Tokine Amino works as a secretary for TEN2, an advertising agency. One day while cleaning the conference room, she is surrounded in light and finds she can't leave the room until she solves a puzzle.
It seems a creature named Hacchin is a being from another dimension called Quizn. He is interested in the intellectual pleasure that happens when someone solves a puzzles or uncovers a mystery. And he has his sight set on Tokine Amino.
WARNING: SPOILERS. DON'T LOOK IF YOU WOULD RATHER RISK TORTURING YOURSELF BY DIVING INTO THE SCARY UNKNOWN.
Here's the big question I need to ask all of you reading this, including me: Why on earth did you watch this piece of pointless money-grabbing garbage of an anime? This anime is insulting to the highest degree, and is just one of the prime examples of how bad a job you can do with an anime. Not sure what I'm talking about? Get ready to get schooled, my dear otakus.
Let's start with the story. Bland? Check. Makes no sense? Check. Dreadful? Ohoho, big check there. Bottom line is,
this story makes me sick, and here's why: This series had potential. I didn't expect too much when I first found out about it, but it had the potential to be at least somewhat half-decent of a story. Enter Tokine, a bland, Mary Sue otaku who is adored by everyone for seemingly no reason at all, other than the sole reason that the plot demands it for, again, seemingly no reason. Makes sense? No? How do you think I felt watching this? Anyway, Hacchin appears, which I like to call a severely watered down Kyuubey. He randomly for no reason transports Tokine to a world called Quizn, where she is forced to solve puzzles (oh, did I forget to mention they shoehorned a chosen one cliche?) to pleasure his Pringle ears. This would be cool, except for the part where they make no sense. AT ALL. The puzzles range anywhere from so easy that you can figure it out in two seconds (yet Tokine can't figure it out for almost the entire duration of an episode, so I suspect she has the brain power of a walnut), or so overly complicated that the five minute time limit that Pringle Pig gives you is ridiculously unfair. Due to this, there is no fun to be had from watching Tokine solve the puzzles. With something like this, you'd expect Death Note or at the very least No Game No Life-level cleverness to it, but instead you get boring puzzles that make even a MgRonald's cashier more entertaining to watch, and it's less depressing too, surprisingly enough.
Lastly, let's talk about a couple of other huge problems the plot created. Firstly, in episode 9, they introduce a twist to the story (I'll leave it out for those who are offended by spoilers). It would be an interesting plot twist, except they introduce it so late into the story to where it just feels underwhelming. Even worse, they drop that plot twist entirely in the last two episodes. Another problem, Tokine clearly hates being sent to Quizn, yet for some reason in the last puzzle, she's suddenly enjoying being there with no transition that justifies it?
The music is pathetic at best. The background music in each episode is generic, and the opening theme is so godawful-sounding that it makes my ears bleed. The ending theme is decent at least, but just one "decent" song will not save this category by any means.
The artwork is where the real shame comes in. Here's the problem: The artwork is beautiful......until the characters move. At that point, you have choppy animation, royalty-free flame gifs, reused scenes over and over and over and OVER, and constant smiles. I'm not kidding, half the time when characters are talking, they're staring almost right at you, smiling. I would almost call this series a Horror series just for that alone. Additionally, when they're moving, their heads rarely move, creating some awkward positions at times.
Overall, Nazotokine is a low-budget, lazy, severely underwhelming series that fails at everything it tries to be, and does nothing to redeem itself. I'd even go as far as saying this is by far the worst anime of the Fall 2016 season, and I just seriously wonder why anyone in their right minds would let this piece of crap air. With that in mind, I cannot in good conscience recommend this to anyone, not even to those who love to torture themselves by watching bad anime. I could give you a long list of horrible anime for you to watch, but this is one series that must be locked away, never to be touched again. I do have to admit, though, it's pretty cute how it thinks it'll get a second season. Unfortunately, if Asterisk War can get a second season, then anything can get a second season, so I'm not looking forward to the future.
You want puzzles???...you know both English and Japanese?...well good luck with this one, it's gonna be fun!, the others who don't...well just good luck.
So it's about an office lady that gets transported into a "quiz world" and needs to find the answer to puzzle so she can leave, if she can't...well we never know by the end of it. Right this "could" be interesting...if the puzzle weren't a mishmash of English and Japanese and vague hints at times.
Really, if your just in it for the puzzles, it "ok" as an anime short, but as in context to Tokine Amino's character it's fine. But having context
to the outer rules of the "Quizun" and a "mascot" of the Quizun doesn't tell us almost ANYTHING about Quizun besides Tokine and how she got here and ANSWER the puzzle, it's not really wasted potential but it would be interesting for a bit of fantasy world building but no, focus on puzzle. Even if the final episode did have Hacchin tell a little about what the Quizun world, it doesn't do much about Tokine's situation in all this and the mere fact that Hacchin hints that "she's gonna see Hacchin again", baiting for another season isn't much to go by.
Nazotokine also has a formula to how it flows. Tokine voiced by Natsuko Hara and friends goes to a place they found, during their off time, they give some personality to Tokine or some of her friends, Tokine gets riled up to the point she gets transported to the Quiz World, next episode, she solves the puzzle, rinse and repeat 4 times. Again LA can't be entirely harsh to this kind of anime short as again some of the puzzles as vague as they are, are "interesting" in a barest minimum and "trying" to give character trait to Tokine and her friends are ok enough, but the formula and the mascot Hacchin voiced by Sora Tokui doesn't tell you squat about the Quiz world to have a bit of structure and more detail to it all to make it at least a bit more interesting, instead go with formula, forget context and make Tokine moan after each puzzle solved...yeah they go there...-sigh-.
The animation by Tengu Kobo is sparse at best from constant chibi character faces to decent character designs, but come Quiz World, it goes both ways, Hacchin is entirely CGI, but the Quizun is bright and colorful at the same time, but as LA said, the animation is sparse, but not horrible.
Nazotokine, instead a horrible anime short, if your into English and Japanese mishmash puzzles and just want to see a limited amount of characters go through defining their traits under limited animation it's ok at best. If the puzzles are your sole focus, it'll get your interest much like Tokine is forced to. If you "Question" anything else about Quizun or WHY Tokine has to do these puzzles forever...your gonna go nowhere, because of this, Nazotokine isn't an outright horrible anime short, it has problems sure, but not enough to call it horrible, it's just "meh" for LA at best, but not enough to rage about.
A disappointment at its finest. Even if you're a puzzle lover, fluent in both Japanese and English; I doubt you would enjoy this anime.
I am going to summarize my review because this anime is not worth anyone's time in my opinion:
- Boring story telling structure. You quickly realize that each puzzle takes 2 episodes for it to have introduced setting, characters and solution. It was so predictable that I stopped watching it every week and just watched it two episodes at a time.
- A 90 second opening for a 7 minute episode. Every. Single. Time. This just made me angry. What happened to "being short
on time" because the main character can't get to a puzzle and solve it in the very same episode?
- Characters are not memorable. I already forgot their names.
- No character development.
- Animation is very mediocre. Low quality compared to any other anime.
- I think there was an attempt at humour at certain points, but I never laughed.
- A potential rival gets introduced in episode 9. You think that this might make things a little more interesting, but she never shows up again.
- I am going to be honest: I forgot how the series ended. That was how much it lacked significance.
- And I cannot express how much I hated the outfits in Quizzun. Shameless attempt at fan service that even my lesbian ass could not appreciate.
How I think the series could have been better. Several possibilities:
1. Make every puzzle span one episode. It's not like they expect the viewers to solve it themselves anyway. (Or do they? I found it highly unlikely.)
2. More character! More character development! I know nothing about the main character except that she likes hanging with the other girls, loud movies, puzzles and that she maybe had a boyfriend before.
3. Introduce the rival earlier and make her actually mean something. Not just "that hot ex-cabaret girl who SURELY sucked up to someone to get her job."
4. Maybe. Maybe get a cuter or funnier or more memorable mascot character. I feel nothing towards the pig/rabbit mascot. Sorry. I feel like they could have shown a talking glass of milk and I would have shown more emotion.
5. Get a bit more into showing the background story for Quizzun and its purpose. Why was that pig/rabbit collecting Q-stones? Who knows! What is Quizzun? Not sure. Did someone die yet? No!!! I wish! That would have maybe made things more interesting!
And there you have it. Please don't watch this anime. If you really want good short anime, then I recommend something like Nyanpire, Aggressive Retsuko or Space Patrol Luluco. You will have a much better time. I promise.
Pretty much the only reason I watched this is because the studio is new and I wanted to support the underdog and because the genre is "Game".
Nazotokine is a "Game" anime, but probably not the game you're looking for. It's not SAO, Log Horizon, .hack//, etc. It's like you're watching a lets play of one of the puzzle games on steam but not as good and you're watching a lets play of a puzzle game. The one anime I can think to compare it to is Death Parade and that's a bit insulting to Death Parade.
There's a lot of CG.
So if you're really turned off to anime with overabundant CG this is not a show for you. This is to be expected since the studio is primarily a CG studio (seriously go look up their previous work, they've done the CG on a lot of big shows). That said, A LOT of the scenes are filled with CG. It's not the worst I've seen, but it's not subtle. (http://ten-gu.com/work/tv)
There's some pretty conspicuous fanservice. Whoever designed the characters really put the O in boobs. Also, things get a bit "exciting" when she finishes a puzzle so avoid kids and work.
All the main characters, which consists of MCboobs-chan's coworkers, look exactly the same but with different hair styles. Also, they seem to drink a lot, maybe the animators are projecting their problems into the anime. So if there's one thing this show did improve on, it's making anime real.
The plot goes a little something like this. MCboobs-chan works at a company and suddenly gets pulled into a "game" world to complete puzzles (see human labor) for a little satan pig thing in order to farm orgasm crystals. Then it happens 5 more times. The settings are all different setups for the same process of starting a puzzle. Really deep stuff. Also, there are two episodes where some other girl is also playing but not really cause you never see her again.
Just kidding, I found the plot: https://i.imgur.com/AMyFGDi.png
The puzzles aren't good. There's not a whole lot to say about this. It's pretty obvious how she's going to complete the puzzles as soon as the pig gives her hints, but they still manage to drag out the whole process for a good three minutes each time. Most of them are just Rebus Puzzles (http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/brainteasers/rebus-puzzles/).
It's not a great anime, not that I really expected it to be. There's nothing that stands out or feels revolutionary, but on some level, I can appreciate the work the studio put into it despite being primarily a CG studio. Animation obviously isn't their strong suit, but I hope they don't get discouraged and keep trying. It's always good to see new studios in this neverending hell of only S1, fanservice, and CG. Should you watch Nazotokine? Probably not. (Notice me demo-senpai)
This isn't a normal review. I don't normally write reviews. If you enjoyed my review, don't.
HAVE A NICE DAY!
(This is a repost because it got removed for being a preview)