The story centers on a little girl called Sana, who is one of the children that holds the power of "Alice's Dream," an ability that enables her to materialize anything she imagines. After escaping a lab where she was a test subject, Sana ends up in a normal world where she encounters an old man named Zouroku, but will he help her?
First of all let me tell you, Alice to Zouroku is not your usual anime. It's quite a strange one and the story is kinda intriguing too.
The anime revolves around people who posses a strange power called 'Alice's Dream'. They can materialize anything they imagine and our MC, Sana happens to be the most powerful of them all. She was bound in a research facility but then escapes and ends up with a grumpy florist called Zouroku. How they bond and become a family is what the story is all about.
First, the story is a new one. It is being adapted from a manga of
the same name, which I have to read at some point of time. The development of characters and strengthening of family bonds play a strong part in this anime, and honestly you'll love it.
As for the art, it was just horrible in the first episode. That awful CGI made me wash my eyes with bleach and I had planned to drop it. But thankfully, they amped up the animation from the second episode. Though it's still not up to the mark, it can be still seen.
The sound is pretty good. The ED is so calm and peaceful that I'm already in love with it. The OP is kinda quirky but it's enjoyable nonetheless.
Character development plays a strong part in Alice to Zouroko. We see Sana becoming more adaptive to human emotions and feelings. Zouroku's grumpy but lovable Grandpa is enjoying. There are also some dark characters like Minnie C, who gives of an air of a complete psychotic killer.
Overall the enjoyment is pretty good in Alice to Zouroku. While not as good as many other shows this season, Alice to Zouroku manages to hold out on its own and create a place for itself. Until it botches up, I think this show can get a position in the top 10 anime this season easily. Watch this show just to see Sana and Zouroku's bonding, trust me, it's really heart warming and enjoyable.
4 weeks into spring season, there are anime that started pretty strong, there are anime that went downhill pretty fast, and there are hidden overlooked gems that got quickly underrated, (Happened before with "ACCA" anime) this is the case of Alice to Zouroku. this anime has a feeling of Rozen Maiden, and maybe a bit of Madoka Magika, but what makes it an Overlooked gem?
The story might not be the best or unique, we have a little girl which goes by the name of "Sana" that escaped from a facility, Sana has an power source named "Dreams of Alice" which she can use to
do whatever she wants, with the limitation that it exhaust her a lot depending on what she does (and the power is pretty inaccurate) due to her escape, there are other users of "Dreams of Alice" that are pursuing her, and that's how she got to meet Zouroku, our old man MC. then Sana gets her maximum objective to destroy the facility that caused her a lot of pain. how will she succeed?
The plot is slow paced, but the world building develops pretty well, so its okay that it feels boring at first, but things will escalate quickly in no time and you are going to feel that development (this goes for certain person that calls everything boring and then drops it with a score of 1 lmao) it builds up and surely knows how to hook you in
The overall animation of the show is decent, the only problem is the CG, JCstaff seems to have bad hands with it. but is not a big deal if the show doesn't use it a lot. they just need polish it to make it look better than the chase of 1st episode.
This area is the best one yet, Soundtrack is pretty neat. it hooks you in and makes you feel whatever is happening when its played, there is one that mostly plays when it comes to drama and mystery and that's my favorite so far.
Voice acting is quite okay, it also resonates with the OST that is playing during scenes, it has the touch for it, is it comedy, drama, mystery, it does a good job.
When it comes to characters, this anime does it right, it might have some generic or average cast, but it doesn't matter if we have a generic cast or any other kind of characters, what is important, is how they develop, and it sure does one hell of a job. there are anime that has a lot of interesting characters that get no development and ends being a disappointing, or those that gets development with plot conveniences or asspulls, but this is not the case.
I'm gonna call the MVP of this series, our MC: Zouroku, he is an old man that works as a flower seller and he "saved" Sana from her pursuers. No matter what happens, he finds a way to get great quotes, he easily became my favorite character of this anime, his development is a bit slow, but so far, 4 episodes in, he just convinced me the potential of this show. he doesn't go with bullshit, if he is disgusted by something, he will say it, he will do the possible to change it, he doesn't hold anything, he might be harsh sometimes, but we all know he is right
the other characters are quite okay, not gonna say much since I would be telling spoilers
Not gonna say it is unique, but who cares if something is or not unique? I care of how it develops, there are lot of anime that are quite unique but it's potential is wasted. but you have my word that this anime has the potential to be one of the best of this season. other thing, assuming the true fact that not everyone has the same taste, is that you might not get attracted by the Main Idea of the anime, that doesn't mean is bad, is just not your kind of anime, so please, don't underrated this anime
I can't say more of what I Enjoy about this anime, once you are hooked in, I think that there is no point of return now, if this anime follows its way and doesn't go with bullshit, it will be a great ride
At first, Didn't got attracted by it, but hell, I have a great partner that tells me about anime, he suggested me to give this a try, and here I am
I don't carry the very truth, but I'll be happy if this review convince you to watch it, tho, Can't do anything if you don't, after all its my opinion