I had hoped this anime would be good, but it fell short, really short. Although a bit complex for a 12 episode anime, the beginning caught my interest. I really liked the main character. There were plenty of things that didn't make much sense but I figured they would late. Long story short- I can say the same about this anime as I've said about a hundered other short animes, don't try to put a complex setting with complex characters and a complex story into a tiny anime!!!! It doesn't work. It isn't going to work.
Honestly, I can't say I'm surprised. I didn't notice it before, but it's from Studio Pierrot and honestly, the few decent animes they did put out, they screwed up towards the end of the series or during the second season. The only one I thought was decent all the way through was made back in the late 90's. Normally, I don't mention the studio in my reviews but I felt I should just put that out there.
The main character is decent. The rest of the characters not so much. For one thing, there are too many characters. I don't know why writers insist on putting a bunch of characters in short animes. They can't all be developed well and it's hard to keep up with. The main character does change over time some, but honestly, it's a mess. Toward the end many characters get hurt and honestly I didn't feel much of anything because I barely knew who they were or how strong their relationship to the other characters was. Overall, the story seemed to focus on four characters giving background history, curent feelings, and development which is 3 characters too many for twelve episodes.
The story isn't much better. It's set in a world different from ours, actually, multiple worlds which makes matters worse. To top it off, the explanations for how anything works are breif and not very helpful. Not only that, but I'm pretty sure it's inconsistent too. I haven't gone back through the first few episodes to check everything, but the story told towards the end about the main characters past didn't entirely match the original story. The first time it was told, it seemed as though the brothers had very little contact with each other. During the second telling, it appears as though the brothers had only been seperated for a few months maybe less. In the beginning, it was mentioned the parents never gave the boy warm food and that was why he couldn't eat warm food, but in the second telling, he lived in the house with his brother for most of his past and was treated about the same as his brother during the early years. Of course, the brothers may remember the past a bit differently, but that is a bit too different. The first four or five episodes were decently consistent it seemed, but after that it was a mess. Too many things don't match up. Overall, I don't feel like I understood much after the fourth episode.
As far as animation goes, it wasn't bad. It was average. Nothing about it stood out to be as good or bad. It didn't seem to aid the story in any way, if one even could aid that story. The sound was about the same. I did love the opening song which isn't very common for me, but beyond that, nothing stood out. Again, I don't think there was much it could do to aid the story even if it tried.
Overall I am very dissappointed. I thought I was going to like it, but in the end, I will probably forget about it quickly or remember it only for being one of the confusing choppy messy animes. It's just no good.
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