The Girl in Twilight

Alt title: Akanesasu Shoujo

TV (12 eps)
Fall 2018
2.643 out of 5 from 579 votes
Rank #7,705

Constantly on the lookout for her next big adventure, the cheerful and kind Asuka Tsuchimiya is always ready to try new things with her high school friends from the Crystal Radio Club. One day, the group performs a ritual from an urban myth just for fun. However, several conditions had fallen into place to put the ritual in motion, opening the door to a new world of gold and jet black. In this world, Asuka finds a different version of herself and soon finds out that some doors were never meant to be opened.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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This is going to be hard to review. Akanesasu Shoujo is interesting original series. Interesting in what it does. Basically it takes Mahou Shoujo genre, then adapts it in a way that seems different, yet on second thought it’s underlined by the same archetypes and tropes. What are the archetypes? It’s a group of girls, who are friends, with one girl that is at the center. Girls fight enemies threatening to destroy the world with special powers they obtained. In this process each has to develop their character to become strong better version of self. Each has to overcome weakness and in the process friendship among the group deepens. Each girl gets her own mini-arc. Sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it? So the question is what makes this particular iteration of Mahou Shoujo genre different. The flavor of this series has sci-fi elements. Parallel earths/multiverse to be specific. It’s quite overused scheme in sci-fi. This in turn allows for characters to explore and even meet alternative self in parallel universe. Plus in this case introduced mechanic allows even to step into the shoes of the doppelganger. Another thing I would say is big difference between other Mahou Shoujo series are fights. There is only few of them. Beware that the fight scenes are all CGI. The conflict is resolved more by internal change, rather than by external ass-kicking. The theme is quite self-evident with “twilight”, note: I don’t mean the series about sparkling vampires, consuming worlds and the name “akanesasu”, that indicates opposite effect. A force that creates and a force that destroys. I think, that I’m not going into any big spoiler, but the main arc is about dealing with loss of sibling. Ok, saying all that is it story worth watching. Yes, it is. I would say once, there is not that much rewatchability in my opinion. It’s still better than Goblin Slayer (in context of the season). PS Ending theme [壊れかけのRadio] is a great song.


hmmm. I hit that first 8 for story on accident, but 7 holds true for the rest. let's me (if you check my profile you can see my anime background and I will do my best to communicate it here) this anime is great.  I dropped it after the second episode because I thought it'd be stupid. however, I was totally wrong about that turn.  this isn't the best anime I've seen by any means. I will say though, in shallower ways, it reminds me verrry much of madoka magica (mainly mainly), houseki kuni (just the crystal aspect) and kino's journey all mixed together. I doubt you will disagree... story: I feel that I explained above with the comparisons to those three animes. but in brief: it's about a high school club populated by girls getting in way deeper than expected via their club activities. animation: so! because the CG scenes were so smooth, I have to say 7!!! otherwise no complaints, thus eight. sound: I give it 7 because the op and ed grew on me so much. the voice actresses do not lack I think either. characters: 7. they are def tropes. however...I think most anime are? I mean, even in real life we are all human right? and there's only so much time we have to expose ourselves to others' truths, specifically considering our individual rates of absorption.  anyways, specifically after picking it back up, and episode 9, I think the characters are just fine. there's variety in their profile depths as well. so, overall: 7, with a variance of +/- 1-1.5. judge for yourself if you've got the time (; edit: I was definitely drunk when I wrote this...I apologize, I will correct the errors I find but leave it up.

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