Alright, Evil or Live is not nearly as bad as the MAL score would suggest. Yes, the art is poor quality, but the budget is obviously very low.
Despite its relatively low quality, I've been enjoying it quite a bit.
It’s a show that has gotten a lot of hate because people went into it expecting a horror, rightfully so given the genre that MAL listed. But it’s not a horror, it’s a comedy that tries to scare you with an absurdly dramatized interpretation of the modern internet-addicted youth.
If you’re able to look at all of the horrible things that the internet does to teenagers
and chuckle, then Evil or Live is for you. It’s a crude sort of humor that takes jabs at teens who are addicted to the internet.
Parents send their awful internet obsessed children to boot camp to break their bad habits. Evil or Live’s concept is scary and exists in the real world, but here it is delivered with the subtlety of a jackhammer which deflates the seriousness. A concept like this one would in most cases create a very edgy show, but there is so much absurdist humor injected in that I never took it seriously.
The show's initial conceit may seem scary but it isn't, Evil or Live is just a goofy show dressed to look like a dark thriller.
Evil or Live mocks teenagers who are addicted to the internet through its ridiculously exaggerated characters, which is funny but I can’t help but feel like I fall into that area as well.
The main character is portrayed as a video game addicted teen who can barely look at a woman without getting hot and bothered. In the first few episodes, he sees the world through childlike eyes but due to the harsh boot camp he's been thrust in he goes through a wildly drastic change.
Right from the get-go the main character, Hibiki is established as unstable and incapable of functioning normally in society, it’s played to a borderline comedic effect. In fact, his first line in the camp is “I’ve traveled to a game world!” which immediately alienates the viewer from him.
Despite the main character being an asshole I can’t say I have a problem with the way he’s written.
So far the show has offered a more and more ridiculous scenario each episode and I haven't seen any signs of it stopping.
The visuals are serviceable, decent enough to comprehend what is going on, but in no way outstanding. Evil or Live a show about what's said more than what's seen, it is not about the art. I wouldn't say it's good art,
even though it gets its job done well. Sometimes it changes its style with varying degrees of success.
The characters are often poorly animated, which typically adds to the comedic effect.
Each character has a voice that feels very appropriate, while the actual voice actors sound mostly like amateurs I think they fit their roles quite well and sell the tone the show is aiming for.
The op is edgy but I like it, it's not as edgy as Ousama Game's op. The ed is weirdly calming for a show about teenagers getting beat up at their parent's request.
Very funny and dynamic. In the first four episodes, we've seen multiple scenarios of overblown interpretations of internet addicts. The script tries to make the characters seem like internet addicts, but it always comes off as hilariously overdone. Occasionally the show will choose edginess over humor but in these situations, it’s hard to tell if we’re meant to take it seriously due to such poor animation quality and a comedically bad script. Moments like those are rare in the first four episode but they have become a bit overbearing in episodes 5+6.
Provisional Score: 7.2/10
I haven't seen a show that I've liked so much more than the average score since Mayoiga, that was also a comedy which was wrongfully advertised as a horror. Perhaps Haoliners thought that Evil or Live would get more attention if it was marketed as a horror, but it's so much more enjoyable as a comedy.
Don’t sell it short just because of its weak presentation, there is a very enjoyable show here. If the show sticks to what it does best, humor with very little seriousness, it will be a great watch.
In this anime, it's about content or form. To me content is far more important than form. Because form stimulates your emotional response while content stimulate your logical/rational response. It's about thinking what is happening in this anime(to be able to see point) and not how it looks like, are characters pretty or not are they moving super smooth with great visual effects of fighting each other.
*** I have to mention, also that story is taken from real life scenario, where teens are placed in internet addiction camp in China, and there is even involved death from multiple external injuries.
If you want create awesome/the best/most
popular anime you must to balance these two. But I Always look towards content especially for low budget Animes. And I think you should too. People writing that everything is bad and being serious, is not appropriate. People only cares how it looks or form of it. And not what it's trying to tell.
This anime had very good potential but because wrong community started to rate this anime and flagged it as Bad One. That is why I am writing this, I would like from you people to admire more content especially for low budget production. Imagine how hard is for author even to release Anime Version of manga/light novel. And then people ruin it , very easily.
Sad true is that community always admire style/form more than content.
Tried to enjoy this show and see what lies at the end of it, but I couldn't. I don't know why people are giving this show anything over a six honestly. Everything about this show is "off" and doesn't fit.
The character is an internet junkie and socially awkward but can handle himself in combat and charm others to his side? The sound and the voice acting doesn't fix the character expressions, the art tries to be serious and a cheap man chibi when funny, and I don't know why this show wants to be widescreen with black bars on the bottom and top. It
feels like this show wants to be edgy and cool in a "hey look at me, I wear a trenchcoat and sunglasses at night" way.
The only thing that kept me going was the story. A world that internet addiction is a disease and there is a military school to fix them is fascinating. A power struggle between students and facility to rule the school. But again, it feels like it is trying too hard to be cool.
Honestly, this anime isn't at all what the reviews would suggest and I found it rather enjoyable. It's getting shit on because people had thought of it as a psychological thriller/horror but if anything this is a dark comedy. Stay woke my fellow weebs this isn't a shit show at all.
Story (8) - I like the whole idea of parents sending their internet-addicted children off to this hell. It's really modern and conceivable. But if you were to take in only that what the introduction gives you, you'll be pleasantly disappointed. Because like I stated at first this is a dark comedy IMO
and not a psychological thriller. For the most part, the show is still beginning and that can really make or break the show for now. I'm really looking forward to what direction it takes.
Art (7) - The art is expected of an anime of its degree. Nothing too flashy it's pretty plain but the story really makes up for its lack of uniqueness.
Sound/Music (7) - Like the art it's pretty plain and is what is expected from an anime of its degree. Respectable but that's really all there is to it. Oh, wait I almost forgot, the main character's laugh is really annoying and despicable.
Character (5) - The characters are probably the downfall of this anime, with lack of realism and their shitty attitude it's laughable. Hibiki is honestly a really unlikeable main character and I find more enjoyment and Kudo and his ignorant ass.
Enjoyment/Overall (7) - It's fine. That's all there is to it. It isn't as bad as it's said to be. It still has a chance to do wonders however and I sorta look forward it's next couple episodes.
this is my first review, i never thought i would write a review but here comes the day cus i couldn't stand this anime getting such a low rating.
from what it looks like, they just didnt have alot of budget and thats the only reason the art is kinda lacking, but otherwise i personaly think that this anime should get higher a higher rating.
iv'e rated the story an 8 because i like the idea of kids being sent of to a prison-like school.
Art 7 - because its not like its made in the 90's its a decent looking anime with decent art-style
Sound 6 -
the sound is decent as-well its not bad but its not good either, all that i personally dont like about it is the mc's laugh.
Character 7 - (idk if this counts as a spoiler but i don't really think so)
the mc isn't anything too pushy, has a decent sense of responsibility and is aware of what he does and i like that about him.
Enjoyment/Overall 10 - I Really enjoy what happens in this anime, the start i kinda didn't like that much but i stuck with it and the further you go the better it gets
As i said this is my first review so sry if its kinda bad but i just think that the anime is much better than the ratings suggest.Compared to all the other anime's out there i reckon this one is closer to the top maybe like a 7/8 overall atleast.
I don't understand why people have given poor ratings for this anime/This anime is better than Tokyo Ghoul or Sword Art Online.
It make experience how can I fought back my senseis in school.Fight against some who's stronger than me.
I am interested in physical works because of this anime.YOU COULDN'T FEEL THE EMOTION UNDERNEATH THE ANIME.
I hve watched many animes over 200+ and have listened to 1700+ utaite,vocaloid,utauloid songs.And also have read many mangas and hentais.
This Anime is one of the masterpiece like Steins Gate and Kimi No Na Wa.
Art is medium quality but the bodies of Shiori was nicely drawn.
Sound quality isn't determinable because there
aren't any but the male singer had a good voice like YU/Karou but couldn't sing well
Character setting for the main protagonist is one of the bests.
The MAL commmunity nowaday is so fucked up. Giving this amazing anime 5/10 just because the art style. For anyone who still haven't watch this anime, check it yourself, you may dislike the art, but give it a chance, keep watching, the plot get better and better, believe me.
Enjoyment: 10/10. This and Inuyakishi are the best anime this season in my opinion.
Thank you for taking your time to read my review. I want to write more but my english is so bad. This show is really good but the label is wrong, it's not horror, its more like comedy but with serious
Interesting to watch. Though, it might not meet expectations of many people. Firstly it is worth to mention that the anime is Chinese. For some guys, this fact can be important. What I like the most is the absence of boring fillers and moments in general. Every episode is filled with some action without redundant crying or all-are-temporarily-happy scenes.
It emphasizes on a wrong thing. Looks like the authors wanted to create one thing and it turned out to be different. The stuff about the Internet addiction illness looks more like a random thing which can be substituted or even deleted without a big harm
to the plot.
The name itself "Evil or Live" describes the situation better. The story is about a kid with his principles and how these principles are shaped when life puts the kid in harsh conditions. If you are prone to "deep" pondering over The Life, you can notice social issues being raised. Actually, one can tell that there are many stories inside one.
Main characters are quite interesting. Many of them have some background story which opens up a new perspective for a watcher. Judging somebody at one point, you can find yourself supporting his/her actions. It can go vice versa. This anime can show why it is not always a good idea to have prejudices.
Sound and Art are...
Faces of most people are not so special and not memorable. Some animations look strange. Personally, these things did not ruin the atmosphere for me. I was still engrossed in everything going on.
The anime is one of those which become more interesting as you dive into their world. Give it a try.
I don't think this show is a horror or a comedy, its more of a drama, and i disagree i don't think its taking a jab at teens with an addiction to the internet, its clearly a story about a corrupt boot camp style school full of kids with shitty parents who cant take care of their own kids properly. The first episode did something important with the red letters spelling out reality when the kids were getting beat, even if these kids didn't understand ''reality'' showing them what it is like that would drive them even deeper into seclusion but
the main character doesn't care how much he gets beat up because he knows he's in the right, because he is!
This show is actually really good but the wrong people are drawn to it because its labeled as a horror, then they get disappointed and give it a bad rating
I came into this anime with open eyes; but honestly, it's not that good.
Overall, the story is a little better than the common hero saves someone. The plot is unique, but you'll likely be unable to immerse yourself into the story due to the horrible execution.
Art is just a joke. Obvious frame shifts, poor movement, etc. all make the anime a cringe-fest to watch. The animators seemed to not care at all when trying to find shortcuts and just taped a bunch of pictures together for the animation instead.
The characters laughs, grunts, voices, their everything just sucks. It sounds like
they were still practicing on what each sound had to be; but, ran out of time.
Just a bunch of poorly developed characters you'll form no attachment to. At this point the major plot change happened for the main character, and it still is extremely stupid. 50% of the time the characters are moping, 25% laughing, 25% getting beat up randomly (no addition to actual plot).
Enjoyment & Overall 5:
Honestly, even though the execution is horrible, the story itself is unique. I would never recommend this to anyone unless they have nothing better to do.
One thing to note of this show is that it's based off a Chinese manga, then made into Chinese animation and localized for Japanese people (since you know Haoliners/Emon Animation is purely anime made for the Chinese). So if you don't like Chinese literations of anime, you can easily skip this no problem, but if you're the rare few watching this after the less-than-stellar localized anime, hear me out.
Young men and women are experiencing "Net Addiction" (which is very popular in China), a manifest of feelings and emotions which withdraw them into virtual reality. In the order of all the things happening, The Elite Rehabilitation
Facility, a centre to refocus those who are addicted to get back onto the right path. 16-year old Hibiki has no idea that that facility in itself is a prison school, and must survive his way out of the place.
Think of Prison School, just dumbed down to Chinese anime standards, and you get this somewhat uninteresting show (since most people don't quite like Chinese anime, but that's maybe because we don't care much about it in the first place.)
Hibiki is like a scaredy cat, trying to know the innards of the whole facility with fear and reprisal for his actions, and is pretty generic and uninteresting.
On the other side, Shin himself is a trickster, and since he has insider information, as a characters he the lowest of the lowest, but a good manipulator. Again, character expressions at the very minimal.
The others...uh forget it, same troupe as both protagonists: Uninspiring and uninteresting.
As I said before, this is a purely Chinese animation, so it will turn many heads off, because not many people are invested in Chinese anime in the first place because of sub-par animation which the Japanese have already done leaps better.
So in a nutshell, the art is somewhat lacking, and I understand to replicate Prison School is more of an afterthought for Haoliners and Emon, but it shows throughout the show and is a mark left unsaturated. Same goes with animation, it's Chinese anime quality goodness, but like the art, nothing impressive nor noteworthy at all.
Probably the only good point on the show...only the OP at best. The OP does a decent job showcasing the subjects of the anime...and that's it. Otherwise, the remainder of the OST and the ED with the melodic ending is again, nothing special.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
I initially thought that this would be interesting, but when the first episode came out, it was trash throughout from start to end, it's almost to say that it's baffling to watch the horror of a show.
Ep 4 update: The 3 episode rule doesn't exist, and only from here the story gets interesting. So if you're intending to watch this now, now's the best time. If you're dropping this, just do it. There's nothing special here.
Story - 3
Art/Animation - 1 (the animation is ridiculously bad)
Sound - 3 (the VAs sound like they're just making random noises half of the time, honestly. And the MC's so whiny.)
Character - 1
Enjoyment - 2
Overall - 1
The premise of this anime is quite intriguing -- internet addicts are placed into a camp which is meant to prevent them from accessing the internet. The title itself, 'Evil or Live' was also something that made me want to watch it (you know, since evil backwards is live). However, the first episode was a bit of a disappointment. I watched on, hoping that it might get better, but
it only gets worse. There's one scene in particular where the MC tries to have sex with a girl he likes (she doesn't like him though) only for her to throw up in his mouth. This anime is awkward, disjointed and the plot is all over the place. There're weird ecchi scenes that take away from the atmosphere (although there's not much atmosphere in the first place) and the MC's one of the biggest wimps ever. He's unlikable, pretty trashy and he has no qualities which redeem him. The only character that's worth watching is Shin (some guy who decides that he'll use the MC as his 'toy') but even then, it's not enough to save this trainwreck of a show.
Here is the thing the overall story and place where the Evil or Live takes place is good, I like the art style, sound decent'ish, characters are pretty good.
But the main characters voice actor sounds terrible sometimes, the characters writting is completely impossible to empathize or see anything good. He looks idiotic with his actions, thoughts, has zero idea where he is, wants to do complete idiotic things, deals with the "Devil" and then spits in his face and acts like a "hero". I can't count the ammount of crignyness I had watching this anime due to this character even more than in Highschool DxD
and only the worst kind of cringe and for me it shows alot.
If the main character would be different I would really enjoy this anime but maybe there will something more in other episodes who knows but for now the Rating for it is 4/10.
Okey, something actually interresting came up at the last episode(4th) that intrigued me, so maybe it can become a good anime afterall.
This show is about kids that have become addicted to technology and internet usage so their parents send them to a school to reform them. The catch is that the school is like a prison with little actually in class time and brutal training where if you fall out of line you will be physically punished. Now, this show has all the elements of a good show but at the same time, it lacks. Everything is taken to the extremes and that might put some people off. It is a serious story that will throw jokes at you in between and it does that pretty
The art isn't perfect. The animation can be awkward at times but it is drawn rather well. The ups and downs of it all fall in the middle the good is really good but the bad is really bad.
The sound is meh at all points. I guess everything fits but It could be done better right down to the sound effects.
The characters are what make and break this show. The main character sucks but we can say that about a lot of anime. He flips back and forth between a strong and weak personality to whenever the plot needs it. He is also really weird sometimes but I think that's for the sake of comedy. I don't like him but maybe you might.
The other characters we don't get too much off due to the quantity of them. so it's hard to screw them up.So those characters are strong the whole way through. The main character is the only thing that actually drags this show down.
Overall, I give this a 6/10. This show is down by haoliners and that contributes a lot to this shows issues because haoliners has never made a good anime according to a vast majority of the community and that is what is pulling down this show's overall score on mal (The bias mostly) otherwise it may get higher mainstream appeal. People also like to keep reference the real-life cuts in the first episode but that was just to show that this is a real-life issue it has nothing to do with the actual show. Check this show out despite the score. It's not great by any means but you will get some enertainment out of it.