Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle - Reviews

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birdlandmemories's avatar
May 26, 2020

*This review contains spoilers* I really prepared myself for this anime. I watched the gacha story and read up on the app it was based off of. This series has virtually nothing going for it in terms of momentum here in the Western Hemisphere. For that reason, I was sort of rooting for it to succeed and be that anime that surprises a lot of people with how good it turns out. Unfortunately, after 8 episodes, I can safely say that won't happen.

Story: If you know the story of Romeo and Juliet, there you go. It's essentially that, only this time the Kingdom of Darkness and Kingdom of Light are rivals. The Prince of Darkness is the underdog of the story. He comes from a poor area, and has to earn his way to the role, including beating out one of our other main characters Adel (more on him later) in a battle royale. Conversely, the Queen of Light has had it relatively easy. She was chosen over his sister Cima for the role, and is well respected by everyone associated with the Kingdom of Light. Eventually the Prince of Darkness will fall for the Queen of Light, and this covers their journey to that point.

I enjoyed the pacing for the first few episodes. I like how they divided each episode into a 10 minute segment for the Prince of Darkness and the Queen of Light. Those episodes had flaws (the fight scenes and dialogue for this anime are not the best by any means), but it was creative and we got to see the full extent of the contrast between our 2 main characters. After that, however, by episode 5 the pacing was broken. The fights with Bahl were a bit boring, episodes 6 and 7 were meaningless filler and really were horrible leads into episode 8. Speaking of episode 8, the big shock is supposed to be Adel bring revealed as a traitor and tries kill the Queen of Light. He then justifies his reasoning as the Kingdom of Light looking down on the Kingdom of Darkness and treating them as inferior. However, after the 2 filler episodes spent the entire time showcasing how everyone, including Adel, was enjoying the new found peace and really becoming friends with each other, it feels so out of place. The structure for episodes 5-8 is poor and those episodes don't mesh well at all.

Animation: It's unequal. That's the best way I can put it. You can tell the animators spent more time focusing on certain characters than others. There's this quartet of brothers (I assume they're brothers?) where not only are their designs horribly bland, but the only distinguishing features between each of them are their sideburns and eyebrows. Conversely, The Queen of Light and Prince of Darkness look out of place with the bland and boring backgrounds. All in all, I didn't mind it at first, but as the series went on I got distracted by it.

Soundtrack: It's solid. Not much more to say about it.

Characters: In a show full of weak points, this might be the weakest one. For one, we hardly get a backstory of any character not named the Prince of Darkness. We learn some of Cima's and the Queen's backstory. In fact, we don't get a backstory at all for some of the main characters like Groza, Adel, or the King of Darkness. 8 episodes in and we have barely seen the king, and he's supposed to be the guy who the Prince will take the throne from.

The dialogue isn't much better. Our first dialogue of the series, between this underling named Skears and the future Prince of Darkness was tremendously awkward, and that set the tone for the entire series. It often seems like the writers are shooting for memorable quotes instead of generally solid dialogue, and it doesn't work.

The Prince of Darkness and his interactions with the Queen of Light are also awkward. Intially, their first meeting is strictly business, but I guess he finds her attractive and falls in love with her (not the best start, but passable I guess). By episode 5 they have a solid friendship and it's clear they have a mutual respect. But then by episode 8 (after the 2 filler episodes where their interactions didn't change much) and Adel's assassination attempt, he's cradling her in his arms like they're a couple madly in love. The pacing of their relationship is terrible, and instead of gradually increasing it's randomly jumping is stages.


Overall: As I stated above, I really wanted this series to succeed and surprise everyone. It failed to do that, and outside of its decent soundtrack, it hardly has anything going for it. 

Favorite Character: Prince of Darkness. We get to see his progression and how his character changes. He's the most well-written out of everyone
Least Favorite Character: The quartet of brothers who are supposed to serve as comic relief, but fail miserably in the role. Also, Adel has to be mentioned since his character got ruined after episode 8 due to the horrible structure between the filler episodes and episode 8.

2/10 story
3/10 animation
6/10 sound
1/10 characters
3/10 overall
RavenKun's avatar
Dec 22, 2020

I really liked the anime.. Its one of my favourite anime out there. I know many people didnt liked the ending course it was sad.. Im kinda going to explain why it had a sad ending.. So apparently the entire show is like a backstory of the main storyline which is a game and it is only available in japan. As you can see at the end, the MC got washed up on a shore in what seems to be the new world after Iris destroyed the world instead of letting it fall under darkness, in which then the main story line starts where the Prince gets reincarnated and possibly all the explanation is in there in which I dont know... My speculation is that the MC also has a connection to the Rune, remember ep 1 when the noble said he was born in the dark but he is a light. It was also shown in the last episode where the MC got wings from the power of the Rune just like how Iris also gets her wings from the Rune. The MC is also shown to be talking to the Rune and even asked it to protect Iris but then again he also has the power of the dark so im guessing hes a half-half that is also connected to the Rune. At the end we could also see the commander knight falling into despair and turning into darkness so that is also a major hint that he could be the new villain and new king of the darkness in the main story line. If you just try to understand it and the show was never meant to end happily ever after... the story is purely tragic, like literally... the Prince or MC failed to save his queen because he didnt have enough time and he failed to see through the dark kings plans meanwhile the queen also had no choice left. Its a definition of tragic.. If you still dont understand then wait for the season 2 of the anime... When the season 2 comes out you are going to understand why the first season had a sad ending.... :) 

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
tsuneki01's avatar
Jul 9, 2020

Bruh. This is one of the worst anime I've watched in my life. The storyline is crap. The character development is crap and the ending is even worst. I'd prefer other anime than watching this.

1/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
4/10 characters
3/10 overall
Archert's avatar
Nov 5, 2020

Nada, es basura semi-entretenida.

Este anime me recuerda a series como Hannah Montana o SuperGirl, series de mierda con un punto entretenido. (El humor)

La animacion es lamentable en el 90% de la serie y los personajes son planos y sin carisma. Los dialogos quieren ser profundos pero solo son una sarta vacia y sin sentido, mirad el primer capitulo y entendereis de lo que hablo. 

De todo lo mensionado nada es comparable a su historia, hace mucho tiempo que no veo semejante bazofia. Tengo que decir que el argumento no pinta mal, un tanto cliché, pero es una idea base bastante valida, pero se lleva tan mal acabo que da sidita. La historia esta plagada de topicos y sin sentidos, como por ejemplo que el lider de una casa prestigiosa seda todo su poder a un chaval cualquiera, que el futuro rey oscuro quien gobierna practicamente todo el mundo lo peleen 6 chavales que aparentemente solo saben bladir una espada...habeis visto la chica del arco? que cojones va ser ella sucesora de toda la oscuridad, acaso no hay subgenerales o soldados de elite entrenados durante años para luchar por ese cargo? Pues parece que no... Por favor mirad el final del capitulo 8, el chaval corre en direccion de los soldados  con antorchas que le persiguen, pero luego en el capitulo 9 parece que saltó por el precipicio. Todo esto que he mencionado no es ni de lejos comparable al maravilloso final de la serie, nada forzado y con un golpe de drama que te hara llorar como nunca antes. (Espero que se haya notado la ironía).

Tiene cosas buenas? Supongo que si, sino la hubiera dropeado. La musica esta bastante bien en momentos puntuales y aunque me jode reconocerlos ver esta serie no fue una tortura y no se me hizo pesada...supongo que mi cabeza llego a un punto donde se limitó a omitir los sinsentidos del anime y tragarlos sin hacer muchas preguntas.

En resumen, es muy mala pero el opening mola. (la musica, ni siquiera el video vale la pena).

La recomendarias? jaja no. 

6/10 story
6.3/10 animation
8.3/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.4/10 overall
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FreeSoup's avatar
Jul 28, 2020

Probably one of the worst anime I've ever seen, voice acting is extremely bad, the story is bland and the characters are awkward.

3/10 story
4/10 animation
9/10 sound
2/10 characters
2/10 overall
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