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26 of 26 episodes seen
As an overall story, the plot was rather excellent. The first half of the series starts rather lighthearted, and at first gave me the impression that the anime was a lot more simpler than it turned out to be. The first half succeeded at introducing the new setting (it is scifi), but perhaps drew it out a little too long. It did a great job at laying out character relations that were necessary for the second half. The series begins to deal with darker themes halfway through, and started dealing with the darker side of the "internet", and how they were intertwined with the various characters. Each episode would leave on a bit of a cliff hanger, leaving you itching for the next episode. The ending worked rather well, as the questions asked had been introduced as early as the first episode, so the ending was surprising, but not out of the blue. For me, the only problem with it was that it was slightly too convenient in how contained it all ended up being. The plot as an overall was rather excellent, but bringing it up to the darker part of the series was a bit too drawn out. Once there, the second half of the series seemingly decided to then just leave certain characters behind while focusing on the others. In retrospect, the stark difference between the first and second half of the series is quite wide, but it flows rather well in watching it.
Review: Sound-up for editing
As a general rule, Japanese voice acting knows what they are doing. The same is true here. The voices match the characters and their personalities, and are able to portray the different characters in emotional periods. Only one moment that I could have called questionable at all comes to mind: when Isako, the pseudo antagonist, first breaks from her cold persona, the voice seemed a little too drastic of a change to believe. Otherwise, there are no real problems with voice acting. The music for the series was pretty good. The general fight scenes were well backed up by the music, having both serious dramatic and fun dramatic types. However, in the later parts of the series, where darker and more dramatic scenes occurred, the songs played were good and complimented the scene, but did not stand out in particular. The music did its job and supported the story, but did not go further. The OP and ED worked for the most part. The ED in particular highlighted some of the sadder endings, but was not a total killjoy on the happy endings. The OP also worked well, being enigmatic and a little emotional in nature, and added to the episodes that weren't aimed to be amusing. Overall, the sound did a great job for the series, but you won't want to buy the soundtrack because you won't remember too much of it.
There really isn't a lot to say here. The drawings were incredibly smooth and detailed, and the animators never got lazy and recycled boring motion clips for the characters. Every scene was great and filled with detail, even when it did not need to be. The animations were a lot smoother than a lot of animes ive seen before. Not to mention that CGI was layered in on top of that. The CGI didn't even feel like CGI- to be honest, I never even noticed that it was such until someone brought it to my attention. This, of course, should be the goal in use of something like CGI- it should blend in so that you don't even notice that CGI happens. Characters never looked wierd, and we occasionally got a few very beautiful scenery pieces. All in all, this is what animation should look like.
Review: Overall Effect
All in all, Dennou Coil was an excellent anime to watch. Even though it is set in a future world with technology beyond our own, we are never left feeling distant from the characters and their trials due to the sci fi. The series is rather captivating, with only a few episodes that didn't really add to anything major in the series. Even with such a stark difference between the first and second half of the series, the transition was well done, and the jump never felt awkward or anything like that. Plot twists that occurred were never too radical, but personally, at the ending, seemed a bit convenient. Nonetheless, the series wrapped up well and satisfyingly. At the end of the line, a job well done