Like many in her class, Koyuki Honda looks forward to her graduation ceremony. However, while her peers have family to attend, Koyuki has no one, as her only family—her brother—died years ago. While visiting his grave, she meets two brothers named Kiri and Victor Putin chasing a strange creature. They try to assure her that they are just actors shooting a movie; Victor, however, piques Koyuki's curiosity about the old legend of the clock tower at the cemetery: if you make a wish under the clock tower at midnight during a full moon, time will turn back, allowing someone to reclaim what they have lost.
Deciding to make her wish, Koyuki learns the horrifying truth: the legend is a ruse for time demons called "Horologues" to steal humans' time. As they are drawn to regrets, Victor uses Koyuki as bait to lure a demon there. Kiri and Victor explain that they are Chronos Rulers, warriors who fight against the Horologues using the "Oath of Time"—an item allowing them to speed up or slow down time.
With the demon destroyed and the crisis averted, Koyuki is able to go on her way free from regrets. However, she is not the only human with sorrows. The two boys must continue to hunt down Horologues in order to keep humanity safe.
Jikan no Shihaisha aka Chronos Ruler is over. This show made me mad. It was so rife with plot holes and logic issues from the first episode. Nor did it get better with time. Its characters continued to not make sense and to do things out of character constantly. The only good point about this show is MAYBE the character designs. Even the actions scenes were lackluster. I give this anime a 2 out of 10. Surprisingly, I would recommend this anime to someone who doesn't care about continuity at all. This has been your spoiler free but not really review on Jikan no Shihaisha.
I'm sure we’ve all done it before. We’ve all wished we could turn back time just to fix something we did, or think twice before walking into something terrible, or otherwise take precautions we wish we would've done in the first place. Tragedy and mortifying actions occur all the time. However, in this reality, we know we can never do so, as much as we wish otherwise.
Chronos Ruler is a look into a fictional consequence that can come about of this wish, and it's borderline depressing, less so for the grim reminder and bittersweet message, but more so for the lack of quality in its
writing. That's not to say this concept is entirely easy to do well, in fact, as I'll demonstrate later, it's very easy to screw up, it's just that it definitely loses balance on that tightrope rather fast and spends the rest of its time plummeting while grasping. I know I'm a bit late with this one, so if you don't have the time to read, that's understandable, if regrettable. With all that said, let’s dive right in, shall we?
S: 2:10 AM
When it comes to stories involving the manipulation of time (especially when that's the main focus), an insane amount of detail is required. Time is in and of itself, something that while manipulative, is still not something that can be broken or contradicted. Therefore, when it comes to stories like this, the devil is in the details, and when you mix other paranormal things into it, there’s a lot you have to explain that way everything makes sense. Not only is there the how and why like with most stories, but especially in this particular case, to what extent. It's very easy to screw this vital step up, as the series demonstrates. I'm aware that I'm saying an absolute and that rarely is a storytelling “rule” absolute but well, not every rule has to have an exception. Let me give you an example of this show’s failings, or rather two side by side:
In episodes 1 and 2, there’s a huge disparity in the amount of Horologues present in episode 1 with the clock tower rumor compared to the 8 times that amount present when one man willows in the streets over his life being ruined by gambling. Why does one cause more of these things to spawn than the other? How does this all work and how can they all absorb his time at once at this rate? What is the extent that these will appear and what scenarios cause more or less to appear? The show doesn't answer any of this. It's too busy playing with time for admittedly inventive and interesting attacks and effects, as well as using that for convoluted character drama that falls flat due to how ravaged the narrative is by stuff like this. You can apply some of this to multiple scenarios in the show, like with Mrs. Emily’s time being reverted in episode 1 and how it really speeds up way too much between the time she left a how to the time she died by comparison to literally everything else beforehand. You will not believe how many times you can do this and what it does to the narrative (less than 10 but still way too many), it's that bad.
Another thing that sinks this show (not as hard mind you) is the forced comedy tone shifts. What is it with both manga and their adaptations in particular that do this? Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood did it, Fairy Tail did it, Drifters did it, I mean come on! It's always jarring and distracting. I get that sometimes we need to lighten the mood and that it's realistic to try but even still, they never handle it right. It is always very abrupt and shifts from one emotional extreme to another. It's not as egregious as Drifters with this, but it's able as constant with it, which is a real pain since it's going from drama to slapstick in a instant; that does not work. Regardless, it's clear from all of this that the narrative of Chronos Ruler is a mess. That's putting it lightly. This isn't even covering the other holes, asspulls, and contradictions heavily present in the narrative with the way the Chronos organization is constructed and so many moments filled with these things, but I honestly don't have the patience to try. It does manage to make sense on occasion and use its interesting concepts to interesting and good effect, by it's surrounded in the slime of what I mentioned earlier.
That being said, this show does try. It tries really hard. It wants nothing more than to be a good, poignant show, and in some cases, like the actually pretty good episodes 8 and 12 (less so everything in between), and the buildup to and emotional climax of both, it actually succeeds. It shows just how deep regret can be, how people can be so awful to those who care for them and still mourn them and regret everything once those people are gone. It explores how those loving ones feel about their children who don't appreciate them at all. If nothing else, this show succeeds brilliantly at showing all of that. It shows the potential this show had of being great, when it can pull this off so well. To bad it had to shoot its foot so much early on, because now we can't fix that.
C: 4:10 AM
The cast in and of itself isn't really terrible per se. For most part, they're just rather meh beyond some truly bleh archetypal villain characters. The main characters are exceedingly childish though, which is aggravating. Not to mention that they're pretty comfortable in their typical character roles for most part, such as “girl” and “dumb brute”. Next to no one is particularly well written, which is a shame since some come close. Victor becomes a surprisingly good character in the second half of the show with his particular hang-ups. The antagonist that truly reveals himself in episode 10 is interesting as well, trying to find out why humans are so weird and capable of doing things that go against what he thinks are their personalities and morals. These were executed sort of well, so the fact that the cast is otherwise pretty bad is a letdown. Mina is especially repetitive with her “darling” shtick and so is her and Victor’s shtick of mocking Kiri for being a virgin. The running gags here suck and they hinder the already poorly written characters, as if the fact they they constantly beat us over the head with their shtick and this show’s themes didn't do that already.
A: 3:10 PM
Project No.9 was in charge of this show’s production, and they did not do very well here. By 2017 standards, the art looks decent overall despite some brilliant moments here and there. Character models are not always consistent and neither is the overall art quality. Animation-wise, it fares little better. The fights look ok at best despite the interesting powers at play. Unfortunately, they cannot always composite the characters well enough to the backgrounds because on rare occasions, they do a hideous job with the backgrounds during movement. The CGI makes that even worse. Honestly, the CGI kills any chance of the production values aspect being good. The CGI plane in episode 7 looks horrendous, the crazy Horologues are sometimes rendered in weird CGI that does not work at all in this context, and when they use cards or especially debris as CGI assets, and trying to play around with backgrounds in CGI for dynamic camera movement in fight scenes works about as horrendously as you'd expect, and it give me flashbacks to a series that will continually haunt me. Shame since the OP visuals look striking and visually ambitious and interesting, and without too much motion, the show can often look ok. Alas, this is what this show leaves us with at this current time of televised release, and it is not pretty.
S: 6:10 PM
The OST is weird. The tracks are often repeated ad nauseam and in many cases, they wouldn't fit. However, sometimes the tracks were actually good and worked well with the scenes. It's a similar case to the Big Order OST (especially with the jazz stuff that seldom fits), except this doesn't have a real standout track. The OP, "RULER GAME" by Fo'xTails, is a pretty good OP and the standout piece of music for the show. It is fun and catchy, getting you pumped for the admittedly weak at best journey ahead. The ED, "Jikan wa Mado no Mukougawa (時間は窓の向こう側)" by Nagi Yanagi, is as weird as the OST. I am not a fan of the first half but the second half is pretty decent all things considered and made an especially good send off to episode 1. Lastly, the track "One More" by Tea, in episode 12, which plays in the best moment of the show, is a brilliant emotional piece, far better than the rest of the OST in the show. The music in this show is overall a mixed bag, and given how it was great at times, that's a real shame.
E: 5:10 AM
This was a weird experience to be sure. It was often mildly annoying and its constant holes and asspulls got on my nerves. However, that Halle's me celebrate even more when the show manages to do something right with a twist or a particular plot point. It was a mediocre time all around with everything else leaving little effect on me on the whole. Regardless, this is one I cannot safely say I enjoyed too much despite a few great moments and an all around superior second half.
O: 4:10 PM RAW SCORE: 38/100
There is a good show buried underneath this. There really is. It's a shame that it undercuts itself with a lot of stupid decisions early on that poison the series as a whole, because this was definitely trying to be a worthwhile show. The feel of it is comparable to Big Order and Hand Shakers, but let it be known that it is nowhere near as awful as those to shows at all, not in any department. Regardless, I would not recommend this show to people unless they really find the concept interesting and don't care too much about blatantly bad storytelling. It's some sort of tragic irony that it ends up in a desperately poor state due to stupid decisions that led it down the wrong path, just like many of the grieving characters in this show that wish for their time back. Regardless, it's time we look to the future with even better (or worse) anime headed our way. With all that said, I bid you adieu.
Why the high rating? Okay it wasn't the best, but I still enjoyed it until the end! Jikan no Shihaisha had its good and bad moments. I'm a sucker for stories dealing with family, especially tragic ones and I think that's one of the main reasons I was drawn to this anime. Tbh, I had high expectations because I felt that the story had a lot of potential, especially after watching the first episode: Tragic Family Background + Ikemen/Bishounen + Time Eating Monsters + Action + Gambling Elements + Jazzy Music/Hyped OP/Beautiful ED ?! Count me in!
I even said that it was
going to be my favorite anime of the season but, that was in episode 1-2 ^^; I think my opinion changed after the new characters were introduced. After that, the pacing changed and I felt that maybe they weren't going to be able to resolve everything in just 13 episodes. Maybe it was because there was so much they could do with that amount of episodes, or maybe the manga is just bad, I don't really know. Nonetheless, that wasn't enough of a reason for me to drop it. To me it's either I like it or I don't. If I don't like it then I drop it, simple as that. If I finish an anime until the end, then that means that it was worth my time.
Is there better anime out there? Yes.
Will you miss out if you don’t watch it? Hmm, not really.
Is it worth a try? I think you should try watching a few episodes before deciding whether to keep watching or drop it. If you have the time, then why not? I sometimes end up enjoying anime that most people don't like~ (as you can see from my rating compared to the others hehe)
With that said, I will be reading the manga. Maybe, just maybe, the manga will make up for what the anime lacked. ^_^
"I want my time back, and I want it now." -Victor Putin
That quote more or less summarizes how I felt after watching Jikan no Shihaisha, nothing good came from it, and it only got worse the longer I watched it. It pains me to say that this isn’t even the worst show in the Summer 2017 lineup.
Jikan no Shihaisha, or more simply known as Chronos Ruler, is an unspeakable disaster that really just should not have been made. I haven't read the manga but I can only imagine that it's much more developed than this drivel considering it's not complete. The plot is
so incoherent and the characters are painfully unfunny, it’s no wonder so many people opted to just drop it.
I'm going to attempt to describe the characters and plot but excuse me if it's hard to follow, after all the show rarely made an effort to explain to me what the hell was going on. I could only discern that this is a supernatural/shounen that follows an incredibly dysfunctional family ever that has been torn apart by time magic. The father of the family, Victor Putin, is trapped in his younger self's body, but for magic reasons, he acts like a kid regardless of his real age. His son Wu is more strict, he frequently scolds Victor for not taking anything seriously. If you thought this character dynamic might lead to some endearing and comedic moments, you'd be dead wrong! The writers made many attempts at comedy throughout the all too long runtime but it always came off as cringy and it's never funny. The third main cast member is Mina, the self-proclaimed mother of the Putin family, her time has been reversed like Victor's. All three family members have time rewinding abilities that they use in battle. The abilities are never explained so I imagine the only way you could follow the action is if you created a spreadsheet to keep track of the messy action.
Conflict is not the selling point of Chronos Ruler, but at least the writer made an effort; it pertained to the Putin pack and their struggle to set Victor's time back to normal, which would regain the memories he lost when setback to his youth.
To make matters worse, the plot and dialogue are full of holes, which adds further to a lack of understanding.
Upon first look, you may think the art looks pretty decent Project No. 9 typically has a (mediocre) level of quality it upholds, but Jikan struggles in many areas and typically detracts from the experience.
Visual business definitely is an issue that added to the incomprehensible magic combat sequences; colors zip by, characters chant spells, but your only hope of understanding any of it is your best guess.
Decent looking art made no difference because I couldn't get invested in something that made no sense to me. If you don't think understanding the logic of the action is necessary (it makes up a vast majority of the visually interesting scenes in Chronos Ruler) you may find solace in knowing the show uses a wide range of color to maintain your attention. Some of the backgrounds looked good, especially the casino city in the early episodes. Don't pay attention too closely to the scenery because you might see one of the discrepancies that shockingly made it into the final cut. These discrepancies include signs that are totally blank, as in they hang from buildings as if to indicate something but are totally devoid of information. As far as the R+ rating goes I would say it is deserved, blood is frequently present in the action-packed scenes. The amount of blood is used in hopes to make the show seem more mature, but it only makes it more juvenile.
The music is pretty good, but it doesn't at all complement what is happening on screen. It's typically pretty jazzy and frenetic as if it's trying to establish a bewildering atmosphere, but it just doesn't fit with the show. When I heard the solid soundtrack being played over some really crappy action scenes I realized that the musician's talent was truly wasted.
What kept me going through this dreck was the promise of explanation for what the hell I was watching and the rare moments that had thematic potential. The theme is the power time has and how it impacts people negatively. It is mostly followed out during the show, but rarely to meaningful effect. Any moment of potential reflection feels hamstrung by insistence on tropes. I wanted to enjoy this, even if only on a superficial level, but in the end I never did. A 30% drop rate seems totally plausible considering how from the very beginning to the end there were few reasons to continue watching.
Final score 3/10
Somewhere along the way, Chronos Ruler went horribly wrong and it lost whatever potential I thought it had. It feels like the director threw everything he could at the audience over the course of 13 episodes and none of it ever stuck. Sometimes it suffered from poor writing, sometimes it was the directing, and occasionally it was the music that drove Chronos Ruler into the toilet. I do believe there were passionate people who worked on this show, but I doubt anyone could have salvaged already this already subpar story. It's visually busy yet simultaneously loaded with dull environments. It has nonsensical writing that I can never laugh at when it tries to be funny and never take seriously when it tries to be poignant. Chronos Ruler is a subpar catastrophe that you shouldn't waste your time on.