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Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica

BASED ON 12 OF 12 EPS WATCHED
16 AUG
2012

ART SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 2/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2


- The series uses a very nice blend of fantasy and normality. The world looks like ours but there are several scenes where fairies and fairytale-like sceneries mix with the rest. Another good point is the artwork on the characters and their gear. They dress in pretty phantasy cloths and use musical instruments and vehicles that reminded me of the Irish mythology and of the Renaissance. Especially the neon glow fairy wings and music scores were really something. These are the good parts.
- And now for the bad parts. Way too many still images. The characters stand like frozen most of the time. The battles they take part in feel very sluggish and most of the times it is the camera moving or zooming that gives the illusion of movement. The character detailing is also poor. Most girls look alike and you need to distinguish them only by their hairstyle. Even the sketching outlines feel rough and big. The most dreadful problem though, is the absence of lip and hand synchronization. What do I mean? Read below.

SOUND SECTION: 8/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 4/4, Sound Effects 2/3


- Voice acting and sound effects were nothing out of the ordinary and won’t stick at all in this. Plain average.
- The music themes are superb! Something between opera and symphonic metal. Trully wonderful that give color to the entire world of the story. By far the best thing in this otherwise uniteresting series.
- Too bad there was no synchronization at all. The characters sing and play music and there is not much sync between sound and image. That ruins most of the fun.

STORY SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: Premise 2/2, Pacing 1/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2


The main story is about our world melding with the fairy world and using the energy of these creatures to benefit human society. As usual, there are several evil critters popping up as well, so a team of youths from both worlds works together in order to help both worlds to prosper. The Earth team plays musical instruments and the Fairy team sings in order to tap into the power of the multi-winged fairy creatures and use it to perform all sorts of magic tricks against demon-like evil beings.

So, we have a story of cooperation, superpowers and demon attacks. What’s could be so bad about it? Well… All of it.
-There is no real death or violence in the series. Characters bump or bleed a bit but none die. In the meantime, buildings and forests around them get blown to bits all the time.
-Battles suck. Just stale images and crude magic attacks. The whole singing power-up premise looks fine at first; but it is just dressing an otherwise boring battle phase.
-The main story goes nowhere. Just people talking and doing some unimportant things that lead to a totally anti-climactic situation.
-The peoples’ reactions are ridiculous. Their world towards the end befalls into chaos and what do they do? They clap their hands and sing, like nothing matters. May I remind you, this is not a fairy tale and clapping your hands if you believe works only for Tinkerbell.

CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 1/2


In all, the story as it unfolds and the things the characters do are snoring at best. I didn’t give a rat’s ass about the fate of the world or about the characters because of the unimportant events. Despite the cast having an interesting chemistry at first, the lukewarm plots just kill all the interest and they pass as nothing but cardboards afterwards.

VALUE & ENJOYMENT SECTIONS: 1/10
Value Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4

Enjoyment Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 1/2, Story 0/3, Characters 0/4

Nice premise, boring presentation. Ends up being completely forgettable. Not recommended.

VERDICT: 4/10

SUGGESTION LIST
Princess Tutu implemented ballet dancing and opera plays during the battles.
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross used pop singing in order to fight an alien armada.
Black Heaven – Hard Rock Save the Space used rock music in order to fight an alien armada.

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