11Eyes probably has one of the most original stories I've seen in a while. It starts out as these two kids who get sucked into an evil, dark, parallel dimention called The Red Night. There are monsters there trying to attack them and stronger 'monsters' called The Black Knights who seem evil and want nothing more than to annihilate the protagonists. Gradully we meet more and more people (who attend the same school might I add) who are repeatedly sucked into The Red Night, and we learn that each of them have some sort of power, ranging from a mulitude of unique swords to immortallity to controlling fire and more! Every time The Red Night comes around, the main characters (later called "Fragments" by The Black Knights) have to defend their lives, battle the Black Knights and find out more about themselves and the mysterious girl trapped in a giant crystal. Once things start going really haywire for the Fragments and the entire Red Night, they find out that the girl in the Crystal is evil and she's trying to use them to bring the black moon (really the gate to hell) down on the earth to destroy it, so they're the bad guys and The Black Knights, trying to prevent this, are the goos guys. Talk about a plot twist, and is it just me or is that the most original way of destroying the world ever? I mean, first off, not only is the the black moon that the Fragments can see being a door to hell, but an evil 'witch' imprisioned in a crystal is trying to use the Fragments power, including Kakeru's Eye of Aeon to bring the gate to hell down on the world. If that's not an original twist to the "destroy the world" goal of most villans, I don't know what is. The world, which there are many of in this anime, each Fragment has their own world that they are the "ruler" of, each world being an alternate dimention. The story stayed fresh and intresting throughout all 12 episodes and had a mind-grabbing cliff-hanger at the end of each episode that just left you wanting more. It moved at a pretty fast pace so as to not get boring, but not too fast where you couldn't understand what was going on, and the story had an intresting way of pulling you in (much like The Red Night XD) so you almost felt like you were part of the action which simply intensified the "Wow! Factor" at every plot twist. The only real complaint about the plot I have is the ending, while it was very satesfying and left really no questions...it was slightly confusing in the way that there was about 2 or 3 different 'endings' in the last episode, all of which conflicted with eachother. Usually in the way of, 1+ characters would die...but then out of nowhere be alive again and in a completely different place with no explanation given. The final ending though was fairly satisfying.
I absolutely loved the animation in this series, it was clean, colorful (for the most part) very original and very very well drawn, especially the characters. The fight scenes were smooth and gripping to watch, especially those involving Kukuri, Misuzu or Yukiko. Alll the weapons and fighting styles of the characters were very original and beautifly drawn, and I have to give special attention to Misuzu's array of uniquely powered swords, they all had distinct looks but were still easily identifiable as katana, my personal favorite being the flaming one. Each character was very uniquely drawn to fit their part, the heroic Kakeru, the stoic and honorable Misuzu, the firey Takahisa and the childish and somewhat cute Yuka, all of their designs fit those personallities perfectly. Even the minor characters such as Kaori were very well drawn. The girls school uniforms were probably the most unique I've ever seen, sort of a cross between a pinkish maids dress and a gothic-lolita style dress with an inresting looking hat that just completed it. Lisolette's outfit was definatly the most extravagant, it's the textbook fashionable gothic lolita dress and fit her role nicely. The hair colors and styles also contributed greatly to the characters.
The sound was fair. Nothing really mind-blowing, the opening theme was cool, probably one of the better ones I've heard. The ending was just average at best, it started out really cool with a dramatic guitar part to end off the insane cliffhanger that finished each episode but then the rest of the song turns boring. I have to admit the only time I watched the ending in it's entirety was the last episode, because the real ending ending to the show, came after the ending theme. The voice acting was good, again, nothing really to rave about or criticize, it was average.
All of the characters were very solid and they all seemed so real and believeable thanks to the backstory that had been developed for pretty much all of them. And they all had very real seeming emotions towards one another and towards what was happening. Some characters you could be like "Wow! They're really cool!" and at the same time you could say "They're so annoying!" Or whatever. I personally found myself saying the latter a lot about Misuzu, while I acknowledge that she was very important, she just annoyed me at times since all she seemed to want sometimes was to whore herself up to Kakeru. Which leads me to my next poit of how real they seem, you can actually sympathize with these characters because they each have something to genuinly feel bad for, and yet they're not annoying or emo about it. I especially felt the greatest pity towards Yuka, trying so hard to get Kakeru to return her feelings for him, trying so hard to protect him, but always being outdone by Misuzu. I could genuinly feel Yuka's anger whenever Kakeru would get close to Misuzu. As I've said a million times, these characters suck you in, and they seem real; you can laugh with them, feel bad with them, feel angry with them, feel helpless with them, and feel resolve with them. They seem real and the character development is amazing for such a short series.
In a nutshell, I would have to say this is an amazing series. I would reccomend it to pretty-much anyone, except maybe hardcore Shoujo fans, but 11Eyes could even have something for them with the love triangle between Kakeru, Misuzu and Yuka, and the budding romance between Yukiko and Takahisa, and the tragic, lost-love past of Lisolette. I would especially reccomend this to those who are like me and enjoy lots of thinking while watching an anime. Or if you like to feel like you're part of the action and be at the edge of your seat each and every episode and have characters you can really empathize and sympathize with, this anime should find its way on your "Want To Watch" list. It has something for everybody and as long as you can handle fighting, some blood, dark-themes and a little bit of ecchi (not much) I would highly highly reccomend you watch 11Eyes.