A town in the countryside surrounded by forests and mountains. Five members of the cultural anthropology club at an old western-style school are trying to come up with ideas for their presentation at the school’s culture festival, when they find a collection of folk tales gathered by a student in their club 40 years ago. They realize that the mysterious “Bellflower Oni” that appears in the folk tales may be the basis for the popular free game “Aooni”, and decide to make that their theme. They manage to make contact with the author of the Aooni game, but he dies mysteriously soon afterward. The club members become suspicious at the author’s death and began to investigate on their own, but encounter a secret they never should have touched: a secret underground prison in the school. For some reason all the fire doors at the school are locked, and they are trapped in the school. The sound of the strange footsteps they hear soon turn to their screams… A new tragedy of the Aooni is about to begin.
From the deepest pits of DEEN's hell comes Ao Oni - The Animation, a movie which has the dubious honor of being the worst thing DEEN has ever made (and it looks like it'll remain that way for a while). The movie features a group of students who are investigating the story of Ao Oni for a school project and, a few hours later, they learnt he hard way there's a monster in the school and they are trapped inside with no way out. Judging from this one would think this is going to be a snoozefest... and they'll be right. The first half of the movie is really dull and feels like it's thrice as long while the second part tries way too hard to grab your attention and fails to do so. To make things worse the plot twist at the end comes is so nonsensical it would make M. Night Shyamalan facepalm. Not everything is bleak though, becuase there was one part where the people in charge of it seemed to have a moment of enlightment and decided to put a really random dance bit that was so out of place it was unintentionally funny. Animation-wise is so terrible it might be the very reason this anime is considered a horror movie (though it doesn't reach Naria Girls' level of eye-cancer). The backgrounds and the characters look as dull as dishwater, the lip-sync is pretty much inexistent and also the moth movements are pretty weird and unnatural. As if it wasn't enough in the hectic points of the movie the animation is really laggy (it has even more lag than the first episode of Kemono Friends!), the blood splatter looks really out of place in some occasions and some of the bodies looked like charred turds instead of skinned people (or that's what I think the creators wanted them to look like). The OST was really limited and most of the songs consisted on tracks taken straight from the game (including a remix of the already overused chase track from the game that plays close ot the end of the movie). The voice acting was ok though, which given the quality of this movie it sounds like an achievement. The characters are blander than the blandest thing that you can come up with. Save for 2 or 3 characters that have something that resembles a personality the rest are completely void of personality and are just there to get killed in a gruesome way. All in all you should avoid this movie unless you're in for some painful boredom.
I honestly don't know why I watched this. Perhaps because I'd just finished Ao Oni ~ the Animation that I thought, you know what? Let's give the movie a try. The anime was cute and funny, so let's see how the movie shall be. I regretted that decision. Immediately, you are greeted by a 3D animation, and not even a good one. The mouths are out of sync, the faces, if they aren't bland and unmemorable, look kind of terrifying (I realised why this was considered a horror, though I don't think it's the same reasons they wanted it to be). They also all have either very little or no personality; my favourite character, Perfume-Man, as I call him, probably had the most personality, having a knack for sensing perfume and failing at scaring his classmates. I mean, I'd be pretty scared too if my classmate had no nose unless they were looking away from me and the face of a frog. The music is nothing exciting throughout the entire movie. The only interesting thing is that they use the same sound from the game when Ao Oni appears. When I started watching it, I immediately regretted my decision. Not only was the animation bad, the characters looked atrocious, the dialogue was a little bland and it was so slow! It took half the movie before anything happened. But somehow, I was drawn in. Probably because the movie was so atrocious I felt compelled to watch it. And by the time I completely regretted my decision, I was already half-way through the movie. I was upset enough that I'd forced myself to watch but something about the terrible, terrible deaths - I don't mean good terrible, I mean sitting there, just blinking and trying to figure out how something so badly animated and horribly timed could have possibly found its way into an already terrible movie - coerced me to continue watching the movie. And so I did. And so I regretted. Even if the story at the beginning is mildly interesting, in the last third of the movie, when they explain everything, it all goes downhill. Nothing seems to make sense, it seems extremely rushed and it is SO GODDAMN UNSATISFYING that I had to sit for a few moment, trying to cast out the anger that had arisen in me. Overall: Bad music Terrible story Even worse animation And absolutely no character depth Don't waste your time with it, unless you enjoy long, painful movies that cause anger and dissatisfaction. It's not actually long, it's only an hour, but when you're watching something this bad, it certainly feels like eternity.
If you ever wondered what rwby meets c grade horror would be then look no further, and not in an all bad way. The story is nothing special but still very enjoyable for what it is. Now before you think I'm, bashing or going fanboy... Like corpse party this ova is based off an rpgmaker horror title rated amound the best in the freeware genre, and one of VERY few that go for a straightforward horror approach. However the animation is... pretty bad. but not without a few pretty smooth moments which keep the show from being at best a 1.5, sadly stick out like a sore thumb. The part that shocked me the most was how amazing the voice acting was done, damn near top notch! which isn't the only reason sound is so high, original tidbits of score and a pretty slick soundtrack must be the height of the show characters... welll. almost no development but serve their purpose, like the story... good enough, like the obsure series of games. All in all, I hope to see more clasic rpg horror adapted into anime and this movie gives me hope. we may have a long way to go but imagine if we had the support of rwby what our twisted minds could create, This gives me hope for a new corpse party. with the lack of true edge in the modern anime community this could breathe new life into a fairly tame medium as of late.
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