FIRST EPISODE IMPRESSIONS. Well, I was initially pretty pumped for this, because I checked out some of the play-throughs of the PS Vita game a while back (and I liked what I saw), but that excitement settled down when I began to see the signs of the usual reverse harem that I can only call a "guilty pleasure"...
1. The protag is obviously very naïve, just like almost any other reverse harem protag. She's already gotten into one dumb situation in this first episode, so she’ll likely stumble into many more, but she will never stop being kawaii as hell about it. Lord knows, not even One-Punch Man could punch the kawaii out of her; I just wish she didn't have (what seems to be) a shriveled pinto bean for brain. Why can’t a harem of guys be attracted to a girl’s outstanding bravery and/or intelligence or something? Is that too much to ask? Also, I just wanted to add that she is (to my annoyance) talented in her very own language of jumbled "shrieks" of wonder/surprise (I don't know what else to call the subtle noises she makes sometimes instead of talking).
2. The characters we were introduced to seemed to be following the usual tropes (I could be wrong about this, but I'm 80% sure I'm right). The grumpy shut-in guy will probably end up being my favorite, as I couldn't really say he fit into a common trope. I also think that I'll like the blue-haired guy, even though we only got a short glimpse of him (I think his name is Akito?), because his hair is friggin' majestic. Not Aoba (DMMd) majestic, but majestic nonetheless.
PRO: I really do love the art and character designs; everything and everyone in the anime is beautiful so far, ESPECIALLY the protag! I just love her hair and eyes ^_^ I also like the garden-like spaceship setting. It’s a nice change from the school setting of other reverse harems.
SUMMARY OF FIRST EPISODE IMPRESSIONS: Even though it might not sound like it, I really do enjoy reverse harems (even if they're haunted by the same recurring pattern), so I'll probably like Norn9... I just wish it was something I could be proud of loving, that's all. Who knows, maybe it will shatter my now lower expectations by the end? We'll just have to see :)
Note: If you’re really craving pretty boys this season, I think Prince of Stride will turn out to be a better choice. Also, this is my first ever review, so don’t judge meee (at least, not too hard). I would, however, appreciate helpful feedback on how to make any future reviews better. I hope you have a nice rest of your day, stranger!
I am going to state right away that I have played the PS Vita Var Commons version of the visual novel, and have nearly 100% the whole game.
Now as someone who is a fan of the game, I would not reccommend this anime.
I'll start with the story. And yes I will be comparing it to the game as that's what I knew first.
It starts off with Koharu being told about the ship called NORN, and that she must board it to pretty much be useful and not be alone anymore. It's obviously the end of Winter, as everything is covered in snow, with bits of greenery trying to poke out. So it's telling us, like the traveler told Koharu, that spring is when the ship will come and that is when the story will truly start.
And it does come but they go aboard a small ship first to get to the big one, while Kakeru has her wrapped in ivy and Akito is off doing who knows what while eating an apple. Cause that makes it totally look like he was searching...
In the Visual Novel the whole ship touches down. And instead of Akito and Kakeru searching per se for Koharu, Koharu and Sorata find the ship and then get jumped by the two boys investigating the landing. Needless to say Sorata was not there, nor did they get jumped. He just kind of appears, on the ship, instead of in town. Cause that makes sense.
I'm giving the story a low rating because of the changes. Where they could be taken as good, it seems more to me they didn't do a whole lot of research into the game aside from the few snippits of information on it's Wikia page.
Example: Koharu uses her power in the anime right away, despite hating it. In the game she waits much longer before. Yes I understand they put her into a position for that to happen but her original character wasn't naive enough to run around the ship when told it's dangerous.
Lets move onto animation. Now a lot of it is very pretty and good, but there are a few moments where it looks a bit choppy, or it's missing frames while other parts seem to have too many. now I'm not going to be to critical on this part as I know some of the stuff Japanese Animators have to go through, especially when they have to release an episode weekly without being allowed to push dates around. So overall it's pretty, but I prefer the scenery and effects more than the characters.
Sound, kind of self explanitory. So far all the Voice Actors seem to be true to the Game, which makes it more enjoyable for those that have played it, but I feel like some of it could be better? Like there isn't an overjoy for the VA's to come back and do the same characters.
Speaking of which, the Characters. I'm kind of rushing the end part of this as story was my biggest issue but the characters seem off as well. Koharu is more naive then she originally was. Her character in the game I took as quiet, a bit clumsy, and slightly naive, but not completely to the point she wouldn't listen to someone. She isn't an overly pushy character, but she is very caring and gets concerned about others more than herself. Also a lot of her naiveness is from lack of knowledge, she grew up kinda being isolated so makes sense not to know a lot of common things but she also knows how to listen to people and not just let it go in one ear and out the other.
The other characters are a bit off as well, Akito is kind of mellowed down [He is terrified of Hiyoko's where the anime he is only slightly scared of them], Senri isn't as quiet or complainy about what Kakeru does, he just kind of accepts it somehow.
Another issue is the ship itself, they made it a lot more technologically advanced then the game made it seem. And the locations of say the rooms, dining hall and meeting room are all different. I don't understand why they felt the need to when some perfectly good designs already existed for it that aren't to complicated. I guess for the fact of wanting it to be fancier would be a better explenation but the ship itself was never complicated, and it seemed easy to navigate.
Original review is below.
After finishing it I decided, it's not good. It had an interesting start, but it did end up being a short anime and the story just didn't fit well. There were too many things crammed in and it didn't really make sense. A lot of animes this season seemed promising and most ended up disappointing. I don't reccomment bothering with this. The ending is too far out too.
I just sort of stumbled on to this anime with no real expectations and absolutely no clue what I watching (since neither this site nor the site I was watching it on gave an informitive summary.....). So far so good. I really hope this isn't a 12 episode anime though because it won't be able to develop and finish in just 12 episodes. First three episdoes are interesting though.
I still don't entirely understand what is going on, but the characters are diverse and there is a bit of mystery behind each of them which is being discovered. The main focus right now appears to be the relationships between each of the twelve individuals on this "ship" thing that floats in the sky. Since it is only subbed, I was kind of planning on having it go on in the background as noise and paying half attention to it figuring it wasn't going to be interesting but it piqued my curiosity and I ended up paying attention it and enjoying it. I am excited to see what will happen next. I definitely reccomend.
NORN 9 IS GREAT MANNN
honestly i waitted for one year until this anime come out, the characters sure is soooo handsome
if u like diabolik lovers or dance with devils, u sure love this one, but i think this story went better than those two
Right, it's confession time for me. If you have been reading my reviews than you may have noticed that I tend to rip the anime a new one. There is a reason for this though and it has to do with the fact that I can't turn my brain off when watching anime. I can't ignore the stupid shown in the anime and this is a problem as most anime are very stupid indeed.
In this case I'm not talking about a 90 pound girl catching a multi-ton cruise missile and throwing it back. Yes, it is stupid but it is a stupid that I'll allow. It's anime. Things like this are normal here and I'm pretty much fine with it. It annoys me to be sure but I will not rant about it.
So, having explained this lets rip into this anime shall we? Just a heads up: There will most probably be spoilers. The more I hate an anime the more spoilers there will be.
ART: The art is decent enough but there were a few glitches where the movement was off. I think that this was due to the angle used in showing the shot but otherwise it looked good. Character design was....a bit monotone. At times I has trouble figuring out who I was seeing in the shot. Again this was due to poor choices in coloring. When you blast everything in white light and you have a number of blond characters than I will get confused.
SOUND: Again no complaints from me. I barely remember any of the tunes used and they were bland enough that I prefer it that they don't pollute my memory.
CHARACTERS: Main character is the Koharu. She is amazing! I have yet to see such a powerful character be so useless in an anime. With powerful I mean her ability to incinerate everything with fire.
Kakeru can grow stuff and becomes Koharu's love interest in this story. Do not be fooled by his cheerfulness as deep down he is a massive emo.
There are many other characters and they are basically useless. You could cut most of them from the anime and not lose a thing.
STORY: Koharu has lived alone for years but as she turns 17 she prepares to go to Norn9, as predicted by a traveler. They appear and they take her away to a wondrous ship. There she will learn about her destiny and her role in the world.
RANT: I feel like it time I explained something about how I watch most anime. In the past I used to dabble in writing fiction and I quickly discovered that I sucked. Hard. But it does allow me to appreciate a good story. Your story can have as much or as little plot as you want but the important thing is to do it well.
One of the hardest things to do as a writer is to create a world for your story to take place in. The hardest thing to do is to explain this world to your readers so that they can get immersed in it.
You, as the writer, know everything there is to know about this world. Every nook every cranny. I, as a reader, do not know a thing so I'm depending on you to tell me about it.
So when I start to watch an anime I immediately start looking around at the world. So the first thing I see is Koharu walking through an orchard wearing an uniform. She is surrounded by mountains and the leafless trees are covered by snow as they are weight down by apples and ....Wait, what?!
Apples in the middle of winter? How is that even...Oh. I have just been informed that it is spring. Where I life the trees start to get leaves and flowers in spring while the apples won't be ripe untill summer.
So these trees ripe in a different season? Why don't they have any leaves? What is going on? Oh, God! My brain, it's melting! How long have I been watching.... 5 MINUTES? FUCK!
This anime was amazin in that every twist, every extra bit of information given was stupid beyond belief. It either created a plothole you could drive a truck through or faltly contradicted something else.
Ladies and gentlemen....This anime managed to break me. I gave up making sense of the stupid and just sat back to watch this trainwreck plow on. You know what happened? I discovered something: This anime is comedy GOLD!
Get your friends, get plastered and pop in this little gem. You will laugh your asses off.
Let me explain how this works. In the final scene you have Koharu pining away because Kakeru was lost in the finale of the show. 6 months later she finally decides to get off her ass and go back to Norn9. Once there she starts to life there among the ruins.
Then, suddenly, an aircraft starts to swoop in. It lands and spits out Kakeru. The music swells as he explains how he was found and nursed to health. They embrace and the anime does its best to coax a few tears from you. It succeeded as I was laughing so hard I cried.
You see, he was found by some of her fellow crew members and instead of telling her, so that she would rush to his side to nurse him back to health, they told her nothing. These guys were her friends, the people she trusted above all others and they let her believe he was dead or lost. I would have paid to have him show up and find her in the arms of another man about to be married!