punch. It’s a simple technique which sees him gathering fantasia into his fist and channeling it into a destructive and powerful strike. Although straightforward, this is a unique ability because no other sorcerer can use magic without having to channel it into an item or a weapon. He’s often criticized for how simple his ability is and his lack of range as a sorcerer beyond it but also revered by his peers and mentors because of how unique of a trait this skill is.
2. He’s a Sorcerer
Sorcerers are alienated by society because of their odd looks and the fact that they have been infected by Nemesis. Many people fear that they will be infected by sorcerers if they come into physical contact with them but that has been proven to be a lie. Unfortunately for Seth, he and Alma—his caretaker—have been ostracized everywhere they have gone because of their identity as sorcerers. Seth has been physically bullied by ordinary villagers because of the horns on his head that indicate he’s a sorcerer and, as a result, has found few friends.
3. He has a Mysterious Past
No one, neither Seth nor Alma, knows about Seth’s past. Alma woke up next to Seth in a doctor’s bed with no recollection of how they got there or who they were. They began journeying across the world to try and find hints about their identities but could never come to an answer. After an incident nearly had Seth executed by a mob of villagers because of his infection, Alma decided to forget about rediscovering her past and chose to simply raise Seth as best as she could. Seth hasn’t indicated much interest in uncovering his origins either, he seems very much satisfied with having grown up under Alma’s care.
4. He wants to Destroy Radiant
Because of all the discrimination Seth has felt growing up as a sorcerer, he has the ambition to destroy all Nemesis. His original goal was simply to go from town to town and destroying Nemesis as many sorcerers do but those goals changed upon learning about Radiant. Although it’s a myth and few believe in its existence, Seth was immediately smitten by the idea and has made it his goal to reach Radiant, the place where Nemesis are made or born, and destroying it. Considering no one knows if it’s actually real and Seth still has a long way to go before he’s even capable of such a journey, we imagine we won’t be seeing Radiant anytime soon.
5. He’s Impulsive
Seth has shown the common trait of shounen protagonist of being impulsive. In the very first episode, he destroys a barn in his desperate desire to show his friend his magical abilities. When an eggs lands in the town he and Alma are staying by, he takes the task of facing off with the Nemesis without any hesitation. Even though he doesn’t know any magical skill aside from Titan Punch, he doesn’t take twice about his first battle with the creature. This is something we see recurring again and again throughout the series no matter what challenge he’s facing.
Seth’s got all the makings of a good shounen protagonist between a unique signature skill, a mysterious past, an outrageously hard goal, a tough coming of age experience, and an impulsive personality. His journey is just beginning in RADIANT, but the recipe for success is present, and we’re excited to see whether Seth can reach his goals of destroying Radiant or if his goals might even change. What do you think about RADIANT’s main character? Does he match up well with his contemporaries or do you think he’s missing something to get him up to par? Let us know in the comments down below.