A series of gruesome murders dubbed "New Generation Madness" once induced mass hysteria in Shibuya. At its peak during a frenzied riot, a sudden earthquake reduced the district into nothing but rubble, while leaving surrounding wards strangely intact.
Six years later, in a newly rebuilt Shibuya, mysterious deaths begin to crop up again. It is not long before third-year student Takuru Miyashiro realizes a connection: the dates of the recent murders match those of the New Generation Madness incidents. He, along with several members of his school's newspaper club, decide to delve deeper into the mystery, only to find themselves stranded in the middle of a new crime scene themselves...
-- This review contains spoilers. Only read if you have finished the series. --
The story is very interesting alone, or at least it was enough to catch my attention. It's a direct extension from Chaos;Head, so I was going into this trying to find answers. However, the problem with this show is that the explanation for things isn't exactly logical due to the lack of direction put into it and lackluster writing. Quite simply, it's a huge mess.
You have your typical high schoolers that are somehow involved in this big case that turned out to be incredibly pointless in the end. If you've seen
the last episode, you'll know what I'm talking about. It was explained, with an obnoxious info-dump, that the whole reason the case even exists was because MC wanted to do something he enjoyed. But you know what's hilarious? He wished for this directly after seeing people die in an "earthquake." And I'm supposed to believe he "forgot" his wish when he literally begs for it out in the open? How is that even logical? That seems like something a bored kid would wish for, to be honest. It makes no sense whatsoever and just goes to show how the writer doesn't even remember half of his/her script.
The show also includes characters that don't necessarily need to be there, such as cute girl from hospital. She was probably necessary for about an episode - that's it. You're supposed to use your characters effectively throughout the story, not have them as cute props in the background for cheap appeal 95% of the time. I could say the same thing for other characters, as well.
Let's not even get into the fact that literally NOTHING was solved by the end of this show. The "evil organization" still exists, we don't know what will happen to any of the characters after the final scenes, and this entire season was just unnecessary to the plot in general because some boy made a stupid wish.
The appearance or "art" itself is okay for today's standards, maybe even on the mediocre side. With that being said, I think the animation is terrible beyond words. When I say this, I'm also referring to the fight scenes throughout the show - which was very minimal. The swords or "weapons" each person with powers had looked totally out of touch with the original artwork. When comparing the weapons to the characters, the differences were incredibly off-putting and underwhelming. The fight scenes themselves were hilarious, in my opinion; I'm just being honest here. I wouldn't even call the last episode's fight scene a climax or worthy of being watched at all - it was just that boring. At one point, MC's finishing move literally was out of no where, had no sound, and was replaced by a quick black screen filter of sorts. If I could describe it in one word, it would be: underwhelming, again.
I'm not going to lie, this was probably my favorite aspect out of this show, which is not a compliment. In fact, it's an insult. If your soundtracks are the only thing you'll be known for in a series, then you're probably doing something wrong and not focusing on everything equally. I'll be sure to look into the singers and sound director's other works for my own personal enjoyment.
Or as I like to call it.. How To Create A Boring Character 101.
Step 1) Include dialogue that is so basic it doesn't reflect the character's personality at all.
Step 2) Include zero depth, because adding depth is too much work.
Step 3) Include only flashbacks to create character's past.
Step 4) Include cliche lines with predictable actions.
Step 5) Profit.
And voila! You're finished.
All joking aside, there was nothing memorable about these characters. What were their names, someone may ask? I wouldn't know because I don't consider it relevant. In fact, the entire show was irrelevant. I feel as if though this was all just an elaborate detour and we still don't know anything.
Overall, this was a waste of time. I wouldn't recommend this to anybody. I only completed it because I was already halfway through it anyway.
I don't grade each category like we're "supposed to" because I find it pointless, and it wouldn't really convey my points accurately either. My philosophy is that whatever the show gives me, I give back in return. In other words, if you give me minimal effort, I'll give you a minimal score. I would give this show the lowest possible score, but it at least tried to do something different - which I do acknowledge.
I don't like writing or reading long reviews so I will make it short and to the point.
So fucking rushed, if it was a 24 episode anime it could have been so good, but not like this. Just like the Chaos;Head anime, this should've stayed a visual novel. This is significantly better handled than that anime but still not all that good. 6 for fine sounds about right, it has a very interesting premise with a good bit of suspense but the execution is just sloppy.
Story - 8
Art - 7
Sound - 5 (ED-song was rather enjoyable, good ol' Itou Kanako)
Character - 7
Enjoyment - 7
Just like its predecessor, Chaos;Child was very interesting to watch despite all the weird random events. There just times when having random things occur actually makes the show more interesting and attention grabbing.
The story flows better than it did in Chaos;Head. There's still a set of New Generation Madness murders, which happen on the exact same dates as the old ones, just occurring 6 years later. Takaru is the new main character who tries to solve these new cases along with help from his and members of his school's newspaper club. A bunch of weird events occur as
they try to solve these cases and there is pretty distinct ways that most of the characters fit into the case. Unlike Chaos;Head though, the events in Chaos;Child flow much better, especially since there is not a few episodes around the start and middle that are centered around specific girls. Since the episodes flowed better, it allowed the psychological aspect to flourish much better.
The art is very well done. I noticed how well every background fit the scene along the way, but I really noticed how well done the art is during the last episode. The animation is very good as well and it's pretty consistent.
The sound is great. Every piece of music enhanced the mysterious tone of the anime and or helped to calm you down during more friendly scenes. I love the opening theme and the ending theme is really good.
The character aspect is another area where Chaos;Child beats out chaos;Head. Takaru was a bit more believable in terms of his actions and development. He was still somewhat easily frightened, at the beginning, but didn't isolate himself as much or deny everything that happened around him. Both Chaos;head and Chaos;child have protagonists that fit their roles very well, but Takaru is just a bit better. Serika was probably the second most developed. Her personality almost completely changes towards the end from how she was at the start, but it improved her character and added a lot more detail that helped the anime progress smoothly. Besides those two, I didn't find many faults in other characters, but I'd rather not write about a third or half page just describing the characters.
Overall, I looked forward to watching the new episodes every week and I never felt like an episode was just a huge disappointment. I love Chaos;head too, but Chaos;child just has higher quality stuff in every category; my scores only differ by 1 point though so no offense if you like Chaos;head better. I definitely recommend watching this if you like psychological anime, since it's not filled with tons of worthless information that seems to only have the purpose of making fake drama/suspense; I'm talking about a so called, "classic" anime here, that will remain nameless in this review. So check it out if you like the genre and don't worry, the harem part is pretty much non-existent; I don't even know why the show has the tag.
Chaos;Child is the sequel to the anime to Chaos;Head that aired 8 years ago which is more or less the time gap between the two shows in series. after the events of chaos;Head, where at the end of that show a major earthquake had struck the town, by the time Chaos;child starts most of the city has already been rebuilt.
Story- the story follows Takaru and the all the members of the newspaper club as they start to notice and investigate strange deaths that have occurred in the city recently. after connecting some dots they realize that the murders happening right now are similar to the
ones that occurred 6 years ago in Chaos;head. the show then follows the group investigating the deaths and where the next possible murder will take place. the show reveals that there's more to the murders than a simple copycat as human experimentation and psychic powers are thrown into the mix, which is all well until you remember that this is chaos;child. the show reverts back to gilgomaniac and di-swords while also puling of plot twists after plot twist to keep the viewer entertained, but in the end feel ridiculous and contrived. a lot of the mystery of the show is ruined as many of the clues are just handed to them or solved in to most convenient way that it just feels impossible. also the antagonist just reveals who they are by the end of the show through exposition and info-dumping, and their motivation for all this being plain ridiculous. only for that to be topped of by the ending that is a bit sour&sweet but is mostly lacking and inconclusive.
Characters- what the show does better than it's predecessor is with its characters. Takaru is more of a proactive character as he wants to investigate these murders even if they might be dangerous. you get an idea for his motivation, but the failure in that is that it is revealed by another person. most of the cast like the previous show mostly consist of women. what sets them apart is that several do extend a bit beyond the usual arc-type that they are placed in, although this is for a few which leads to other characters having limited screen time and dialogue(if they had any at all) then what they needed in order to become proper characters. since most of the show is riddled with plot twist so are the characters in the show as several characters have personality switches in order to appease the plot, because it was a ruse all along. in the end most if not all the characters are 2-dimensional at best.
art/animation- the art and animation are better than it's predecessor. the background setting and the character designs look a bit more polished. the animation looks more fluid even if there's not much happening in the show in terms of actions. yet than again this is pretty standard for modern anime which I've said enough times that it's not even worth repeating for each modern anime now
Sound- not much worth mentioning. the soundtracks are mostly plain and forgettable. the voice acting is decent and better than the annoying voice acting from chaos;head.
enjoyment- the show was rather interesting at first, but as soon as it hit the halfway mark it was very unsatisfactory.
overall it's better than Chaos;Head, but being better still doesn't make this show any good