"This is a prophecy for you, where five people will meet huge adversaries, and only you can protect everyone." Daisuke Toujima is a second-year high school student who was abducted when he was young. He was involved in a special phenomenon—Shibuya Drift—with his childhood friends Gai, Ru, Marimari, and Keisaku. They were transferred to the center of Shibuya over 300 years into the future. What's waiting for them is endless wilderness and forest, Interspersed ruin, future citizens, and "Revisions" which are huge mechanical monsters. Trampled by the monsters without understanding the situation, a girl who has the same name as the person who saved Daisuke when he was abducted, Miro, provided a mobile suit "String Puppet" and told them to save Shibuya. With separated paths, adversaries, destined prophecies, the boys, and girls are on their journey to return to their original time.
I will make this quick, this is either a series you will love or you will hate.
The primary reason to hate it is cause of the animation which is a heavy use of cgi animation and not of the best quality or because the main lead is annoying little brat with a hero complex and it makes you want to just drop it right there.
Well if u ignore those two i think you might actually like this series, the story is simple, It focuses on the entire town of Shibuya being teleport-ed along with the population within it to a different time in the future
and they struggle to survive in a different time period when the world is nothing but dystopia controlled by a group known as the revisions who seek to control the world and turn every last living being into like them a revison. The group focuses primarily on 5 students who have a connection to the events that occurred using mech suits knows as puppet strings to fight the enemy and try to get back to there own time.
That is pretty much the series, it is a sci-fi fantasy mech show with a simple plot but nevertheless intriguing story, nothing original but something to watch if u have nothing else to do. it has a bit of comedic moments, some serious moments and plenty of action to satisfy you.
Like i said if u can get past the animation quality and the annoying main lead you can have a fun watch. Give it a try and you decide.
How to describe Revisions?
The MC personality is can be described as the simple "Hero complex". The trope is done quite frequently, commonly displayed in an antagonist, that which impedes the protagonist's progress through their own journey for their own ambitions. The twist with making the main character having this personality instead is interesting, but it cannot be called quality. A change in writing norm does not mean all originality is well written, rather, it indicates that the writer strives for something different. Whether it is good or bad is always subjective. But this is not. Through reading the opinions of others, I can gather that
people legitimately enjoyed this anime, but their reviews were a basic defence against the universal panning it is receiving online and lacked depth in the explanations in coming to the defence of this anime. These reviews have generally been stating their view on the protagonist as "Good and original". While stating your opinion is always welcome and you shouldn't be discouraged to share your review, these interpretations I read felt as though they were "reaching" for some deeper meaning and got lost while binging this anime the first day it came out. But I digress, this review will cover the entirety of the anime and hopefully shed some light on the tragedy of writing that is "Revisions". If you want to know if you should watch it, just skip to the end.
*Note: Prior to some review sections, I like to quote the characters from the series I'm reviewing. No, these quotes aren't chosen arbitrarily and generally relate to my point. Just brace yourself for formal and informal writing forms.
"This doesn't feel real, I guess we just have to accept it now"
The story is atrocious. Simplicity is a trait generally frowned upon in writing, though there is nothing wrong with a simple story, the execution is ultimately the deciding factor in whether a story has a good "hook" and if it possesses the ability to keep the audience attached to this hook. The character of Milo implants the idea of pre-determined fate into Daisuke's mind, which in turn creates the dangerous "Hero complex" displayed in the present timeframe shown in the series. When a disaster comes, Daisuke takes this chance to prove that he is a hero. The problem with this is the occurrences that happen after. Everything just seems to fall into place for no real reason. An officer just believes that Milo is from the future and everyone agrees to the children piloting the mechs called
"String Puppets". At one point, I saw a glimmer of hope in the character of Mayor Muta. A character who I assumed was attempting to take advantage of the situation to increase his status and control in the area, which would explain why he would be so complicit with Milo's plans. This was quickly thrown out the window and he is shown to be spineless and doesn't contribute to the story, mainly because he gets taken out of the story completely until the near the end.
*This paragraph mainly just points out all the questions that come because of the terrible writing in the show. You can just skip it if you like.
The design of the story always brings up questions with terrible explanations. The main characters ask Milo why String Puppets can only be piloted by them, the children, to which Milo responds "That's how they were designed". This is never touched upon again. Also, when Lu and Gai, two of Daisuke's friends, obtain their own String Puppets, they seemingly master them and defeat a revision even though they just entered their mechs moments before. When Milo tells Lu to adjust the aim of her sniper 2.4 degrees to the right, Lu complies as though she isn't a high schooler who just entered a mech for the first time and is wielding a massive sniper, but some trained mech pilot. Mayor Muta agrees to work with the revisions stating that Milo is a person from the future with no evidence that they should believe her, but the representative from the revision also presents no evidence so they just jumped ship from one to the other with no real reason. In the start of a single episode, the people of Shibuya power the whole city, find an abundance of food and water and restore infrastructure to its previous state just because it's convenient to the plot. In an attempt to fix this in a single line, the police chief states that they are running out of food and water out of the blue when arguing with his subordinates. This wasn't a question, it's just bad writing.
Remember how I mentioned that there is nothing wrong with a simple story? Well, the writers then thought that they could create a complex story through the use of the "Time Travel" plot device. Time travel in fiction is always difficult, as its use in stories is always hard to nail. This is because the concept of time travel is complicated. If a character travels to the past to change the future, why would they need to predict that there is a possible outcome where the future is saved. That should be a given. If a character travels back in time to fulfil a created paradox, then should they not have needed to fulfil the paradox if their future is saved? Time travel from a writer's perspective can often create more questions and plot holes than serve to enhance the story's depth.
The comedy in the show is bad and feels forced. It feels as though the director asked a writer "Could you please write up some jokes, it doesn't have to pertain to the plot." There isn't much else I can say about it besides that it doesn't belong in this series.
"Wow, I am amazing! Now, I can protect everyone!"
The characters start by being relatable. The main characters are average people. Unfortunately, they are all very forgettable. Daisuke at the start of the series is somewhat relatable, in the sense that he strives for something more in his life. An inner turmoil or struggle with oneself that many in their teens or later adulthood experience. While this is an interesting concept, I mentioned that the execution of a story is a deciding factor in whether or not something can be called "good". This is the same when creating a character and their story. Daisuke's personality is shown to be dangerous, almost borderline psychopathic in nature. He is developed as a character who is mad with power. There was one scene where one of his friends questioned his assumed authority and Daisuke nearly attacked them with his mech. I realize that I'm repeating myself, but the way the characters are developed is executed poorly. Rather than developing a character, the writers intended to flesh out a personality trait. Is it interesting to have a protagonist with realistic flaws? Yes, but it's not sustainable in a storyline if the protagonist doesn't change in some way to reflect on their flaws and it isn't interesting is the protagonist is based on a personality type with only flaws. That is the main reason the desired "Hero complex" works with the antagonist, as their flaws are what lead them to work against the protagonist.
Daisuke's uncle Mikio was one of the only people that stood out to me and he only showed up briefly. It was because he was close to Daisuke and was shown to be a voice of reason. While most other characters would ridicule Daisuke for his ambitions and actions, Mikio tried to explain why his rash actions should be reflected upon. Later, Mikio, along with the rest of the Shibuya citizens, just give into Daisuke's delusions of being a hero. He continues to try and be a voice of reason but to a lesser effect later in the series.
There is a point where an AI in Daisuke's String Puppet calls him out for being a deluded coward, which I thought would be a turning point in his character development. He turns out to just forget about it in the next episode.
I understand that CG is offputting to some, but I find that some animes that use CG often utilize it to the best of its ability. This series did not. You may find yourself confused at the fact that the studio animated the scenes of Daisuke and his friends as children normally, and then switched to CG animation in the present time. Some research was done into this and an animator explained the reasoning behind this was because they had no character models for the younger children. Since they were only shown in flashbacks in a couple of scenes, it was easier to animate a scene rather than create a new character model for all five of the main characters. In theory, it's a logical approach to an animator and I would agree with them if I wasn't the person watching the anime. I have to admit this as a reviewer, the 2-D animations for the scenes with Daisuke and his friends as children were fantastic. The art style, the environment design, the facial expressions elicited by these characters. I found myself enjoying these scenes greatly, as they showed the quality animation that can be achieved with a high budget and proper execution. And then the series takes that away to give you CG animation that is poorly done.
Let's start off with the lip-syncing done in the series. It is borderline abridged series level. If you've never seen an abridged series, they tend to flap a character's lips to match the dialogue. The problem with this is that, although you don't need to spend time emoting expression in the dialogue, there is a disconnect with what the person is saying at times. No, this isn't done in every scene, but it's done enough times to which it is noticeable to an average viewer. The combat is standard. When I say this, I mean this in the most literal way possible. It's not bad, but there is absolutely nothing that set's it apart from everything else. The planning for scenes was bad. It's evident even in the first episode. The camera pans away from Daisuke for one second and he magically manifests a knife in his hand.
I read in a review that the show didn't portray any sort of fanservice. This was obviously false. The antagonists shown are furries in skimpy or stupid outfits. A loli furry in a maid outfit and a big titted fox girl in the thinnest clothing you can allow on television. When I read about fanservice in a mech anime, I think generic mech action scenes that please mech anime patrons, I didn't expect actual full-blown fanservice from girls in the series. I'm not saying fanservice is bad, or that it even needs a purpose sometimes, I'm saying that it just came out of the blue. I wouldn't be surprised if it was just some big-titted girl flashing her boobs at the camera every other scene, but they threw in some animal girls with no real setup and just said it was the form the revisions chose to take. Ok then...
I found the score composition for the series to be like the characters. Forgettable. Nothing made me want to listen to the music outside of the episodes. The only music I really enjoyed was the Opening by "The Oral Cigarettes". I honestly can't write much about it, as the music didn't really evoke any emotions, it was just there. If you took out the music in some of the episodes and watched it, I doubt there would be much difference. Honestly, I think it might make the episode better in some cases.
Should you watch it? 3/10
God no. After watching this show through its entirety, twice may I add, I cannot in good conscience recommend anyone to watch this show for any reason. Not for the story, and not even for laughs. The only laugh I got out of it was the joy I felt after I finished the series, and this isn't a joke. If you're looking for a mech anime with meaningful story, just go watch Eureka Seven, or if you're looking for something similar to this but with slightly better writing, I would recommend Darling and the FranXX. The story is bad, with a confusing plot the main character could barely understand, twists that the writers thought were clever (But weren't), and characters as bland as cheerios. Usually, a story has a lesson to be taught in the end. This one was if you have a goal and put forth unwavering ambition, even at the cost of other people's safety, you should go forth and achieve it. The writers wanted it to be "Believe in yourself when others ridicule you" but it really just turned out wrong. After trying to hold myself back, I can finally say without a doubt that this is complete and utter trash.
P.S. I tried not to mention the Director, as I'm sure some reviewers have already done so, but he is most notable for Code Geass, another anime known for having mechs and a complex story. He just didn't do a great job this time around.
This review contains minor spoilers. I've now finished the entire anime - this is a complete review.
Netflix once again has done it. They have continued their streak of impeccable original anime. A quick note that Revisions is a serious story with very little fanservice or forced comedy.
Have you ever been through a shocking or traumatic experience? Maybe the death of a close friend, a life-threatening illness, seeing a family member experience pain, being mistreated by parents, suddenly being thrown into poverty, or maybe living through a divorce between your parents?
There are many types of traumatic events that for whatever reason can change a person -
how they act, their way of life, their beliefs - suddenly and permanently. For Daisuke Dojima, this was being kidnapped as a child in primary school and having the lives of his family and friends threatened unless he did what his captors told him.
Daisuke was ultimately rescued with the help of his 4 friends and a mysterious woman who seemingly appeared from nowhere; however, the damage was done. The woman had told him right after saving him that there would be a time where disaster would once again strike and only he alone would be able to protect his friends and the people he loved.
It is a tragedy when a traumatic event turns a normal person into a self-absorbed, egotistical monster - which is what he became, driving everyone away from him with his delusions of becoming a hero and considering himself superior to them. Even becoming a social outcast did not change his beliefs; no, if anything, he persisted even further.
This was not all bad: because he was the only one who believed in his "fate", when the day did come, he alone was prepared for what was going to occur. Or so he thought...
Immediately after being introduced to the main cast, I thought of Anohana: 5 childhood friends, seemingly inseparable, that were torn apart by a traumatic event, only to reunite many years later fighting for the same goal. This is certainly the case for Daisuke and his friends Keisuke, Marimari, Gai, and Gai's sister Lu. Although the kidnapping 7 years prior took serious tolls on their friendship because of the person Daisuke became, they all must come together to save innocent people and the people they care about.
Although Daisuke is the "protagonist", Revisions provides ample time for each of the 5 main characters to show how they progress both individually and as a group. Their feelings and thoughts are clearly defined through their words and actions.
When I began watching Revisions, I felt like I was at a movie theater through how the story was presented. Right from the beginning, the story flows in a way where watching multiple episodes back to back will feel like watching a full-length film.
The writing, in fact, is the STAR of the show. It's gripping, fluid, natural, and strong in every moment.
The animation, although CGI, is very good. It's so good, in fact, that I actually forgot it was CGI until I started writing this! The art itself (i.e. backgrounds) is incredibly detailed.
The sound effects are what really gave me the "movie experience" - everything is clear and crisp and sounds exactly how what I'm seeing on screen should.
The OST is lacking nowhere. The orchestral pieces are incredibly fitting and emotional driving. Many of the soundtracks match perfectly the actions and demeanor of certain characters. The opening done by The Oral Cigarettes is upbeat and driving while the ending is powerful and hopeful.
I was apprehensive starting revisions because I'm not a fan of mecha anime. Well, I've learned that's actually incorrect: I'm not a fan of anime that feature mecha at the forefront and use it as a device to progress the plot. Although Revisions is "mecha", it really is only a method for the characters to express themselves and develop. Character progression and plot is what drives Revisions rather than the mecha itself.
There is time-travel involved in Revisions, but again, it is not at the forefront. It simply aids in providing a unique environment for the plot and for the characters to interact and progress. Furthermore, there are no long, drawn-out explanations: everything is kept simple.
Lastly, if you're like me and hate dense characters that can't seem to understand human emotion and never develop, you're in luck. The end of episode 6 - a huge turning point in the series - left no doubt in my mind that certain characters were learning and growing from their mistakes. Ultimately, Daisuke comes to understand a lot of things about himself and only then is he able to truly become the superhero that can protect and save everyone else.
I did not had one moment watching Revisions where I was frustrated by seemingly nonsensical actions, cliches, or annoying plot twists that don't belong. Everything was foreshadowed nicely and the reveals that did happen made sense once I put all the pieces together.
It got way more serious than I anticipated and I was pretty shocked that they weren't afraid to kill off characters. I'm glad we didn't get the perfect "Disney" ending where everybody lived.
The only knock I might have on the show is that the villains clearly weren't meant to be taken seriously - but then again, maybe that's the whole point. It was never about defeating the bad guy, but rather, putting trust in one another and protecting the people you love.
Revisions also wasn't anything original in terms of plot progression, but it was done very well. It's true that it does what many sci-fi anime have done in the past, but it doesn't do anything wrong here other than be a bit too safe.
I give Revisions an 8/10. Not a 10/10, because I reserve my 10/10s for shows that strongly impact me on a deep emotional level. Also not a 9/10 because it lacked some originality that I would have enjoyed to see. Revisions wasn't that type of show, but the story itself was almost a masterpiece.
Here's a treat for SSSS.Gridman and Planet With fans. As for me, easily best of the 3.
Revisions is a story about this kid who was already during his childhood hinted he would be saving the world one day from 'something'. Just so happens to be, during the high school phase his life starts rolling towards his 'destiny' when bug-alien-robots come to his very school and start wrecking everything and killing students in brutal ways. Naturally, the original fortuneteller appears there, too, except she is not really 'she' because the story is mysterious this way. Her role is to show how the world can be
saved by piloting these mecha thingies which she brings with her so that the kid -- for unknown and unspecified reason -- needs to start piloting as of right now without any type of training or whatsoever. Why some trained elite soldier didn't do this or why he wasn't prepared for this job is a question that many similar mecha shows from million different Gundams to Xam'd's have made the audience ask. But Revisions has an answer.
This "you're destined to save the world" setup is a bad excuse for the story at best, no doubt, but it can be forgiven to great extent for the series' good sides. However, it will be a time-consuming task since the content itself is rather dull and soulless for the entire first half of the show. Many viewers are bound to lose interest and the reward will only please a niche audience. Our main characters beat the aliens without there even being a learning curve because apparently that's not an important aspect of the show but the good part is that this really is the case and how it is all intended. Instead, politics and government as well as different parties from civilians to child-soldiers play a heavy role here to create certain type of multi-perspective concept where it is not fully clear who is who and who the "baddies" actually really are in this series if there even are any. Again, for the entire first half of the show, this aspect of the story mainly reminds me of The Walking Dead tv series except it doesn't make much sense in this world where it works this way by default and not as the outcome of 10 years of zombie apocalypse. However, things are explained and it all end up making making sense surprisingly well. The "mystery" elements and the reveal of the "truth" are somewhat impressive/well-planned and, even for me as a person who typically sees mystery elements as cheap excuses or plot-devices; the selling point of the show.
To put the story simply: Definitely not for casual viewing. Not a beginner-friendly anime. It's not the most solid thing from its setup and plot-advancement nor does its jumpiness and pacing make the experience better, but it offers a unique world, new take on its genre and mystery elements that aren't for once self-explanatory but not completely foreshadowing-lacking asspulls either. A mature anime containing gore, dealing with some highly questionable subjects and contains several brutal scenes that children definitely should not see. As a whole, the story is full of problems no doubt, but also contains a highly unique approach which I found to be a success.
In terms of characters, our main is portrayed a hero. His friends vary from extra shy girl with glasses to people who hate him because he is such an arrogant moral soldier who lives to protect. Fortune teller is basically the only capable adult in the series while the job of other adults consists of quite literally fucking shit up more than the 'aliens' did. Especially people from the government are made so one-dimensional it's almost as if their sole purpose is to make the audience hate their thoughts and actions. The "villain" side contains some epic characters such as animal ears and tails wearing furry whose costume consists of sexy swimsuit parts, talking raccoon thingie who explodes once in a while and loli maid because that's the best kind of maid. It's pretty safe to say finding a person who appreciates these characters for their low-effort personalities will be a hard task, but they come with genuinity and realism of the kind that is rarely seen in anime these days which alone is worth some praise.
From the production department, we are looking at a typical Netflix anime. CGI animation, terribly awkward character movements. Rough and the opposite of fluid/polished. Otherwise the art and color pallet are rather pretty to look at. The mecha design is lol-worthy and monster design most likely the outcome of speed drawing competition. Voice acting and OST are of respectable quality. Some bigger names are present and the BGM was surely fitting, offering decent action wobs and making some of the scenes much more entertaining to watch as they would have otherwise been. The dialogue was definitely more interesting to follow thanks to the decent seiyuu work.
Considering the recent Netflix shows, I would say this is a perfect place to lose all hope.. on good animation. Those who can grab onto the mystery elements and the "story unfolds" side of the narrative will most definitely end up enjoying Revisions, but it will never gather an army of fans praising it. There are plenty of reasons to hate this show, so be warned; it really is not for everyone to approve of.