The story revolves around the protagonist "I" and the murders and mysteries he encounters. He tries in vain to stay out of the story, but instead he always gets dragged into the center of everything. Even though it seems that he contributes a lot, he always finds out that whatever he did was meaningless in the end.
A Zaregoto Series: The Headless Cycle Review (Four episodes)
TL;DR: Head tilts. Awesome characters. A mysterious, violent story that will have you on the edge of your seat by the end of every episode.
Those who want to watch this series, but haven’t yet:
This series airs only one new episode a month, so you’re going to have to be patient on either waiting for each new coming episode, or just wait until the series is completed. It’s not going to be completed until June of 2017.
“The Headless Cycle.” I guess this is where Shaft’s signature head tilts took a drastic turn, aha.
“Where do you think you belong
in this world?”
The same author as the Katanagatari and the Monogatari series. This is going to be a great story.
As you can see by the name of the anime, heads are going to be rolling. It’s a very mysterious story that revolves around the main character, Boku. He’s a new individual that was taken into the mansion located on Raven Feather Island. But, shortly after he was taken into the mansion, strange things begin to happen. From what it seems, Boku will be unravelling why everything is happening.
As said before, the Zaregoto Series is adapted by Shaft. Get ready for some intense head tilts.
Shaft is famous for adapting the fantastic Monogatari series, and animating Madoka Magica. They’re doing a wonderful job in terms of character designs, as they’re very detailed. There is a bit of CGI incorporated, nonetheless, the animation is beautiful.
I think that the animation is very smooth when they try to make it that way, like when it spins.
There is often symbolism that shows there will soon be bloodshed. (AKA things like spilling wine, or tomatoes splattering)
I’ll be looking into the OPs and EDs on what symbolism there is, as another part of Shaft’s signature is an overdose of symbolism.
There are many characters in this story, and those characters all have their own point of view, which astrays to elongated arguments. The main character, Boku (AKA Ii-chan), narrates the story as it goes along. The narration of the story is narrated by Boku, and I think it is bloody fantastic. It reminds me of what the Monogatari Series did, and it’s great. Boku is a very sensitive yet intelligent young man. Along with this young man is Tomo Kunagisa. Tomo Kunagisa is a very cute, young, blue-haired woman who seems to have a very good relationship with Boku. When the atmosphere gets rather tense, she steps in often to set the tone back to equilibrium.
As for the next character, we have Maki Himena, who is apparently a fortuneteller. She has a personality that seems to tease often, which easily sets the victim of her personality astray.
The next character that will be talked about is Ibuki Kanami. She is a beautiful woman, and going along with her beauty is her strength in being an artist. She’s a very argumentative individual when the chance is brought up.
Next, we have Akane Sonoyama. She is a genius and is involved with a group called the Seven Fools, which is only a group for very gifted individuals.
(This part will be updated as more characters get screen time, but I will have to frequently look back as it is a show that airs only one episode a month.)
Yuki Kajiura just Yuki’ing Kajiura’ing. I love Yuki Kajiura, and I fell so deeply in love with the soundtrack. The soundtrack can be so thrilling, yet so mysterious. Yuki Kajiura is great in creating the atmosphere through her music, and this anime is no exception to her work. The OPs and EDs were very well done, as it gives the mysterious feel that the series invokes. The OP was done by Sangatsu no Phantasia, and listening to the OP, it was pretty damn good. As for the ED, it’s done by the fantastic group Kalafina, who has done many songs involving the Fate franchise, and the ED for the famous Madoka Magica. That group does a fantastic job in having a witch-like atmosphere with their vocals, in which those series’ atmospheres try to make. Next is the voice acting, I think the voices fit the characters that are displayed. There isn’t one that I can say isn’t good.
As for enjoyment, seeing the way characters are gives me a lively feel. The relationship often displayed by Kunagisa and Boku makes me very happy. When together, I think they’re very cute. Of course, the series won't always be this way, and I know it eventually leads to a very dark atmosphere. I think it’s wonderful.
Now, what do I think from these two episodes? It gives a lot of characterization to the atmosphere the story displays It’s very well done, and I will eagerly wait for new episodes each passing month. There isn’t a reason for me to stop watching the series besides the fact that it only airs a new episode once a month. It has pulled me in so hard that I might get beheaded myself. It had such an interesting pilot episode, and a just-as-great second episode. The story intrigues me, so do the characters, and it’s just fantastic. I know the series will improve immensely going forth, as Shaft hasn’t disappointed me yet.
Like the show so far, and can say the overall show so far looks good. Really like the facts and the story, but seeing the character design and the sound QA go by. It just hurts my heart. The other main chc. is by my means really into ****.
By all this its a hard choice to see the art and screen blend into each other, i get that anime has a style and the art style switch between 2 sets. But the reason to flip them so fair seems like the enjoyment fall.
The thinking that goes into it while seeing the show is amazing, I've
never seen anything like it. It's like a story from real life with more than just thinking and breathing.
Normally I don't write reviews right off the bat without finishing the series, but 戯言遣い: クビキリサイクル (Zaregoto: The Beheading Cycle) a good one, I promise you!
To begin, this anime is the adaptation of the book with the same name. The author is NISIOISIN which should ring some bells if you are a fan of Katanagatari, Bakemonogatari, Nisemogatari and the like.
Well because this book is one of my all-time favourites, I won't spoil the story but I'm giving it a 10 because even if this is an anime adaptation, the story is more than likely going to be the same as the book (which I know).
fitting since SHAFT Studios paired with a NISIOISIN work in 2009 for Bakemonogatari, they'd be the same pair for Zaregoto. SHAFT as of late is also known for it's mind-flip animation and weird camera angles so this may be a good choice for this kind of story.
Episode 1 covers maybe the first 2 or so chapters of the book so I'm not surprised no action happened. But I'm sure you can gather that 7 geniuses in their respective fields are gathered on an island and they're all unique as hell.
Call me biased but so far, I'm impressed, the anime has at least in the first episode remained true to the book's storytelling pace. So I'll be keeping a close eye on this as it unfolds into the next year.
By the way, if anyone is interested in the book. Del Rey has only translated the first two books Kubikiri Cycle and the Kubishime Romanticist in English.
Well for this review i will be doing a spoiler free.
Zaregoto is a light novel writes by Nisio Isin who is mostly noticed for writing Monogatari and Katanagatari. Basically this guy can shit out and serve it to the people and they will eat easily. (Im included lol )
Nisio has an unique way of writing and make this happen in his own little world. Normally his characters are more humanized and stereotypes who are used on a way that makes them more interesting.
For some reason he likes to make stuff about geniuses. Yes. Zaregoto is pretty much about that. He took a
basic premise of a mystery novel and putted in his unique characters and way of doing shit.
So ... I like zaregoto? Yes i like a lot, pretty much one of my fav novels of all time. But this time i will talk only about the adaptation to anime who did nothing but a mix of feelings for us, people who liked the novel before it came to OVAs.
The OVAs do well in certain way
Shaft certainly done the visuals gorgeous as possible to people who never heard about the novel interested in it. ( and believe in me, it works )
But ... adapting the history this shit fails and fails A LOT.
Most part of the development of it came from Inoji monologues ( Inoji = Ii or Boku if you prefer ) and in this OVA, simply all of them are erased, like the shit never happened. Now you ask me "Ok, but it matters so much?" YES, it matters. All the stuff who happen are connected and unique.
The story in a nutshell is about that. A boy who is depressed is involved in a murder. You do not care about murder, but what the characters are going to do to solve all of this, so taking away that little bit of development affects not only the story but also the relationship the characters have with the person watching . It's as if I gave you ice cream, only without being cold.
(by the way, not just the boy is depressed, every SINGLE ONE in this novel have some kind of issue)
((Also i mention it before but the genius part is kind of important so don't forget that.))
In short, the anime is not as good as the novel and as a gateway serves well, but not as a definitive way to take a 100% experience of what Nisio did.
Light Novel adaptations have had something of a poor reputation over the past couple of years in anime. For every actually good one, there are 5-6 terrible highschool harems led by Yuji Everylead the Bland. But this upcoming Fall 2016 anime season looks like it might be the exception....maybe?