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...
I've watched a whole let's play of the original Indie game. I already know the whole story and what to expect. To those who say the characters are two-dimensional... I can see why you'd think that. I disagree because there is a degree of character development that will become apparent if you stick around long enough. Know too that the story IS that predictable. However you think the story is going to turn out, you're probably going to be correct in at least one regarded aspect. Despite that, it's still fun. There's a certain level of early 2000's edginess in here. It's dark, bloody, gritty,
and full of psychotic laughter.
Plot: A young girl named Rachel Gardner wakes up without any memories and finds herself trapped in a building with several floors. She meets the serial killer Isaac Foster who tries to kill her but fails. Later on Rachel no longer wishes to live and asks Isaac if he could kill her. He agrees to kill her as long as she helps him escape the building. So Isaac and Rachel has to try to “beat” all the different floors and find a way to escape.
If you just simply love horror, this first episode was probably very entertaining and gave you hope for the series.
But if you want dramatic horror with a good story and characters, this episode might have given you some doubts.
For me it seemed very confusing at first, I had so many questions and it felt like the story wasn’t very well planned and was just supposed to be random and scary. However I was very wrong and I ended up liking the plot and the characters a lot more than I expected.
But as I said, I was very confused in the beginning and had no hope for the story.
Why are they trapped in a building? Who trapped them? Why does the girl want to die all of a sudden? Why do they have to beat these floors?
Everything that seems confusing in the beginning is explained later and the plot is actually very interesting. It is not just a scary horror story. It is progressive and with time it gets more dramatic.
Plus there’s a LOT of character development so I hope they keep it that way in the anime as well.
Zack (Isaac Foster) the serial killer is not the average crazy aggressive killer who doesn’t care about anyone or anything. Well he is aggressive, crazy and very short tempered but he also becomes a very fun and interesting character which you’ll learn a lot about throughout the story. (He is my favourite character because of his character development)
Ray (Rachel Gardner) was for me, a very confusing character since I didn’t know why she wanted to end her life so badly. But with time, she shows more of her personality and in the end you find out her story and why she desires death.
The other characters has very unique personalities and what made me happy was that none of them felt unnecessary. It felt like each and every one of them were needed in some way for the story to be as good as it was.
The ending was not disappointing and was actually one of my favourite endings of all the rpg maker horror games I’ve played. It left you satisfied and gave a lot of room for your own imagination as to what happens after the ending.
So in conclusion: If you’re into dramatic psychological horror themes and want a good plot with interesting characters and a lot of character development, this should fit you very well.
I hope this was helpful for anyone having doubts about watching this anime. I hope it turns out well!
Satsuriku no Tenshi, or Angels of Death, was one of my most hyped and anticipated shows of the Summer season, because I have heard good things about the game that it originates from and its manga adaptation which replicates the game quite nicely. And now, the arrival of the anime adaptation of both the game and the manga...and its overall quality couldn't be more justified than just following the narratives of the game, so much so that I went to play the game and it certainly holds that into regard.
The story may just be your standard horror-adventure genre narration, but it has more substance than
that. We follow 13-year-old Rachel "Ray" Gardner in her quest as she was taken into a basement for a counselling from witnessing murder in the face, that she wasn't meant to be there in the first place, and now is looking for means to escape and find her parents. It is there that she meets Isaac "Zack" Foster, a grim-reaper-looking bandaged man who is as mad as a serialist mass-murderer with a scythe, and in the process, tries to escape Zack by escaping to Basement 5, but gets messed up with her counsellor Daniel "Danny" Dickens for trying to encapsulate her colourful eyes, before being slain by Zack, and now both labelled as violators of the "escape game" and together they make their way up, working their own solutions and helping one another to stay out of harm's way.
So from the get-go, for people whom have either played the game or read the manga equivalent of the adaptation, I can say with certainty that you are definitely not disappointed with the exposition from the writing and pacing of the show. For anime-onlys however, this might be way too confusing to deal with at first, but the pacing progressively helps bring the core of the show along with it. It's tough but it's doable.
Character-wise, Rachel and Isaac both are like horrors within themselves, with Rachel's constant wish for someone to kill her because of the nightmare that she went through, and now with the juxtaposition that her life has been one of dread and emotionless feels, so much so that she is displayed by her emotionless self, and Isaac being the M equivalent of a grim reaper feeling, that he cares for nothing but people's deaths upon his hands. And speaking of the VAs for both MCs, Rachel's VA might be a bit of an unknown (Haruga Chisuka, Akatsuki no Yona's Ki-ja, Owari no Seraph's Mikaela) but you sure as hell will know Isaac's VA (it's VERY obvious who he is but if you don't, it's HeroAca's Deku's buddy rival Bakugo), greatly love the emotions that both VAs bring towards their characters.
Art-and-animation wise, of the J.C.Staff shows airing this season, this show has the best-looking and animation views of the surroundings, from the various floors of different expositions of the basement floor bosses personalities to the adventure-thriller-driven emotions of the characters. With that said, the quality unfortunately had to be cut out in certain spots (because it's public TV), but for the most part it holds and retains its source well.
The music is one area where to me it is very divisive. For the most part, Massaki Endou's OP was somewhat strange because of the mostly-shounen feels (he has done YuGiOh and Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar), but I I don't see that being justifiable for me yet. On the other hand, I absolutely love and adore the ED by Rachel's VA, that it got me hooked and dropping tears with the game in mind, it evoked the right sense of foreboding and emotions that toy the feels, So overall, ED > OP.
Overall, this is one of the good shows of the Summer season, and I know some people just couldn't be afforded with the copious amounts of horror-adventure that just feels laid down and such. But if this is your thing, go ahead and watch this show, it's not a masterpiece but it's certainly a good watch.
I gotta say, four 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 reason 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; It 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 Ima 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.
"Don't take story ideas from 12 yr olds, or at least those who have the mental capacity of a 12 yr old."
The synopsis itself is promising, and in the hand of another writer there could've been a great story. But sadly, it just wasn't to be. Unlikable characters, predictable plot, lack of gore for something that's supposed to be scary, horrible dialogue and the worst jokes I've ever seen in an anime all contribute towards making this piece of shit the piece of shit it is.
These reasons all contribute towards my hate for this anime, but for me the most infuriating part about this
anime is how it treats it's viewers like retarded pieces of shit. WE DON'T NEED TO BE REMINDED THAT RACHEL WANTS TO DIE! we knew that from the first episode, stop reminding us every 5 seconds. This is probably also the reason some people like it, since their brains can't really keep up with something more complicated than whatever a monkey with a typewriter can make.
And now, we get a little more in depth with the anime (some spoilers i guess):
Pure shit. nothing more.
The story itself is really simple, Rachel wakes up suffering from amnesia, she doesn't remember how she got there, and then suddenly encounters our great villain/secondary protagonist Zack. He chases her around for a bit, but once she regains her soulless eyes he suddenly doesn't want to kill her. Then our lovely characters go through an adventure through each floor, encountering other stereotypical villains on their way to escape. The dialogue during the 2nd episode was really bad, there was also a scene where Zack asks her why she doesn't kill herself and her reply is "because god says it's bad"(god or religion will probably become really important later on, what a surprise). Then on the 3rd episode the murderous child offers to kill Rachel the soulless husk, but she denies because Zack swore to god that he'll kill her I guess?? Which makes me wonder, if she wants to die so much that she has withdrawal symptoms if she doesn't mention it every minute (during the 3rd episode she mentions or implies that she wants to die 8 fucking times), why didn't she take his offer?
I basically skimmed through the 4th episode, so I can't really criticize anything.
Good. The best part about it.
I know some people find Zack's laugh annoying, but it doesn't really bother me and the voice acting is alright. If had any criticisms it would be the lack of atmospheric music. you sometimes need it.
Absolute dog shit, we never have any reason behind any of the villains actions other than "hurr durr I'm evil", Rachel is an unlikable soulless piece of shit and Zack is sorta alright I guess.
I only sorta enjoyed the first episode, the rest made my blood boil.