I will sound like a broken record but this anime is yet another good idea with a bad presentation. It tries to do things differently in a tired premise but only ends up making things worse than it already is.
What is the premise? Some kids with superpowers are divided into two groups. One doesn’t like the world and wants to purify it, the other likes it and fights to leave it as it is. And if that doesn’t give you vibes from a dozen other anime such as Neon Genesis or X-tv, then you are a total newb. So yes, the main objective of the anime is damn generic yet the way it unfolds not so much. You see, the characters are not the usual good hearted shounen heroes and the mistreated/misguided evil ones. They are all pretty much this bunch of cynical, amoral bunch of uncaring youths, with little concern about what the world is going through. At this point we have an interesting twist to the formula, as this way the characters seem to behave more realistic. Not everything is about the fate of the world and not every day should be hard training and guts so to become THE BEST SOMETHING-SOMETHING IN THE WORLD!!! So it pretty much centers on what each character feels and believes about the world in a very apathetic way.
… Which is also what makes the cast really hard to like. If the characters don’t care much, why would the viewer do? In any show the main characters are supposed to make you sympathize with them, cheer or boo them, make you part of their struggle and efforts. Well not in this case, since everybody doesn’t give a rat’s ass; meaning if they affect you, you will also not give a rat’s ass about them. And anyway, how can people fight for the fate of the world if they are not highly motivated and idealistic to begin with? It’s as if they take sides at random and fight just because they are bored or have nothing better to do.
Effectively the viewer is given a series where he is supposed to tolerate uncaring people just because they are supposed to be more realistic this way. Well they ain’t and on top of that they are boring and even hateful. And it’s not like a story about apathy or boredom can’t possibly be good. I am no fan of Suzumiya Haruhi, yet its simplistic stereotypical characters were a hundred times more likable and worthy to follow through, just because they were MOTIVATING you. It was all like “I am bored so I am doing crazy stuff to fill my life with excitement.” Sure, it can work; especially if this comes from the mouth of a perky moe girl. What motivation is given by this bunch of bored people? Absolutely none. In fact, the show gets finished and you are still left blanked out to why they chose their side to begin with.
The problem with this show doesn’t stop to the cast; the action part is also dull. There is very little choreography, lots of still images, random people appearing and disappearing, teleporting exactly where the scriptwriter wants and dying when their purpose is over. The visual effects are poor, there is way too much darkness to tell what is going on half the time, and in general I was yawning half the times, waiting for this sleeping pill to end. Don’t make the mistake of expecting good action in this, just because everybody has superpowers. You will hate it right away.
And it’s not just the action; the animation of the whole show simply feels poor. The characters are mostly standing still or teleporting with superpowers or something, while the 3D monsters move in a crude way and feel totally fake. I guess the goth artwork, the soundtrack, and the lighting effects were done in a great way since everything is mostly dark and gloomy, just like what you are supposed to be feeling about the whole thing. What a lovely way to begin your day…
And it ain’t just the animation only; the whole plot is slow and mostly uneventful. It is made up mostly of dull sounding dialogues, people standing still and looking all emo, and the whole area being depressing. As it usually happens with poorly written series, towards the end the plot goes on turbo mode and people start dying just because it is the last episode. Yeah, cheap last impressions about a story that never motivates you to care and ends with barely explaining itself. The actual story is not bad as a storyboard; there are lots of twists that look great on paper yet look shit when presented in such a dull or rushed way. People are cloned, siblings go incestuous, the world ends, and I am not made to care. Thanks but you fail.
I will end as I began. Good idea but bad presentation. Thus nothing new to see here.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 2/2
SOUND SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 3/3
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Analysis: Premise 2/2, Pacing 0/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 0/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 3/10
Analysis: Presence 0/2, Personality 2/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 0/2
VALUE SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 2/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 1/3, Characters 0/4
Anime in 200 Words: Gilgamesh
Premise: An international scientific research facility is created, and one of the projects that they develop is used to transform the sky into a mirror. Now, a few years later, two children get dragged into the war between espers and warriors called Gilgamesh.
Psychological Twists: It’s really hard to tell who the “good guys” and the “bad guys” are in Gilgamesh. You would think that it’s obvious, if you only look at character designs, but eventually, things get pretty blurred. Is the Countess trying to help people or just herself? What about the Professor? The confusion works well with the mirror imagery and the gray-based color scheme. It’s almost poetic.
Powers: There’s nothing really special about the espers except for that addiction thing. Always gave me an awkward feeling, but hey, at least it’s different, right? The members of Gilgamesh have different powers than I thought they would, but it was nice to see the complications involved in serious injuries for them. That may sound unrelated, but I’m trying not to ruin anything.
Overall: Intrigue-based shows aren’t my favorite, which lowers my rating a bit, but Gilgamesh is a decent show. Take it or leave it.
Second time watching after I decided to pick up the box set. After finishing it again after such along time I remembered why I loved this anime. It is very unique where few if any other animes come close to it. The animation is no the best but the style is extremely good and unfortunately hardly ever used. The story does start off rather slow but it ends up being amazing and rather complex once you start to think things over or just connect dots as you go through it. Personally I liked all of the characters and all their personalities. I feel that this anime has received such low reviews due to people not really getting into or just not finishing it after losing interest early on.
+Rather deep story
+unique as a whole
-Fight scenes could be better
-Story starts off slow
Give it a chance and I think you will like it ^_^
I've finally found it. The holy grail of bad anime.
A vacant wasteland where you wander , desperately seeking characters, only to find utterly vacant shells blankly staring at one another.
A land so stagnant that motion itself is a rarity, with most moments being comprised of still shots.
Every episode the same fight recurs between the same factions, with the same resolution. Nothing. To even call these scenes fights is a discredit to even the most poorly coreographed productions. They involve all the characters using the same abilities without any creativity or variation, making it difficult to tell whos doing what, or what impact it will have, and making it impossible to predict or care who will win as these non-characters duke it out.
There is no urgency in this world. There are no ambitions. You will never understand why the demons desire what they do, or why the glasses wearing douchebag wants something positive while being inherently evil.
The final half of the second of the final episodes will go down in history as the laziest and single most awful climax of all time, because there was no build up and therefore could be no resolution. One certainly couldnt care about these characters as they're butchered, since they'd received exactly zero development.
Don't do Gilgamesh kids(the post credit scene shows what happens if you do)... Do Texhnolyze.
Really, really good idea but poorly executed.
Gilgamesh has a really good concept behind it and an ending that will suprise many and leave you with something to think about. The problem is that the pacing is so bad, there are some epsiodes that just seem to drag on for an eternity with no real progress in the story what so ever adn then they attempt to make you bond with the characters but its just so badly done they just come off as forgettable.
Animation leaves a lot to be desired, in face most characters seem static and lifeless and the art style isnt that good to begin with, just a handfull of characters look good, This also backfires when they attempt to make an emotional scene, everyone just looks so lifeless you just cant connect with them. The gotic style however, is really good, the dark environment, the sheltering sky all of that is very well done. Fight scenes are a mess however with most of the characters static and some 3D effects taking place.
The sound effects and music in this anime is extremely good.
Now it may sound like I am giving this anime a hard time and obviously I am, but here comes the curve ball, there are many things that I did like. For instance lets talk about the story in general, the idea of purging the planet and giving birth to a new human race, a supposedly "pure" human race devoid of violence, now this idea isnt exactely new.....but for it to actually happen!! Now thats something!! In the end the "new human" kills its creator which may suggest that violence is just human nature and cannot be changed. there are many more things like this that Gilgamesh presents that are really good concepts. Unlike many other anime where a serious story is being told, characters act childish and out of place, in Gilgamesh they do act as though they've been thrusted into this strange world. Also there is a subtle romance going on but its kind of pointless given the ending.
Overall this should've been a 6 or 12 episode anime, everything could've been squeezed down, what drags down Gilgamesh is how long it takes to get intresting and its really crappy animation although i did like the goth style to it.