Many fans would love to see a good horror-movie based on the game 'Ao Oni' but instead they get this...
Sadly, it has very little to do with the game. It has the monster, the chase music, and they talk about 'Ao Oni' being a video-game. That's basically all it has in common with the source material. The plot isn't terrible but the execution is very poor. The pacing is slow and awkward. Every scene feels like it should be faster to some degree. The characters aren't likeable or interesting. They had plenty of time to make them likeable before the threat comes into play but
nope. You probably won't even remember their names right after watching it.
It's 3D animated and looks very amateurish. It looks very cheap. It's very choppy making it unpleasant to look at. Most of the time it has an average of about seven frames per second. In most 3D animation software, tweening is very easy and automatic. They must have decided to render it out with a lower frame-rate to make it appear more like traditional 2D animation. The animation itself is awkward and looks very unnatural. The characters move like robots. With this kind of animation and choppiness, you would fail a 3D animation course.
The music isn't good except for the music during the end-credits which is actually alright. Overall, it's awkward, cheap-looking, and boring. I don't recommend anyone to waste their time with this. If you're an 'Ao Oni' fan and you're really curious, then maybe watch it.
If you thought the Ao Oni comedy shorts were bad, wait until you see this - it's even worse. The comedy shorts are a masterpiece compared to this tripe.
Story: This is apparently a story based off the game; too bad there is no story. The majority of the hour long movie is the characters sitting around talking and nothing happening. It takes place in a school, not in the usual mansion. There is a story there somewhere, but it's lost in the boring, awkward telling.
Animation: Studio Deen, who brought us such animation fail classics like Axis Powers Hetalia and Higurashi, are the animators of this.
I was hardly surprised when I found out they were responsible. Needless to say, Studio Deen have kept up their trope of animating badly, leaving the series looking like a slightly updated version of MMD. The expressions of the character are poor and almost ridiculous even by anime standards and the characters move slow and stiff like machinery. And the animation of the monster is just terrible. It's also in 3D, not that watching it in 3D makes it any better or easier to get through.
Sound: The voice acting is pretty decent but not great. The music is irritating and drove me to despair. I had to pause every few minutes just to take a break. Honestly I wonder whether the voice actors will have careers after this.
Characters: The characters in this movie aren't Hiroshi & co, but a bunch of new characters. There's zero character development, the characters are one-dimensional, boring and have the personality of a gnat. There's no way you can form connections with the characters or even like them. I don't even remember their names.
Enjoyment: I hate every single second. I get more enjoyment from watching paint dry. There's no horror, no nothing.
Overall: 0/10. This is the worst thing I've ever seen and if I could give myself amnesia so I could forget this, I would. Avoid this and the comedy shorts, watch something better.
I'd like to start off this review with a few warnings. First and foremost this review will contain spoilers. Second; if you haven't seen the movie here's a tip. DON'T.
I've been a fan of the ao oni game for a long time. I was excited for the short animated series to come out but unfortunately it was a flop. Then I heard there was going to be an animated movie. "At least it can't be worse than the series" I thought to myself. I was wrong.
The story(?) revolves around a club who finds out their town has a urban legend that's similar to the
ao oni game. They get in contact with the creator of the game in hopes to find out more about how the two are connected. The first half is mostly talking. Just a bunch of students sitting around a desk talking. So exciting. In the second half we find out that the ao oni is living... under the school.... One by one the students start to get picked off but it's impossible to care since none of them have anything close to a personality. In fact I just found myself laughing every time it happened. Then somehow it turns out one of the students has been having sex with a plant, which caused his genitals to rot and fall off and turns him into an ao oni. I wish I was joking. I really really do. People keep dying and then the movie throws one last plot twist at us but honestly all I could think about at the time was how close I was to finishing the god awful thing.
Studio Deen why. The art is purely CG, which if done right isn't usually that bad. In this case though? It was bad. Real bad. You'd find better animation watching one of those stupid Vocaloid MMD music videos on YouTube. It was painful to watch.
The only reason I'm giving the sound a 2 is because I'm in love with Shikata Akiko who does the films ending theme. The background music was bland and forgettable, but at least they kept the classic Ao Oni theme in there. The voice acting was nothing special and I honestly pity every voice actor who had to be a part of this.
The characters were unlikeable and none of them had a personality. It's hard to find a character death sad when you have no attachment to said character thus every single one of the deaths made me laugh. Hell I don't even remember any of there names even though half of the movie was them shouting each other's names not to mention the fact that I started writing this right after the movie ended. The character designs were bland too. It was just a horrible cast.
In all this is probably the worst movie I have ever seen. It's not even worth a watch for the comedic moments and by that I mean character deaths. How can something like this even be considered a horror. Instead of watching this movie I suggest just going back and playing the game, or maybe watch a playthrough of it. All I can do now is wish for that hour of my life back and try to somehow cleanse my brain of this shitshow they tried to call a movie. Please love yourself and don't watch it.