- Animation is done by a team of retarded monkeys called studio DEEN. They almost always screw up badly in whatever they produce and this is yet another case.
- Directing is done by Yamaguchi Yuuji, who has produced nothing but bad series and mediocrities. Just to give you an idea of how bad he is, his best work is the adaptation of Fate/Stay Night. Exactly, he is that bad.
- Based on an erotic game by some minor company. Yeah, it’s a story you watch to masturbate.
- There’s this famous series of point & click videogames called Mist. The protagonist enters the worlds in books, where he seeks something.
- There’s this series of manga and anime called Tsubasa Chronicles. The protagonist travels to parallel worlds looking for something.
- There is Revolutionary Girl Utena, an artistic anime full of lesbos looking for something.
* Stir all three in a bowl with lesser production values and duller pacing, and the result is Yami to Bushi to Ho… Man, the title is long. I will just call it Tabibito.
So Tabibito is the adaptation of a lesbo game that created a sensation when it was new because of its weird premise and setting. It is not just about yuri and it is also about an adventure to numerous realities as means to find the girl the heroine loves. Combined with some really weird character designs it just looks too weird to the point it is memorable just for that.
On the other hand it is not exactly what one would call an enjoyable series. Being memorable is one thing, being enjoyable is another. To put it simply, it is like the opposite of your average harem. No, I don’t mean a reverse harem, I mean it is not your typical “watch once, laugh, and forget” show. It is basically a “Wow, what the heck I am watching” type, which in a way it is better than the alternative.
The story is separated into arcs with little to none relation to one another, jumping almost randomly from one time period to another; a thing which can be annoying to people who like on going stories. You do learn a few things around how the world works in each case but in effect you get stand alone missions of… nothingness. And by that I mean there is very little going on in terms of action or plot, and even less in terms of revelations. And speaking of revelations… ok half the time I didn’t even understand the terminology. And when I did, I was more like “So what is the point of all this in a girl’s search to find another girl?” And the answer is simply “Because it looks cool.”
And that is basically the only attraction in the show, the fact that it keeps feeling mysterious around things that in the longrun are useless to the core theme. So there is a library full of worlds and the librarian there is looking for the person that connects them all, and they go all over the place to talk to and antagonize various people. It happens in a very confusing and slow manner to the point that you are no longer watching for the story but for the mood of the story.
The mood can only be backed up by the production values, which in this case are closer to weird than well made. There isn’t super awesome symbolic artwork in it but super weird imagery. Heck, even the characters are drawn with strange proportions and weird clothes. As for the music part, the songs are moody as well but nothing overall impressive, and the voice acting ok for its context; although I never was a fan of chipmunk squeaky voices.
The characters are nothing but basic yuri material thrown in a confusing setting of dimensional jumping. The three main girls are colorized and slightly developed but eventually you will be watching this not for them but for the yuri fan service, and the weird atmosphere. All secondary characters may as well be decorations as they are ephemeral and are never seen past their arc; a thing which eventually makes the main characters’ development go unnoticed next to the yuri/setting.
So is it a good series? If you belong to people who like the premise and the mood of a show more than its pacing or directing, then yes. Otherwise, this will be a wtf watch at best you will forever remember as something different but not good. There is very little chances you will ever rewatch it since it is only meant to confuse you with a weird setting that have very loose plot continuity and a hook of a more than typical yuri subtext.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 8/10
General Artwork 2/2 (bizarre)
Character Figures 2/2 (bizarre)
Backgrounds 1/2 (basic)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 2/2 (bizarre)
SOUND SECTION: 5/10
Voice Acting 2/3 (corny but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 1/4 (squeaks are not my thing)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 5/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 0/2 (loose)
Complexity 2/2 (a lot)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 1/2 (cheesy)
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Presence 1/2 (generic)
Personality 1/2 (typical)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 0/2 (none)
Catharsis 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
VALUE SECTION: 3/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 0/3 (no reason to rewatch)
Memorability 3/4 (weird enough to remember it)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 2/10
Art 1/1 (looks weird)
Sound 0/2 (sounds meh)
Story 1/3 (interesting ideas but badly presented)
Characters 0/4 (they are stereotypes)