Ryouhei Arisu is a high school student with no ambitions and just wants to escape from what he feels is a meaningless reality. One night when he is with his two friends Daikichi Karube and Chouta Segawa, they see an abnormally large firework shoot into the sky, an event which signals a permanent change in their lives.
Blinded by the incredibly bright explosion, the three find themselves transported to what is known as the Borderland. The only inhabitants of this world are participants of a deadly game where specific tasks must be accomplished if they wish to survive. As the three begin playing to determine how they can get back home, Ryouhei finds himself feeling alive for the very first time in his life.
Think Mirai Nikki, Btooom!, and No Game No life wrapped into a neat package of absolute adrenaline. All with an underlying tone of sweet suspense. Missing an ending.
The Story has elements of suspense and drama, but ultimately is a coming of age type of story. Missing an ending.
Protagonist is definitely one of the most fleshed out characters I have ever seen. His internal conflict is one that many face, and the anime does a great job of detailing his character in such a concise amount of episodes. The supporting characters are memorable, but for the most part cliched.
Art and Sound are good Quality,
with the art being outstanding in terms of direction and audience engagement.
So I love these kinds of animes, the ones where they basically have to play games/solve puzzles. This anime is kind of like No Game No Life but they have to play the games to stay alive. I really love this because it takes those kids that aren't good at anything in the world we are in and place them in a world where they can thrive essentially. Most of the characters are also great, once you get past the initial little freak out. I would recommend this to anyone who liked No Game No Life, or animes about solving puzzles. It also moves fast
so you're not stuck listening to a lot of monologues.
Story: Think No Game No Life combined with Btooom. It's a psychological anime, yet it's unique. It doesn't even have any serious tragedy. Even those who are not into mindf@&# -like myself- will enjoy this.
It's about a bunch of kids who can't adapt in the real world being warped into a mirror image of the world and told to participate in games with their lives at stake. These games are different to what any one might expect from an anime like this and actually make sense and are exiting. You would find a cliff hanger of sorts at the centre of each episode which
will make your heart go crazy and your eyes will be practically glued to the screen. However dispite it being unique in many ways there still are plenty of similiar story lines so one might find it to be a bit of a rip-off. (9)
Art: The art is pretty and unlike most anime of the genre; doesn't have this dark and scary feeling. You'll find blood and gore in this show to some extent, but it won't colour your vision. It emphasizes on light and harmony in colours, bringing forth brilliant details, but for an anime of this era it isn't particularly spectacular. (8)
Sound: This is a bit of a let down. The sound is fine and you could say unique, but still not particularly interesting. The voices of the characters aren't the cutsy type you normally get, nor the rough types you sometimes get, but something in between - but closer to the rough type- and have the proper emotions in place. This however is not enough to make them enjoyable. There is no OP and the ED is a simple piano stereotypical Alice in Wonderland tune, but it's quite fitting really. (7)
Characters: The characters are all different and you can see the layers they might be hiding and the psychological strain they are under. They make some progress and discover their hidden abilities -like observation not like a rasengan or stuff-, but it doesn't take long as expected from a three episode long anime. Despite all this the characters are still all quite stereotypical: you get the wimp, the strong guy, the smart observant guy and etc. (6)
Enjoyment: The enjoyment is a lot more than what you'd expect from a three episode long OVA. As a matter of fact it's absolutely perfect. You will find yourself getting the whole story well enough despite the few episodes, but still craving for more. (10)