When I heard Abe Yoshitoshi (Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze) would take part in this time travelling anime I was excited beyond belief. Maybe the animated medium will have the first mature and actually intelligent time travelling series, I thought. But I surely don't think so anymore. I have been absolutely blown away by how incredibly awful this series is.
Nothing makes any sense at all. By this, I don't simply mean the story and characters nor the "mystery" itself but the directing and execution. Plot elements and characters are thrown in the mix at ludicrous tempo. The scenery and scenes change every few
minutes without any continuity. Every bit of writing is the polar opposite of believable. And ironically, the concept of time and movement is invisible when the series advances from normal work life settings to some sort of murder mystery in a time that takes 5 minutes on screen but is wholly indeterminable inside the anime itself.
Our main dude works in this company where people talk about terminators who have a bug in their system and will take over the world, and time travelling being literally impossible. The very next second we are at this dude house playing some sort of "happy family" where a child age 5 says "time travelling is possible if you believe in yourself", followed by a scene where our main dude and his coworker crash their car twice first in suburbs and then on an empty motorway when this evil organization appears and tries to do evil things, further followed by the heroic sacrifice trope and our main character literally flying inside some forest near the motorway where he walks like 2 seconds before falling through some secret forest passage that teleport him inside this underground time travelling laboratory that he now discovered as the outcome of these epic events....
.....Followed by him once again accidentally falling but this time inside this deep freezing machine that automatically starts up and freezes his body for 10 years and then.... and then. .... You think I am making this shit up? I am not. This is the goddamn story board of this anime. It's so chaotically random and stupid the only way to truly accurately describe it is with a meme: Bravo, Nolan. Oh yeah, and all of this happens while some astral projection of one characters appears on the screen and an alternative time line woman is analyzing obscure reference paintings.... after which we head to some sort of dramatic rescue arc inside post-war terminator world.
This writing is so pathetic that it mainly reminds me of harem series where women literally fall thru the ceiling on main characters dick except those are usually done with humor while this one is completely unaware action anime that tries to be a serious sci-fi drama, and instead of women falling, it's our main dude "falling" wherever the story writer wants him to currently "fall". On top of that, every new episode manages to somehow be even worse than the former. There are 3 letters I have to use here: smh == shaking my head
... Are uninteresting to their very core. One of them solely exists in the narrative to create the heroic sacrifice cliche. The boss of the company is some generic money > humans and statistics > risks dude whose idiocy is required to make the story possible. The evil organization dudes could have killed the main dude with their machines guns 700 000 million times before he managed to escape but of course they didn't do that because otherwise the awful story -once again- would have gotten to a dead end. Practically every new character that appears, appears because coincidences, and the role of that character is to work as a plot element to advance the story onward. Every single thing they do suffers from character flaws and logical errors. Example: murderer chasing you, 30s long dialog in car followed by escape. It's not like escaping right now is important or anything because it's clear they won't die no matter how stupid the decisions they make are. Meanwhile murderer person has uses a knife at first, before she pulls out a gun of her size somewhere. Why use the gun first? Oh yeah, then she could have actually achieved the thing she was aiming to do.....The real mc is nothing but a puppet controlled by the author and the astral projection girl is essentially an ongoing cliffhanger in the mystery.
This thing also looks incredibly bad. Being an action anime, one would expect the action heavy scenes to deliver. Instead we get car driving scenes that are like 8 fps. When GAR jesus turns the steering wheel, the landscapes seen thru car windows remain still like in 40's hollywood movies. The physics are awkward and the character design surprisingly generic. The music is highly invisible which makes the action scenes seem even more boring.
This series says a lot, yet nothing at all. Essentially, if we focus on talking about every single thing this series does wrong, we get a piece of text that is longer than its script, because that's how bad it is.
Super lame stuff. Advanced lame. I can't even recall a single Hollywood chaos movie or blockbuster action that was this pathetic. If you really dig that "unexpected" mystery stuff and "brilliant" reveals, then sure give this one ago, but I ain't buying this bullshit. Also the title RErideD is very deep because the girl has red clothes and the ride is in-between and what is the ride? Well the mc is called Derrida which has the words Red and Rida in it. Heh, so wits, much wordplay, subtle wow
So I begin this season with RErideD. I had no expectations going into it. I am not a guy who likes to see super serious anime. I loved Made In Abyss, but with Steins;Gate I put it on hold after two episodes. So after watching the first four episodes I can definitely say that this anime is decent. In what ways is it decent? Well, get your futuristic guns and take your time, this is my review of RErideD.
It is really hard to explain the story, but I will do my best. In 2050 robots have become another vital part
of human life. Derrida, co-inventor of the robots, finds a bug in the system that could result in the robots going rogue. Him and his co-worker Nathan proposes a update to the boss, but he refuses. The next day Derrida and Nathan are getting chased by goverment officials. Nathan dies in a car crash and Derrida, after surviving the car crash, locks himself accidentally in a timecapsule and finds himself 10 years later in 2060 when a war between humans and robots is happening. Derrida then remembers he gave the update to Mage and he goes on quest to find Mage. Also there is some other time travel bullshit going on.
This story is inherently not good. A lot of things happen for the sake of things happening and some things just make no goddamn sense, but it is also weirdly intriguing. I enjoyed the story fine enough.
You like bad CG cars? We have bad CG cars. You like boring setpieces? We have boring setpieces. You want nothing in anime that sticks out? We got nothing in the anime that sticks out.
Wait there was music?
You have Derrida, a smart dad, Vidaux, a man who only does things for money, Mayuka, a child who is just there, Yuri, a smart girl, and Hans, the pathetic villain aka the most enjoyable character. It's really hard to describe the cast, because they all have something in common (except for Hans): They want to survive. While that may be good in real life, in a story it is not good if all your characters have similar traits.
Like I said, the story is quite intriguing. The atmosphere is pretty heavy and the mystery is kinda interesting. Nothing makes sense but I am not as bothered by it as others.
It ain't steins;gate, I can tell you that, but if you are looking for a sci-fi anime that isn't that special RErideD does a fine enough job.
As many who started this, I was very happy to find out the Chief Director of Steins;Gate was directing this shit. I mean this is shit. I'll try to keep it short why it sucks and why you shouldn't watch it.
Story 5: It just makes no sense, they just throw at you without explaining anything. The story could actually work very well if it wasn't for the shit directing, it is awful, did this guy really do Steins;Gate directing? My main issue with the show is how they treat the enemy threat, you see one enemy approaching you, what do you first do? Think about
how would you avoid conflict if you can and think of battle strategies. A normal human should be able to see what is wrong with this shows action, it is brainless action that gets solved in like a second in this anime? I honestly almost fell asleep while watching this.
Art 5: Nothing much to say, they can actually animate the car very well which is where their budget went to I guess. Other than that all characters look mediocre, the animation is mediocre.
Sound 7 : They got this thing right in the OP actually, the OP is awesome just as expected from sound director of B:The Beginning.
Characters 5 : Oh man, how much I hate the characters of this show. There is this guy who has some rules that he "never" breaks. SMH honestly all he does is contradict those rules and make no sense most of time. The MC is bland af, I have seen many MCs from mediocre anime that had redeeming qualities, but this guy has none. No personality, not even fun to watch. I don't wanna go on side characters honestly, you probably have seen them on many mediocre anime. The antagonist is also the worst antagonist I have ever seen, even Acnologia was way better.
Enjoyment 4: Eh, just save yourself the time.
In conclusion, it has potential honestly maybe this is all some foreshadowing. We saw something in episode 4 that makes all this character thinking be actually logical but at this point I doubt it. The studio is new and the episodes were released earlier than expected which may explain why they were rushed. I'll say this if those 4 episodes were to be expanded in to 8 episodes, it would feel less rushed and it would make more sense. Like I said my main issue is with directing.
Not bad. Good way to kill time. The concept is great and the plot construction is just enough to keep me engaged.
However, there are many areas in which the production of the anime needs attention and improvement. I'm not going to list this out as others here have most likely done so. An example is the execution of the frame or visual panel in every single scene. It is very obvious that small details that would have been shown in panels/frames in between key panels were lacking such as the transition from using a gun to drawing out a polaroid picture from an item bag.
What the animation team did was only focus on the key points. This anime needs more extrapolation and quality assurance. To be fair the first 4 eps were leaked way before release date.
I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt that the leaked episodes are not the final approved versions of the 4 episodes. Hopefully it's not wishful thinking as I noticed Crunchyroll released the 4 episodes on their platform after the leak. Personally, I did not watch on crunchyroll so maybe others can chime in here.
Anyways despite all of the missing connections, lack of detail, lack of explanation, and lack of sufficient character development (to be fair 2 or 3 characters are being developed out as the story goes, so it isn't bad at all just not A+) this story is enough to keep me excited for the next episode. It's like fast food lol but not trash you'd throw away.