I couldn't help not to notice that opinions of anime fans differ around this one. There’s even a lot of people who didn’t dig the rootscoping animation and ended up dropping it after only 1 episode. Eh. I won’t even go into that one. But anyway, apparently there are two extremes on the scale: It’s an ugly shit, and it’s a beautiful and unique masterpiece.
I don’t really fall under any mentioned category. I think it was very good for what it is, and that it looked (at times) and felt amazing, but nothing groundbreaking I’d hype for the rest of my days. It definitely stands out in the crowd, but not for the content itself but rather its controversial design, which wasn’t my cup of tea to be exact. But even so, I’m a fan of everything funky, unique and bizarre, so I’m not in position to complain about that one. To say that it’s atrocious is a crime because anyone who followed Aku no Hana past episode 7 knows how mesmerizing the art is. I won’t lie, some scenes were mind-blowing.
The content itself isn’t one of the strongest traits. When all is said and done, no one can deny that it’s about teenage sexual deviancy. I would lie if I told you that it’s only about that, but since it’s incomplete, it’s not offering much at this point. Sadly, there’s not much about the character either at this point. Kasuga is definitely standing out from everyone else, but that’s mostly because others didn’t get any noticable development. We’re more or less still in the process of meeting them properly. But one thing is certain: their personalities are well founded, and proper flashing makes even the side characters purposeful. And Kasuga is characterized so well that I wouldn’t be surprised if someone found himself in his shoes.
Music is nothing but amazing. It’s rich in content, its ED is one of the best things I’ve heard from this season, following music is atmospheric and fits well and everything else about it works like a charm. It really complements the show greatly and maybe even makes it a lot better than it actually is.
All in all: don’t be fooled by the low rating or people who are raging at the design. First off, it’s not as bad as people describe it, and secondly, the content is where it’s at. I didn’t like it as much as some did, but there’s a chance that you might find something about it that I couldn’t. Watch it.
Best girl: Nakamura
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