Green City Kazamatsuri is a city built on the ideal of a harmonious relationship between civilization and environment.. However, the peaceful Kazamatsuri will soon be faced with its annual commotion, the Harvest Festa at the turn of the year. It's an event that is much like a massive school festival, and Tennoji Kotaro decides to head out to research topics for his articles. It's an easy decision for him, because the town is filled with rumors about unidentified creature sightings and various other occult occurrences. At the same time, strange things start happening to Kotaro himself.
***THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW*** After watching Rewrite I am honestly wondering who the hell this anime was made for. Was it for the veteran VN readers or was it some sort of advertisement for the fresh anime watchers? Regardless of their target audience I think that 8-bit has failed miserably.Story: 2/10 First, an introduction to the story. Kotarou is the main character of the show. The show literally follows him around as he tries to make the most of his high school life. He ends up reviving an old club in order to form memories with his closest friends. These friends include Akane (a snarky, devious, and rich female), Chihaya (a super strong, airhead idiot), Kotori (Kotarou's childhood friend that loves pocket change), Lucia (the typical loud class rep), and Shizuru (the best girl loli). The first half of the story follows the events regarding Kotarou and the club. What happens later on will be up to you to find out. No spoilers here.Now if we can take a step back to talk about the quality of the story, I hope I can relay my thoughts. If we take away all connections and points from the VN and judge this show purely on what was presented in the anime, we still get a sloppy mess of a plot. The first 6 or so episodes of the anime somewhat features the common route of the VN. It was however really, really, really condensed down to fit inside the most minimalist of deadlines. The show does include the full cast from the VN which is a feat all on its own but rushes to all hell the introductions and initial character building. The characters somewhat feel like their VN counterparts (helped by the same voice actors and music from the VN) but they lack the punch that their VN counterparts have due to the rushed introductions and lightspeed route completions. What happens at the turning point of the story has very little impact due to this rushed character building. Animation: 4.5/10 First bug-o-boo; I don't know what the hell is up with the character models in this show. They just look...off? Like the actual models look like the VN counterparts but they look really washed out. It might be just an A E S T H E T I C quality 8-bit tried to use to make up the show's visual style but it did not work. It ended up making the show look cheap and low quality. It however must be pointed out that the school dresses are really something to look at. Like holy mother of god they look like designer dresses.The more actiony scenes in the show seemed animated pretty well but that is all ruined once they throw the CG monsters on screen. To be perfectly honest the CG monsters in this show are some of the worst quality CG things I have ever seen in an anime. They just look so out of place. Sound: 9/10Most of the voice lines are just poorly written but that does not take away from the actual performance and quality of what was presented in the show. From what I can tell they used the same voice actors from the VN which is great because all of them are excellent. They are literally the only reason each character actually feels like a character (due to the rushed pacing as explained earlier on). The real star though is the music in the show. They were smart and took most of the musical themes from the VN and placed them very well into the show. Seriously going to pick up the OST for this when it becomes available (although if the VN already has one get that). Characters: 4/10I want to make something perfectly clear before I dive into this category. In the VN the characters truly have a life of their own. They are fully fledged out, feel organic, and are some of the best well-knit casts. The anime retains in my honest opinion half of the feeling that the VN provided. The characters are there and the VAs bring out their feelings but it is just not enough. The characters presented in the show just do not seem to meld well enough with each other. In the VN a huge part of the game is laughing and enjoying the interactions of the whole cast as they do club activities. I really did not feel that same sort of organic feeling in the anime when the same scenes were presented. Oddly enough the best part of the show was Kagari's personality. While I have played VN I don't really remember Kagari acting the way she does in the anime in the VN. This might be the new route that the new version of the game is going to include but regardless Kagari is the only character that I ended up liking in the anime. She feels fully fleshed out and honestly steals the screen when she is present. Overall: 4.9/10 Again I want to make it abundantly clear that I absolutely love the VN this anime was based on. The VN tells a humorous and enjoyable story with a super well done cast that provide so many great scenes. The anime feels like a super watered down version of the VN. The lines are rushed, the character building/progression is rushed, the visuals look rushed, and the show in general is rushed. If this was a 24 episode show instead of 12 then maybe we would have gotten a worthy adaptation. We however got what we got; a rushed product that I still do not understand who the target audience is. Let me make this better for you in the long run; watch the OP of the anime and the OP for the VN. If it at all looks remotely interesting to you then go play the VN. I honestly think that watching the anime first then going to play the VN might ruined the experience you would have if you just played the VN without the anime's influence. You would miss out of experiencing the VN fresh without outside things hurting the plot twists. Do. Not. Watch. The. Anime. Enjoyment: 2/10 Thanks for reading my review! 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Well that was a bit of a mess. Sure, the parts of the mess were alright, but looking back I really don't understand how the story progressesed. It just jumped from one thing to the next and hoped you could keep up. Initially, the story is about a high school boy who keeps getting attacked by monsters. And then, it's about an occult club. And then... I don't want to spoil too much but it pretty much changes the plot line every few episodes. So much so you'll forget what was actually happening before. Individually the parts are told pretty well, but how they joined the stories together just meant none of it worked. Character-wise, it's a stereotypical harem with pretty bland characters. They're fine, but not anything to get exited about. This series makes no sense to me, but I still enjoyed it. I think the week gap between episodes helped dull down the confusion, but watching this in one go would not be great.
The supernaturalism of the teenage years This reviewer has watched up to and including episode five and has not seen the visual novel it is based upon. Visual novels rarely make good transitions to anime. To suddenly communicate a whole multifaceted supernatural world and large number of characters in a mere twenty minutes is extremely difficult. Failing to do this leaves the first episode feeling like a broken fragment. Rewrite has managed to evade this pitfall by borrowing a feature from Fate/Stay night UBW, the extended opening episode at 45 minutes. This feature works well with more complex stories containing large casts. It should be used more often. The plot follows the exploration of the supernatural by a school club. It is first joined by the protagonist Kotaruo then built up by him bringing in new members, all of whom are girls. Yes it is harem time. However, the girls don’t exist to trip over each other for the sole purpose of sucking Kotaruo’s dick. While they mostly fall into typical archetype categories none of them are annoying and they all have their own goals and motivations that mostly don’t involve Kotaruo. The conversations are rarely dull and can sometimes be very enjoyable and humorous. The writers of Rewrite have produced some tight witty dialogue, through no doubt very many rewrites of their material. Kotaruo is a character that I like. Because it is increasingly rare for me to like male protagonists in anime. Kotaruo’s pleasant personality embiggens my liking of this series. (Side note: I liked Re:Zero only because of what it did to that clever mouthy little s**t Subaru). Kotaruo’s surface is personable and friendly. This hides a powerful undercurrent whose direction is undetermined because Kotaruo has yet to pick a direction for his life. He does not want to waste it and feels he has procrastinated enough. In typical teenage boy character his solution is tied up with a girl. Some other reviewers have complained about the first episode being confusing. My response to this is should not a supernatural story be ideally somewhat disorientating? I think it should be. I can’t say too much about the greater plot not having completed it. Recommend this one despite not having finished it. If the ending sucks, then I will return to modify this review.
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