Why you should watch this: Because there's a sequel, and that might be good? Okay, that's a bit harsh. To be honest, the details of the story Asura Cryin' lays out are actually kind of fun, in a crazy "cyborgs, and demons, and ghosts, and yakuza, and mecha, and student councils, and familiars, and priests - oh my!" sort of way. It just tries to do way too much in not nearly enough time. (elaboration below) On the solid-plus side though, the OP/ED are done by Angela, which is always nice to have.
Concerns: Here's the laundry list of things Asura Cryin' attempts to do in its 13 epsidoes: Flesh out the details of a complex background scenario; introduce some two dozen characters and four or five organizations/groups; delve into backstory for several of said characters; and fit in plenty of action scenes, as well as some school-life "downtime" periods, all while advancing the actual plot at a brisk pace. Now, if that sounds like a train wreck just waiting to happen... well, that would be because it is. To be fair, things do start to stabilize a bit towards the latter episodes. But the creators then turn their attention to seeing just how many times they can make their viewers facepalm by the season's end. "Contrived" doesn't even begin to describe some of the things that take place. Add in a sprinkle of blatantly dumb ecchi scenes here and there, and it's not exactly a formula for success.
Summary: Personally, I'm something of a sucker for crazy setups like the one Asura presents. So, I was intrigued on that level throughout the series, keeping it from being a total loss. And given the amount of introduction and explanation that is now out the way, there is definitely some potential for season two to be pretty good. Still, it's an awful mess of a start.
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