No. 6 starts as the tale of a dystopian society. Everything looks idyllic on the surface while a horror hides in the shadows and the characters try to cope with that. Yet a few episodes later, all that is trashed for a done-to-death stereotypical gay relationship between the main two characters. Boy, were the fans trolled or what… Most were lured into the show for its very atmospheric and captivating world, all thanks to its very high production values. I mean just look how they made those trees! You want to hug them! The core theme is also interesting, as it has to do with a weird insect that turns its victims to mummies, yet the authorities do their best to hide this and even imprison eye witnesses as anarchists. This seemed like such an interesting premise at first.
And then WHAM the premise ends up being nothing but a background decoration and the whole plot becomes nothing more than gay romance. I don’t want to sound homophobic or anything, but the high scores and huge follow-up the series had at first was from sci-fi and mystery fans. NOT shounen-ai fans. In fact, the anime wouldn’t be half as famous or initially praised if they were telling us right away it would just be shounen-ai. And thus you have the sudden 70% drop of viewers midway, as they realized they were trolled.
Not me though, just looking at the production teams I was almost certain right away that the show would be a fail. This is you see a collaboration of BONES and NotanimA, both producers with some very good titles, as well as some really bad ones. Although most anime fans who hear such colossi names would immediately prepare for a masterpiece, I on the other hand have no illusions to what these studios are all about. BONES for example is notorious for its poor handling of the plot in all its works, while NotanimA does it right only when it makes slice-of-life / psychological / character-centered shows, such as Tatami Galaxy. With horrible dystopian anime such as Fractale and C in recent memory, and with Bounen no Xamdou’s “HEY THIS MAKES NO SENSE” scriptwriters, I could not see how they would pull something good out of this. I mean it is an 11 episode series with an apparent complicating setting and cast and most of the duration was slow and uneventful outside the gay bonding. How hard was it to figure out early on that this would fail? Not much I say.
But you know what? The problem is not just the premise being a joke; there is also very little plot in it. The first two episodes focused on getting to know the setting and the main two characters, and the others are only all about their friendship growing stronger rather than showing how this crisis can be overcome. It’s as if the main problem of the series doesn’t even matter. It is unexciting for most, as there is mostly talking, showing a few bug scenes, and then more gay innuendos. This is definitely not a good action show, nor horror or mystery; it is just weak romantic drama. All episodes provide some immersion to the setting but it is definitely not a captivating one if you are not into gays or tree hugging.
Furthermore, not even the chemistry between the two heroes is enough to compensate for that because they are very stereotypical, with nothing worth remembering them for. The first boy is the dorky meek high school kid with a heart of gold that has overrun all modern anime to the point of hating him on first sight. NO MORE; TRY HARDER! The second boy is an anti-hero of sorts as he is already fighting the authorities for being wrongfully accused. He is definitely somewhat more interesting yet still nothing worth talking about. He even feels like a carbon copy of Ganta from Deadman Wonderland, a show that ended just a few weeks this anime began. Makes the rehashing to feel boring. What are even sillier is how the gay chemistry between them is the most distinctive aspect of their personalities. Yes, they are THAT generic.
There are a few other secondary characters too, one female dog-breeder and one female schoolmate, who try to offer some depth to the series by dealing with secondary issues. The dog-breeder for example keeps giving these weird moral speeches about humans and animals not being that different, a thing that has fooled many to still believe the show is about the meaning of life and not your more that typical gay crap. The schoolmate on the other hand tries to find the truth behind the bug attacks. Effectively she is doing everything the main characters should be doing. And the funniest part is that she does all that because she has the hots for one of them. Poor girl, I can just imagine her look when she finds out he is totally gay and not interested in her. Or who knows, maybe she is a slashfic fangirl and she may actually dig the whole thing. Whatever, she is as dull as the rest of them.
You know what? Even if this WAS a sci-fi thriller, having tiny blood sucking bugs as the main enemy would not even be scary for most. This was doomed to fail from the very start. And to no surprise, the final three episodes try desperately to return to the sci-fi thriller, only to fail miserably because by now most viewers either dropped it or lost interest. And look at that, genocides, and shootings, and weird queen bees, and a totally unexciting finale where people die and gain hope without first managing to make the viewer care about them. It’s like they show you a piece of shit and then someone steps over it. Does that make you care? Of course not; it’s a piece of shit.
So no, it is a very bad series, awful plot, bad directing, uninteresting characters, louse finale, even worse if you count how it trolled and disappointed you into thinking it was more than gay crap with a serious story. Not recommended.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 7/10
General Artwork 2/2 (looks good)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 2/2 (basic but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 1/2 (basic)
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Voice Acting 2/3 (corny but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 2/4 (average)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 4/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 0/2 (awful)
Complexity 1/2 (seems complicating at first but eventually it is nothing much)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 1/2 (cheesy)
CHARACTER SECTION: 6/10
Presence 1/2 (generic)
Personality 2/2 (gay but well founded)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
Catharsis 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
VALUE SECTION: 2/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 0/3 (never again)
Memorability 2/4 (good sci-fi ideas but that is all)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Art 1/1 (hug those trees)
Sound 0/2 (sounds meh)
Story 1/3 (good sci-fi ideas but that is all)
Characters 0/4 (gay)