A series of gruesome murders dubbed "New Generation Madness" once induced mass hysteria in Shibuya. At its peak during a frenzied riot, a sudden earthquake reduced the district into nothing but rubble, while leaving surrounding wards strangely intact.
Six years later, in a newly rebuilt Shibuya, mysterious deaths begin to crop up again. It is not long before third-year student Takuru Miyashiro realizes a connection: the dates of the recent murders match those of the New Generation Madness incidents. He, along with several members of his school's newspaper club, decide to delve deeper into the mystery, only to find themselves stranded in the middle of a new crime scene themselves...
Three months ago, my life had no purpose. I was a jobless adult who spent his day jerking off to lolis. I had absoutely nothing to do but spend my money on body-pillows and Mountain Dew. As a former fan of Sword Art Online (now, i hate it because other people hate it), i needed something that requires a lot of energy to watch. It needed to be sensible and require logical thinking, while also making me feel smart. Recently, i was fapping as always and saw some hot chi- i mean an interesting looking city on the cover of this anime. I immediately took
down my pan- i mean opened my illegal streaming website to watch it. I had very high expectations. I am now about to go on a ramble about something that was incredibly thought provoking, just like the prequel - Chaos;Head.
The anime of the year, Chäos;Child. The story is about a guy called Takuru who wants to solve cases. Little did it hit him that karma's a bitch and will haunt you. The cool guy he is, he HAD to abandon everything he cared about for a case. It was a very admirable act, he was totally not just a fucking idiot. The case was important and he had much purpose in solving it. Sure, he lost family members, friends and didn't gain any money, but my stick felt stiff, so it's worth it. The viewers were not told as to why he did it, but that's fine, i watch anime with my penis. The anime progresses on and some stuff that made me emotionally attached happened. A certain person i forgot the name of was the villain. I think it was his first apperance or something. Oh wait, next episode it wasn't him anymore. It was another person all along. Oh wait another episode later it wasn't that person, it was that person prior to this all along. I forgot their names but they made me cry. The animation in the final episode was equally good as Mars of Destruction and Hand Shakers combined. He moved like a fucking stale stick. When they smashed some heads, no sound came out. I think you were supposed to hear yourself squirting instead. It felt so fucking terrific to watch. It felt exactly like an unedited drama show from the 50's. I personally think God Eater is the best anime ever. I don't know, people give this a low score, so maybe i should give it a high score.
Story and Animation - 6,9
The rest - 4,2,0
Overall : 10
-- This review contains spoilers. Only read if you have finished the series. --
The story is very interesting alone, or at least it was enough to catch my attention. It's a direct extension from Chaos;Head, so I was going into this trying to find answers. However, the problem with this show is that the explanation for things isn't exactly logical due to the lack of direction put into it and lackluster writing. Quite simply, it's a huge mess.
You have your typical high schoolers that are somehow involved in this big case that turned out to be incredibly pointless in the end. If you've seen
the last episode, you'll know what I'm talking about. It was explained, with an obnoxious info-dump, that the whole reason the case even exists was because MC wanted to do something he enjoyed. But you know what's hilarious? He wished for this directly after seeing people die in an "earthquake." And I'm supposed to believe he "forgot" his wish when he literally begs for it out in the open? How is that even logical? That seems like something a bored kid would wish for, to be honest. It makes no sense whatsoever and just goes to show how the writer doesn't even remember half of his/her script.
The show also includes characters that don't necessarily need to be there, such as cute girl from hospital. She was probably necessary for about an episode - that's it. You're supposed to use your characters effectively throughout the story, not have them as cute props in the background for cheap appeal 95% of the time. I could say the same thing for other characters, as well.
Let's not even get into the fact that literally NOTHING was solved by the end of this show. The "evil organization" still exists, we don't know what will happen to any of the characters after the final scenes, and this entire season was just unnecessary to the plot in general because some boy made a stupid wish.
The appearance or "art" itself is okay for today's standards, maybe even on the mediocre side. With that being said, I think the animation is terrible beyond words. When I say this, I'm also referring to the fight scenes throughout the show - which was very minimal. The swords or "weapons" each person with powers had looked totally out of touch with the original artwork. When comparing the weapons to the characters, the differences were incredibly off-putting and underwhelming. The fight scenes themselves were hilarious, in my opinion; I'm just being honest here. I wouldn't even call the last episode's fight scene a climax or worthy of being watched at all - it was just that boring. At one point, MC's finishing move literally was out of no where, had no sound, and was replaced by a quick black screen filter of sorts. If I could describe it in one word, it would be: underwhelming, again.
I'm not going to lie, this was probably my favorite aspect out of this show, which is not a compliment. In fact, it's an insult. If your soundtracks are the only thing you'll be known for in a series, then you're probably doing something wrong and not focusing on everything equally. I'll be sure to look into the singers and sound director's other works for my own personal enjoyment.
Or as I like to call it.. How To Create A Boring Character 101.
Step 1) Include dialogue that is so basic it doesn't reflect the character's personality at all.
Step 2) Include zero depth, because adding depth is too much work.
Step 3) Include only flashbacks to create character's past.
Step 4) Include cliche lines with predictable actions.
Step 5) Profit.
And voila! You're finished.
All joking aside, there was nothing memorable about these characters. What were their names, someone may ask? I wouldn't know because I don't consider it relevant. In fact, the entire show was irrelevant. I feel as if though this was all just an elaborate detour and we still don't know anything.
Overall, this was a waste of time. I wouldn't recommend this to anybody. I only completed it because I was already halfway through it anyway.
I don't grade each category like we're "supposed to" because I find it pointless, and it wouldn't really convey my points accurately either. My philosophy is that whatever the show gives me, I give back in return. In other words, if you give me minimal effort, I'll give you a minimal score. I would give this show the lowest possible score, but it at least tried to do something different - which I do acknowledge.
I don't like writing or reading long reviews so I will make it short and to the point.
So fucking rushed, if it was a 24 episode anime it could have been so good, but not like this. Just like the Chaos;Head anime, this should've stayed a visual novel. This is significantly better handled than that anime but still not all that good. 6 for fine sounds about right, it has a very interesting premise with a good bit of suspense but the execution is just sloppy.
Story - 8
Art - 7
Sound - 5 (ED-song was rather enjoyable, good ol' Itou Kanako)
Character - 7
Enjoyment - 7
Just like its predecessor, Chaos;Child was very interesting to watch despite all the weird random events. There just times when having random things occur actually makes the show more interesting and attention grabbing.
The story flows better than it did in Chaos;Head. There's still a set of New Generation Madness murders, which happen on the exact same dates as the old ones, just occurring 6 years later. Takaru is the new main character who tries to solve these new cases along with help from his and members of his school's newspaper club. A bunch of weird events occur as
they try to solve these cases and there is pretty distinct ways that most of the characters fit into the case. Unlike Chaos;Head though, the events in Chaos;Child flow much better, especially since there is not a few episodes around the start and middle that are centered around specific girls. Since the episodes flowed better, it allowed the psychological aspect to flourish much better.
The art is very well done. I noticed how well every background fit the scene along the way, but I really noticed how well done the art is during the last episode. The animation is very good as well and it's pretty consistent.
The sound is great. Every piece of music enhanced the mysterious tone of the anime and or helped to calm you down during more friendly scenes. I love the opening theme and the ending theme is really good.
The character aspect is another area where Chaos;Child beats out chaos;Head. Takaru was a bit more believable in terms of his actions and development. He was still somewhat easily frightened, at the beginning, but didn't isolate himself as much or deny everything that happened around him. Both Chaos;head and Chaos;child have protagonists that fit their roles very well, but Takaru is just a bit better. Serika was probably the second most developed. Her personality almost completely changes towards the end from how she was at the start, but it improved her character and added a lot more detail that helped the anime progress smoothly. Besides those two, I didn't find many faults in other characters, but I'd rather not write about a third or half page just describing the characters.
Overall, I looked forward to watching the new episodes every week and I never felt like an episode was just a huge disappointment. I love Chaos;head too, but Chaos;child just has higher quality stuff in every category; my scores only differ by 1 point though so no offense if you like Chaos;head better. I definitely recommend watching this if you like psychological anime, since it's not filled with tons of worthless information that seems to only have the purpose of making fake drama/suspense; I'm talking about a so called, "classic" anime here, that will remain nameless in this review. So check it out if you like the genre and don't worry, the harem part is pretty much non-existent; I don't even know why the show has the tag.