Venus Versus Virus follows regular schoolgirl Sumire who's had the ability to see ghosts since a young age. She tells friends and family about this fact and they just dismiss it, thinking she's a liar. A chance encounter with a broach flying out of nowhere, a monster and gothloli clad monster killer named Lucia leaves her with a life changing decision to use her ability and fight against these "viruses" feeding upon the human race.
Important Notice: For all of you yuri fans that picked this up because it had the tag YURI on it might as well drop it because there is basically no yuri.
Story: The story starts with a scene of both girls fighting, then it goes backwards. VVV is basically about two friends that ended up in a wrong way... simply put. The series consists of several flashbacks, then the last episode picks up from the first scene in ep 1.
To tell you the truth, I expected a lot more from the ending.. the ending was quite disappointing. The story builds up to the final
scene, and then... end. Nothing. It was that sudden that i thought there was a next episode to it, and there probably would be another season, but that was one terrible way of ending things. Thus i have to give it a 6.
Art: I guess the art is ok.. for the most part. There wasnt anything speciall about it, nor did it excell in it. However, there were some parts that were a bit strange.. for example I felt almost uncomfortable to watch Sumire in her "changed" form and her distorted face...
Sound: the sound is ok, and engaging. Didnt seem out of place and the op and ed songs were quite good too.
Character: They attempted to put it the yuri theme to the action, and failed. Thats all I can say for this. The actuall character development was good however.
Enjoyment: If only the ending was different, I could have given it an 8 even, but that was just a terrible way of ending things. It just made me think, why did i even watch these series? and left me with an empty feeling.
Overall: Like I said, the overal rating would have been higher had it ended it differently. Other than that, it was an ok series, and theres probably going to be more coming out.
Venus Versus Virus is sadly a failed creation. It's quite interesting and has a lot of potential in being a good action-fantasy anime, but it just wasn't made well. It's like a potentially great cake that was burnt in the oven. Pick this up only if you have an intention of remaking it. This is definitely a NOT WATCH for normal viewers. Everyone will just be completely disappointed in the end.
The story is pretty good. It's just not presented well in this show. It's about two girls, Lucia and Sumire, who work in a group called Venus Vanguard that exterminates evil spirits called "viruses". Viruses
were originally humans, whose souls were snatched away and then became monsters that devour other humans' souls. Viruses only attack humans who can see them. Humans who see them have souls called "fragment". Fragments contain some power which have a specific element of nature (fire, wind, water, earth or lightning). There is one fragment that they called "the fragment", the strongest fragment which has the power to recreate the world and it just so happens that Lucia and Sumire are both halves of that fragment. They are observed behind the scenes by their true enemies that has yet to appear. The overall story is confusing so I think it would be better to just read the manga.
In terms of art, the general design is really good. That includes the characters, their items, and their surroundings. Nice drawing, nice coloring and good basic animation. The problem is that the good comments only reach until the basic animation. Everything else is dull. The action scenes were not at all impressive. A lot of scenes are shown in poor angles. Some scene layouts are bad and some transitions are too fast. The characters have uncool battle movements. And special abilities looks like they're not at all special.
Sounds are the best point of this anime. The OP song is good and likable, the backgrounds are also good and well-suited, the effects are fine and natural, the voices are nice and the ED song is not bad. The sound is arranged very well but it's nothing that people would like or notice so much.
This 12 episode animation of Venus Versus Virus made the characters look bad. The two heroines have a really high coolness potential but the scenes just made them look so-so. Everyone just looked average. No special, admirable feelings for any of the characters at all but Sumire was pretty interesting.
The show is not so enjoyable. It is pretty interesting and there are actually some good scenes at the very later parts, but that's just it. The poor overall presentation just brings the enjoyment down. It ends so bad that the viewers would naturally get angry.
Personally, I think it is actually quite good. Though the ending isn't as good as it could have been. I don't have much of an issue with the ending because it's point was to leave it open to the viewer. It is much like the big mystery at the end of Code Geass. For those of you who have seen that, you will know what I am talking about. All 'round, it was a good series and it may have the tag Yuri, but there is absolutely no Yuri in there, like at all, so sorry to disappoint all those Yuri fans
The anime had two major issues. One, it was overdramatic. Towards the beginning and end in particular there were a lot of cheesy and overdone scenes. While I felt the middle was at least decent, I can't deny some pretty big trouble with the way it started and ended.
More than that, though, was the simple fact that it started in the middle. If we had started this anime by following the girl into the world of monsters, and learning about it as she did, it might have proved a rather enjoyable tail. Instead, we are shown a scene from the ENDING, and then thrust into
a world where the girl already knows half the things she needs too. Forced to learn on the run, with no real understanding of the girls confusion or other feelings, we don't even get a flashback until a fourth of the way in.
Despite the flaws, however, I found it at least a decent watch in short doses. Moreso if you can laugh a little at the overly done parts, though you might need a friend to point out just how ridiculous it is for you. Most of all, though, it seems to be a fairly good advertisement for the manga. (Not that I've read the manga, but the storyline itself is good enough to make you curious as to what the anime messed up and what might have been spectaculour if they hadn't.)
My recommendation is to watch it as a time filler, and schedule yourself for some manga reading if it sparks any interest. A quick glance at wikipedia tells you more than enough about the differences between the two.