Set in Tokyo, it's January 29, 2030. High-frequency resonance is observed in the vicinity of Tokyo, and the red fog rolls into the city. Those who hear the sound, humans and animals alike, pass out, losing consciousness. Everything shuts down in Tokyo, believing that the fog is carrying an unknown virus that causes an epidemic. However, six days later, after the incident, people wake up as if nothing happened. After that, Tokyo's sealed-off city sections gradually return to normal. However, since the high-frequency resonance, some "bizarre events" start to happen, and people find themselves being pulled deeper into more mysteries. Meanwhile, young people start to become aware of themselves and release their power hidden in their blood, discovering themselves as "vessel of wisdom blood." Together, being led by something unknown, they meet, communicate, and face the unavoidable circle of fate, sacrificing their own lives.
I'll be completely honest here: Even if I'm not a fan of card games, I do know the massive fanbase of certain card game series that everyone loves and still plays to this day, and this isn't one of them. Should I feel sad? I don't think so.
To understand why the card game got an adaptation into an anime, we need to understand the core series, which is only available in the Land of the Rising Sun, and no one else...(But who cares anyways)…
The story is Dance Of The Dragons-like confusing and hard to understand, but you just need this one exact point to understand
the core of this series: It's an all-out war between factions, and nothing else. To add to the excruciating storyline, not even the main MCs are spared from the events that foretold what is going to happen, and are just told that they "need to awaken their powers to fight evil". Sorry, I have heard this troupe a million times, and it's like the characters serve their purpose to move along with the storytelling and nothing else.
Musical-wise, try to think back Mahoutsukai no Yome's pairing duo for the 2nd cour, and you can see why their potentials are brought leagues down and rightfully so.
The art and animation...a co-production between Asread and newly-founded Tear Studio, is about as average as it gets. I didn't have high hopes for the series to stand out, and it did as told, there is nothing noteworthy to say that is good of the series.
You might think this show's Achilles heel would be the story (which diverges from the arcade game) and its characters (lifeless and emotionless), armed with the supernatural battle series, it's a show I would advise you to steer far, far away from its horrible execution.
I've seen a lot of anime get panned in the past by people being overly critical or having high expectations, so I like to give even poorly rated anime a chance...this one was not one of those instances.
My biggest complaint after the often broken and incomprehensible story is the characters, namely I felt no attachment to any of them at all, they're bland, expressionless and a lot of the things they say or do don't make sense. The other part that was extremely off putting was nearly every character's hostility towards the MC from the very beginning, even one character who was supposed to be
like a brother to the MC started getting distant for reasons that, in any normal close bond, would be unimportant. Because of this, rather than getting attached to any character (bar one though that was short lived), I only felt frustration and sometimes anxiety for how badly they were treating the person who was trying to help them.
Then there's the pacing which was all over the place; some scenes lasted way too long, others were too short, there were jumpcuts to random places in the middle of fights or suspenseful scenes. The atmosphere never settled enough for you to feel it before something else ripped your attention away, and the subplots only served as distractions in an already distracting story.
Unfortunately, this series is just another sad example of an anime game adaptation that fell flat.