October, 2018. Girls who live in a provincial city perform a certain ritual. The girls are in the "Crystal Radio Club." It is an interest circle that Asuka Tsuchimiya, a girl known for her cheerfulness, started with friends in her high school. That ritual was considered just an urban legend. However, with several conditions coincidentally falling into place, it stops being fun and games...
Akanesasu Shoujo is silly and adorable, but moreover, it is a real meme. It manages to mock everything that is pseudoscientific and even mildly religious while it simultaneously parodies fake ghost hunters by using radio waves and those one-time-use light sticks army dudes use at night with night goggles. These girls have real professional take on the supernatural, and whoever came up with this stuff gets my praise for capturing the idiocy behind these themes so accurately that the outcome is nothing less than comedic gold.
Outside the story that is just goofy and overboard ridiculous, the cast is flawless and the best part of this
show. Asuka A.K.A. DJ Asuka has to be the most hyperactive character seen in anime since Ichinose Hajime (Gatchaman Crowds, 2013). This girl has no shame. She radiates excitement and the joy of living with every fiber of her being. This is best seen in scenes where she takes control of the school radio (without permission) and starts rapping, or moments when she catches radio signals and concludes there is no other option than the source of them being ALIENS. "Yeah, it's aliens." Her friends are almost as funny. Few of them start dancing to her DJ work and the one thing they all have in common is how they just don't give a fuck about their surroundings or anything. This is wonderful. It's like all those "girls just wanna have fun" Hollywood movies except not cringey, but actually hilarious and whatever they do, it feels completely genuine behavior that is purely the outcome of their weird personalities. This is the type of stuff I like. It's close to meeting the 2pure4this world standards.
Chloe Morisu is the best girl. She is a self-proclaimed intellectual and I find myself laughing whenever she does anything. The first thing she does is explain how finding certain boys bodies sexy or hot is completely subjective concept relying on personal bias and it's not an objective analysis the least. And whenever someone criticizes her she throws some oneliners in French. I haven't laughed this hard since the 7th season of Trailer Park Boys. "The way you analyse this boy's sexiness is very subjective." And she says it while being 100% serious. She is doing it so unironically I can hardly breathe.
The animation details absolutely serve this series. When our girls get scolded, one of them almost jumps when her name is being said because she wasn't listening at all, second one is yawning like this is the most boring thing that has ever happened to her while third is just playing with her hair. The person scolding them is also my man. He automatically forgives one of the girls after making a cute anime sound when her name is called "awww, never mind." This show just keeps on giving.This series is worth my time because the characters are so damn fun to follow. The story isn't all that great tho, feels like Oxenfree except done half-comedically.
First of all, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I saw that this anime was released. I had not read absolutly anything about it and I decided to go blindly in at it without reading anything beforehand.
Now I gotta ask, have you ever heard about or played a game called Oxenfree? Personally, I got alot of Oxenfree vibes just by watching the first few minutes of the anime and that REALLY brought this anime to my attention.
As of the first episode I had no idea where this anime was heading, but after the first few episodes I understood
very well the direction it was in. So far I believe that the review displayed on MAL is surprisingly quite low. Im amazed that this anime hasnt caught the eye of many people as it has quite a unique concept. (And some Madoka Magica vibes to it aswell)
I really enjoy the art style and the sound / music is also quite enjoyable.
I would sugest that you give this anime a go (if you have time and have nothing else to watch of course). <3
*NOTICE: This Anime is currently In Transmission. Any detail placed before in this review will be changed as the series progresses.*
Akanesasu Shoujo is probably the strangest and most interesting premise of this season. I say it in the sense that its aesthetic is not yet defined and the rhythm seems to be changing depending on the scene. However, we must understand several things concerning this series:
1 - It is a new franchise created with the purpose of celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Animax.
2 - It's an original anime. Many original series have the habit of being influenced in many series: In this case, Akanesasu Shoujo
implements the concept of Time Travel and Parallel Worlds (Although mainly the second in its basic idea). I've seen Steins, Gate and some isekai, so I know the subject (Not counting the ones that are broadcast on the common TV referring to the sci-fi genre)
3 - It has characteristics of being a Mahou Shoujo (Considering that the cast is mainly female)
The main concept of Akanesasu Shoujo seems particularly original to me within the theme of the Parallel Worlds: Each possibility creates numerous parallel timelines, or worlds. The possibilities in each of those worlds create branches, and those create branches by themselves. That is, different worlds are created, separating from the others, which are called "Fragments". Of course, this concept, regardless of how it is counted, is well deductible, even for those who are not familiar with the theme of the Parallel Worlds. However, what seems to me original is the concept of the "Link": When a person invokes the Rite of 4:44 by a certain frequency, this person is assimilated to his being of the parallel world. This link allows you to be in that world, and return to yours. Also the way in which the world travels, using the modulated frequencies of some radio (In this case, of a cassette).
Well, as for the story, probably Akanesasu Shoujo did not start badly, but it did not start in the best possible way: There are some obvious holes in the plot and light touches of fanservice. This is also complemented by the fact that some parts of the plot are forced (Product that is a series of 12 episodes, and not one of more than that) However, it seems that, as the series progresses , the plot and development is improved a bit. Also, there are some moments full of irony and comedy that can keep us engaged for a brief moment.
As for the animation, compared to other series this year, it is regular. But it is not bad in a certain way. Even the CGI, which may be questionable, does not show any common error. The scenarios I like and I am curious about that apocalyptic scenario that arises every time a battle occurs.
The cast is mainly female, which is usually a way of drawing attention to the public; even their personalities are taken out of the stereotype, although they do not do it in an exaggerated way. So also, the development of each one seems to me to be interesting, as it happened in the first place with Nana. However, I am concerned about the fact that the importance of each character is given every two episodes; being a series of 12 episodes, this can be hasty, although in the end we ended up being satisfied with the work of each girl.
The OP seems great, although the ED is questionable compared to the aesthetic that the series wants to present. However, the background music used in some scenes seems to me to be well executed.
Although, there are only four episodes, I think it is too early to question this series. I tell them that they should continue watching it until the sixth chapter and then if I make a final decision, because I still have hopes in this interesting series.