Myriad Colors Phantom World

Alt title: Musaigen no Phantom World

TV (13 eps)
3.532 out of 5 from 9,524 votes
Rank #5,271

In the near future, monstrous creatures called “phantoms” descend upon the world. Haruhiko Ichijou is a student at Hosea Academy, along with Mai Kawakami, Reina Izumi, and Koito Minase, three girls who fight these creatures. High school life proceeds as normal until a certain incident reveals the truth of their world to them.

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STORY:  4/10 In a non-Post-apocalyptic future, humanity has come to discover creatures known as "phantoms," which are essentially figments of people's imaginations made into reality. They can be monstrous creatures with ill intentions, or simply harmless ones that are looking to fulfill a wish before being sealed away, which is a lot alike crossing over into the afterlife. How do they get sealed? High school students. Huh!? Wait what!? That's right! Pubescent teenagers with special abilities and powers use their gifts to fight and eventually seal them away. At Hosea Academy, they even have a school club known as the Phantom-hunting Club, where the infamously bad team of Haruhiko and Mai fight rigorously to seal away phantoms and to save-face every time they do. It's not until they are joined by the likes of Reina Izumi and Koito Minase that they are able to slowly, but assuredly, become more of a complete team able to eventually take down any phantom that comes their way. Sounds interesting? Well, the concept is just OK, but amusing. It could’ve been executed better than what it was. With the plot being generally light-hearted and simplistic, it’s not hard follow along. Plus, both the action scenes are plentiful enough and the comedic moments are not overly done nor asinine that there is some good, simple fun to be enjoyed; just don’t take the plot too seriously. Lastly, the final arc needs some specific mentioning. Here the direction changes a little and the story becomes its most serious. It doesn’t necessarily feel out of place, but it doesn’t go quite with the pace either. The worst part is that it had potential to be the best part, except that it came too late in the series. It felt rushed and it left it open for a sequel that will likely not happen. ANIMATION:  8/10 The art is the best part of the series. It is very colorful and looks really good in high definition. The animation is smooth and mostly consistent throughout the series. Even the limited CG animation that’s used looks good and blends in with the rest of the series. The only noticeable drawbacks are in the sharp, clean looking, but simple character designs, and the lack of clarity on distance shots. Although not major issues, they do take away from what is an otherwise pleasant looking anime.    SOUND:  7/10 The OP is nothing special but is catchy, especially if you like electronica music. The ED is “meh” except in the last 15 seconds or so when the characters are dancing to the music. That is honestly the only part of both that I remember. As far as during the episodes, the music is fine, and the sound effects are solid. No complaints there. CHARACTERS:  6/10 As with many anime, the characters are a part of several typical tropes (i.e. falling into Mai’s rather Huge Breasts, the occasional panty shot, an episode with bathing suits in it, etc.). It hinders the characters; it’s not overly done to the point where it can become sickening. Because of that they are still likeable, even the young Kurumi, who is without a doubt the “moe” in the show, and Ruru, a fairy-sized phantom who is Scantily-clad, which is apparently OK since she's a phantom and a tiny one at that. Together, they complete the ensemble of this particular team within the Phantom-hunting Club. The various phantoms are often fun and likeable as well. It’s too bad for Enigma that she doesn’t get enough screen time or a chance to showcase her abilities more. Developing her back story with more detail could’ve been a major bonus, as it would have been for all the back stories of the Main cast as well. There are some insights, but not enough in my opinion. OVERALL:  35/50 Amidst its flaws, Myriad Colors Phantom World was actually fun and entertaining, albeit nothing riveting or special. The cast is a little better than average but they suite this anime very well as a team. Finally, if you don’t take it too seriously and let yourself get immersed in the quite often spectacularly colorful visuals, then you are sure to have at least some fun in watching this. ENTERTAINMENT SCORE:  8/10 ACHIEVEMENT SCORE:  +2 to OVERALL My expectations were Moderate, and it delivered Slightly Above those expectations. 2️⃣Weighted Average System Score: (12 + 8 + 7 + 18 + 16 + 2 = 63/100 points) Additional Information: Video Format:  HD Streaming Audio Format:  English dubbed Publisher:  Crunchyroll Equipment Used:  Acer AN515-53-55G9 Nitro 5 Laptop


I've been on a bit of a "supernatural" kick with my anime choices lately, and after coming out of the isekai kick I was on, I at least got used to there being mass amounts of fanservice.  This even has the label of "ecchi", and certainly lives up to that label...but the last couple episodes showed that it could have been so much more if they didn't focus so much on the fanservice and instead gave more attention to the plot and characters. Plot (there is essentially no real plot until the final two episodes) Basically, it's about a group of high school students who have special abilities, so they're called in often to fight against creatures called "Phantoms".  Due to a virus leak by a company called Alayashiki, said virus changed how the human mind worked and people began seeing creatures, many borne from their imaginations, which were dubbed as "Phantoms".  Though many are harmless, there are others which cause problems. Characters Haruhiko Ichjou - The protagonist who has a unique ability to seal a Phantom by sketching it (and develops an even more powerful ability later on).  He is a bookworm, and knows a lot of rather interesting things from history to culture and more.  He has a habit of going off on a tangent and talking excitedly about such things, much to the annoyance of others, but is a very helpful and kind person. Mai Kawakami - The typical "hot headed but nice" female character (is there a -dere for that?  Wouldn't be surprised if there was).  She is a year older than Haruhiko and the others, yet her personality of being spunky and reckless makes her a good vanguard of the group due to her martial arts prowess and ability to access the five elements and channel them into her fists. Reina Izumi - A girl who comes from a very strict (and rich) family, and had gone to an all-girl's school prior to high school.  She is the epitome of a bottomless hole when it comes to eating, and her ability even reflects upon that (or maybe it's vice-versa; who knows) in that she can "seal" Phantoms by sucking them in and "eating" them.  Just think "Kirby", only she can't take their powers.  She is kind, and takes a strong liking to Mai. Koito Minase - Another girl (noticing a pattern, yet?) and also on the same team with Haruhiko and the others, she had a closed-off personality and a huge sweet tooth.  Her ability is powerful and involves using her voice to blast things or set them on fire.  She's somewhat tsundere, but not to the point where it's an "in your face" sort as she warms up to the group faster than the typical tsundere character. Ruru - A strange little Phantom who takes the appearance of a female genie and follows Haruhiko pretty much everywhere.  Her origins are unknown (but explained at the end), and with her hyper and airheaded personality she contributes much to the chaos. Overall I want to quickly touch on the animation and sound.  The intro song is...well, obnoxious.  Not everyone will feel that way, but I was not a fan of that (though the ending song was okay).  The BGM is fine. As for animation...there are some really (as in, SUPER) annoying spots where the anime tries to do that "let's make it look like it's through a camera which is shaking like an earthquake on a ship in the ocean during a hurricane".  This effect is getting more and more annoying, and no studio seems to know how to use it properly.  I don't get motion-sick, but one of the scenes was so bad that I didn't want to watch it anymore. Sometimes it's difficult to tell what's happening in combat (especially the final battle), but the anime definitely excels at its selling point:  Boobs and butts. As a comedy, it works well...but sometimes the humor (being slapstick in nature and often due to ecchi scenes) gets a little repetitive and dull at times.  It does have a label of "ecchi" (and though it seems to be a harem anime, it doesn't really give that vibe although people seem to have varying decisions on their favorite ship), but my personal opinion is that this anime would have thrived so much better if it cranked up the plot and fleshed out the characters a little bit more and toned down the ecchi scenes. Personally, and I've stated this before, I'm not interested in any sort of fanservice (whether it comes from male characters or female characters), and it does absolutely nothing for me.  I watched this anime for the tags of "supernatural" and "comedy". While it doesn't hold a candle to the more serious series (such as Charlotte), it did have the potential to do so.  However, it just became yet another slice-of-life anime which had to resort to boobs and butts to get its viewers. I feel there was a lot of squandered potential, and the last couple episodes prove it.  Had that been the main focus instead of the middle of the anime being pretty much just fanservice (hotsprings antics, cat-girls, ect), then it could have been an amazing series. I say the "middle" since the beginning is the standard beginning of any of these sort of anime where it shows the characters gain more companions and fight against their enemy (in this case, the Phantoms) so the viewers have an idea of the "small events".  Typically, an anime would then start to build towards an overlying plot...but this one just continued to be fanservice until the last few episodes. And there are definitely some moments which should be sad; I say "should be" because the level of comedy isn't balanced, and often overshadows the few dramatic moments (usually, said dramatic moments relate to the characters themselves). Pretty much all of the characters are living on their own (with the exception of Reina, as well as a young girl who joins them named Kurumi), and if the middle had toned down on the ecchi stuff and put more focus into fleshing out the characters just a little more and hinting a little better at the "overall plot" (which turns out to be a two-episode "plot" at the end of the anime) then it would have been much more gripping. Not that it's a bad anime, and if you're looking for a silly anime with ecchi moments all over the place, this is definitely your cup of tea.  If you like light-hearted anime and can tolerate ecchi stuff, then it's not a bad watch if you're looking for something to pass the time.  If you're looking for something substantial...this will disappoint you. Again, it does have its moments of seriousness and drama, but those moments are overshadowed by the perverted moments.  Was it amusing?  Yes. Was it entertaining?  Yes. Would I watch it again?  With the exception of episode 11 which is just freaking adorable, No.

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