One rainy night after a school festival, a group of students from Kisaragi Academy decide to perform the "Sachiko Ever After" charm, which will unite them forever as friends. Once the ritual is done, a sudden earthquake transports them to Heavenly Host, a torn down elementary school. Unbeknownst to Satoshi and his friends, however, is the horrific past behind it which culminated in its demolition. As they look for each other and try to escape from Heavenly Host, they soon find out their lives are at the mercy of those affected by that same bloodied past.
(Only minor spoilers in this review) Corpse party is... okay. It's not the best horror anime I've seen, but it's definetly not the worst either. Be warned, there are a lot of gore and violence, as well as some ecchi. It's interesting enough to watch (since it's only about 2 hours in total), but it could have been better. Have in mind that I have not played the game. Story: It's your typical horror story; some school kids perform a ritual and end up in a school that's haunted by the spirits of dead children and their victims. To escape, they have to solve the mystery of what really happened to the children, and set their spirits free. The story works. It's unoriginal and predictable, but it works. However, you never know who will survive, or if anyone will survive, which I think is really good. The ending was also a surprise, as well as the characters actions. The reason I give it a little above average on the story is because it had a few holes in it and they didn't show everything that happened (probably because the time wasn't enough). There were quite a few things left unexplained and some things the characters did were just plain stupid. I mean "this guy just told me there are ghosts here and the floor is filled with blood and corpses.. well, I'm gonna go find a toilet because I really need to pee right now, we can catch up later, bye!". Animation: The character design and the animation was great. The gore was terrifying and well done, the lightning and shadows were spot on and the creepy stuff were indeed creepy. I liked the fact that the gore worked and was part of the story, and not just "there for show". Some facial expressions and minor things could improve, but overall the animation and art style was very good. Sound: The sound helped create a creepy and mysterious atmosphere. The voices fit for each character (jap) and the soundtrack was good. Characters: Oh damn.... this is where it really fell for me. It was almost like the creators though "hey, this guy/gal is just gonna die soon anyway, there's no need to give him/her a personality". They all had one of three personalities: 1. The stupid and scared one. 2. The stupid one that wants to save everyone and get them all out of there. 3. The stupid one that turned crazy. Did I mention they were all incredibly stupid? There were however some characters you "kinda liked" and some you "kinda hated", but most of them were just there. There was no one I was particularly fond of and I couldn't care less about the ones who died. Overall: As I said, it was okay. I recommend you give it a try if you like horror, blood and gore, but that's mainly because it's so short you won't lose much if you don't like it. However, if you are easily irritated when the characters make a stupid decision or hate plot holes, then this is not the anime for you. I have heard the game is much better, so maybe you should give that a try instead.
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls is the perfect anime for the halloween/fall season. With only four episodes, this anime is the perfect substituion for one hour and a half scary movie. Becoming more of a gory mystery series rather than a horror anime, there are still enough chilling and suspenseful to keep you on the edge of your seat. I reccomend this to anyone looking to add to their list of the scary/unsettling genre. Plus that ending will just leaving you with the most bone chilling feeling ever! (Watch after the credits of the last episode for sure.) BTW If these four episodes let you wanting more. Whether it be back story or more character development, I recommend that you play at least the first Corpse Party game for PSP which you can download to your vita from the Playstation store. If you at all enjoyed the anime and want to go more in depth then the video game is a MUST. SPOILERS!!!! For anyone wondering how the last guy didn't make it back, i have an explanation. He Naomi picking something off the corpse in a previous scene and asked her what she was doing. She replied, "nothing." Later, he asked the ghost of that dead girl what happens to someone who doesn't use their piece of the paper doll when they return to the real world. We never get to hear her response. Now, when the three of them are going to return he knows that she has a piece of paper from one of the dead members of the group. He knows that she can't return with that piece because it's original owner is dead. Instead, he offers her his own piece and says that he will use his sister's piece, knowing full well she is dead and he will not be able to return with them. So in essence, he sacrificed himself so that she could get back to the real world. But after watching after the credits, who really came out on top of that one?? All in all I think it was a great twist.
Rules of a survival horror: 1. Stay together 2. Dont split up 3. Both of the above mentioned. Corpse party is basically a survival horror. This means it suffers from the same miskates survival horrors do, but it also has a lot of the positives of one. A huge positive would be the story. They have a good number of plot-twists and they are actually good. If it wasnt for the horror part, Corpse party would actually be a good mistery anime. Another plus would be the very good but exaggerated(this is also a negative) visuals and sounds. Negatives include the stupidity of the characters and SPOILER: their reactions to deaths. When your sibling dies in your hands after being brutally tortured, you dont walk it off in 5 minutes. SPOILER END. Story: the story is surpisingly good. It is a very good mistery for a 1.5 hour anime. Probably the best feature of the anime. A story like this would work with the likes of Ghost Hunt too. 7.5/10 Animation: very good, but far exaggerated. People dont break so easily. You cant cut someones head in two with a knife and a piece of wood wont decapitate you. They overdid the gore part. A lot. Im kind of mad because of that. The anime would be on par with Ghost Hunt if it wasnt for the ridiculous amount of blood in it. 7/10 Sounds: Also exaggetared, but very strong. The sounds add a lot to the overall feeling. 8/10 Characters: Sachiko is awesome, but most characetrs are pretty weak and very stupid. They make bad decisions that cost them a lot and their reactions are strange sometimes. I feel like they were in a hurry to release these 4 episodes instead of making lets say 6-7 episodes to present the characters or give them decent reactions. For example when they find mutilatedc bodies they barely break a sweat. Im not one with a weak stomach, but this should be way more shocking, survival instinct or not. Another example would be the first episdes. You find yourself in a school thats haunted and react completely nonchalantly. Ffs, I have a bigger panic reaction when I put my phone in the wrong pocket and cant find it for a second. 4/10 Overall. Its a good anime, but some things are missing. The character reactions are off, the gore is too much and it weakens an otherwise very strong atmosphere. For example my personal favorite: Ghost Hunt. Less scares, low amounts of violence and blood, but it was scarier. The ridiculous amount of blood didnt break the scare, the characters natural reactions made you capable of empathy. Here, it doesnt work all that well. I like this anime, I actually consider it superior to Another(same problems, but far better story) and I would recommend it to fans of: Ghost Hunt, Another, Shiki, Elfen Lied maybe When they cry. 7/10 Have fun!
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