It's the 25th year of the Taisho Era in Imperial Tokyo. Kuze Tsugumi, daughter of aristocrats, agrees to be married to save her family from decline. But before she goes through with it, her younger brother Hitaki gets her involved in an incident caused by a "maremono," a type of book that casts a great influence on whoever reads it. As a result, Tsugumi gains the power to see "aura," a light that represents the emotions that dwell within a maremono. This is the story of a woman whose destiny seems to sway up and down, as if on the delicate balance of a scale.
The Glow of the Cursed Tome
The Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau -Fukurou-
Those Who Take the Name of the God of Flames -Kagutsuchi-
Nightingale Ball -Nachtigal-
Akatsuki Evening -Lilac-
Mother's Face -Kingfisher-
Movie Theater After the Rain -Tears-
The Colors of the Flames of Love -Tragedy-
Dance of the Evil Bird -Karasu-
White-Walled Birdcage -Trauma-
Mother, Father, and Child -Bond-
Bewitching Tales of the Imperial Capital -Nil Admirari-
I tried to watch 2 to 3 episodes of this series hoping that I can find good reasons to continue watching it but I failed. I remembered the other series which has the similar theme like this except that characters in that series were actually singing. I am talking about Dance with Devils. The moment I saw the opening theme I remembered Dance with Devils and there I got a hint that "Oh no! Another reverse harem with nonsense story". I tried my best to continue watching it, believe me, I really tried but I gave up. The animation is good. I like the way that the story is set in a noble era but what I don't like is that the characters were all predictable. I already knew that the MC will end up with that black-haired guy. I am just hoping that maybe there will be some turn of events but there was none. If you would like to give it a try, nothing is bad about that. But also considers some of your precious time.
So I will echo the previous statements; when I first started this series, it was typical reverse harem lackluster... Over dramatic voice acting. Typical romance fanfare. I laughed my ass off at the abs porn. Like, furrrr real? Sexy sax and a flying button? Nah, son. Nah. Then people started dyin'. Then people started rapin'. Then the twists kept coming. The twists were so good that they bumped the series from a low 4 to a solid 8. The twists are that good and that tight. What was good good about them is that they were all in plain sight. If you rewatched the series, you will surely see them, but that's how engrossed you will get. I mean...they went so far as to hint what started WW2, but I won't spoil that. This is one of those 'Gotcha' anime series that you will talk about because the writing was completely cloak and dagger. You walk in thinking...okay, pretty bois mixed with helpless noble chick but you leave with a huge...WTF did I just watch?! Hang on until Episode 8. It's worth it. I promise.
This is a cute anime, definitely some unexpected twists, though they make sense later on. I enjoyed the animation, it was made very well. The quality of sound was great from where I watched it from, though I'm sure there are copies that sub-par. It's not English dubbed, it was Japanese with English subtitles. The characters were well made, though in the beginning you are left wondering why some characters are underrated or overlooked, but as the story goes on, you realize why the characters development was done the way it was. It makes sense if you watch it all the way through. Which if you play the game, I'm sure there is much more depth to the story and the characters. Though, from what I've read, the anime closely follows the first PS Vita game (the game has a sequel). I am going to read the manga adaption as well, to see how it compares. The intro to the anime is very catchy, and the ending theme alternates between two different kinds, which I found odd. My one pet-peeve though is, when drawing males, they should also have nipples. Though, that is pet-peeve for my Japanese dipictions of the male pectorals. In one of the ending themes, you'll see what I mean. Overall, I would still give this one a 10/10, even with the story being an 8/10. I definitely enjoyed watching it, I would highly recommend it. Once I get a PS Vita, I'll play the game too to see how it compares that way as well.
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