A TV anime adaptation of episode 1-3 out of 5 the total episodes from the Phantasy Star Online 2 game. Some anime-original content will be created as well.
Episode 1: During their qualification exam in planet Naberius, the player and fellow ARKS trainee Afin were attacked by vile organisms known as Darkers. This is followed by the two discovering a mysterious girl who lost most of her memories, and the truth regarding Naberius and the recent spike of Darker activities.
Episode 2: The plot follows the player and Matoi as they try to unravel a dark conspiracy regarding the origin and purpose of ARKS.
Episode 3: The discovery of the planet Harukotan brought a new quest into the fray, as the peace between the Shironian and Kuronites that dwell in the planet is disturbed by the Kuronites' sudden attack. The newly-reformed ARKS is tasked to investigate the reason behind it all, and it seems like the truth is more complicated and horrifying than expected...
As a kid (or even now), have you ever encountered a medium of any kind that has done such a great job at entertaining you, you found yourself surprised to discover that it was only an adaptation and not an original work? One that succeeded on every scale you thought imaginable, and left you with a burning desire to check out the original source material; to immerse yourself further with its beautiful world-building, interesting lore, and dynamic characters? Well, this anime adaptation is not one of them.
After watching the past 6 episodes (though it feels like its been about 20), Phantasy Star Online 2 is
definitely meant to be watched with your brain turned off. "Plot twists" are painfully predictable, the tension and humor collide awkwardly at the worst of times, the pacing is an absolute joke, the only purpose of certain characters is to "conveniently" provide questions then "conveniently" not give any answers for literally no other reason than: "the plot is not ready for those answers now, try again in a few episodes" (btw, 6 episodes in and the plot still isn't ready). Doesn't help that the protagonist is just as generic as his name, Ash; other characters are predictably immune to danger, all the while the show tries to give you the illusion that any character can die at any time by killing off predictably cannon-fodder characters in situations meant to invoke a shock-value.
As a medium meant to scratch the itches of those who're acquainted with the source material (I am not), I imagine this anime did a good job. But as a standalone adaptation, let alone as an anime, Phantasy Star Online 2 is a mess.
I'm not quite sure where the dislike of this comes from? It's honestly a fine anime in my book and here is why.
The story is interesting, as it gives off that bit of mystery. Right from the get go, as you'll wonder 'what on earth are up with these character's backgrounds?' which make you want to watch more and more to discover the hidden truths of their backstories. A great starting point for any anime.
The story is also quite impactful. Normally animes in some cases take a slow build to things, but here, you're thrown straight into the action, as more action comes within
each episode. Which won't leave you bored at all. With the story being easy to follow as well.
The characters are nice too, as I've touched upon them in my earlier point. But also Pso2 gives off that vibe of wanting to learn more about said characters, and what part of the story they play. It does that with their backgrounds, and the interest grows as the story progresses forward.
The setting and theme of the show is fitting for a pso2 universe. If you love the games, then you'll love this too! If you haven't played the games, then there is still love there! As pso2 offers a wide range of characters, making it easy to understand, each having different classes and abilities for each class. Making each character unique because of it. Which you can get the gist of, as it feels like an anime game on a system or computer. That honestly you should try out sometime!
Pso2 is a fun anime that is certainly a good watch! I'd recommend it personally.
This show could easily be worse, but before you watch it, consider the following two questions:
1. Have you played PSO2? If not, there are FAR better anime to watch. Also, it's impossible for me to write a review from an outsider's perspective.
2. Did you play PSO2's story mode? If so, you'll get very little out of this anime, but it could help to provide you with a recap.
Those who did not bother with the story due to length, but still wish to roughly know what happened, could also find benefit in this show; it is so far
roughly following the story of PSO2, though there's way too much side content there for a 24 episode anime.
I'll give the story a 7 for how closely it is following the source material (which itself is like a 4 or 3). Art gets the same score for the same reason. The fact that the characters look the same as the in-game NPCs is a huge plus in my book. The darkers and environments also closely resemble those in-game.
The sound is nothing to write about. I haven't noticed it being bad nor good. Perfectly average.
Want to know about the characters, aibou? Do any of the NPC characters annoy you, aibou? Yo, aibou, how do you like being referred to in a generic way? Yeah, the characters certainly aren't amazing. There's still plenty of room for them to grow, so I won't knock them too hard.
Overall, it just doesn't completely suck. And that's good enough that I'll watch all 24 episodes at the current level of quality. I give it a 6 for now.