It is said that 70% of the human brain capacity is unused. If humans possess incredible power, it is strongly believed to be lying dormant within this region. This unused 70% brain capacity is known as "Night Head".
The famous work 'NIGHT HEAD' is going to break the silence. They were abandoned by their parents because of the psychic power they possessed. They are the Kirihara brothers, who lived in a laboratory within a barrier-protected forest. They have escaped from the laboratory, and a new wave of 'Revolution' is about to arise.
Night Head Genesis is a show about people with psychic powers and the origin of that energy. It start with the story of the two brothers and their own problems being accepted in society due to their psychic power, evolves into a story about fighting to save the world from a supposed cataclysm and this unveils an elaborate plot about the world, nature, the growing psychic energy and its two sides, the good and the evil.
The theory is well explained and based on common scientific knowledge with a spiritual touch, the energy of all living things, animal, plants and humans is evolving and granting
humans powers, all the wrongdoings of humanity turn this power into negative energy causing catastrophes and ultimately the armaggedon. Of course by doing good, and accepting the powers given to humanity we can evolve together with earth into a brighter future.
The theory is basically this but while the show does a good job explaining it in the last episodes the plot is very flawed, for 20ish episodes you'll follow the story of the brothers fighting against a big corporation who doesn't care for the future of normal humans but suddenly the story ends abruptly without even explaining what happens to most characters.
The last two episodes happen an year and half later and the two brothers again use their powers to prevent another disaster, this episodes are more of a showcase of what would be like if the show didn't end so fast i guess, wasting so many episodes building a complicated plot to end it abruptly greatly damages the show overall and despite the last episodes giving some clues helping to understand the whole story behind the psychic powers the previous 24 episode plot is just unfinished and the little story on the last two would probably be the start of another season. With all said and explained I cant recommend greatly this show despite having great potential, was completely ruined. Its still enjoyable and you do understand more or less what happens at the end, the soundtrack is very good and its not a bad watch if you can bare the sudden shallow ending and not knowing what happens to most secondary characters.
Though receiving mixed reviews I found Night Head Genesis well paced and evolving. With new darker pot twists introduced with every episode.
Story: The story is slow paced and holds a dark overtone. It is the tale of two brothers cursed with psychic, telepathic and empathic which horrify there parents to the point that as children they are sent to a research facility far off in the woods with a powerful barrier keeping them confined within. The story starts when they are adults, escaping from the facility and trying to integrate back into everyday society. However the world is a dark place and they find out
quickly there kind are still very unwelcome. As mentioned the story moves along at a slow pace but maintains an ere of suspense as new complications arise for the two brothers being it of horrid visions of murder or a prophecy of death called the Black Stream. If you enjoy slow paced psychological plot lines then you will enjoy this show.
Art: The art is fairly good though at some points when the characters are farther back in the short it seems that the animators got lazy. However the overall appeal of the characters soft and yet crisp looks makes it a treat for the eyes (when they are drawn in all there glory)
Sound: The sound track is beautiful. Quiet and creepy and beautifully melodic. Remenicent of Angel Sanctuary's sound track and perhaps a bit of Yami no Matsuei.
Character: There aren't many characters in the story as it mainly focuses on the lives of the two Kirihara brothers Naoto and Naoya as they try to integrate into society and use there evolving powers to help others when they can. Generally speaking though they are believable with strong personalities. Naoto takes the role of protective older brother who cares deeply for Naoya and although cool strong and composed is deeply afraid to lose Naoya as the two only have each other to depend on in the world. Naoya in turn deeply cares for his brother yet also is a little less cautious of the world being younger and a little less tainted. He is though kind and soft spoken less cautious and more willing to stray away from his brother.
Enjoyment: Overall I found this series to be very good. Anyone who is a fan of supernatural/psychological suspenses will surley find it interesting from the get go. Although slow moving at times the show sets the view up with suspenseful twists that late lead to fierce psychic battles.
Overall I give this a 9 as it was a refreshing take on a idea done many times prior with good story and good characters.
After reading some reviews and lacking anything else to watch, I gave this series a go. Paranormal, sci-fi, two brothers - components for a decent anime. At the end though, this is one of those series that makes you want to take a screw driver to your eyes and ears.
The sound is fantastic. It brings back memories of watching X-Files, and the people responsible for the score really hit this one on the head.
The story is about standard anime fare - two protagonists which are brothers, gifted with extraordinary abilities, are prophesied to be either the destruction of the world or the rebirth of a
new one. However it takes a long time to drive home the plot and certain encounters drag out just for the sake of filling air-time. The animation is so-so, nothing spectacular.
The characters are extremely annoying. The brothers depend on each other a lot, but their method of displaying their dependency drove me mad. The number of times the brothers call each other by name of just simply "brother!!" are through the roof. There's only so much repetition I can take - it brings back memories of DBZ where it took Gohan 3-4 episodes just to cast one energy ball. There is a considerable amount of verbal back and forth, mostly nonsensical threats that are associated with the worst of creature-of-the-week anime series.
Unless you are extremely bored, and have absolutely nothing else to do with your time, I would give this anime series a pass. There's a lot of stuff out there to watch instead.
The setting for "Night Head Genesis" was good, and it began brilliantly, but the problem I saw in most of the episodes was that the plot didn't feel steady enough; perhaps it was meant to make the viewer ponder about what just happened, and what motivated a certain action or result, but to me it felt like they randomly grabbed things from here and there and ended with a conclusion that seemed a little odd and out there. In short, the plot wasn't as straightforward as I would have liked. "Plot holes" was what came to mind, because the flow just didn't feel consistent enough.
absolutely loved the art. The characters were pretty to look at, as was the scenery. And although some of the animation (mainly the scenes with cars) stood out, it was a steady flow of beauty. Another thing that I fell totally in love with was the music! Ending themes I didn't so much care for, but the beginning theme and overall soundtrack of the episodes were amazing.
The only thing that really bugged me besides the troubles with the plot was the voice acting. Mostly it was good, but especially Naoya's "screaming" was something that kept me frowning - or cracking up, which probably wasn't what they aimed for. It just didn't sound real (it was very un-cool in a way).
There wasn't all that much character development. In the case of Naoto there was some, because he had to come to terms with the darker side of his power, but either the story failed, or I didn't see the whole transition moving flawlessly. Naoto's reactions to a lot of things, especially as a kid, kept me shaking my head, but maybe that was just his bigheaded nature, who knows.
All in all I enjoyed this series. It could be better, and I wished it would have been longer because the story in the last two episodes was the best of them all!
"Night Head Genesis" had some brilliant stuff in it, lovely relationship between two brothers, and although some of the characters and their motivation never really pulled through... this is certainly worth another watch.