Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2008 to Dec 25, 2008
27 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisShibuya, Japan, 2008. Takumi Nishijou, a high school student at the Private Suimei Academy, one day hears about the 'New Gen' murders that have been occurring around the city. Although dismissing the subject because it doesn't involve him, Takumi begins to experience strange mishaps around him, from a horrific picture he received while on his PC, to a mysterious Pink-Haired girl standing at a murder scene.
From there on Takumi struggles to cope with the events unfolding around him, and is soon unaware of what is real or a delusion. As his fate opens up before him, the perpetrator behind the 'New Gen' events attempts to find him, leading him into a world where nothing is as it seems.
Related AnimeAdaptation: ChäoS;HEAd
Alternative setting: Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes
Characters & Voice Actors
I went into viewing ChäoS;HEAd without a great deal of expectations. Having read through many of the reviews and hearing some firsthand accounts on it I got the impression that it was going to be an average at best experience. However this was a show that I had been very interested in seeing since it started airing. For me it’s a great example of not believing everything you hear.
The story starts out as a pretty interesting mystery involving a number of grisly murders and a high school boy who believes he has witnessed one of them and is being fed information about future killings before they happen. The boy is Takumi, a severely disturbed and socially awkward individual who is terrorized by delusions and paranoia. The plot feels genuinely creepy at times but doesn’t manage to sustain this over the course of the entire series. Because of Takumi's delusions the viewer is not always sure what is real or what isn’t. It does take some significant detours and while it’s not the smartest thing I have ever seen, in my opinion it managed to be interesting through the end. However one might feel about how the story changed focus over the course of the show, I did feel that it ended very nicely with most of the loose ends tied off.
Takumi's character for me was extremely interesting. Sure he is a stereotype of a socially awkward otaku, but what makes him a great character is his personality. He is an extremely disturbed person. His inability at times to know what is real or what isn’t made him fascinating. I enjoyed how he coped with his fear of others by imagining his favorite anime character as a companion. I felt the story did a great job in developing him and having him overcome his fears and questions about his own existence.
Sadly as good as I felt Takumi was as a character, the rest of the cast is quite uninspired. The girls all fall into the usual patterns that we see in every anime, from the moe sugar sweet best girlfriend to the brainy and to the cold hearted swordsman. Still despite this I still enjoyed most of them, particularly Yua and even though they weren’t that groundbreaking. The villains are equally stale from an originality standpoint. Their motivations are 2-dimensional and boring and really were a poor foil overall for the heroes to overcome.
The artwork is good for the most part but a little inconsistent at times. I felt the colors were kind of flat and the styles seemed awfully dated looking. In addition the character models felt.. familiar. It didn’t seem like there was any originality in designing them and some of them actually looked like they were ripped directly out of other anime. I did like the music, the opening was good and I felt set the tone, but the ending while a good song felt out of place considering the subject matter of many of the episodes.
Despite a number of faults I just can’t say that I didn’t like this show. It’s not great at anything it does. The thriller elements of the plot fall a bit flat and the action scenes really aren’t that interesting either. My interest in the main character and a decent storyline made this an enjoyable experience for me. I would recommend it, however if you looking for a superb suspense thriller or a great action you’re probably going to be disappointed.
Chaos;Head is a prime example of an anime that collapsed under the weight of its own ambition. In trying so desperately to separate itself from a myriad of other suspenseful thrillers while catering to a pre-selected audience, Chaos;Head spreads itself all of the place, so much so that everything about it is thin, flimsy, and overall disappointing. The end result, however, is stuff of unintended comic gold.
Chaos;Head starts fantastic with a very adventurous first episode brimming with possibilities. The play on otaku falling victim to their own delusions, coupled with a series of bizarre homicides was intriguing enough to keep me watching it repeatedly, but then trouble began to surface. The series began to breach the mysteries it had established with theoretical existentialism, leading into discussions using made-up terminology that goes entirely unexplained and becomes even more convoluted as its short but utterly incomprehensible run comes closer to a finish.
Even more irritating, all of the mysteries and delusions established in the first episode are cast aside as convenient attention-getters. Nothing established in the first episode even matters to the big picture. Also, plot twists, while numerous, are established without any prior knowledge as to what they entail for the cast and revelations do not have any gravitas. The only reason I give the story any points is for the first few episodes alone, before it careened into self-destruction.
Characters are a little better, but only in certain instances. Main character Takumi is entrancing throughout the first half. His reactions to the mania around him are painfully crafted with a sense of realism so as to have Takumi's reaction become the mirror of the viewer, and it works very well. However, he betrays this reality of self when the series enters into its convoluted style of existentialism and he becomes a living deus ex machina.
The girls of the series are handled just as carelessly, often with vain attempts at giving them personality quirks but failing to capitalize on them. The only real exception to this is Kozue, but her traits are so forced and intruding, that by "cutesyfing" her the staff made her more off-putting than any other girl. Moreso, the series can only focus on one or two girls at a time, meaning that all the other girls suddenly disappear from the picture. This would be fine, except they often return with a wealth of new information we are forced to assume they learned off-scene.
Technical aspects are far better than anything the series offers otherwise, but not exceedingly so. The art is fairly average of the typical series these days. Madhouse obviously didn't break the bank, but the looks is acceptable. Takumi's character design, especially his face, is often hard to look at, but the girls all look acceptable. The animation flows well-enough but it's nothing to write home about. An all around average job.
The sound was good too, but only in some parts. Namely the theme songs; the first being a catchy Kanako Itou number with lyrics that make no sense but are befitting of the series' storyline, and the closer being an impossibly upbeat tune with lyrics that resemble bad stalker poetry. Sound effects and vocal performances also highlight various sequences. The prior are easily arguable, but the BGM is horribly composed. Not ear-bleedingly so, but still quite bad.
Yet for as sharp and horrible a nosedive as Chaos;Head took, I reveled in it. I wanted to see how bad the story got and how awful the characterization became. It may have been a poor series, but it reaches on "so bad its good" territory in the same way a handful of cult classics and B-movies do. It's not for everyone, but you can definitely have a lot of fun laughing at just how awful this series becomes.
Overall, I give Chaos;Head a 5 out of 10. read more
Both series promise murder and suspense, but where Chaos;Head fails to follow through, Higurashi delivers.
Both have a male main character being stalked by a group of creepy girls.
The entire series of Chaos;Head is basically a drawn out version of the "Onikakushi-hen" arc in Higurashi... just add superpowers.
Both have 1 guy with girls around him. Lots of blood and gore and unansered questions.
Both are creepy, feature cute murdering girls, and have a lot of unexpected events. Both have the same feel.
Both Chaos Head and Higurashi focus on a young man's life being flipped upside when he discovers a murder. Takumi's paranoia reflects Keiichi's own during Onikakushi-hen. Both boys are also surrounded by girls who they have trouble trusting after their life-changing discoveries. The chains of deaths around them lead them to shrink from the people they were, seeing the murderous sides of the girls before them and then their sweeter sides in school. Both have the same genres and atmosphere around them.
Both base on game, Will make you think about stuff you'll never thought of, kinda same mood when they are at the major parts, and 1 guy alot of girls.
Both of these anime series Show Unexplained Mysteries and the ones involves are students who also goes into the same School aslo these anime series are both classfied as horror,Mystey,supense Thriler,for Those anime Fans Who like watching anime Series That will make them think as they watch each episode,will surely like anime Chaos Head because the anime chaos Head can offer the exciment Mystery and Horror they would like to see
Both anime are about creepy girls killing people where the protagonist is paranoid and thinks they are trying to kill him. Similar feel except ChäoS;HEAd is set in a large city while Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is set in a rural village.
Mysterious characters and an unexplained truth behind the psychotic and horrific events taking place...
If you watch Higurashi no naku koro ni you would like to watch this,lots of goosebump in chaos head then in Higurashi no naku koro ni.
If you want to see more mysterious events and some confuse scenes, Higurashi is a must!
If you liked one of these two then you'll definitely like the other one. Both are psychotic thrillers that will keep you hanging till the very end. Higurashi may be a bit more confusing but its still quite good. You'll enjoy both of them if you're a fan of horror, suspense, blood & gore. Plus a bit of supernatural in higurashi, but Chaos head has a bit more supernaturality
Paranoia, ilusions, misterious/suspicious girls, miths/urban legends.
Both animes centered on a boy who sorrounded by a lot of beautiful girl. And also it's all about murder & mistery. Both of them adopted from Visual Novel.
A very interesting TVs, you can't understand everything fully to the end of it ^^
Full of blood and cute girls
Weird events involving murders happening in a city where everything seemed to be normal. A young student is dragged to this situation along with some girls.
Both have a twisted story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Higurashi has A LOT more violence/killing/blood compared to the 3-4 scenes in Chaos head.
Its kinda sad the Way Higurashi plays with my emotion the way it did and how chaos head try to eperiment with this but absolutely failed. Chaos head is an unenjoyable watch as things start to happen for no reason but is very similar to higurashi if you want a lot of WTF moments.
Both psychological thrillers, they are similar in that they deal with unique unknown forces in the beginning with very confused/scared protagonist, and shed light on them later. Just as a good psychological thriller should do =P
Serial killers and the supernatural, bending reality towards ones whim.
Paranoia, a loner, stalkers, and the possibility that it's all just in the imagination?
The relationship between the main characters are quite similar
The protagonist is always screaming and crying in the face of danger. In both the series, the protagonist just wants to be left alone. They also share the common theme of murder and mystery. Also, the protagonist eventually learn to except their roles in the story and the final battle takes place towards the end (as in any other typical story!).
Nevertheless, they are both very good anime, very closely related if you watch the entire series (or even just the first episode or two), and well worth watching!
Suspense and possible death just around the corner.
Crazy pink-haired girls that seems to turn from friend to enemy in the blink of an eye (at the beginning of both stories anyways).
-Both are set in modern times
-Main character is introverted and paranoid
-Pink-haired girl leads main character through a mystery, while hiding her own secrets
-Main character develops a relationship with the pink-haired girl
-Supporting characters with similar supernatural powers appear
-Mirai Nikki is much more suspenseful and nerve-wrecking
-Chaos head eventually loses its horror/psychological feel
both have : pink-haired girl, who was initially considered an enemy by the protagonist.
both have : girl who love boy
both are psychological
Both have this "blow your mind"-setting that keeps you constantly wondering about what actually goes on. At both series you have to think hard pretty to follow the storyline but keeps very much space for surprises. The gory scenes are pretty equal too. Both heros are very similar in character. Rimi (ChäosHead) is pretty much a second Yuno (at least by appearence). At first it felt like a weird sequel to Mirai Nikki but then the story kicked in ;)
Not so much in plot, or whatnot, but they both have kind of a creepy atmosphere about them, and, like Mirai Nikki, Chaos;Head has some pretty good mindf*** moments to it also
both girls are a little bit insane, and the main characters are both terrified of the girl, but still follows them around
they both have about the same horrorish felling about them, but not as extreme as Mirai Nikki
the characters are quite alike, the main character being a boy they don't think they are worthy and are quite outcast from the rest of the world and suddenly a girl also being a main character bring them back to humanity essentially an we constantly question can we trust the people surrounding the characters and often question them themselves
Blood and gore, magic, similar love storys
Main character (Male) is both protected by the female, both include each other loving, and action is similar
Opening Theme"F.D.D" by Kanako Ito
Ending Theme''Super Special'' by Kagami Seira
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