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 stimulates your logical/rational response. It's about thinking what is happening in this anime(to be able to see the 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 to 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 care 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 the low budget production. Imagine how hard is for the 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.
It's worth watching and most importantly enjoyable.
That's was my exact reaction after watching the first episode of Evil or Live. A show that was misunderstood at first, as the tag of horror confused a lot of people, me included. But in reality, it doesn't really matter. Evil or Live is a shitshow no matter from which angle you look.
Suprisingly enough, the overall story isn't really that bad, atleast in comparison to other aspects of the show. We are introduced into a world, where internet addiction became a common disease for the young population. Hence, a new "treatment" school is founded, and nerds with the
mentioned addiction are sent there. Sadly enough, the school doesn't turn out the way people imagined. Excersicing under tough circumstances several hours a day, receiving food that tastes like shit, being scolded by the instructors. You name it! The school is as fucked up as it could possibly be, but even then, everyone would like to rule it. If it's either the students or the instructors, everybody is in need of power. And that is the main premise of the story.
Now actually the story might sound not appealing from my description of it, however it still is the best part this anime has. It has it's decent moments, but overall still has many plotholes as well as pacing problems. And even writing problems, but more about that in the character department. The whole premise of a fucked up school system doesn't sound that bad and some of the characters actually have decent back-stories around themselves. As you come along, you'll learn that not just this school, but the whole world is a little off. Maybe getting a little edgy at times, I certainly call this darker side of this show a good thing. It has it's own share ammount of problems, but the main ones lie outside of the story itself, hence in the end this is the one category I can call (atleast) decent.
So you wanna know something about these other categories, you say? Well then wait no more, because up from this moment my ultimate shit fest has begun. And I mean it. I won't hold myself back.
Characters.... Oh god, this could be a review all for itself. Let's start with a little banter. "And the award for the worst MC in the history of anime goes to.." yes, you guessed it. It goes to Hibiki, the main character of Evil or Live. I actually wonder how did anybody write such a terrible character. No honestly, like how? He starts off as the biggest freak ever, thinking the school is only a videogame. Fair enough. Then he proceeds to act like a hero and starts protecting everyone. Great. Then he gets beaten up, so his personality makes a 180 turn around and he is suddenly the strongest, smartest and most-athletic guy on the campus, despite sitting behind his PC 24/7 before he got there. Spectacular. Now honestly, does that sound appealing? Nah? I don't blame you. Even at the start when you think he can't get more annoying, with every one of his personality changes, it gets ever worse. That guy seriously won a battle against 20 guys all on his own, even though he got beaten up by just one fellow an hour earlier. As I was watching, I was constantly asking myself: What the heck? Did anyone even read the freaking script?... Just for the record,after his change Hibiki goes back into his I'll protect everyone kind of thing, then he get's beaten up again and then he becomes badass again..... Do I fucking need to say more??
I would like to cool my head a little, but there are some other characters too, so I better forget about that. Anyway, despite the rest of the cast being atleast better than Hibiki, it's nothing to write home about. Everybody, even the instructors, is dumb, almost every character is written horribly and there are even some who seem like they were supposed to be in a different anime. They look dumb, they act dumb, they believe everything some random guy says and most of them are just straight up annoying. And those who are not aren't helping the story in any way. Nobody has an IQ of more than 80 and they fall even for the most obvious baits. There is one exception tho, and that is Shin. Once and for all a decently made dude with an actual brain to support his head. Just one isn't enough to save this however and the overall grade won't increase even though I can call him a good one. #freeShin
The art is... shit? Yeah, that's the right word. Lackluster in every single way, from unapealing and forgettable character desings to bad looking backgrounds to absolutely hilarous overall animation, especially when it came down to action moments. Voice acting and sound-effects are just horrible and the OST has like what, one decent track?
I just feel like somebody is joking with me, what am I supposed to say about enjoyment? The whole thing just sucks. It was the first time in my history of watching anime that I was purposelly skipping certain scenes, purely because I just couldn't control my anger anymore. That's how bad this thing was. That's how bad Hibiki was. And that's how bad the studio that made this is. Now for the sake of it, yes, the whole idea of Evil or Live isn't that bad. But what about it? When a show does absolutelly nothing to support that idea, what do you expect? At the start, I expected something, but I got absolutelly nothing...
If you're coming into Evil or Live with a mindset of "I might like this", please face the reality straight away. It's greatest case of the decent idea, terrible execution kind of thing. And I'm begging you, the decent idea isn't worth the pain you have to go through. Honestly, if you have eyes and a bit of critisism in yourself, you know this show is as shit as it could possibly be. End of story.
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.
I came into this anime with open eyes; but honestly, it's not that good. (It's horrible)
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 3
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.
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.
Evil or Live has ended this season. I do not hesitate to say this is THE worst show of this fall season. Its strange to think I somewhat enjoyed this show. This show is about a shitty kid with internet addiction who gets sent off to a school in the middle of no where. In this school, the kids are treated harshly with multiple public beatings every day. There is a lot of corruption and schemes everywhere. From drug trafficking to sexual abuse, its all very edgy. Now, this show has no positive characteristics. Absolutely nothing about this show was good. The animation is choppy,
the music is almost non-existent and when it is its garbage and doesn't fit, characters are dumb and bland, ass pulls everywhere the eye can see, and even the most basic sound effects aren't done correctly. I enjoyed this show despite its mistake of existing, because of how bad it was. Evil or Live is the representation of being so bad, that its good. I especially enjoyed how the main character changed completely half way through the show for apparently no reason or for a reason that shouldn't be enough for this kid, who is addicted to the internet, to be a badass. I give this show a 2 out of 10. I'd recommend this to someone who just wants to laugh at a bad show. This has been your spoiler free but not really review on Evil Or Live.
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.
This is my very first review and the reason I am writing this is because of the low score this anime has, even though it's actually very enjoyable.
While this anime has a very low budget, which can be seen by the real life images used for props and such, I find the anime itself very enjoyable. Character's movement can be awkward at times and effects aren't all that great, but it is very watchable and excusable since the anime is a great one in my opinion.
The story is quite good and it makes you want to know more, although the ending felt a little
rushed and I wanted to know a little bit more before it ended. But that doesn't mean it's not worth watching.
I'd say give this anime a try, despite the low score it has on MAL, I found it very entertaining and that is what it is all about after all, not the animation quality.
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
Makes no sense. Every got dang episode throws a new wrench into the already craptastic plot making it less and less realistic and interesting. The farther I watch the more confused and outright annoyed I get with how things are playing out simply because it isn't going anywhere. Nothing has even been resolved since episode 1! Y'know what's gonna happen? The final episode is going to come around where the writers say "Oh frack, we need to end it now? Uhhhh okay. *proceeds to 'resolve' everything in a crappy manner within the 20 minute time slot availbale*"
tf is internet addiction such a terrible thing in this anime world anyway? I am aware it exists, but is it really worth it to build an entire school to deal with it? Also who's bloody genius idea was it to use violence to "cure" the addiction? It is in no way a good "solution" to the problem and really, at best, will only replace their internet addiction with other mental disorders. It won't make them better members of society, it'll ruin them for the rest of their lives, moreso than an addiction to internet will.
AhahahahahahHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I CAN'T.
This animation is by far the worst I have ever seen. Never before have I been so astounded by how bad the animation is. It certainly doesn't help that every episode becomes less animated than the one before. It started out really good, I will give it that! But y'know what? In this last episode, I kid you not, there was a good 10 seconds of staring at a single frame. The character was talking and everything, but the picture? Not moving. Nope. None. Absolutely frozen.
Additionally there are countless times where characters are talking but their mouths are still closed; characters "walk" down the hallways without actually moving; they practically jump across the screen for no reason, and the scenery/character models are constantly inconsistant: her jacket is torn and unzipped, oh wait, no it's perfectly fine now oka-- nope, it's ripped again. There's a tray on the table, wait what? there's not? That's weird...
I could go on, but I'll spare you my tangent.
Certainly the best aspect of the whole show, but even then it's terrible. Unnecessary sounds, weird laughs that are supposed to be sincere but just sound like someone made a bad pun, etc. I've heard worse voice acting, but this show still gets no time of day from me.
Boring. Inconsistant personalities. Unnecessary personalities. Pointless characters. MC flip flops from "op main who does everything perfect" to "Lolololol how do I do simple thing???" every episode.
A lot of characters revolve around a very specific trait that is simply used for driving the plot, albeit into a ditch, making pretty much everyone an annoying butt.
Don't waste your time with this like I have. So many times I've considered dropping this but I've kept through just so I can tell others not to watch this and with a good reason.
Usually I'll keep going with an anime through to the end, and sometimes even rec bad ones (in certain circumstances), if there's at least one redeeming feature in it - be it plot, characters, comedy, etc. - but this one? Nothing. I can't even laugh at how bad it is anymore. There is nothing that can make this anime worth the 4 hours it'll take to watch.
Save yourselves. Run away, far far away. before it's too late.
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
Good idea, bad execution. You could call this a modern teenage "Shawshank Redemption". The story is interesting and the characters had a good start.
The build up falls flat around the later middle though and the ending leaves loose ends in sideplots it had specially put emphasis just an episode before. The animation quality has to be overlooked for enjoyment; it's enough to make the point, but is at the edge of what I would call professional.
It feels like there was a good idea and spirit behind this series, but the team behind it was to little or unexperienced and started to fall apart towards the
end. I still enjoyed watching it for the former reason, though with little motivation reaching the end.
For this low budget anime, I will use a different rating system.
A. Story - Character:
"Net Addiction" is so popular, it even appears on literature exam. But do we discuss it? No. Did any anime has done with this core idea before? No. So it's a very fresh and original. Something we might think but never too deep. Pretty predictable it has psychological which mean sure good content with mindbreak, fighting, control, smash or pass,... Very looking forward to.
So the more you watch, the more you know about what's happening (it likes playing "The Nonary Game" and you got all the bad ends first before the
true end). I think they were in a rush so 3 last eps really hard to track what's going on. I don't want to take a re-watch so please watch these 3 carefully.
The characters are well drawn, well developed with all that background. Safe spoiler (it has "school" tag): to construct huge amount of students and teachers take so much effort. I appreciate this.
B. Art - Animation:
Some people have the misconception here. The art itself is good (typical), but the animation doesn't. Sometimes it was like reading a visual novel with thick line cover the character and a background; sometimes it was like the player stop loading with 1 frame per (few) second(s); only some big keyframes have 24-60FPS. Otherwise, it's lagging (~12FPS).
- Voice actor: The voice for each character is good, it fits well with their personality. But like I said, the animation was bad, so sure they have problems with timing and character mouth synchronization. Sometimes you might feel annoying and ask if the sound was slower than the video.
- Sound effect: It isn't Inuyashiki with high-class 5 layers gun sound. Everything is just fine.
- OST: 2m27s for OP (content re-intro + 1'30 music) and I always skipped ED so yeah. I didn't remember if I heard any background music so probably they're normal.
Did I forget something?
First 3 episode: so cringed due to bad animation. Had to pause millions time to make overreactions.
The rest: get used to it. Laugh at some dumb line. Zero thought about anything.
Oh, I forgot to score C section.
It's just about the animation problems. There're moments when I can pause the video, imagine some choices appear on the screen and I make a save point before continuing. So I believe it was a sure success for them to transfer to visual novel rather than anime. It's that good. But anime? No.
Score: (A+B+C+(D/2))/4+0.25(if D=<5)+*
No, get that formula out. 7? ... Nah 6 - Fair enough
This series is a masterpece by Chinese standards and proof China is catching up in the anime-industry.
It being a low-budget anime, it should be judged accordingly as it would be unfair to pit it up against high-budget anime to make a comparison.
Which lead me to give it a score of 10, as judging fairly, they have done an excellent job with the ressources they had.
Story - 10
To understand this anime, and appreciate it, you have to understand that it is based on real events that happent in China. Where facilities were opened to rehabilitate internet-addicted students, that led in some cases to abuse and suicide,
creating a scandal and leading to the shut down of this rehabilitation system.
This anime illustrates these events throughout a fictional story, with a dose of reality that apparently the majority of community couldn't learn to accept.
The story tackles with many real-life issues that only a mature mind will come to understand, such as domestic abuse, the paradox of a hard-working man who does not have time for family, the fragile relationship between parents and children in the modern world, human thirst for power, and so forth. To be able to tackle with so many subjects under 12 episodes is truly astounishing, it shows that this anime exists not for entertainment purposes, but for educational and reflectional purposes, which is why I give it a 10. It is truly a hidden gem among the generic animes that pop up nowadays that have no message behind them.
Art - 10
This is Chinese anime, and the art is very good. They managed to mix the eye-candy of the Japanese anime industry with the realistic anatomy of the Chinese anime industry. Which is a good step for the Chinese animation to follow.
Sound - 10
The OST is perfect and adds to the atmosphere. The Japanese character voice acting is very well done, even minor characters are properly voiced; and as for main characters, you can tell their feelings whenever they speak.
Character - 10
The characters follow their script, there are no inconsistencies. The main character develops realistically, he gets his act together only to lose it in the next. He makes mistakes and rectifies them, then makes other mistakes and rectifies them. It shows he is human. You can feel for him and sympathize with him but also hate him or love him. You can be in awe of him or pity him. Which is what a good character should do.
Enjoyment - 10
The plot is executed well enough to offer confusion but also peek your interest, you might wonder where is this going but there are hints for you to follow that make you interesting in finding out more. The story is not disclosed, but the events are well-executed. There is no linear plot, anything can happen, which makes you interested in finding out more. And everything makes sense in the end.
Overall - 10
Very good anime, by Chinese standarts. The animation is sloppy due to low-budget, but you can't blame them as they have done the best they could do.
This studio deserves praise, they created a hidden gem with low budget.
Oh come on, another good anime being rated terribly because of the biased community. Well, don't worry it's not as bad as the ratings say. This anime takes place in a training camp that teens are sent to for misbehaving and spending too much time on the internet. Sounds alot like me. (lol)
The story starts off very interesting, the mc is a game addicted boy who is one day sent to the boot camp without notice. There are no electronics allowed and each day they suffer through strenuous training. It gets interesting from there on and I don't want to spoil.
Art, the art leans towards
the manhua side, since it's is a chinese-anime style.
Don't drop it because it's not japanese style. It's still very good. The opening is very nice to listen to.
The characters really develop through the first few episodes of the story. There are good and there are bad characters, but everything balances out.
Enjoyment, I did enjoy this quite much, honestly, I was shocked to see such ratings when there have been many positive feedback for this anime on the sites you can watch this.
Overall, I recommend watching this because it's not your typical anime and it is quite exciting if you like psychological anime.
Story: A great story, something different from the usual anime you see...shame there's zero plot involved and what is there is confusing and muddled up. In the end, we get more questions then answers. No idea if they mean to give this another season or not but as it stands right now, that's not a great way to end an anime.
Art: Decent and pretty at times. Some of the characters looked very nice while others looked just...weird (Ban and Hyo stand out as looking really weird). The school looks dull but that's to be expected as it's setting. Nature outside the school is pretty. The
only parts I have issues with are the 3Dish models like in the last episode the elevator (jarring to have a 3D model in a flat anime) and the fire effects (looked horrible).
Sound: Decent, nothing to say here.
Characters: Oh geez, this is where it really falls flat. The characters are unlikeable and the one or two that you seem interested in get no ending to their story...we don't get to find out what happens to them! Why get invested at all?!
Enjoyment: If there was actual plot involved and we learned what happened to everyone in the end...and they answered some big questions...my score would be higher. The characters again are bad (some good) but I could live with them if I got some of my questions answered!
Overall: An interesting anime that started off well but fizzled out with lack of any understandable plot and more questions then answers. As others have said and pointed out...this is not a horror anime. Don't go into this looking for horror as I did. I stuck with it because of the interesting idea of a prison school for people who are addicted to the internet/gaming but...horror fans, be prepared to be let down. There is violence and blood but gore isn't really a thing here. So again, if you're into gore, probably not going to get your fix here.
Evil or Live is one of those shows where the synopsis is practically totally irrelevant to the actual story since the point of the show is to "shock" you in the first place. If they told you exactly what to expect all the time, the enjoyment they are trying to create goes down.
MINI SPOILER ALERT: The show is not at all about Hibiki's living arrangements in this Prison School-esque set up where he can be rehabilitated for his net addiction; if you are looking for that then look away.
For those of you who want an actual psychologically
mind-blowing anime (or at least are treading lightly with an open mind):
As aforementioned, the synopsis is total garbo. They intentionally make it as useless as possible because they want viewers to get drawn in by the premise (or at least have an understanding of character based psychological anime) of a net nerd Hibiki and his plight at some crazy military academy to cure him of his addiction. The plot is actually all about relationships, trust, companionship, and frankly, survivability at all costs. Almost ALL of the characters are not who they appear to be and many have deep and intriguing backstories to help explain some of their motivations. Friendships are put to the test and even the most depraved cynic can have the biggest hearts. That is what psychological anime is all about- they either get you the audience or they get the characters.
They miss the last 1 point because the overall pace of the anime should have been quicker. Many people dropped the show early on when none of the mind-reee'ing material aired yet. I advise you to stay for the long haul for this anime and not just drop it after a few episodes because that is all just build up.
Evil or Live production was apparently on a budget or something but the animations are still very fluid and well done. There are time when I notice them reusing the same animation many times like it is on a loop as opposed to animating each specific activity individually but that is what we get with a budget anime. The anime itself is Chinese from a manhua so it will obviously be different than standard Japanese anime. It was a fair job. They get the extra .5 for not using pink or blue fluid when depicting blood, they animate it in all its goriness.
Nothing really spectacular. Nice OP/ED although most of the OP is verbal speech chronicling net disease and its effect on the masses. It's main use of sound are special effects witch are really great, but in an ordinary scene without action, it is almost unnoticeable or nonexistent. I don't reckon it even matters, though, since again: the anime is heavily plot based; music was probably seen as a distraction to the overall quality of the anime or another budgeting issue. Regardless, an anime like this does not rely on songs to move the plot along.
Every character has a unique backstory that brings its own blend into the anime. It isn't simply good v. evil, students v. military police academy, whatever. Almost everyone is manipulative, deceitful, traumatized, etc.; they have their own personalities that explains the reasoning's behind their actions. It would not be a wise idea to just take everything at face value- or maybe it is, for even greater plot twist shock value.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series. I got more out of it than I expected all because I stuck around longer than most people. Waiting for an anime to get good at X episode is always a terrible reason for someone to watch a show but it is also important to realize that plot twists and big reveals are rewards for those who give the show its fair due. If you want to watch this anime without the intention to see this thing through or explore Hibiki's decisions and mindsets, then is anime isn't for you. It is great to have a judgment of an anime early on but this specific anime clearly doesn't cut it after the first few episodes and this is not the only positive review out there. You can enjoy the series too but it is imperative that you give it a chance; otherwise you'd just be list-spamming entries or wasting your time- there are plenty of other quicker paced shows out there that you haven't seen yet that will pique your interest. Evil or Live is really an interesting psychological anime because it delves into the famous character based psychological ploys (where the character goes through psychological trauma) and audience based psychological ploys (think of Texhnolyze or Lain) with its many plot twists and likable characters that grew on me after learning more about them. The action scenes were also very good and could draw you in depending on how heavily invested you were with said character. The characters do grow an change throughout the series, showing us how they have been forced to evolve due to their current situation.
A solid anime with a few major drawbacks. One is that it sort of relies on the "watch x episodes before good" ploy, although anyone who was genuinely interested int he series would not even mind that, I'd argue since they know what they are getting themselves into. Another drawback is the Chinese-Japanese border hopping budget which limits the show in its use of music, animation, and many other production-based specificities. Once you get past these drawbacks, the anime makes up for it in a compelling 12 episode series that tells an emotional story about students trapped in a hellhole academy doing whatever they can to survive. The different roles each character plays really brings the story together since the plot twists really make the series. They are relied upon time and time again, and are still very effective; the students also grow and change showing you that they are not just static pieces waiting for some magic fairy dust to fix things for them. This was a great psychological anime that aired during Fall 2017 that could even be well received by many who are willing to explore how these teenagers deal with their net addiction at their military-based academy (at least that is what the synopsis want you to believe; I'm trying to not give away anything at all here).
I honestly don't feel like the current MAL score (~5.56) is reflective at all of this piece but maybe checking back later will prove interesting enough.
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.