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.
(Updated Review with 8 episodes seen: 11/23/18)
Most of the time, the premises of anime are usually more of the same. One, when you are not well acquainted with the subject, you can be impressed by the amount of explosions, sad scenes, beautiful girls and fanservice, and from there you will be unable to leave the anime. Yes. And there are other premises that, with more of the same, try to enter a different direction of popular culture to which we are frequently familiar, and consume
constantly (typical Shounen and novel romances). Sadly, these also end up fulfilling the parameters similar to the anime that the industry wants us to see. And there are premises that are quite rare, that although they are not innovative at all, they are so interesting because they also want to go beyond that consumer culture and be innovative, from a strange and satirical perspective.
Akanesasu Shoujo, according to me, is in the third option.
Within the sci-fi genre, parallel worlds (and I also make travel time appointments, although they do not have much to do ...) tend to be complex when you want to implement them in a literary work or television series. It implies the way in which this physical hypothesis must be manifested and applied, since, although, it is very entertaining to want to see a perspective different from what we see in our eyes (New societies, cultures foreign to ours, uncertain events, etc. .), is also a resource quite used by fiction writers as an excuse to explain some favorable event for the plot. This problem is usually disguised with hypotheses characteristic of fiction writers so that the public feels entertained with the outside, quickly forgetting what happens inside. Even as popular as Steins; Gate series have had that touch with that small dilemma, and I say it from a perspective more "Rage Mode" despite having it among my favorites.
And now, let's go back to appointing Akanesasu Shoujo.
Around May (The month when MAL fell from its functions for a brief time) the launch of a new franchise to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Animax was announced. I do not have much to say, since seeing the previous ones of this series, I did not feel quite surprised: Girls + Superpower + Scholar = Mahou Shoujo. But, as I had no ideas to see any series, I decided to start with this (Because it was the first to be released this season).
The story follows a group of girls who decide to experiment with an urban legend about the possibility of being able to travel to an alternate dimension to theirs, doing a ritual in front of a Sacred Tree, with the correct frequency and saying some absurd palaver. Coincidence, one of them, Asuka Tsuchimiya, has a Walkman in his hands, and throwing some dice, they decide to take out the frequency at random. What happened after the first episode was simply boring, a left step that made this series that was not expected much. However, with the premiere of the second episode, I found interesting the main concept of this series: The worlds are separated into different frequencies under the name of "Fragments", so use an apparatus that handles these frequencies (Like a Player Walkman) will take you to travel through those worlds. At the moment of generating that trip, the person who did it assimilates to his "I" of the other world, and becomes the "Link", with the body of his "I" of the other world, but conserving his mind. It's really simple, and it's not that it's complex enough, but I had not thought that using sound frequencies would be ideal within the sci-fi genre.
The story is not that it is very original, since it uses a fairly common formula within the Mahou Shoujo. Also, it uses the resource of fanservice to try to call attention to the public, due to the stumbling block that had this series in the first episode, and let's not talk about the quality of animation given to this series (Although those two details later I explain it). I think the problem with this series is that we think that its premise, in spite of not being so amazing, would be quite normal and comfortable anyway.
We are wrong.
Akanesasu Shoujo made a very particular decision: Wanting to start with the left foot. From the beginning, the series was quite boring, but from there, the script began to evolve. But not evolution in the plot, but in the characters. An archetypal cast, a group of female students (Because if they were boys, the course of the series would be something else ...) whose personalities are what we see every day (Including the typical foreigner with an IQ higher than that of an average Japanese). However, the series wanted to dedicate to each one two episodes with the same segment, based on the thoughts and desires of each one. A brief history of their past and the reason they met Asuka Tsuchimiya. These archetypal characters little by little stopped being it and basically they are girls with an unbreakable friendship; a unique personality and some pretty stupid moments between them.
By the way, did not I tell you that humor is present? It is not comedy. It's a pretty good stupidity and trained, strange and exaggerated. Due to the boring start, the plot was not going to do much to keep the series on its feet. Therefore, the writers decided to balance it with the absurd juvenile humor of the girls, going through unexpectedly funny and satirical situations, doing a parody of some western works. At first, I was worried that the sitcom would obscure the development of the plot, but then I felt calm because, to tell the truth, the stupidities of the girl, in some way, gave an essential development to the series. Another thing that gave Akanasasu Shoujo mischief was the Fanservice. Yes, quite controversial. But, nevertheless, the gag of the body of Asuka (Above all, her butt) was funny (Although, honestly, if I were a more critical person, this would bother me by being repeated a lot of times).
In short, Akanesasu Shoujo was amazing in the way he developed his characters, outside of the fanservice.
Now we go with the biggest problem of this series: The animation.
The art I like a lot, talking about what are the scenarios and the design of each character (Although they are not very original, let's say.) Although I would have liked that the cast had been in different areas outside the city, and not in the same city with some changes when they traveled in different fragments The problem is the quality of movements of the characters: It is typical of Japanese animation to save money by repeating the same scene over and over again (Something we already know). situations in which the animators are so stingy, as when the helpless children of the Far West ate (It seemed that he was seeing a picture to see children eating bread.) Also, when the characters talked, they were given the opportunity to move, but when they did not have to talk, they stayed there, literally stiff, it seemed like they were reading a manga, as well as the proportions given to the characters in each situation. n, scene and different approach; especially the face was what the animators most failed, since sometimes you had eyes near the nose and lips near the chin. Really, but for the ability of the writers, Akanesasu Shoujo would have been quite low.
As for the CGI, it is quite debatable among the people. This style of animation is, for some reason, quite delicate, also mentioned that, or you love it. Or you hate it. In this case, the CGI is better than the traditional animation itself. It's not that it's of good quality, since when the CGI was used to see the characters talking, it looked pretty weird. But its low quality was disguised in the scenes of battles (Which, by the way, were quite entertaining). Like it or not, the CGI was enjoyable; and I would have liked the fight scenes to be extended a little longer, as they hardly lasted about two minutes. The transformations of the girls were not very surprising, although the design of their costumes when they are in their "Equalizer" form seem great to me.
Regarding the soundtrack, it is not quite remarkable that we say: the background music used was not bad, but it is something that can be highlighted. The Opening, "Sorenatarium" is an excellent and well composed pop song, musically, moving away from the usual parameters of J-pop music. MICHI, who had previously been the interpreter of the Opening of Dagashi Kashi, shows a somewhat thick voice and gave a touch of futuristic adventure to the series; the refrain of violins that accompanies the rhythm gives a dramatic touch to the series. This song, I can say with pride. It could be one of the best OPs of the season. The animated video that accompanies it was surprisingly better elaborated than the rest of the animation used in the rest of the series. The best part, the chorus, while Asuka and Yuu Alternativas jump on some floating rocks while with a red and blue background, respectively.
The Ending, a pop ballad of which I do not stand out very much. At first, I felt bored when listening to something so lazy. But, when I saw the animated video, where Asuka is seen sleeping with the headphones on, to later end up having an astral trip, I found it relaxing.
I hope that the remaining four episodes make Akanesasu Shoujo something worth seeing.
It started feeling kind of average with kind of a weak plot. The plot didn't improve too much but the characters really grew on me. I was about to drop it but episode 3 won me over.
The characters are the best thing this show has going. They're nothing ground breaking in terms of character design/development/whatever but they're all likable and fun to watch. They're silly, charming, sometimes annoying and usually very funny. They feel organic even though the show follows the good old magical girl formula pretty closely. Good stuff.
The battles, even though they're in crappy 3d, are actually not bad and the plot even
though it's kind of vanilla doesn't really hurt the other things the anime has going for it, in fact, some of the places they visit in their dimensional travels are actually pretty interesting.
Overall, looks good, sounds good, plot is alright, characters are good. It's not AotS but it's a pretty solid, pretty overlooked show.