English: Polyphonica Crimson S
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Jun 21, 2009
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.471 (scored by 4404 users)
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Oct 10, 2009
The first series followed the lives of the employees of the Tsuge Divine Music Players Office, in particular, Tatara Phoron and his contracted spirit Corticarte Apa Lagranges (Corti). Crimson S, on the other hand, sets out to show how Phoron and Corti became partners, with much hi-jinx and shenanigans from evil musicians and school bullies along the way.
At first glance it appears as though this is nothing more than a prequel to the first series and, for the most part, this would be a fair assessment. Unfotunately, there are some deviations that occur in Crimson S that openly contradict some of the events from the first anime, one of which is Phoron and Corti's first meeting with the Yugiri twins (Perserte and Prinesca). The first series very clearly shows their first encounter to be at Tsuge's offices, however Crimson S has them being school friends.
This isn't the only time Crimson S plays fast and loose with the story, and the reason for these deviations is beause this series is meant to enhance and develop the characters. One of the main issues with the first season was that the characters were transparent for the most part, with no basis for their thoughts, actions or ideals. Crimson S is an attempt to rectify this, and make the first series more accessable and understandable to viewers.
If this is the desired outcome, then why on earth did Ocelot make the same mistake that Red Entertainment and Sega made with Gouka Kenran? Why, when Ging-ya did a decent job with the first season and have experience with the characters, animation and sound, did they change production companies?
In all honesty, I have nothing against Diomedea, Lantis or Magic Capsule, as they have done some great work in their respective fields. However it is well known that for a sequel or prequel to be both acceptable and well made there needs to be consistency between the series. The original Polyphonica anime suffered from a lack of cohesiveness on it's own, but Crimson S only compounds those flaws by attempting to give it's own spin on events. Ultimately, the fault lies with the screenplay writers and the director, Suzuki Toshimasa, as the inconsistencies between the two series only serve to spoil both, and the plot for the series suffers from various flaws, including an overuse of deus ex machina
As far as the animation and design goes, there's a jarring lack of detail at times, together with an oversimplified, almost childlike, depiction of certain areas of the city (very much like Gouka Kenran). The change of studios has affected the design of the characters to a degree as well, and in all honesty I prefer the facial expressions used in the first series as Crimson S seems to try a little too hard on that front.
Other than those, and a few other niggly little points, there's really little to complain about. This is a solidly made series that isn't overly creative, even though it may seem that way at first.
In terms of sound, there's also little to complain about. The music and effects are decent, but a little on the plain side. I have to admit that I found the first season to be a tad more atmospheric aurally, and the music had a little more flair to it than Crimson S. One of the problems with the music throughout both series though, is the tendency for repetition, and with both being musically based shows, this becomes irritating at times.
On the plus side though, and like Gouka Kenran, Crimson S has retained the services of the seiyuu from the first series and, for the most part, the voice acting is reasonably good. Unfortunately (you knew that word was coming, didn't you), the fact that this is supposed to be a prequel seems to have caused some of the actors a degree of confusion from time to time.
The characters are, for want of a better word, odd. Within the context of the series they work reasonably well, but those of us who have watched the first series will note that there are some inconsistencies in their actions, thoughts and ideals. Now, one could easily explain these away by claiming that "other things happened" between the two series, but without knowing what they were, the viewer is left with characters who will sometimes do or say something "odd".
However, it's to the credit of the series that it has attempted to develop the characters in a consistent manner (something that was lacking in series one), but even this only really applies to Phoron and Corti as the minor characters are all but shunted to one side. There are some nods at developing the Yugiri twins et al, but this feels out of place with the flow of the story.
One other point to be mentioned is that Phoron, as a character, is actually better in the first series. In Crimson S he is far too nice for his own good and, while that may not be a bad thing for a character, it's taken to the extent that he becomes unbelievable.
Of the two series, I have to admit that while Crimson S had it's good points, I prefer series one. The problem with Crimson S is that the change of studios altered the feel and flow of the story and, like Gouka Kenran, the new director has tried to stamp his mark on the show. It's more than a litte disappointing as Crimson S had the potential to lift the series, but in truth it turned out to be a rather lacklustre affair.
Don't get me wrong. The series as a whole isn't bad. It just lacks the flair and creativity of the original, which is unfortunate as Crimson S really needed that shot in the arm.
It's a decent effort but, like Sakura Taisen: Gouka Kenran, it doesn't quite live up to expectations. read more
Jul 6, 2009
Acronyms - SSP: Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica
SSPCS: Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica Crimson S
The plot, oh the plot. If you watched SSP Season 1, you’ll quickly realized that the change in production studios decided to change many aspects. Mainly the founding relationship between Phoron and Corti. While the basic concept of how the two met and were reunited was still there. There were quite a few scenes I don't remember seeing before. While this is meant to be a prequel to season 1, and that there is a 2 year gap between the two seasons. I can’t help but lynch some of the differences. Fans of the series will immediately point out some of the minor (to major) differences. Generally, the story is well done. Though a bit shallow, has more character development than the first where it was almost non-existent. This season focuses mainly on the relationship between Corti and Phoron with some of the minor characters thrown into perspective episode to episode. There is still a fair bit of patch work that could be used. Personally, I found SSPCS to very rough and unpolished. The story had its moments, but for the majority, was quite dull. Your average high-school slice-of-life with some magic elements thrown in there.
I’m not sure what went wrong during the transition between season 1 and season 2. But there are some HUGE differences. While I do realize that the two seasons were developed by different studios. The difference in general character design is quite something to complain about. While they aren’t necessarily “bad”, they’re not good. Especially for the average quality of animation we see these days. The artists use bright, vivid colors which compliment the backdrop very well. The best example of this, the academy fits in very well with the rest of the city and even interacts well with the characters. However, the characters themselves feel very half-assed. With the huge difference in character designs between Phoron and Corti. It takes a while to get used to. The spirit animations are still as lame as ever. Red, blue, white, and green laser beams flying around in mid air for a combat sequence. The wings however are well done, each with its unique touch easily distinguishing themselves from other spirit wings.
Following the footsteps of the first season, SSPCS delivers its sound-quality with some of the finest you will hear. For a series which’s main plot revolves around the sound track, it’s very clear that a lot of effort went into the sound track. Each Spirit responds to their own unique Co***ndia, each different from the rest. From saxophones to violins to grand organs to simple vocals. The sound is very well done. The only minor complaint is that there could have been more variety with each spirit’s songs. The same songs are used over and over again. But this is hardly a complaint considering the average budget of a 12 episode series.
Character development is largely played out by the sound quality. As with every major character (spirits) being mainly relied upon the Co***ndia. In general, it’s a decently done job with its perks here and there, nothing serious or deep. Aside from the above-average amount of time spent on Corti and Phoron, there isn’t much else. The development between the minor character really puts the emphasis into the word “minor”. Almost non-existent, or very miscellaneous interaction. The concept of co-existence between humans and spirits is visited time and time again. If you’re looking for anything deep, dramatic, tear jerking. This is not the show for you.
It takes someone special to enjoy SSPCS. Someone who is patient enough to wait for the fun to start. If you end up surviving the first few pick-up episodes. You’re in for a treat. I thoroughly enjoyed SSPCS (mainly because of Corti). Having an aggressive female lead is a healthy change from the overpopulation of bubbly, weak, female leads.
The overall production of SSPCS was handled with care, while there are some problems here and there I have with the series. It was a pleasant revisiting. With a dominant feminine lead over the male lead. It plays out as a interesting game of reverse-cat and mouse. If you're looking for something unique to pass the time, give this a try. A well-done, enjoyable season all in all.
For the record, I'm hoping for a season 3. read more
Sep 11, 2009
Jul 15, 2013
At first the story may be seem like a typical school that takes place in a fantasy world, but eventually, this story develops into a love story between Phoron and Corti. Which I really enjoyed. I give the story an 8
The show has surprisingly good art considering the time it came out. Every character has a unique look to them even the Yugiri twins have their own distinct look to them but I won't dare spoil why. Overall I'd give the art a 9
One of the best things in this show would have to be the sound. I mean it's a music based anime so you'd except some pretty awesome ost's. Topped off by the opening phosphorous and the ending koi no uta I'd give the sound a ten.
The characters in this show were pretty interesting. While i liked characters like Corti and Renbart I couldn't help but find Phoron kinda passive and Perserte annoying. I give the characters a 7.
I give this anime an 8 for enjoyment since it has most of the things i like in an anime read more
Jan 14, 2011
The music was great especially the primary song sung at the begginging and the end. The violins were also my favorite.
There was only one character in this show with comic reliefe. It kept things relaxed at times but some of it was a bit dry.
Overall it is not bad, but I would not call it good either.