It will be very clear when people say that this anime is NOT for everyone, and that is damn true. I will be reviewing the first couple of episodes, as I am a manga reader and has kept up to the latest chapter.
Scum's Wish or Kuzu no Honkai is definitely an Anime that lives up to its title, and it does a hell of a job representing that.
For a romance anime, this is one of the more different ones. This isn't your typical "Waiting for 12 episodes till we get a kiss." type of anime, heck, this anime gives us a kiss scene in the first couple of minutes, before the OP even shows. We can see then that this isn't your usual romance, it's something much more.
It's an anime with scummy and shitty characters.
So why do I find scummy and shitty characters interesting. Well, simply because I've always wanted to see (good) scummy and shitty characters in romance, not like the evil and so called good scummy characters. I'm talking about Scummy characters that wants to make u masturbate while watching Powerpuff Girls and Cum in a bucket then kick it into the pacific ocean. I have no idea where that came from I`m sorry.
Lot's of scummy characters I've seen in anime werent able to make me feel like the way I do when watching this. Now for the anime only watchers, prepare to feel uncomfortable and or displeased when you watch the next couple of episodes. Cuz I for sure was feeling very Urky when reading. Good or Bad Urking, who the hell knows at this point.
Anyways, back to the actual damn plot.
Hana and Mugi are both in a situation where they aren`t able to get the ones they love, therefore, to fill in the darkness or void in their hearts. Mugi and Hanabi needs to fuck endlessly to satisfy each..I mean, date eachother so that they don't feel like worthless Smidgets becuz they cant get their significant others. Even though they have no feelings for eachother, they are willing to give their bodies for sexual pleasure.
As Hana stated, "You can have everything but my feelings..."
Basically she's saying "You can fuck me, but I still don't like you."
Now as the Mature aspect of this anime goes, there are 2 types of people. The ones that say "Shitty, just a fanservice anime that has sex scenes for the sake of pleasing boners." Or the ones that say, "Damn this takes on a very mature topic, me like." It isn't necessarily a bad thing if this pleases your boner, hell it can please mine. No shame in that since it's my guilty pleasure.
This is practically a moving manga, No complaints here, just Lerche doing Lerche things.
Gaw Damn have you heard the BGM's? The OP? The ED? It practically takes away your ear virginity.
As much as I love these characters, you can't help but hate them with passion. They're scummy characters, and they were made like that. I would say it's taking on a realistic representation of real life. I mean, I've even seen these type of people before. I know some people who has the same personality as Hana, with the same desires. It takes a realistic approach on sexual acts. Hana does't really desire it, but if Mugi wants Hana for himself, she'll let him do what he wants. They promised to give eachother the pleasure they need to fulfill their sexual desires.
As much as the mature content and sexual themes this anime contains, it's for sure an anime I enjoy, looking on how the characters interact, and the way they handle certain situations. It's astonishing to see this type of anime coming into fruition. I'm sure as hell glad they did.
Not everyone will like this anime, you can see it as really shitty, or really well..non-shitty. I'm more leaning into the non-shitty side since they're handling the adaption quite nicely, some minor details have been skipped, and some parts are re-arranged. But it's not something that's made me too concerned in terms of pacing. It's been said apparently that the anime will cover the whole manga. Which can PROBABLY cover it in 12 episodes. I will just trust the staff of Lerche to make this into something really amazing.
Like I said, this won't be for everyone, for it isn't their cup of tea. Since this series is very...controversial..For people it may be a hit or miss. But I can say this is definitely one of the better romance anime's in my opinon.
I for sure will be continuing this series
Will you? read more
Have you ever desired something that's not politically correct? Kuzu no Honkai is an anime about desire. The main characters want something that they cant have Hanabi Yasuraoka loves Narumi Kanai her teacher and "brother". Mugi Awaya loves his teacher Akane Minagawa. Unfortunately for Hanabi and Mugi their love is not reciprocal.
Forgive me for any grammar errors, i'm not used to write in english
This is not an usual romance anime. This anime is very original, and in a certain way, unique. There are unforeseeable events and the story grows perfectly.
Perfect, detailed, stunning.
The opening "Uso no Hibana" is a masterpiece, and the ending "Heikousen" even better. Extremely competent voice actors and an above avarage sound-track.
Deep characters at all, even with only 4 episodes until now (02/02/2017) is possible map their personalities and understand why they do what they do. The only thing that is bothering me is Akane, i cant understand her personalitie at all. However 4 episodes isn't a lot.
I'm really enjoying this anime, as you probably noticed in the course of this review english is not my main language. Even so i'm watching this anime with english subtitles so i can watch this earlier (it takes time to translate into portuguese). This anime is very fun to watch, so absolutely recommend it if you enjoy a deeper and darker romance.
It really touched me in a personal level and caught my attention, characters look like real persons, original story and pretty enjoyable at all.
EDIT 17/02/17 (Episode 6)
Pretty minor spoilers here
Well, as i said before this is an unique anime romance story, if you have seen any romance anime with a similar story just let me know, because until now i know none. Two weeks ago i said that this story is full of unforseeable events, i was not wrong. I have seen much anime, maybe not as much as 50% of you but thruth be told 50 days IS a lot (and i cant remember the name of every single anime i saw), stay, i never saw anything like this in ANIME, you can find similar manga and pretty similar american TV series but there's not a single anime with this premisse, and if there is as i said before, just let me know, like, please.
Ok the story is original, but is it good? It is a well-developed story, you
probably already had that feeling when the story is going to absolutely nowhere, you wont have that feeling watching this. And please, do not say that there is fanservice, if you see Kuzu No Honkai sex scenes as fanserive you are probably a sadistic. Sex in Kuzu no Honkai is DRAMA. Am i going to get horny? Yes you'll, but you wont feel good for this. Sounds strange? Yea that is why this is Story is fabolous IF you are mature enought to understand what is going on so i still with my 10.
I said before that Akane was bothering me, not anymore. She got humanized.
Some people might disagree me, and i cant explain why because it'd be spoiler so i'll explain why i do think she got "humanized". She got drunk and said shit. That's pretty normal for and adult, she is not an agel or a demon she is a person like you and me.
And we still have pretty complex characters like Mugi, Hanabi and Sanae.
Why i cant give this a 10?
Well basically 2
1 I've seen better.
2 A character like Moca have only one purpose, to suffer. She worked hard her whole life in order to Mugi notice her, and what she gets? Nothing, well nothing actually would be better, she gets suffering. As i said before there's a uforeseeable story but still i cant imagine Moca being happy.
Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish) portrays how we all have a desire, oftentimes bad or “scum” type of desires and how we act upon those desires. This anime is not for the lover of sweet romance because the story is a bit psychological and melancholic. Here’s the reason why I keep watching and waiting for the next installment of the episodes.
I like the narration of the story here. You can see clearly in the story why the character or the story ended up that way because it was narrated very well. Aside from that, after every episode, there is a dialogue/monologue from a character that would leave you wanting to watch more.
The animation/art is very clean and easy to look at. I usually don’t like fight scenes in an anime because of too much color in it. You could also see that there are times that the artwork will change, like how the expression or color of the eyes will change, suggesting or telling the audience what the character feels or thinks at that exact moment. The part where there is a word written in pink background that suddenly goes black is a very good indication of something psychological. The ending animation is also very well done, as if the stories of the characters where just a glimpse in a kaleidoscope; with just a simple turn, the image changes, so to speak.
The background sounds almost always fits the emotion, scenery, situation and animation. It’s complimenting the story and the art. And about the soundtracks, the dialogue at every ending blended with the entry of the ending song is a total killer.
The characters’ development and personality is also very good. They’re hopeless romantics, melancholic, and desperate and sees the world in only one direction which kind of make the characters more real.
Did I enjoy the anime? I would not wait every Thursday for 9 hours just to watch the next installment if I didn’t! Maybe we all just love to have a little drama in our lives, and Kuzu no Honkai surely satisfy those needs.
I like how the characters were drawn, how the expression on their eyes changes which gives clues as to what the character is feeling or thinking at that moment. At first, I just like the animation, but I think the story is a bit hard to handle. But as I watched the episodes again, I started to like the story. The way the characters think, their being hopeless romantics, and their melancholy and desperation makes the story so real. The characters’ dialogue at the end blended with the entry of the ending song is a total killer.
The only let down is that the story and animation are so mature, I can’t watch it at the living room. read more
Note: I'm reading the manga, so I know how the anime is going to progress.
There are a lot of people complaining about this show and its development after the first episodes and I understand them, as a matter of fact this anime is just NOT suited for everyone, so let's just talk about it.
Kuzu no Honkai is the story of a girl who is going to discover her true feelings through sexual growth, and the path going up to this point is not as easy as it sounds, so this is why I don't recommend this anime to everyone.
The story starts like this: the two main characters are just each other's replacement because they actually love their teachers and three supporting characters are introduced: Moka, Mugi's senpai in junior high and Ecchan. The story is starting to take a twisted and fucked up turn, the best has yet to come, but you'd better be prepared for what you're going to see.
The art is beautiful, I really like the manga and its trait and the show did preserve it. I love the animation: you feel like the characters are real as you watch them.
No joking around, this show has easily the best soundtracks among the animes of the winter season. I'm really looking forward to listening to the OSTs when they're released.
The characters aren't stereotyped and they will undergo some development throughout the show (some of them are really worthy "scum" as the title suggests). For example Minagawa-sensei's character has been fleshed out in episode 4. The other characters are going to be analyzed as well in the next episodes
When I watched the first episode I couldn't handle my curiosity and I read the 44 released chapters of the manga and I was really blownn off. The anime adaptation is not letting me down, it's awesome till this point.
This show definetely deserves a chance, it's absolutely not a conventional romance, if you're looking for something original and psychological this show was made for you, just keep your mind open when you watch it.read more
I got some hope for this show at the beginning. But I was wrong. And now I'm filled with disappointment. TO simply put the story : "this is highschool anime , with bunch of retarded people ,who are thinking about sex all the time and a female teacher who wants to be a pornstar."
The art is just ok
Op is shit ,ED is good, OST is just so so.But ED is too good for this show,so everytime when ED started ,I just feel uncomfortable.
This should be for this anime: Nourin-AKB40
The characters are just horrible !!!!!!!!! They are pretending to say some deep things ,but in reality it's just a bullshit.Not to mention ,they completely ignores Noriko s existence in this anime.These people are just retarded that I actually wanna laugh at them.
I can't say I'm enjoying this shit. To be more accurate I just can't be serious about this anime.Everyone fucks with each other and I just wanna see how more bullshit there will be.
If you like this anime,u sure are brain-damaged masochist or you need to masturbate properly in hentaihaven. read more
Since episode 2 I'm waiting for this anime to just deliver the final blow so I can finally drop it in peace (and for good this time). Not because it's complete garbage… But the way it's going right now, I really don't know for how much longer I can sit through this. Good heavens. Ô_Ó
„Scum's Wish“, more like „Friends With Benefits: The Anime“ is about people being each other's replacements for people they cannot have. Which is an interesting premise, that anime as a medium hasn't explored too often yet, I agree. Nonetheless it's also a premise that can be ruined spectacularly with so little effort, and I feel like it's already taking that route.
- up until now, nothing but wasted potential. The majority of episode 1 seemed so very interesting, but I feel my expectations shattering more and more with every new episode :'D What expectations? Well I certainly didn't expect a freaking jizzfest, which by now, it totally is. You may think I'm just oversensitive here, when I'm in fact all for anime showing and exploring sexuality more (and better) than it has until now, really. But guys... When an anime that's partially ABOUT physical intimacy makes me cringe whenever there's physical intimacy...it's doing something terribly wrong. I came here to watch characters cope with all the struggles and emotions that may come with screwing around- NOT to actually watch the characters screw around all the time.
Maybe anime's just really bad with sex scenes in general. Still, this one would definitely be a lot better if it reduced its amount of sex ever so slightly and would use that extra time to...idk, maybe handle its core themes a little better instead. For example by exploring the characters' complex emotions a little more deeply/detailed, but whatever.
They're scum, hence the title LOL- No I'm not even kidding, they're all kinda slutty and really unlikable most of the time (especially the main girl and the “antagonist“), - Which isn't automatically a bad thing, I even think it's one of the show's strengths.
When a character isn't just unlikable though, but also starts making fucking dumb or utterly selfish decisions...then I don't want to root for them anymore, I'm sorry. For god's sake, I can't even empathize with the redhead anymore, they managed to ruin the one gay character within just 1-2 episodes. Basically just shortly after I'd even figured out she's gay, so at least I didn't have enough time to hope for a proper character arc in the first place. Joke's on you!
Anyway, onwards to the other (attention-) whores: … Do I even care enough at this point? Dear Kuzu no Honkai, if you want to make me care, you have to show me something more than characters being hopelessly infatuated with one another like, 24/7. Don't they like, do or think about anything else? If so, then show me. If not, they're the most unrealistic and unlikable bunch of twats I've seen in anime :'D I guess we'll just have to wait and see. And hope for lots, LOTS of character-development.
I like it, very much so. I think it's pulling off that novel-y style with the written words and floating images really well. Then there's this lack of outlines, which may look a little weird at first, but I find it very pretty and refreshing :) So luckily, however dumb the story might still get, the art is and will always be beautiful.
It's funny how the opening's the one thing that made me come back after I had initially dropped the show. That's how insanely good it is...!!! I love that song, I love the visuals … so pretty. Why can't the show be more like its OP :') The background music and sound in general are alright as well. Oh, except the kissing sounds. They're horrible.
ENJOYMENT (4/10) ---> OVERALL (5,8/10):
I want to enjoy this show, I really do. Not least because its themes are so relatable and common (to a certain extent). But instead of teaching me stuff, I feel like Kuzu no Honkai is doing NOT A THING the way I'd EVER do it.
So no, I can't get anything from this show (yet), wake me up when I care. Though I can't bring myself to rate it too low either, it's not that bad... Let's just hope it gets more...insightful, meaningful, deeper, whatever. Just make it better! And let's hope the plot isn't actually that predictable as it seems (cos it seems awfully predictable).read more
At the beginnig I liked the anime,but the more episode I watch ,the more bullshit it is. It s just a horrible show , where only motherfuckers watch it!!!!!!!!!!
The story is something like Naruto married Sakurai and Sasuke fucked Hinata and Hinata loves Sakura. I'm pretty okay with that. But there are so many sex scenes, that are keeping in the way of story. I know that,they are having sex,but can't you just make it quicker and focus on the story.?!?! Nope,they just keep appearing everywhere and start talking about about some stupid shit. If you gonna show us these sex scenes more and more,I would rather go watch some hentai and not this.
The art is just so so.
The music is pretty good. I like ED-heinousen from this show ,but others are just so so. But it's too good ,that it doesn't fit to this anime.
The characters are very shitty,cause they are sating something so deep,that actually is so cringey and stupid.
Akane: "Being desired by men,there is no greater feeling."
Me : " OOOOOOoooo, SO YOU GONNA BE A PORNSTAR?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
I just wanna throw up from this show
Kuzu no honkai is a pretty unique and intense show imo and it is , I would say, a pretty under appreciated and underrated show of this season. Many of whom says that the show/manga is bad is largely due to the NTR in this show. Well, I would like to say that I'm not a fellow NTR fan as well, to a certain point I even hate NTR. I did some research and basically NTR means that the mc's loved one has been taken or seduced away from him and the heroine might be unwilling or willing. However, this show doesn't actually show that. The two protagonists don't have feelings for each other at all, hence I don't really count this show as NTR. Even if people consider this as NTR, the NTR portion should not be taken as the show's main point, but instead, a way for the two protagonists to comfort themselves and how this actually leads to more trouble and hurdles they have to overcome.
The story is quite complicated to me when I first read the manga. Probably due to my age (15), I don't quite understand what's going on until further chapters. Basically there's 2 mc, Hanabi and Mugi. Hanabi loves her teacher, who has grown up with her together (basically the childhood friend type), all this while. For Mugi, he fell in love with Akane, his middle school tutor. However, as they were studying in the same high school, Akane and Hanabi's Onii Chan (just how she refers him) seems to be getting along. Both Akane and Onii Chan are teachers in that high school. This lead to the jealousy in both Hanabi and Mugi, and both of them became good friends afterwards, once they find themselves to be dealing with this "unrequited love". Soon, shit happens on day and their loneliness kick in. They decided to pretend each other to be their loved one and do all sorts or indecent acts to comfort themselves.
The story itself, I think, is pretty much for me to get hooked onto. My first thought was that "this seems to be screwed up" and stuff like that. However, I was excited to see how this story ends. How they realise what they are doing are futile and it's not gonna fulfil their wish of dating the person they love. The manga was awesome so I won't spoil any further. But there are serveral plot twists and emotional scenes in the manga that I hope they will not change them in the anime. Overall the story is very unique, compared to what you get from any romcom anime. I would highly suggest people to read the manga too. So much hype for the anime ^^
Pretty sure the anime was a very strong point in the story, and no one can disagree just based on ep1 alone or even the cover/PV. The art style is easy to look at, with many beautiful sceneries to look at, except for the times where u get faceless passer-bys xd
The sound track is beautiful and I think the studio did a great job in fitting the soundtracks perfectly together with the arts and the story. It was soothing thus creating the little guilt inside you while watching the show >\\<
Definitely one of the strong points in here. TBH, this is also the portion which I feel that people either really love the characters or they don't. I came across many who read the manga and criticise the characters for being shit. Eg."why don't they get along" or "i ship A and B, the rest of them can just sink pls". Well, it's called "Scum's wish" for a purpose and those who watch this shouldn't expect your typical romcom harem wtv cringey story u get normally. Imo, I feel that the characters had a lot of development and their feelings and thoughts are carefully presented. It's a definite 10/10 for me.
Yep, just all the above points combine
To conclude, this show should not be watched by everyone, imo. If you can't handle the NTR (which I really hope no one drops this because of this tag) or you can't handle various *cough* indecent scenes (at least watch ep1 pls), maybe you should not watch this. However, I do recommend those who had not heard this before, or, those who had it on "plan to watch list" to give this a shot. I look forward to more episodes and I pray that this will be as good as the manga :) This is surprisingly awesome! read more
It's been so long since a studio has dared to release an anime like "Kuzu no Honkai". Ever since the creators of Aku no Hana got death threats for their show, studios have been reluctant to include depressive moods and apathy mixed with romance into their anime. Kozu no Honkai takes this exact step, but presents it in a more cheerful fashion that can apply to broader audiences.
If you are a fan of manga such as "Oyasumi Punpun" or "Umibe no Onnako" like me, this is the closest you can get to the same mood and atmosphere in new anime. If you are not, and just like love triangles, this is a great opportunity to take a dive into the world of unrequited love where people become so mentally tormented that they settle for anything to suppress their feelings.
The characters are mentally destroyed, the detail and art are amazing, story is good(4 episodes in so far) and the characters are great.
I want to emphasise the last point. I am a fan of every single character in this show. If you have ever been in love, you know that the characters are doing exactly what is supposed to be expected when you are head over heels for someone in a realistic way. The anime doesn't make the characters go yandere from love but instead, it makes them weak and vulnerable when they are around their beloved ones.
I hope that this shows popularity will at least spike a small change in the anime business and hopefully we can get more of this type of mature romance anime out in the coming year.
I will probably add a conclusion to this review once the series is finished, but right now all I can do is to enjoy the show :]read more
From the Writer of School Days comes SCHOOL DAYS 2 Electric Boogaloo. Every so often there's that one anime that the masses throw roses to that I just don't get, Higurashi, Elfen Lied, Sword Art Online, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.
I'll have to let Scum's Wish (Kazu no Honkai) be a good reminder to really examine the premise of a show more closely before watching. The genres were interesting enough to catch my eye in the first place, romantic drama, psychological and so on it sounded like good makings for a more serious romance after watching the more light hearted and bubbly romance shows that I loved such as One Week Friends, Yona of the Dawn and Snow White With the Red Hair so the best I could hope for is something like Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (Kannazuki no Miko) but rather I ended up with was School Days redux that mysteriously is trending better than School Days for the supposed "maturity" it has.
The basic concept of two teenagers forming a pact to quell their loneliness should sound and come as a heart breaking romance or the potential of a feel good story where they find the love with each other or learn to accept and move on from their first loves or just face the trials of young love in general, a multitude of ways but the first episode left such a sour taste in my mouth that I only hope for a miserable end to our two little losers who deserve what they get.
Hanabi Yasuroka is in love with an older man who is her teacher but curiously refers to him as her older brother despite no relations and Mugi Awaya likewise is in love with a teacher that appears to be in love with the man who Hanabi is in love with but in reality is a sexual sadist who enjoys using men. Then we're introduced to Noriko Kamomebata who is in love with Mugi and then to Sane Ebato who is in love with Hanabi! Can this awful love web become more convoluted and ridiculous?
Though having no actual romantic ties our two main characters certainly love to get physical enough to have the most casual sex and try to write it off as nothing and love to deny being anything more than cheap friends with benefits. Anime fans laud this show for the "maturity" but casual sex in an anime isn't maturity it's just fanservice that goes a little further than the usual bouncing boobs and panty shots we're usually treated to in anime.
The first episode by itself is a mess in structure jumping between time periods of past and present and the confusing referral of Hanabi's love interest as her brother leads a viewer to believe this may be an incest based anime. In fact I'm convinced that's why is just to give it an incest angle for the incest fetish without having to do incest. The second episode began to narrow its focus but everything keeps jumping around it becomes hard to tell what is ever going on at any given time because of the massive story leaps but by later episodes it begins to take on more linear approaches and calms down long enough to focus on moments when our characters aren't doing tongue action every five minutes.
The animation is very nice looking it is pretty with some interesting use of panel shots replicating the feel of a manga without overdoing it (see 3 Gatsu no Lion for that) but they have a real tendency to abuse the hidden eyes trope many anime do wherein a characters eyes will disappear either to reflect deep emotion or be scary and intimidating for a moment. Many anime as I mention do this from time to time but I can't say I've seen an anime do it so much.
And musically the show's melodic score does enrich the atmosphere it's just a shame it's wasted on such a terrible concept. I can't say any one piece really stands out or underscores moments so perfectly but it does feel suited for the moments at each hand.
Scum's Wish I feel is trying to go for a "so uncomfortable" vibe, which can be done well, one only need watch David Fincher films but the cast of deplorable characters added with the sappy, convoluted over the top writing make this show unbearable to sit through. read more
We think about life as a story. The politician too – and the gangster. And I would like to believe that both adulterers and the faithful think the same way. Some, perhaps, will make it into a story of triumph. You think, for example, that this isn’t your fate. You have ambitions – and yet you are being tied down to the Earth – to this marriage that you chose out of either some bad circumstance or because you were blind in early love. Either way, the adulterer, wishing to be the hero/heroine of the story, will view it as a conquest of the soul. I have to do this, because my life will not be narrowed into such a stupidity.
Why is passion such an old theme? Because love has always been messy – so they say. I have not touched the Tale of Genji yet – supposedly the first psychological novel out there – but I hear that it is a great book on love. From what I know from reading bits and pieces of that Ecchi manga – Minamoto-kun Monogatari – it also seems to be a great book on passion and lust (of course, this could be due to the manga’s exaggerations). Love is one of those old themes that has been dealt with everywhere – in poetry & fiction.
So, Kuzu no Honkai falls into that tradition. I watched the first 4 episodes, the reactions – and I also skimmed the manga so I roughly know what happens next. I would say that it is a story about people who like to tell themselves that they are the hero or heroine in their story of love. Hanabi Yasuraoka (whose beautiful voice sends shivers down my spine thanks to the atmosphere combined with the work of Chika Anzai) – believes that her love is important to the point of self-destruction, and she wishes to escape this pain – either by achieving it or momentarily placing it in someone else. In this case, Awaya Mugi – a boy who also suffers from the same crisis.
I think the animation is exquisite. And I’m not just talking about the very very hot sex. The slow pacing mingles with the OST and voice to ensure that you don’t just see the events as mere events – but you feel them as well. You understand that Hanabi is lovestruck because you see the world in her rose-tinted lenses. And when the bouts of depression or loneliness sinks in – the atmosphere is heavier and anguished.
But, as I said – this is the oldest theme. One of the great examinations of Love in any medium has been pulled off by Woody Allen in his film – Husbands & Wives. In that film – there are two couples. The first couple has decided they want to ‘see separate people’ for a while – the second couple, their friends – are shocked by the news. The first couple has been happily married for a long time. So, to the second couple, the fact that so many years still cannot guarantee a constant love – opens up a massive abyss inside them. They, too, find themselves thinking about seeing other people for once. How everything resolves is surprising, maybe even cynical – and yet completely naturalistic. And Allen’s work is amazing because he never lets his characters find rest in their own story – but he always takes the observational point of view to make fun of them. To tell them how small their passions are. He uses his trademark comedy sometimes – or other times he uses very well-placed ‘documentary footage’ where various of the characters are ‘interviewed’ after the end of the story.
Gonensei is also a good exploration. It deals with the same theme. It is an extremely bitter manga, but at times it is also a romantic one. I have talked about it before in various places. One very good element is the fact that it hides the lead characters’ flaws in the viewpoints and interactions of other characters. It also has some very good use of flashbacks, to show hints of these flaws.
Kuzu no Honkai is beautiful – aesthetically – but where does it fall? It talks about the stories of these people. It talks about these stories as though they were the most important things in the world to them. But a dream is a dream to the extent that there is always a reality to return to. And although there may be women who, for example, are truly manipulative and find joy only in manipulation – and it may be ‘realistic – there are larger larger things in the world. I am one of those who tries to keep a restraint on this word – Realistic – simply because a lot of things can be possible in real life, and to that extent there are many things that can take the moniker of Realism. But there are many people who will be quick to say that something is e.g. ‘real as fuck’ or ‘that’s goddamn real as hell’ – when it is real in the sense that it parallels to the story that they have playing in their own heads.
In this world of stories – and in the world where pattern recognition is a constant thing – you may always have the urge to pull certain thing you see into yourself. This is one of humanity’s oldest weapons. It is called Empathy. But a problem is that Empathy is born from perspective, which may sometimes be limited in its recognition. A happy person will find Hanabi’s struggle to be less ‘real as hell’ than a person who has ‘been through it’. The world is large enough to accommodate both perspectives. Furthermore, a person who has ‘been through it’ and doesn’t want to deal with it anymore may find Kuzu no Honkai ‘real as hell’ but they won’t enjoy it because they don’t want to deal with that shit anymore. And there are also those people who haven’t been through it but they have pre-conceived angsty notions of people and think that this is how it all works.
To the extent that we can feel through these characters – is a limited place to ask questions. Questions like – is this a good story? Does it say anything powerfully human? There are some writers who are totally unreal in their writing – but they capture a kind of mood so well that they get to the essence of something human. Kafka is one of them.
What are the questions that the characters of Kuzu no Honkai poses towards us? What is the meaning of violent passion? The primary worldview of Kuzu no Honkai seems to be that it is a beautiful net. You are dragged into it, and the world becomes brighter, but underneath – it is darker. And there are those who do not wish to be caught – so they become the catcher instead. This is a violent Darwinian kind of perspective where the primary theme is eat or be eaten. The only way to win is not to play. Later events in the ongoing manga seem to support this ‘escape from passion’ as the only way out. Is it Buddhist? I have no clue. But this violence of passion is the underlying worldview.
But, therein lies the problem. It is very easy to write of powerful emotions – and hard to write about an escape from them. To write about powerful emotions, all you have to do is to invoke emotional extremes. War is an emotional extreme. Backstabbing and adultery are emotional extremes. First love is an emotional extreme. Because they are so extreme – there are bound to be people who find them ‘real as hell’ – because we remember our extremes the clearest, while forgetting that our life is built from these extremes and a thousand other smaller thoughts. A writer with more restraint always finds a way to be gentler, subtler, and more analytical in their treatment of a theme. You can look to Woody Allen’s Manhattan – for example – where all these passions and emotions play a part in the work, but it also serves to expand upon the theme of a single person’s idealization of his own life. His idealization of a city and of romantic ambitions. The story he is trapped in and cannot escape from.
To that extent, Kuzu no Honkai is better as a whirlpool for you to be trapped in. It’s a wave of emotion that just keeps on coming, and it uses all the power of Shoujo romantic art to maximize on the force. But, I think a good story has to show you the waves, and then provide you with a shore to stand on – to look at the sun. read more
Review is based on 4 episodes of viewing experience-
I'll keep this short and clean -
Simply put Kuzu no Honkai is a better animated and overall better put together SCHOOL DAYS with multiple people having personalities like the MC of School Days.
There is a lot of hype this season surrounding this show, people saying it depicts relationships realistically blah blah but I think this is an overrated anime that doesn't have anywhere to go.
Human's will probably hype this like Yaoi on Ice (Which wasen't that bad but it did not deserve what it got), but I don't plan on being one of those human's.
Beautifully melancholic, and deeply thought-provoking.
Kuzu no Honkai – most people will either love it or hate it, since it’s definitely a polarizing anime to say the least. Personally, I’m in love. Here’s why:
Story – (10)
If you’re going into this anime expecting a straight-forward, innocent romance – don’t. The premise is nothing special and is well summed by a few lines in the synopsis. However, the execution is what makes it really shine through amongst other “romance” anime’s. Most of the story is told through memories and thoughts of characters, and is specially written to invoke thought into the viewer. The story focuses heavily on the physical side of love rather than the emotional side which other anime’s tend to do. Recurring themes throughout the anime are loneliness, emptiness and guilt, which are are used to contrast the story’s dark portrayals of desires and lust to great effect. With that said, I really appreciate the more “intimate” scenes in this anime as they are not there just for the sake of being there . They effectively serve as a storytelling tool to provide us with more insight in the minds of the characters, and the unsettling side of human desires.
At this point, if you have not interested in the story whatsoever – I can confidently say you will not enjoy this series. But if you find this take on romance interesting, please read on.
Art – (9)
Graciously monotone. In general, the animation and style throughout is very consistent and always enhances the feelings the particular scene is trying to create. The heavy use of imagery and shifts in tones are also things that really stand out to me. Another noteworthy feature is how the different types of framing (literally the diameter of the screen) and the use of comic panels, oddly enough; add to the dramatic effect of the scenes in a way that is elegantly done.
Sound – (8)
What can I say? I am absolutely in love with the opening and closing of this anime – it sets the mood just right, before, and even after the anime. The repetitive use of silence is a clever move, as it helps to bring out the sense of loneliness and emptiness which greatly contrast the story. Due to this, when it needs to, even the slightest dramatic sound effect is amplified significantly due to the silence that trails it. However, the sound in some scenes are too typical and don’t really add much to the scene. But in general, it was handled pretty well.
Characters – (7)
I’m certain that this score will increase as the series goes on. We as the viewer gradually learn more about each character with every passing episode when their layers start to peel off. I hope the characters will be fully developed by the time this series comes to a close. But for now, most of the characters are decently well developed, and we more or less have acquired a glimpse of their past through through each one of their eyes by the end of Episode 4. The majority of the characters are interesting in their own way, and really have to be experienced rather than described by me. With that said, this series has solid characters, although some require more development to work.
Enjoyment – (10)
Coming someone who appreciates darker themes in anime, I can say that this series really executes it to my liking; I enjoyed every second of this series so far and certainly hope it continues down this path. Although, I can see why others might not enjoy this anime too. For one, the characters aren’t really the best people – sure they might be compelling, but they are far from innocent. Secondly, the dark themes of this anime might leave certain viewers in an uneasy state which would make it far from enjoyable if they were looking for a typical high school romance. Nonetheless, this is my type of anime.
Overall – (9)
It is a great pleasure watching a series that is so self-aware of its core message – and has proven to what extent it will go to convey it. Kuzu no Honkai is not a perfect anime, but is certainly worth taking a look at.
A cycle of a relationship.. is huge which is why.. attaining the burden soul from the depth onto their heart got wrecked... So far enduring all the pain.. is a mischievous ideal with full of misunderstanding..
Cheating on someone.., Flirting to desire a wild interaction is truly delusional in real life... This is why coloring books never been in black and white..
Every gaps and ideology.. on such characters describes how dirty and cunning they can be..
Hypocrites only can enjoys themselves is because of how distasteful their act can be as dark as a black hole.. No light can't be seen on such cruelty and hatred along with these schemes..
Violent words and empty threats, It makes me sick that all of these confronting on someone..are what kept them isolated.. without any regrets..
Did you felt lost, lose count, lose hope, and destruction
Seems like they've experience already to accept the pain even though... get binded with thousands of thorns.. Honestly there is no forever, and happy ending... yet keeping the one you love wants you to stay... but didn't really exist
as you bragging out in a selfish way.. that having them is never been permanent </3...read more
I begin by apologizing because English is not my native language, so excuse the mistakes.
Kuzu no Honkai has a serious theme being addressed, the sentimental and sexual discovery of several characters. The big problem was being appealion and unrealistic. I believe that this was the author's intention, since it is normal for Westerners to have fetishes for characters of animes living in embarrassing situations but ... some situations border on ridicule. With the exclusion of the protagonist, all the characters are extremely extereotipados which makes very clear the reasons behind each action eliminating the chances of good twists.
History 5 : History has a rich theme to be addressed if it were not treated with so much exaggeration and unreality.
Art 7 : Good Character Design and ambientation.
Character 5 : All characters are very easy to read and well extereotyped.
I will check this review after the conclusion of the anime to see if I paid the language or hit the author's intentions.read more
This review be updated once Kuzu no Honaki is over.....
When people talk about this anime, you might have heard the word hundreds of times already... and that word is, "Realistic". That's what most people think this anime is, they think it's so realistic. Do I think that's true?..... I do think that honestly, so yes. I'll explain why, but first I want to talk about something about the romance of this anime that makes it unrealistic.
ROMANCE - What's unrealistic in this anime? It's the fact that both of the main characters are using each other, and pretending their dating someone else, because the person they really like are is already loving someone else. You haven't seen that in real life have? It's such a weird but interesting thing to me though, probably because I haven't seen a romance like that in anime or in anything else.
The main female character Hanabi is in love with a guy named Narumi, who is her teacher(This is his first year as a teacher), and they've actually known each other for a long time. Hanabi likes to call him brother even though they're not really siblings, I think she calls him that because Narumi has been looking after Hanabi since doesn't have a dad, and that he's been taking care of her for a long time. So I think that's why she calls him brother. Anyway, she's in love with Narumi, but he doesn't know that, and Narumi is interested in someone else.
The main male character, Mugi, has the same problem as hers. He's in love with a the music teacher(Her first year as teacher also), named Akane, but she has her eyes on Narumi, the other teacher. So Hanabi and Mugi realize they both have the same situation, so they date each other, and they both pretend that they're with the person they are actually in love with. That is a very interesting idea for a romance story in my opinion, and I can't wait how things turn out in the end. So far, I see no faults in this story, it doesn't feel rushed, and it's not very slow either.
WHAT MAKES IT REALISTIC? - What makes this realistic is what they talk about, and the characters situations. In real life, most teens these days, usually when 2 of them get together, they talk about sexual stuff and their experiences and they do that(not sex, I mean alot of kissing and some touching), maybe after like a weak or two of being together. Maybe even less then that. Yeah people have different experiences, but I'm saying most teens. They sometimes talk about their past experiences like if they're still a virgin or not. I feel like a lot of teens can relate to that, especially teens who think they're all cool and stuff. I never seen that type of stuff in other romance anime. I never seen that in Toradora, or Clannad, Your Lie In April, or My Love Story!!(Ore Monogatari). You only see sexual acts in harem anime like Highschool DXD or Sekirei, and Kuzu no Honkai isn't even in that genre... it's a drama seinen.
Also the situations/the drama. Sure, we see drama in other Romance anime too, it's common. BUT those types of drama don't relate much to teens... I know....I'm 19...I just got out of high school. In this anime, drama is handled so much better than other drama romance anime. The Jealousy part are so much better, the cheating is so much better, the arguments are handled better, the emotions, the body language, LOVE is handled so much better, I never seen love in anime handled like this, and I watched a lot of anime. It does does it perfectly in my opinion.
CHARACTERS - The characters, you might say, "Wow these character are awful!".... They're supposed to be awful! They're meant to be awful in this anime! The English title of this anime is SCUMS WISH and these characters are meant to be SCUM. But these are such good characters though, even though they're scum. I mean they're character development, what they do, what they think in they're head/ they're dialogue. It's interesting how we get to see these characters react to each other, and how they handle each other, and why they do what they do. How they interact, and how they think of each other, and what situations they make.
I love every single one of these characters in this anime, maybe besides Noriko, she stills needs more screen time. You can say that these characters are scum, you can say that Hanabi is a bitch, but you can't say she's a bad character, for instance you can't say she is a badly written character. Even for all of these character. Every character is very well written that what makes them such great characters, especially since they know what they're doing and what situations they're in.
ART/ANIMATION - The art and animation is clear and crystal, it's too good. I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary like derp looking faces of a character in the background.It's something I've never seen before. It looks so unique..... Actually, it almost looks like Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash's art and animation a little bit now that I think about it. I like how they do the eyes and the hair in this anime, the animations of the eyes and hair are so good, weird that I noticed that. To the trees and the water, everything looks amazing.
SOUND - The OP is pretty nice, but gets better once it starts getting faster. The OST is beautiful and sounds good to my ears. The voice acting is another brilliant thing, I think the voice actors did a really good job.
WHY SOME PEOPLE MIGHT NOT LIKE THIS ANIME SO FAR - Yeah, this is a pretty controversial anime, due to how the romance is and how scummy the characters can be. But that's another reason why a lot of people think it's so good. Another reason could be that they're old, and haven't went to high-school in a long time, or that they've seen the High-School setting too many times already. Or some teens might not like this anime so far because they just don't relate to it... with the uuuuh.... the sexual parts....and they don't get it......... Some probably think that Hanabi is in love with an actual sibling, but again, they're not actually siblings. Again, she just calls him brother because he's been with her taking care of her for a long time. This is a series that can piss people off and also make you feel uncomfortable and that's very understandable.
SO FAR - So far....I'm enjoying the hell out of this anime, and I can't wait to see more of it. Giving it an 8.8/10 for now. I will update this since this anime is over. This review was written after I watched episode 4.read more
First off, the first episode blew me away. The attention to every detail, in the music, camera shots, dialogue, and tone, is amazing. You can tell each individual part was meticulously crafted, and it shows very well.
While the story so far is not very developed, and at the surface seems simple, the combination of all other factors (music, tone, etc.) make it much more powerful. It is very down to earth, making it very relatable, especially to those who have gone through something like this.
The art style, especially the backgrounds, is phenomenal. The characters' stylings are not something that is very uncommon, but it is still a joy to look at.
The score so far is, in my eyes, perfect. Each piece captures the mood of the scene very well. There were one or two times where it could have been a little stronger, but as I was watching it, I never really paid any attention to it.
The personalities of the characters are not something we haven't seen before, but when it comes to this genre of anime, there isn't much else you can use while maintaining the overall feel.
I am a huge romance and slice of life fan, and this style of anime is right up my alley. I'm going to be watching 10 series this season, and this will probably be the one I'll be looking forward to the most.read more
Consider this more an extended recommendation than a review, as the show has yet to conclude. However, we're reaching the halfway point, and its not let me down yet, so I have high hopes.
Kuzu no Honkai is an amazing psychological romance. Its cutesy art style may paint it to be another fun little lovers' tryst, but make no mistake, this show drops some heavy shit regularly. Love isn't some beautiful feeling that makes cute girls blush, its a sickening glaze of nausea that never truly leaves you. It tortures you with longing, transforming fantasies into obsessions, and good, honest people into addicts who will do anything for a fix. Instead of the culmination of two lovers' passion and affection, intimacy and sex are cloaked with a sickly sweet odor of lust and degeneracy, the act of two animals desperate for attention. One character calls up an ex for a date, only to be called out for only wanting sex. Of course our hero accepts, and later sits alone in the darkened motel room, stewing in loneliness because she didn't stay the night. He then goes on to remark that this pain of loneliness and sadness has begun to feel good. This is, needless to say, incredibly depressing. But it's incredibly well written.
Perhaps one of the most refreshing things about the show is the focus on character development. Thus far, there hasn't been much of a "plot". Usually in school romances you can guess what's gonna happen: festival arc, beach arc, christmas arc, etc. The plot instead focuses entirely on the fleshing out of our characters. And I mean all of them, each character introduced thus far has had some attention paid to them. Excepting one (at the moment), each character feels very human, with realistic desires and passions, and painfully relatable backstories.
If this isn't enough for you, the direction is simply fantastic. Every scene is a painting, with crisp backgrounds, excellent lighting (some scenes can get downright dark), and a marvelous atmospheric soundtrack that perfectly complements the sickness that envelops the show.
I'm loving this so far, and I hope it continues to be this excellent. With luck I won't even have to write an actual review. read more
When i first started watching this anime I'll be honest, I found it almost repulsive.
the characters pissed me off and the story was unexpected and I guess threw me off guard and I found my self hating the anime as a defence mechanism.
And yet...everything else is perfect the visuals, the sound the atmosphere even the voice actors seem perfect for their roles.
I found myself conflicted like this for the next couple of episodes tugging between hating the show and somehow (in some sick twisted way) actually loving it.
The premise although somewhat unbelievable tends to focus heavily on sex and sexuality as it main motif. Having the characters as high school students is more of a generic anime plot setting which is unsurprising given that people need to make money and high school manga/anime sell well. However, I digress. the episodes are filled with heavy themes but never really goes ecchi something that is rare in anime nowadays and is to some extent admirable, the character are "scum" as the title describes. They are stupid teenagers trying to figure out who they are and what they desire, which although dramatised is not far from the truth. The anime takes what I expected to be literal trash "kuzu" and turned it into one of the only anime that I have watched that has dealt with sex in such a mature way and yet still manages to shock me.
I doubt many will read this review as it rambles and is more of a marker for me to express my thoughts as the anime and manga continue. I am up to date with the manga and whether it is an actual appreciation of it or just morbid curiosity i will continue to do so.
As for ratings i don't think I can really give an hones rating as even through all I've said I still don;t know if i can bring myself to like it.... so an 8 will do for now.
If you've bothered reading this far in good job I guess someone has to right?
I hope that even though this review is more of a broad critic than a full blown review with detail on art sound etc. you'll still find some use and maybe even agree with some of what I have to say although if you completely disagree I couldn't and wouldn't blame you.read more
In fact，I think Kuzu no Honkai is definitely the best anime of January. it has a extremely fantastic production team. The anime is directed by Masaomi Ando （安藤 正臣），which was also the director of white album 2. It is written by Makoto Uezu （上江洲 誠），which was also the writer of school days. Additionally，Masaru Yokoyama （橫山 克） presents its music，he was responsible for the music of your lie in April and lots of Japanese advertisements as well. They are all very popular and experienced animators in Japan. More importantly，they all have a common point in their work. Yes，their works are extremely sad，melancholy and exquisite. They are all about the suffered and unreached love. As a result，I personally think this anime will surely have a bad end，but I crazily love bad end anime... XD
PS：It's named Scum's wish in English，in my opinion，the characters in this series are all scums in some degree，however，they are not completely scums，except for one person（you will know after you watching the anime）. Lots of people say that that character a bitch. She's a bitch，of course，but not because she has sex with men，is because she built her happiness on other female characters' pain. That is shameless and WROSE than a bitch. I believe she is a typical bitch and does not need any excuses to defend herself，and she knows about that. The original creator of the manga series of this anime，Mengo Yokoyari，her purpose is to let people know the thoughts of the scums，instead of finding excuses for those scums.
Basically，the anime is telling us：Superiority and vanity appear through comparison between people，once a person's vanity is satisfied，another person would full of inferiority.
That's why this tragedy would happen.read more