After a virus claims millions, most live in the safety of a closed-off world, relegating themselves to an on-line existence. But when a young girl decides to brave life outside the virtual world, she finds a group of friends—and a killer. Someone is hunting and violently murdering children. Who? And why? And is she the next target? Get plugged in to the the cyber-shocking animated thriller, Loups=Garous!
Source: Sentai Filmworks
Animated by Studio I.G. which is superb when it comes to making science fiction settings. They rarely create likable characters though; they feel like robots or generic puppets most of the time. It worked fine for Ghost in the Shell but it is iffy in all the rest. Directed by Fujisaki Junichi, whose only other work was Blood+. Not much to say about him, other than he likes to direct dark and violent shows with schoolgirls. The setting is the only interesting thing I can find in the whole film. It has to do with a future society where peace has been established and the time when people had to kill other people, or even animals for food, is now just a thing of history. There are some though who still commit atrocious acts; they wear masks and are called wolves. So basically we have the heroes, who grew up in a constantly monitored, secured and almost robotically emotionless world full of fancy hi-teck gadgets, suddenly being pitted against a violent society of unregistered people and murderous beasts from a world that was supposed to now be long gone. It is interesting to see these opposite ways of life in a conflict. And this is where all the positives stop since all the rest is one big mess. Here is the horrid black list of the things I disliked.1) So here you are watching this film waiting for cool stuff to happen and in just a few minutes WHAM the harsh reality hits you in the face. All the main characters are part of the plague that kills modern anime: Moe schoolgirls. Damn what a drag, they killed the mood. Sure, having cute / frail / innocent girls going through an emotional hell before getting all horrified and bloody may sound like an instant hook for most casual viewers but it has been done SO many times that now it’s just ridiculous. Plus, the characterization is almost always close to zero as moe is nothing but simplistic personalities and squeaky voices. And indeed, with only one movie worth of duration none of the characters have the time to be anything other than generic moe schoolgirls. They don’t even change clothes when they are not at school for Pete’s sake.2) The foreground artwork, and especially the character designs, is lazy. Apart from being mostly overused caricatures of schoolgirls, there is also very little to no details on them. The visual effects on computers and gadgets are cool but the characters have no interesting uniforms, no complicating facial structure and barely any shading or lightening on their bodies. That makes them look like a lifeless-looking gag manga. I mean just look at those lazily drawn faces!3) The soundtrack is full of girly J-pop that nobody will give a damn about. Where is my epic chorus / synthesizer music you bastards? This is a sci-fi movie! 4) The dialogues felt really artificial. The moe girls constantly repeat the questions as if they don’t understand anything and need to spend most of the duration in breaking the fourth wall just to explain how some common-knowledge issues to them need elaboration. It felt totally retarded. And sure, it fits to have a bunch of oblivious cute girls being gaga with everything but it doesn’t make the plot any better. Here you have an elaborate sci-fi setting that would normally be full of complicating notions and what you get is a bunch of dumb girls going “Duh, food? Duh, mystery? Duh, hacking? Duh, kidnap?” For 90 minutes!5) The plot is retarded. You just have no idea why something happens the way it does and not in a more logical way. - People are kidnapped and the police don’t even know they are missing for weeks, despite having security cameras in every room and road, and despite everybody having a GPS signal on them. You would at least assume the teachers or the parents or the eye witnesses would report to the police how some of the people they know haven’t shown up for weeks or that they saw them being attacked. And no, you get squat! How the devil is this society working if they have so many security systems and yet they can’t do the simplest thing? How did they even reach to such a blissful state if a common kidnaper can do anything he likes and nobody will report him?- A bunch of dumb schoolgirls who are bored of their boring controlled lives are otherwise outsmarting the system and deal with all sorts of mysteries and criminals by just walking around and making a few simple questions. You can’t believe how retarded it feels to have such characters being fifty times more effective than the otherwise awesomely controlled status quo. And as usual, you have no bloody idea of why they never inform the police or anyone else for what they discover that can endanger the lives of millions. - You also have no idea of what is going on with the storyline. You see a girl being attacked but saved at the last moment. Yet in the exact next scene, she is kidnapped for no obvious reason. And when they finally save her for the second time, they let her recover in an open remote bedroom for a week, while they are practicing a teen band song for kicks. Ain’t they scared in the least for what the hell just happened? Why didn’t they tell anyone about it? What are the police doing all this time? How did the movie swift from horror / sci-fi / mystery to a fluffy K-On clone? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Wait, now the girl is attacked for the third time? So much for being more cautious you dumb girl! And then more attacks and stuff that make no sense. I can go on forever with how terrible the storyboard is. Especially the ending where the motives of the villains are revealed. God, what a shitty asspull was that? - What is even dumber than all that is how the whole fuss was resolved by just one character who was just killing anyone getting in its way. Everybody else was just a stunt and eventually useless to the plot; all it took was to take a knife and start killing anything that moved. Thank you very much for the cheap way out and the trashing of the rest of the already generic cast. And the funniest part? Said character was not even the protagonist. The protagonist was in the contrary the most useless of all the moe girls who did absolutely nothing other than crying and running away in the whole damn film. One of the shittiest anime movies of recent times and a shame to the already large bad roster of I.G. titles. And now for some excused scorings. ART SECTION: 7/10 General Artwork 1/2 (lazy for an I.G. level of production) Character Figures 0/2 (generic and lazily drawn) Backgrounds 2/2 (fitting with the feeling of the series) Animation 2/2 (ok for a movie format) Visual Effects 2/2 (funky sci-fi visuals) SOUND SECTION: 4/10 Voice Acting 1/3 (retarded moe dialogues) Music Themes 1/4 (out of place J-pop crap) Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess) STORY SECTION: 4/10 Premise 2/2 (interesting) Pacing 0/2 (sloppy) Complexity 2/2 (rich context) Plausibility 0/2 (none) Conclusion 0/2 (anti-climactic asspull) CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10 Presence 1/2 (generic) Personality 1/2 (cheesy) Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there) Development 0/2 (non-existent or messy) Catharsis 1/2 (overblown but it’s there) VALUE SECTION: 2/10 Historical Value 0/3 (none) Rewatchability 0/3 (no reason to bother again with this crap) Memorability 2/4 (cool enough concept to remember but the rest of it is crap) ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10 Art 0/1 (looks lazy) Sound 0/2 (sounds out of place) Story 1/3 (cool concept, shitty presentation) Characters 0/4 (generic and lame) VERDICT: 3.5/10
What I Liked: The depiction of (future) people purely dependent on technology.What I Didn't: Dialogue was cheesy at the best of times, some plot points that were obvious were still explained (e.g. Ishida being an avatar), Makino was irredeemably irritating, more plot holes than a block of swiss cheese. Pop group cameo seemed shoehorned in, intrusive and didn't seek to be of benefit to the plot.Final Verdict: Loups=Garous was nothing original nor nothing special - in fact, it was highly irksome. Everything about it screamed C-grade from the gratuitous plot device-pinching to the flat and boring characters.
This is my very first review so don´t be to harsh on me ok? I tried my best to review the movie and I would be glad If someone could correct me If understood smth wrong! Story This anime left me with a WTF? expression after the credits started rolling and it took me some minutes of thinking to figure out what I just saw. Loups=Garous means werewolf and had actually only a bit to do with the story but lets put that aside and concentrate on the plot. The movie just starts somewhere in the middle of a city after some war. People that live in there are controlled everywhere even in their own houses by countless cameras and patrouling services. Kinda reminds me of the game "Mirrors Edge" if you know what I´m talking about. What happened to the world that people have to live in such controlled city? What caused the war? That and many other questions are leaved without an answer wich makes me believe that this movie is based on a game, anime or is a sequel to something that had to be watched to actually understand the movie. The story has many flaws and gapes wich leave the viewer in a helpless state of being thrown in the movie without any information. The story develops in a strange manner and ends with an awkward ending. There is nothing original in there and it´s not really interesting to watch. For example there is this scene where the "good" finally discovers the "bad" guy who is enjoying a meal in a typical "Mafia" manner. Come on?! Isn´t this kinda overused in movies? To be honest the whole story is confusing at first but you should be put the whole picture together if you think about it. But even then it would seem senseless without any deeper meaning or message. Animation The animation was really good and actually flawless. I didn´t saw anything that disturbed me in any way except for these emotionless eyes. I don´t know if they were on purpose drawn like that or by mistake? But these kind of shadows in the eyes resemble emotionless in my mind because its used like that in animes. Anyway the animators threw even some CGI in and that turned pretty out pretty fine. The city filled with cameras and such looked good and the colours were used in proper manner wich added to the mood of a controlled city. But it can´t be compared to detail bombs like "Promised Place" or "Summer Wars" and is only a bit above the usual 2010 weekly anime level. Sound There was nothing wrong with the sound everything sounded right and believable and the voice acters did a great job. It wasn´t perfect but I mostly don´t put much attention to such things aslong they don´t really stand out either bad or good. Characters Bad! That´s that all I can say. Actually.. No Wait! I gave the Characters a lower score than the story because the story made atleast more sense than the these girls. I didn´t detected any character development except for Hazuki and a bit for Ayumi. The character itself were pretty much overused stereotypes and just plain in my opinion. Nothing new just proved to be good settings. Ayumi was one of the most confusing characters with no background wich ruined the story pretty much. She was also one of the reasons why the story didn´t made any sense or is it vice versa? Overall Strange and confusing story with no background, but decent sound and animation and bad character settings wich I won´t reveal because I don´t want to spoil anything. I can´t recommend this anime basing on some other movies because it´s so unique and at the same time so confusing and mixed up. Again I don´t if this anime had some sort of prequel like a game or another anime since I didn´t found any. If there is some then please correct.
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