What can I say? I really got exited for this anime, at first I thought "great another funny slice of life anime". I was really wrong about it. The story is about a boy named Deniss and his 4 siblings who were turned into monsters by their parents. the show shows how they suffer and try to live a normal life as a "human". the backstories are great too, they show how the characters had to cope at aa young age with their "psyhopatic" parents. The ep are quiet short and they left me empty after watching them, the
story also doesn't have a "main point" I mean if you refer to (little spoiler) Deniss is trying to change his siblings back to normal then it has, but often times eps are about random stuff. Well it is still a slice of life
the anime is actually of chinese origin that's why many watched only to ep4, since that's the point were curently is translated in japanese. If you don't want to wait you better just watch the episodes in chinese since it ended airing.
This Is a show that I saw the art and description for It and I got really excited. Well, the 4th episode aired 2 days ago, To put It simply, This Is kind of a disappointment.
I don't know how to properly explain It. But this show gives off a weird atmosphere to It. While some shows ( I.E Demi-chan wa Kataritai) Can give this nice friendly and energetic atmosphere. Shiyan Pin Jiating" Gives off I guess empty feeling, Nothing about this world feel really complete to me at least.
Two things I feel that contribute to this being such a disappointment are:
MC: The Main
person the show focuses on Is just annoying. He's some little kid that for whatever reason Is In charge of the rest of his Teenage family. I genuinely think he brings down the rest of the show, Just by being there. He's also not needed. The show could've easily remove him and focus on the other characters that are better.
Expectations: I got the Idea that this will be about a group of mutants going to school and getting used to the new environment while also dealing with any prejudice or bullying for the fact they are very different. I thought the Blonde tomboy would be the main character with her brash personality, Caring little for what other people think. The story would be about her going to school with her family appearing every now and then. She'd also be getting friends as time goes on.
That's what I thought we'd be getting. Something of interest. But No, We got this really boring setting where everybody Is just lazying around an apartment and some annoying kid being a brat.
I also noticed that all the female characters In this, I actually like them from their personality to character design. But from what I've seen of the boys, They just aren't great.
There are also some dumb things happening like some grown-up, Harvard graduate and she freaks out and does one of the most cliche villain monologues of the anime season.
The art Is really the only thing I can give props for, Without any negatives really.
Overall, This show can be summed up as "Disappointment" Sure there are some funny moments, But that doesn't really make up for the rest.
I went into this not sure what to expect. The premise looked interesting so I figured it was worth a watch. This turned out to be one of my favorites of the 2018 spring lineup. It's a shame this flew under the radar. It being a Chinese produced anime that was never picked up by any English licensers/streaming services most certainly contributed to it's obscurity.
This is yet another twist on the "monster girl" genre that seems to be ever growing in popularly. This time the main cast are siblings that all have some sort of experimental modification done to them. All but the
youngest sibling, Dennis, which is simply a genius. He is the one that tries to hold the whole family together after their scientist parents are sent to prison. It takes a very human approach of looking at the characters, and what it means to be so different in a society that doesn't accept their differences. I couldn't help but relate to some of these characters, as someone that doesn't always fit into society myself.
The animation is not spectacular, but the art style gives it some charm. I'm assuming this didn't have the big budget that most mainstream anime has. If this is the case, I think they did a pretty good job with the resources they had.
I have to mention the OP. It was one of my favorites of spring 2018. What's interesting about the opening is the singer is bilingual in Japanese and in Chinese. She made a version in Chinese and in Japanese for each dub. I thought that was pretty neat.
While not a 10/10, it's unique, and charming. I'm glad I took the time to watch it.
[MINOR SPOILERS ON SOME ASPECTS WITHOUT CONTEXT]
A premise with great potential yet a rather mediocre realization - this is how you could summarize Shiyan Pin Jiating, a.k.a. Jikken-hin Kazoku, Creatures' Family Days, Frankenstein Family. And while awkward pacing, somewhat bland characters, and some inconsistencies could spoil your experience, the top-notch art and fabulous background music do kind of make up for the shortcomings. What you will eventually get is a quite enjoyable, high-budget anime based on a Taiwanese manga, dubbed in both Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
The story starts off with five siblings living on their own after their parents suddenly "disappear" one night. The
twist is that four of the siblings have been modified in experiments conducted by their scientist parents, whereas Tanis - the only one left unmodified - tries to keep the family of five together.
Entering into this young family's daily life, you fairly quickly get to see the complications of being non-humans, still trying to live a normal human life. And this is what Shiyan Pin Jiating is about much of the time.
In the meantime, a seemingly deeper story unfolds rather awkwardly where you will get a load of background, some action, bit of romance, a few touching moments, and a rather abrupt resolution of matters.
It appears that the creators of this anime tried to fit as much story into the shorter 12 episodes (~15 mins each) as possible - which consequently led to a rather arbitrary line of events which just doesn't seem completely right. For one part, you will be left off with a handful of unfinished subplots. For the other part, you will see climaxes here and there. Yet these climaxes seem to pop up out of nowhere, and may be forgotten in the next instant.
We can conclude that the story has a great and interesting premise; but how the storytelling might be too fast-paced and could use some more elaboration and refinement.
Produced in collaboration with Chinese internet giant Tencent, you get amazing high-quality artwork which even looks incredibly detailed at 1080p resolution. The character design is somewhat simplistic, yet mostly appropriate. What really stands out is the background design - you will be able to catch a gorgeous, colourful glimpse of a suburban Asian (probably Chinese) scenery with great attention to the details.
And if you happen to love food, you will also cherish the mouth-watering food shots which seem to promote Chinese style food throughout. You'll also get to see some great sunsets with fabulous lighting effects!
Another strong point of this production is the great background music:
Being mostly simplistic and acoustic, you will hear tunes reminiscent of calm nature. Harps, piano, flutes, and other tender-sounding instrumentation do create a relaxing ambient with some incredible crudeness. And the timing of that music is near perfect in that it seamlessly supports the visuals.
What's a bit disappointing is how many of the characters turned out:
Dull, inconsistent, and moody, although the idea behind them is quite interesting:
Main characters (siblings):
Tanis, 11 yrs (youngest son): He is the only one who got spared from the experiments of their parents. While he definitely cares about his other siblings - he cares a lot - Tanis still has random outbursts of his "inner genius" where he can turn into the most arrogant, egoistic person ever. When this does happen is not obvious.
Snow, 17 yrs (oldest son): Being gentle in nature, Snow is a were-dog and is often found in his dog form, a snow-white dog. He seems to care a lot about Tanis, but what his individual personality is like only shines through too rarely.
Suishi, 14 yrs (youngest daughter): Having the ability to read people's minds, Suishi is a tacit person. Although she might not be very likable due to her character, Suishi could be the most well-rounded character among all others. She does seem to look after other people when necessary.
Ashley, 16 yrs (yellow-haired daughter): Being part spider, Ashley is a tomboyish tsundere girl, often bickering with others. She wouldn't be the kind of person to accept criticism or compliments, but still seems to appreciate the latter. Unfortunately, her overall character seems to be unbalanced since you wouldn't always get why she behaves the way she does.
Ashisu, 16 yrs (dark-haired daughter): Ashisu is more of a calm type, maybe too calm it seems unrealistic. She is a plant-hybrid and may therefore have been given a kind of naturalistic, overly soft character. Aishisu seems to develop more character later on though.
Some non-siblings (to give you an impression of the characters):
Person A: That person appears one day, and she has a kind-hearted character. She might be important, yet the anime fails to explain a bit more on that.
Person B: A hateful person playing a minor role - quite a good contrast to the MCs
Person C: A bit dull, but overall okay
Person D: Didn't quite get her personality
Parents: Not the most loving ones - at least we don't get so much to know about them as to be able to tell
Voice Acting [6/10]
Remarks: I started out with Japanese audio, but changed to Chinese due to circumstances
The voice acting overall is quite okay, although I prefer the Chinese dub for some reasons:
There was one moment, in particular, where the Japanese audio was practically mute for about 20 seconds, whereas the Chinese dub had some narration. Another thing I found better in the Chinese dub is how the voices fit their characters - which might be because the anime itself had some more Chinese aspects than Japanese.
Another thing that slightly disrupts the flow of the anime is that there seem to be gaps in between people speaking. Whether this is to hint at the possibility that real conversations also have some thinking pauses is unclear; but it is definitely not something you might see in Japanese anime in general.
Overall Enjoyment [7/10]
If you are a passive, casual watcher, then this anime is definitely something for you:
- It is a slice of life type with some drama and comedy
- It has very beautiful artwork and relaxing music
- It has a rather strong focus on the cultural aspect (especially visually)
- It tries to deal with a rather intricate topic: being different
- There are some moments which you can get quite absorbed into (probably even shed tears)
- The story doesn't require you to focus on every detail
- Episodes do not rely too much on previous events
- Episodes are only about 15 minutes long
Here is a few things to keep in mind:
- Don't expect too much; this anime does have plot holes and some inconsistencies
- It is not the standard Japanese anime, even if you opt for the Japanese dub
- There are some peculiarities/awkwardness (either of cultural or unintentional nature) which you should be ready to accept
- Japanese and Chinese OPs are the same song with lyrics in their respective language
- Japanese and Chinese EDs are fundamentally different
Frankenstein Family is an extremely rare Chinese manga adaptation that focuses on family bonds and maintains that every episode. The short 20 minute episodes successfully trim out harems, convoluted love triangles, confusing plots, and fanservice. The plot itself is slice of life level mediocre, with the monster family's focus frequently shifting in different directions and the child genius main character Tanisu causing those deviations by always being 100% child and 0% genius. I still watched it every week on release day because it reliably showed them facing challenges. The art scrapes the barrel pretty low where instead of making full use of the fact that
the characters are monsters living on a Chinese island, it feels like a barely interesting waterside town you can find anywhere. I suppose this is the most they could afford for a strictly promotional anime released simultaneously with the Japanese manga serialization. I'm personally very fond of woodwind, and they use it effectively in the show, however it does not work effectively in more dramatic scenes.
The main cast are innocent in the truest sense of the word as they are the results of scientist parents who viewed them only as test subjects but love them unconditionally. Which is ironic considering that they spend the entire show being suspicious of all the intensely generous people around them, creating a fulfilling sense of tension. You'll notice that the family hangs out together all the time despite them frequently getting into spats, and I think it defines their love much more vividly than other family focused anime. My favourite character is the plant-girl Ashise-neesan, and her character is summed up in what she's introduced as the siblings are fighting: "Ahh! The sunlight today tastes like strawberries!" The show is isn't changing anyone's lives with it being a cashgrab, but it presents a fresh approach to characters that I definitely want to see more of in the future. Is it worth your time? Sure.
The problem with so many normies swarming anime so much lately, is that great anime like these go unrecognized, lately more than in past years. Sucks, doesn't it? The story is touching and deep, the plot is great, which is not something I say often for non Japanese anime. However, the styling of the characters is well performed, the seiyuu work is great. (A little awkward at times, given that this isn't a Japanese anime.) Some smudges on the animation, and timing/tempo. However, putting those aside, and considering the fact that I literally had to take a break from anime because there just weren't good
shows that season or the one before) I have to say. I wanted to cry a bit during this anime.
So if you're looking for some cartooney, anime like naruto or something boringly popular like a dragon maid, then this is probably not your anime. This one is more of a FEELS and depth kind of anime
So yeah, maybe it's not a 10/10 kind of anime, but those six elements MAL asked me to review are definitely 10/10 to me.
There are a number of reviews already here, but I thought I'd contribute anyway. Shiyan Pin Jiating (or Creature Family Days, or, even weirder, Frankenstein Family) is a slice of life anime that, thanks to limited budget and an inexperienced staff, comes out completely average. Now, most of the time, being disadvantaged like this usually results in a bad anime; however, the plot and characters of Creature Family Days is what saves the show (to an extent).
Firstly, the story. The story follows a simple plotline - monster children attempt to live life on a nearby island and learn about human culture without being found out.
It's not a highschool anime, and I've seen some people salty about that but really? We don't need more highschool stories, and I'm glad they let the characters explore the island as a whole, because it brings a sense meandering tranquility fit for a slice of life. The challenges faced by the characters often involves forming new relationships and questioning the decision to distance themselves from their origins. It's not a spectacular plot, mainly because the pacing is a bit wonky in some places, and it ends on a very uncertain tone. Saying anymore would be spoilers, but it does leave you with some questions.
Art and Sounds are both mediocre at best. The opening is probably above average for me, but in anime sound design is not notable, and the animation quality is well below industry standards at times, likely because its an original chinese animation with an inexperienced crew and low budget.
The characters themselves have serious potential. I didn't dislike any of the characters, but some of them, Snow in particular, didn't have very strong or deep personalities. There were nice touches of character development, particularly for Aisley and Ashie and their sister Suishi. The main character, Tannis (or Deniss, depending on your subtitles) was handled...somewhat poorly. On one hand, he's what 9? And therefore, definitely for the most part, acted like he should. He makes some rash decisions, and can be tunnel visioned at times, and DEFINITELY should NOT be responsible for a group of people up to nearly double his age, and the show demonstrates why. But on the other hand, he doesn't have much beyond those traits. He's a sympathetic character, but maybe not a good MC. He demonstrates above average reasoning for someone his age (especially when contrasted against someone his actual age), but he's never given a chance of out flashbacks to demonstrate his full potential.
Overall, I liked this anime. It took me forever to dig up all the japanese audio episodes, but I did anyway because I was enjoying it so much. Overall, Creature Family Days is a average slice of life that has/had potential because of its characters and fantastic premise, but mediocre execution, and a poorly paced plot. Watch it if you need some time to kill and want a no-action non-plot heavy show. Otherwise (and it kind of hurts to say it) probably just skip it.
The first four episodes are full length and actually pretty good. They get you hooked into a story with what looks to be an overarching plot. Then it takes a complete 180, the episodes drop to 12 minutes or less after intro/recap and the other half of the 23 minutes are live action interviews with the voice actors talking about random stuff. I wouldn't have minded this as much if the story didn't feel like it suffered from it.
The lead up to the climax of the series is based off of characters acting completely contrary to what we have seen
thus far and SURPRISE //spoiler warning// they start acting like themselves and everything goes back to normal. Additionally, the loose ends this series leaves is simply startling. Not a single question they brought up during the whole series was answered. The end of the series feels like they cut off 3 minutes too soon, if not a whole episode too soon.
The art also slowly went downhill as the series progressed. The final episode was startlingly different animation than the first four. It feels like the budget was slashed halfway through making this anime and forced the animators to cut episode length by half for the second half of the season and then even that wasn't enough...
I really wanted to like this anime, but I have never been this disappointed in an anime's execution. To prove my point, this is the first score of 2 I have ever given and the first time I felt compelled to write a review.