On May 1, 1945 in Berlin, as the Red Army raises the Soviet flag over the Reichskanzlei, a group of Nazi officers conduct a ritual. For them, the slaughter in the city is nothing but the perfect ritual sacrifice in order to bring back the Order of the 13 Lances, a group of supermen whose coming would bring the world's destruction. Years later, no one knows if this group of officers succeeded, or whether they lived or died. Few know of their existence, and even those who knew began to pass away as the decades passed.
Now in December in the present day in Suwahara City, Ren Fujii spends his days at the hospital. It has been two months since the incident that brought him to the hospital: a fight with his friend Shirou Yusa where they almost tried to kill each other. He tries to value what he has left to him, but every night he sees the same dream: a guillotine, murderers who hunt people, and the black clothed knights who pursue the murderers. He is desperate to return to his normal, everyday life, but even now he hears Shirou's words: "Everyone who remains in this city eventually loses their minds."
The first thing that jumps out to me from this show is that the story is really wishy-washy, having no resemblance to the scenes that preceded it on the storyline, having been an adaptation of the visual novel. Furthermore, this is a crowdfunded anime which Japanese fans have been craving for it to happen, but in reality it shouldn't exist AT ALL.
Some weird history about a group Nazis, particularly on the Longinus Dreizehn Orden (or LDO for short), performing a ritual during World War 2 using the lives lost as a sacrifice for their spell to mete out the destruction of mankind through reviving the
Order of the 13 Lances. Fast forward to recent times, and Fuiji Ren's life is muted by the similarly happening events, and has to deal with them in the similar fashion towards the evil LDO.
In a nutshell, that's the plot for the anime. The show however (like Black Clover) has to put a lot of clichés all around it since in a VN, you have choices that go to different endings. The anime is NOT a VN, and pacing it that way will be very off-putting from the start, because the storyline just jumps from one scenario to another without us viewers understanding what's going on.
Never mind Fuiji Ren and his shenanigans, ALL of the characters are downright uninspiring nor innovative. To fans of the VN (which I assume there's only 2 or 3), I'm sad to say that there is an onslaught of characters which to make believe the focus on one person very unappealing.
If the producers ever give a thought about the production values and such, it wouldn't have sucked THIS BAD. Furthermore, the resurgence of crowdfunded anime has just started taking off, and this is a prime example of decisions gone bad.
The art and animation isn't bad, but A.C.G.T is not a studio where you'd call quality, because most of their shows exist within the early 2000s, and their shows are not exactly the greatest (Kimi ga Aruji, Koi Kaze and the original Kino's Journey being exceptions). Even if this serves as a reboot of the studio, call their call on the gun as being mediocre and outdated by 2017 standards (whereas other shows made by promising studios are updated, modern and look a million times better).
So much for glorified OST and BGM, the same mediocre and BS quality actions that are very frightening and painful to listen to, which makes you wanna skip it SOOO MUCH. OP and ED are some of the worst songs I'd hear in quite some time, and the BGM is always leaps and bounds before and after the animation, therefore confusing us on scenarios of seriousness and jokes.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
For 80 mins of my time, I felt like I wasted A HELL LOT of my time watching this, and wondering why a crowdfunded show like this got the green light, especially when the original VN has a steep learning curve with a huge backstory that nobody honestly cares about.
Like Urahara, Evil or Live and a few others which are really NOT worth our dear 25 mins times n shows that we are watching this season, pass it up if development was a crunch-biting experience and that the matters don't add up.