I hated Chaos;Head. I mean, just HAAATED it. It was a disaster from start to finish. It manages to be simultaneously boring and unbearably melodramatic, which would be impressive if it wasn't so awful. It is only natural to expect that its offspring, Chaos;Child would be just as terrible.
And then suddenly WHAM PLOT TWIST!!!! It kinda isn't!
The same old shit from the first one is still going down: people are getting killed in bizarre, overly art-designed ways and a group of children with relatively poor social skills and a penchant for doing stupid stuff and being in the right place at the right time
seem to be more proficient at solving the mystery of whodunit than the police.
Unlike its predecessor, and almost miraculously, Chaos;Child actually feels like a mystery. This is in contrast to the original Head season's feeling more like a bad School Days fanfic. It has atmosphere and an ominous tone, and the characters of Child are actually pretty good this time as opposed to being UNBEARABLE (re. Chaos;Head). It has been genuinely unsettling at a couple points with some fairly macabre subject matter and implied graphic violence, and the narrative has been moving along at a pretty good pace. It even made me gasp and clutch my pearls at one point.
Chaos;Child isn't the best mystery/psychological/horror anime out there. It isn't even the best anime in the series that includes itself, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, Occlutic;Nine, and the much maligned Chaos;Head. What it is is pretty good, and it deserves a watch if you are inclined to enjoy something dark in the vein of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Bonus Game: Try to come up with some names for new entries in the series of works linked by the Random word;random word title. My ideas include Avocado;Surprise and Taxidermy;Birthday.
As a fan of the semicolon series, Chaos;Child was initially my 2nd most anticipated anime of Winter 2016 (after Rakugo Shinju). It was heartening to hear that this new adaptation was by a completely different creative team to the disastrous Chaos;Head anime, but its short length raised questions about how faithful and complete the adaptation could be.
Two disclaimers: Firstly, this is a review of only the first 4 episodes. Secondly, I haven't played the VN since it is only in Japanese. However, the very few western people who have played it seem pretty pleased with this adaptation so far. For those who haven't played
or watched Chaos;Head - doing so is recommended to fully understand this, but there is a recap episode that pulls up the most important points.
Chaos;Child is a murder mystery crossed with psychological horror, set within the larger SciAdv universe. That description may already mean you know this anime is, or isn't, for you. Nonetheless, so far this is a particularly strong example of these genres.
The characters aren't as immediately memorable as those in Steins;Gate, though they fit the darker tone that C;C has had from the beginning. Taku doesn't appear a typical semicolon series protag, being apparently well adjusted, though it seems with many pychological issues under the surface. The other two main characters are Kurusu, Taku's sister in law, who is more down to earth and attempts to dissuade him from his investigations, and Onoe, a childhood friend who is the main one pushing Taku onwards.
Chaos;Child excels at what it needs to: psychological horror. The murder mystery is not really a "whodunnit", instead a device to showcase ever more gruesome murders and advance the plot via the main characters's investigations. The murders and other horror elements are memorable, without overusing gore.
Such moments are about once an episode, leaving the rest to atmospheric buildup, character development, and the furthering of the investigation.
Chaos;Child's animation and visual design is another strong suit. The studio is Silver Link which typically does strong work; here they were given a VN to adapt, not the easiest of tasks compared to a manga. Thankfully though everything here, from the character designs to the backgrounds to the mood lighting to the environments looks very good.
So far there isn't much music to speak of, other than the (catchy) OP, more along the lines of background noises and ambience to build the atmosphere. The voice acting, both in the Japanese and English dubs, is suitable to the tone of the anime, with each VA sounding suitable to their character, apart from Takeru's English VA who IMO sounds a little on the immature side.
The first 3rd of Chaos;Child has got off to a very strong start, leaving me highly intrigued into what will come in the remainder. This certainly isn't an anime for everyone; a liking for both the horror genre and the SciAdv series is likely a requirement for enjoyment, but if the descriptions I've given so far have piqued your interest, this is an anime worth checking out.
(DISCLAIMER: Sorry about my English which I don't have sense when I'm typing around in internet but I usually talk very well without that, so please forgive me.)
I really just can't keep watching it to be honest... Like it's so boring and it isn't just keep the edge of your seat which not mainly for the big plot twist, although this series did played out really well and it had decent plot twist but at least it wasn't very highly recommend to watch.
Speaking of when it comes to the adaptation from Visual Novel, I can say the Visual Novel is the
best way to play BUT the game hasn't release yet in Europe and North America. The only thing we know is that the story was taken place in October 2015, before six years after the events of Chaos;Head. Abnormal events begin to occur in Shibuya district, mysterious death. (Source: MAL News)
To be honest, Chaos;Child was basically about the murder and mystery and other genres but this series was just too disturbing at the same time but not for myself when I'm home turning the lights on. But I'm just sayin' about the series itself that it's very disturbing for any fans to watch and I can't agree their opinion like "Oh, this didn't disturb me and I'm not scared about it." Don't even lie, I'm serious. Also I'm a massive fan of Steins;Gate and ReZ- No, no, no, what are we talking about? Well, speaking of THAT! Chaos;Child/Head, Robotics;Notes, Occultic;Nine and Steins;Gate are in different universe. Including Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes but still in different universe and in different time
Now, I'm kind of gone too far so speaking of, I can't tell the amount of work that Silver Link have done and how much effort it is but I wasn't impressed about it and I can't explain why. But White Fox was my first favorite studio that they did project from Re:Zero and Steins;Gate, and the amount of editing and the details was very high quality but so the animation was very smooth at that point. Also Bones and Madhouse was my favorite was well. So this anime, Chaos;Child. I can't really say it's worth to watch because the story was just fair enough but it's decent to be honest, even though it's still disturbing and very dark for everyone to watch. So it's not worth to watch and not highly recommend to watch but anyone who is big fan of Steins;Gate, they would be recommend to watch.
Good horror, impressive atmosphere, the single issue possible is the synopsis, depending of what happen after this episodes.
For those who hated Chaos;Head because the plot twist came from nowhere, their is some chance it is not the case with this one. At this time it look like more constructed, and I have already an idea about some futur plot twist. And, as in Steins;Gate I hope every things will take sens in the end of the anime. But it is already largely better than Chaos;Head.
There is a global guiding light, and it look like people don't forget their main goal ( in Chaos;Head they forgot
it after 4 episodes ). And the synopsis is really good, and there is already some very strong scenes ! Maybe not as good as Steins;Gate ( not sure till it is not ended, depend if things are all explained before it end or not ), but clearly at the same level than Robotics;Note with an Universe looking as the Chaos;Head one.