Phantasy Star Online 2 is the hottest game to hit the market. Just ask anyone at Seiga Academy—anyone except for Itsuki Tachibana, that is. Unlike his peers, Itsuki does not play video games and ended up missing out on this big trend. Thankfully, he has other good qualities. He gets good grades. He has perfect attendance. And, to the delight of his friends, he makes the perfect substitute for any afterschool activity. Who knew it was possible to be a jack of all trades in high school clubs?
Itsuki's abilities attract the attention of student council president, Rina Izumi. While Itsuki is the perfect image of mediocrity, Rina is a vision of excellence; she is good looking, popular, an amazing athlete, and she has excellent grades. There is nothing she cannot do... except for keep an eye on the extracurricular activities of the student body, of course. Rina recruits Itsuki as the new vice president of the student council and asks him to play Phantasy Star Online 2. Because the game is an MMO, it has a social aspect and she wants to know if it is affecting the student body negatively. But first, Itsuki has to learn how to play the game! Will this jack of all trades pick up a new skill? Is the game just an unwanted distraction to the student body? Find out in Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation!
Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation is the eighth project in the franchise, commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of the Phantasy Star Online video game franchise. The anime series features a completely original storyline and all-new characters.
Me and my friend have been playing pso2 for a bit, and have been quite enjoying it. It's a fun game and seeing that an anime adaptation sounded like a cool idea. So the anime comes out, and I haven't felt anime blue balls this hard since sword art online. Disappointment, disappointment, disappointment everywhere. Why is this plot? What is this plot? How is this plot? This plot is boring and stupid. Study the game because people like it and it's affecting their grades. Is that interesting to you? This is an adaptation of a sci fi game. They could've easily given it a Code Lyoko plot where monsters come to the high school, but noooooooooooooooooooooope. Gotta make sure it's as stupid and boring as possible. Heck, they could've made it sao where people are trapped in the game. Or made it actually the story in the game. You know? Something somewhat interesting. Then there's the main character. He's so main character. I don't even know if he's a character. He just is a person who plays a game, and does the work he's told because the plot said so. Play the game because. Write the report because other character said so. I can't even name a single character trait out of him after 3 episodes. All I can make out of him is "Main character" so we can check off main character on our cookie cutter how to make an anime youtube tutorial. And then there's the main girl. I can't say a thing about her either. Other than the fact that she's the council president or something and plays as a solo player in pso2. So she's like Kirito but female. Both are barely passable characters if you stretch it enough and solo play mmos. That's their characters, that's it. Also, in the game she's like amazing at the game and is very popular? And she's a guy in pso2. Someone who's never played pso2 is probably asking "How would you know? It's a giant robot thing." I know because in pso2, the female Cast Members(the robot things) have huge hair looking metal things and actually look like humans. Then Male Cast Members are just gundams. They're gundams. I don't know what else I can say about this show. I skipped ahead to episode 10 and dropped it after 5 minutes because it was just as boring as I remember. They were literally doing a school festival. How much more default generic anime setting can you get? I could probably name 5 anime that had a school festival scene in them off the top of my head. Toradora, To Love Ru, My little Monster, and I think Highschool DxD had one. I don't know, I didn't care enough for an anime with girls who apparently are sticks with tits fighting for something about demons. I'm getting off topic, this anime is bad. Just because an anime has something you like in the name doesn't mean it's good. Don't watch this. Go watch Log Horizon or something if you really want that video game setting.
Apparently my reviews are all bias and unfair, so I'll be adding this part here so it isn't as unfair as it supposedly is. I don't recall talking much on the art of this show. The animation in this show is just about acceptable. It looks like what one would call "anime." It's not the worst I've seen, in fact it's rather pretty at moments. But that only goes for the real world sections of the show. The moment the anime goes into the game, it turns into this terrible looking cg instead of it's acceptable 2d animation. The models' movements look so unnatural and stiff at moments. Along with this, the framerate drops to like 15 fps. Then sometimes it has 2d mixed with the 3d which looks okay, but is easily noticed. I can't lie about the 2d animation being pretty good, but the 3d animation is easily some of the worst I've seen. The sound isn't terrible. I think it might be from the game, but I'm sure I'm incorrect. The parts of the show I stated in the previous part where definitely big contributors to my score, but the animation and sound give this show it's 3. This show is bad, but not horrible. It's terrible, but not disgustingly terrible. read more
Not the best but not the worst, Phantasy Star Online 2 seems to be around the middle where it’s “just okay” (as the main character would put it).
Despite this being based on a video game (a sequel of a spin-off), the story is not set in the game itself. Rather, the game is featured as a game. Also, I believe you don’t really need prior knowledge of the actual game to be able to watch this series as it does a bit of explanation with the game jargon. It has a very simplistic plot, which makes it an easy watch.
The characters, while nothing special, are still likable and have their own charm to them. Some we see more than others, but that’s only because we mainly focus on a select few. We also see these characters as their game avatars, which at times show a huge contrast from their real-life counterparts.
There’s nothing spectacular about the animation, but I give it praise for keeping it pretty consistent all throughout. There’s also that good blend of CG and 2D during the action sequences that’s not distracting from the rest of the visuals.
Even if I didn’t know about the game it was based on (or any of the other for that matter), I still went ahead and gave it a try, and it was an all right series. I say I would recommend to anyone that probably have either played or know of the game, but also to those who don’t know.read more
This show is a joke. Story is just a commercial where everyone and their moms lives revolve around a video game.
The characters are all very one dimensional and have generic designs, you got the average protagonist who is a total loser with no personality and knows nothing about PSO so Sega can get more new players for their game, I don't even remember his name. Then Rina the Class President who falls in love with the MC for no reason other than he is the self insert character, there is also some other random losers who don't matter so I'm not even going to go over them.
The animation is average for the most part but when they go in the game they all have ugly CG models that really goes to show you the studio doesn't really care about the production much, actions scenes are hilariously bad, the frame rate drops and its just a bunch of dark backgrounds and colors to hide the tragedy.
Soundtrack is pretty generic, I honestly can't remember any of the music, its just there to keep scenes from being more boring then they already are.
Don't watch this show, its not worth it. Only reason I am watching it is cause I like torture. read more
One might think because I played Phantasy Star, PSII, & PSIII, Phantasy Star Online on the Dreamcast and Gamecube, PSO episode 1&2 on the Gamecube and Xbox, PSO portable 1 & 2 on the PSP, and PSO Zero on the NDS that I might have a bias for this anime. How could I? Because I never played PSO 2! Just not core enough to make that happen. In reality I only allowed my love of this series to add a point to my final score. PSO2 the Animation is at best a 6, but 7 to me as an enormous fan of the video game series. Just for reference I also play a ton of Monster Hunter, Freedom Wars, Ragnarok Odyssey, Soul Sacrifice, God Eater, Toukiden, and all the Dark/Demon Souls games - so clearly I’m a well rounded gamer… It is worth mentioning that every hunting game/action RPG has it’s roots in PSO, and the influence this game has had on the world of video games is no small matter.
What I like. If someone had never played a video game, let alone an action massively multiplayer online game, the first few episodes of this anime are like an instruction manual teaching the viewer what these games are, including a smattering of etiquette within the online multiplayer realm. I loved this, and thought PSO2tA mixed these qualities in admirably into the introduction of characters and story. To any gamer of merit, this may of come off as obvious and redundant, but I’m sure i’m not alone in my appreciation, and suspect more than a handful of people gained something while watching the lighthearted presentation. I considered the animation quality to be slightly above average, except in isolated “in-game” sequences that I found astonishing. There is an appealing hand drawn/CG video game quality. The visual mix of black backgrounds with neon outlines from the video game is captured perfectly. Sadly these sequences are infrequent, and not always consistent in quality. The sound and music are (in my mind) the best qualities in the show, with strong opening and closing credits. The background soundtrack music does a good job setting the tone, and VG sound effects are used just enough to keep the PSO connection. This anime may have attempted to present online gaming as mainstream and desirable, but this community is still niche. While not a fan of advertisement, I still liked the homage payed to interactive online experiences. Anyone who has spent 1000’s of hours online may question the value of time spent, but there are true moments of fleeting greatness that can be shared in this unique environment.
What was adequate. Character and Story. An academy setting, female dominated cast with a dorky/naive/overachieving/ultimately cool male student protagonist… wow, I loved this character mix in Martian Successor Nadesco, however this anime is 20 years old - and *it* used this mix in an intentionally stereotypical manner to make fun of itself and the entire anime medium.
What I didn’t like. It took too long for the story to kick into gear, and the important events to unfold. Even when it does, there is a lot of filler for a short run anime. This does not have the spare density of say, a FLCL. Like so many video games of this type, all PSO incarnations rely heavily on style, atmosphere, and music for overall addictive success. The soundtracks from PSO and PSO episode 1&2 are hauntingly epic, with an electro clarity that made these game experiences unforgettable. While the music in this series is very good, it isn’t good enough to live up to the standard from many of the games. The same might be said of the visuals, which gamers hold in such high regard.
Ultimately I rate this anime as a 7 because of my bias, being after all Phantasy Star trash, and I enjoyed watching every episode.read more
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