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.
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.
Overall Score: 7/10
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Wow...just wow. I'm not gonna compare this to the other slew of shows that MAL's incomprehensible ratings can measure up in the Fall season. With that said, a lot of the shows from China haven't been graced with a lot of positivity from both Eastern and Westerners (e.g. Gin no Guardian) with a few exceptions (e.g. Fox Spirit Matchmaker), and Evil or Live falls within the latter being very bad, even from a Chinese manhwa adaptation.
The story at firsthand seems very believable, as one of the main first-world problems of the younger generation (myself included), experiencing internet addiction, and then the worst-case scenarios get sent
to a rehabilitation school to learn what it means to be deprived of technology before going out to society and becoming productive people. If you don't quite understand it enough, this is a serious issue in real-life, especially with real-world cases in China.
So our main "protagonist" Hibiki lands there due to the EXACT same problem, being problematic teenagers who exploit their time towards gaming only, and parents having to force to send their children to the Elite Rehabilitation School. There he finds the main "antagonist" Shin who controls the school within the cunning palms of his hands and his crush Shiori, the student council president, sent over to the school because of her relationship in the past.
Here's where the problem lies as the story is VERY MUCH inconsistent at best. At the moment the story deviates from the manhwa source towards its own ending, but to best sum up as a whole, it would be discerning and cautious at best.
As mentioned earlier, Hibiki the "protagonist" MC landed there with the same addiction problem. There he becomes a wimpy-ass follower and learned the traits of being a traitor and a betrayer by the unloyal Shin, who wants to use the school as he pleases. Shiori on the other hand, is perpetuate about the same reason, as to control the smartphones with her gang around the school.
Other than that, what more could I say? This is as mediocre as the character development really gets with the MCs and the instructors who always look high and mighty but dumb at the same time.
The China-bridging-Japan arc of animation, Haoliners Animation has been well-known in China for doing animation there (with Tencent Media), but more consideration should have thought out when they decide to license animation from there to be brought over to Japan, because clearly they don't hold a cup of tea to even the worst studios in Japan.
Furthermore, everything here looks slow, choppy, and feels like a pile of thick and monotonous leaves compared to a work of good art. If you're gonna introduce another nation's work for the specific target nation, please do it right, and don't produce work that further degrades your own nation's work, and just because it's passable there doesn't mean the same results will prove the same over to another side.
The one good and potentially wasted area that's actually decent. The OST in regard is actually good, the OP by NormCore for creating an edgy setting, with the really weird ED (in Chinese) settling down the mood. Other than that, nothing special, so let's move on.
If there were shows like this which existed (which every season does) that does a terrible job at the adaptation, I can only give a second chance to try out towards everything, and this is one I hoped I would drop somewhere towards the end, but I stuck with it, and can only say that this show is trying to be something out there that doesn't really reflect what it does.
To people who are wondering if this show is any good, please pass it up and watch many others which are better to say the least. You don't need to spend about 4-5 hours wasting to watch this travesty.
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.
I started this show wanting to gouge out my eyeballs from the horrible cross cut animation, the ridiculous fanservice, horrible characterization, and other things. However, as I watched this show I found that what is so bad about this show in my opinion is beyond just the surface layer. In China Internet Addiction Reform Camps are a thing, and this anime was based upon a Chinese manga inspired by this very concept.
Before I get to the meat of my problem with this anime, I'll start with the basics.
Story: Awful. It's like someone took all the main ideas from Kill la Kill and Deadman Wonderland
without any of the self-awareness or depth. The story is hackneyed and several character plots the show heavily focused on were never explained or concluded.
Art: The art is atrocious. There were moments where the characters would be talking and there was no movement on the screen. At all. It was lifeless and dead, with little good. The only time the art was any good was in the opening sequence itself.
Sound: The music, what little there is is fine.
Characters: The characters are a mixed bag of how bad they are. We are introduced to one awesome character who proceeds to do nothing the entire anime except mope around and refuse to help the others. Another is just there for dominatrix pandering, and the rest just make no damned sense.
Enjoyment: At times I found myself wanting to know what happened, and honestly thinking of what I'd do in this situation. But that's it.
Now for my biggest issue with this show. Camps and facilities like this exist in the real world. They exist in nearly every country, especially the United States, China, and North Korea. In the United States, which is what I have personal experience with, these camps and schools are largely Christian based. Every state in the US has at least one facility like this where abuses run rampant, and students have been killed. In Louisiana there is one that guises itself as a Christlike school for troubled girls but in reality teaches them that their psychiatric problems are all their fault, in Utah, a work camp to 'fix hardened' teenage criminals is nothing more than an abusive slave labor camp. My point is, these places exist and to make such a disgusting show that capitalizes on that concept without showing reverence, or being a satire is deplorable.
There were multiple ways to go about creating a show on this material that is not a graphic exploitation of this scenario. Kill la Kill for instance is a parody with these elements thrown in, Now and Then Here and There is honest and reverent in its approach to make an enjoyable action series with child soldiers and rape. So why not this show? Multiple times the women were treated as sexual objects for the audience after they were already in a vulnerable situation, and the show framed its story that even those involved in the camp should receive forgiveness because of their past. No. This show is an exploitative piece of garbage with no respect for the real world issues these kinds of places face.
If you want an actual good modern look into what kinds of places these facilities are actually like, then go watch Jesus Camp or something on the human rights violations in North Korean work camps. I can forgive a bad story, but being completely without respect for these real world tragedies is deplorable.
So, the first episode of this kind of threw me. In fact, I was fully prepared to drop this anime. However, I checked out some of the reviews on MAL, and apparently, this anime is meant to take the piss out of millennials. Somehow, that made it more watchable for me. I think the premise of Internet Addiction seemed like nonsense and a very thin idea to make an anime out of, but as soon as I found out that Evil or Live was a satirical take on my generation, it completely changed.
Also, I'd like the record to show that this isn't a comedy
as some have said. It's quite a serious, intense anime, but the overall plot of Internet Addiction is meant as a bit of a joke. Although, I don't think it's the creators trying to imply that my generation is addicted to the internet, but rather, I think they're trying to show that this is how older generations perceive the severity of millennials' internet usage (when, in fact, it isn't that bad, so they need to chill).
Okay, enough about that. Here's the thing, once I got past my hold up about the premise of this anime, it got--dare I say--good! Not absolutely amazing, of course, as you can see by my rating, but it was entertaining enough to watch all the way through.
If you're having trouble getting through the first few episodes but are dedicated to watching this anime, let me be the first to tell you, it gets so much better the longer you watch. Although, be prepared for the ending to be a bit hokey. It isn't very clear, and it doesn't make much sense, but I think that's because the anime ended before the source material did, so the ending of the anime is original (and thus, not the best).
Anyway, Evil or Live was appealing in it's own way. I'd potentially come back to it in the future, who knows? It was definitely a wild ride while it lasted.