13-year old Rachel awakens to find herself trapped in the basement of an abandoned building. Without any memories, or even a clue as to where she could be, she wanders the building, lost and dizzy. In her search, she comes across a man covered in bandages. He introduces himself as Zack and he wields a grim-reaper like sickle.
A strange bond is struck between them, strengthened by strange, crazy promises…
These two, trapped in this strange building, don't know why fate has placed them there. But they will work together desperately to find a way out…
Surprisingly, there isn't any reviews on this show yet, so I thought I would try to summarize the overall feel of the first two episodes to anyone considering watching this anime.
I want to start off by saying I may be being a bit generous with my scoring since there is only 2 episodes out at the moment, and I have not played the original source material (game). However, the story seems interesting enough so far, and I don't believe I've seen anything with a similar plot in the recent past. The pacing also seems pretty good so far, and there is the somewhat cliche
element of the two protagonists having mysterious and most likely dark pasts that I look forward to learning more about.
The animation obviously isn't as good as what you would typically see in a Makoto Shinkai film, but for a TV anime it looks pretty damn good. The faded color palette reflects the dark storyline and themes, and the backgrounds are drawn extremely detailed and beautifully. Character design is also well done and I haven't noticed any problems with the animation quality so far.
I don't really have a whole lot to say for this category, but the op and ed are awesome and fit well with the tone of the show. Most of the background music also seems to fit well and helps build up tension when necessary.
In the first 2 episodes we have been introduced to three characters: Rachel, Zack/Isaac, and Daniel. Rachel is the somewhat cardboard protagonist, while Zack and Daniel are both initially introduced as antagonists. So far the cast seems full of cliche character tropes, but I've found myself mainly enjoying their interactions nonetheless. However, Rachel's constant emotionless attitude and Zack's screaming (his voice actor is the same as Bakugou's after all) do get a bit tiresome.
Despite the somewhat cliche cast of characters, I have still immensely enjoyed this show so far. I'm hoping that the future episode continue to further develop the storyline and characters and continues to be as enjoyable as it already is.
In conclusion, it's a great show, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind seeing a bit of gore, and can handle some "edgy" themes.
I didn't play the game and telling me I should to understand this, is terrible.
first 3 eps SPOILERS AHOY
Story - 1/10:
A girl is trapped in a death game that japan rehashes more times than I can count. She suddenly remembers some trauma and then becomes emotionless and fixated on dying. Yawn. She meets an edgelord and they kill floor bosses every episode as they move up. Their dialog consists of "Kill me" "No" "Kill me" "No" "Kill me" "No" "Kill me" "No" "Kill me" "No"
Art - 6/10:
J.C. Staff drew backgrounds and characters ususally this leads to some interesting looking shows, but all
it does it make it pass as an anime bare minimum. Most the time they spent more time on the backgrounds leading to some cheap looking animation.
Sound - 1/10:
They hit the same piano key over and over for more than half the episode. Sometimes there's rock music to indicate that something is happening.
Character - 1/10:
As stated in the story these characters are so one dimensional that staring at a blank wall has more personality. Seriously, all they do is sprout their boring one liners like video game characters on idle animations.
Enjoyment - 1/10:
Every time she says "I want to die" every thirty seconds I think to myself: "Same." That being, man was this awful.
I don't understand why this is an anime that exists. Thanks.
Well this is going to be my first every anime review. However, i have recently replayed the rpg game it is based off of and watched the first two episodes on the anime so i thought i should give it a shot.
As for someone that have already done a total of 2 whole gameplay of the rpg, it might have heavily impacted on my overall judgement of the anime since i know the whole story of the show. However, what i can say about the pace of the story is that it is fairly steady and well in sync with the actual game. they
don't seem to hastily breezes through the story and manages to hit almost if not all the key points on the game as well. I do look forward to whether they will continue with the game's story line all the way to the end or if they will implement an anime alternative ending for this game.
To be honest, there are a lot of shows out there right now with miraculous and amazing animations and unique art styles. However, the art style I would say make a huge improvement to the original game while being able to hold similarities with the art style and textures present in the game. As for character design, I found the characters to be drawn accurately based on each character's personality without losing reference to the game.
I'd say that the ed fits this type of anime well better than the op but both have been executed well to the point that I feel satisfied. I would've given sound a 9 if they were to use some of the original ost from the rpg but the background music used delivers the same effect as the original ost so no complaints here.
As of episode 2, we are given a total of three characters who go by Rachel, Zach, and Daniel. To not spoil anything that will be relevant later on in the story, I will briefly go over each of the character and their traits.
1. Rachel - a young girl who usually emits a dull lifeless aura around herself as seen with her interaction with Zack
2. Zack - one of the killers and Rachel's first encounter who introduced as as antagonist but later becomes Rachel's partner
3. Daniel - another of the killers and Rachel's second encounter after Zack
As a whole so far, nothing about them is anything unique done in other anime show but I find their interactions with each other to be enjoyable and the untold about each of them is what really brings them out later on.
I tend to enjoy shows especially those that are based off of video games. Most of my enjoyment can be coming from nostalgia from my first play through of the game. However, off the first two episodes alone, I can firmly say that even without the experience from the rpg I would still enjoy this show as much as anyone else would.
The anime will introduce some dark theme if the tags for the show haven't caught your eye yet, so I would say to those that are vulnerable to sensitive topics to watch with caution. If you ever played any free rpg games like The Witch's House, Ib, or Mad Father, then this show is right up your alley. The game for this show is available on the Steam Platform for anyone who wants to play the game or for my fellow pirates, there should be free releases of the games on the internet when searching of the title. If you don't want to have the anime spoiled then I'd say hold off the game for now, but in my opinion, playing the game once before watching will make the show much more enjoyable. In conclusion, great game that was given a great show. Would recommend. :)
I gotta say, three episodes in and I am enthralled by the story... Heck, it's pilot even created a compelling storyline that I'd hate to miss.
It sets the scene whereby the MC (I guess she's the MC) follows a progressive plot through, what I'd refer to as levels -I say levels since her "spawn point" is a basement from which she must navigate to go up a floor.
This is affirmed by it's most recent episode.
Furthermore, it is a level because she has to escape what could potentially be her cause of death...
But that's not what got me into it, rather -straight off the bar-
it had incorporated psychological elements that can only be further elaborated with each episode; this created the foundation for mental growth of the characters. But that's not all of what it would seem to be; whilst maintaining the theme of "levels," it was quick to throw a wrench into the works and the dynamics of the anime had become growingly distorted -much of that distortion contributed to the already ambiguous storyline given... However this gave a sense of closure to the MCs story which made me think, "seriously, you're gonna end it here!"
I mean, it obviously didn't, but if they had allowed the protagonist to continue this devilish game allow for at least one and a half episodes would have more benefits to it than consequences; anyway, since it's only been three episode it's not done much harm either so... Meh.
So, the recent why I rated the characters rather lowly in comparison to the other aspects of the anime is because they felt a bit lacklustre and fell flat in terms of depth... Due to its game-like progression, each character is given a specific role and does not display behaviour out of it's role; whilst I say this, there have been implications of dark secrets that each character carries -in my opinion, this is extremely suggestive of a more rounded character which we may learn of in future episodes.
So, for the story, it's built up quite nicely I would say; I gave us a good understanding of the story mechanics -or the mechanics that they want us to know (plot twists are fully welcome).
Art, I gotta hand it to JC, they know how to make it work and with this anime, no less. I've not seen the source material so I've nothing to compare it to, but considering other anime e.g. Shokugeki no souma etc. it seems to be fairly consistent.
Keeping true to the psychological/thriller genre, the suspense music doesn't fail to deliver... It was captivating and had sucked me in; I had become wary of what was to come, and that had inevitably heightened my reactions, making me vulnerable to being startled.
Moreover, we have bakugou's (Boku no hero academia) VA (okamoto nobuhiko) filling one of the characters positions, which to me, is a massive bonus as his voice has a tendency to act as a form of comic relief -and when considering the darker tropes this series seems to be adhering to, I feel that having such a voice actor will strike a balance to an anime akin to a seinen. But time will tell.
In conclusion, this anime had created an awesome opening guaranteed to pique the interest of further viewing for anyone that sits down to watch the beginning.
I just found out that the source material is a game haha😂. An' here I was goin' on about levels... I guess I'm a go play this game now (if possible😅).
This review had been written during the pilot episode but is still relevant to all the aired episodes thus far.