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.
The immediate look at my incredible judging score SHOULD immediately tell you everything that happens within the series, it is a laughably non-embarrassing total misfire, a miscalculation and perfect wreck of a fairly popular TCG that's left in Japan (and I don't care).
Before I start getting the hate, let me give you the context of what the original Lord of Vermilion TCG is about: *Goes to Wikipedia to check out*
Now, the anime adaptation by Asread: *Read the entire MAL synopsis*
Hmm...seems a bit different eh? Whatever it is, the story doesn't make the series more interesting, and while it is true for most card game adapted
anime out there (Yugioh at least tried and it as an amazing childhood show for me), this show just made the story exposition throw out the window almost apparently and went in its own incomprehensible direction. That is not the vexing part, not just yet.
The characters, be it of the faction they are part of the series, aren't very appealing at all, and that has been the constant ever since the opening of this show. Let's take the MC Kamina Chihiro for example. Voiced by the ever popular KajiKaji, this is another wasted talent of his part here, because this is one of the times of which his voice-acting doesn't really match well to the unimpressive cast of characters, whom are always at his throats. The list of character VAs are again impressive, but similar with KajiKaji's situation, they absolutely trolled this show to bits.
Speaking of the MC, his goal of alliance between good vs. evil becomes a stepping stone for him to transform to the Lord of Vermilion (which ends up killing people anyways). If you need a show that kills its characters faster than it should, this is the perfect trash for you.
The production quality is absolutely perfectly horrendous to the point of being watchable until your eyes close and burn at the insanely boredom-filled execution it does. I have never trusted in Asread to perform another quality show, and 2016's Big Order just is an experience that while similar to this, I'd much rather you watch Mirai Nikki (made by the same studio, only leaps and bounds better). Not to say that I'm a fan in the first place, but I'd question you: "Why the hell are you watching this?"
If there was anything to go by for this series, it's the music, and it's hopelessly the EXACT same circumstance to sell the show. The OST from May'n and JUNNA are good, but I'd question the same intent as the rest of the show. I thought that with Mahoutsukai no Yome's OP lineup, it was yet again another 100% perfect replication where May'n's songs are lost-substance average-sounding and JUNNA's the better of the two.
I'm glad that many of you heeded my advice, and right now I'm telling you: This is another bestest shovelware from the worst season of the year, and I'm officially done with this shitshow. Thank the Heavens this abomination is over...
To sum this show it up it would be:
A rushed, complete mess of a series with so many unecessary undeveloped characters and unexplained plot points.
The show was trying to be more complex for its own good and the pacing was too rushed that it missed out important details that could have made this a solid show.
We have several factions, but the main two are the church who’s goal is to destroy Tokyo in order to save the world and the Science research lab who are trying to destroy the world for reasons unclear.
Our main protagonist is Chihiro, a whiny, depressing teen who’s a hero
candidate and a potential Lord of Vermillion. Most episodes we see him fighting or questioning himself, other times it’s screaming people’s names and just standing there while they’re fighting, which becomes annoying e.g. Yuri and Cedrid start fighting in a episode, instead of going heroic mode to stop them he stands their screaming “Cedrid!”
Koetsu is Chihiro’s best friend who pretty much fades into the background after the first 3 episodes to focus more on Yuri.
Yuri is our female lead in the opposing faction that’s being used by her evil scientist father and has some apparent romance with Chihiro.
I don’t care for Chihiro or Yuri’s relationship. It’s poorly developed and just amounts to them having a couple of tea conversations in a garden, so their love for each other seems forced. We see a quick montage of them playing together in the orphanage, but not enough for me to be invested in their characters.
Then there’s detective Kakihara. His fixation in wanting to prove Chihiro killed his own father is annoying and his reasoning being stemmed from his suicidal parents that he thought ‘abandoned’ him, doesn’t justify the years of harassment.
Suffice is to say, the characters aren’t this this shows strong point.
I’m not going to bother going through all the characters because most are either one dimensional, irrelevant and useless to the story or die off before developing enough for me to bother remember their names.
Chihiro saved the world by becoming the Lord of Vermillion and changing the world line.
How did Chihiro become the LoV? It was stated all the hero candidates had to die, yet Chihiro had a nakama moment saying he’ll save everyone and boom nakama powerup to LoV.
The scientist could have been a compelling villain, but instead he turned into a obsessive, delusional mad scientist hellbent on being with Mitsuki. We don’t even see him and Mitsuki’s relationship, so his motive was trash and underwhelming.
The artificial daughter of Mitsuki and the scientist came into the plot out of nowhere in the last 2-3 episides so i don’t care about her. There was no hints of Koume (our scientist assistant) being a ‘defected’ version to the artificial Mitsuki. Again, we do not see their relationship growing up in the orphanage, so her inferiority complex towards towards her is underdeveloped and shallow.
The guardian of the states are useless, one dimensional characters I don’t give a fuck about because they do nothing except antagonise our protagonists who are trying to help.
The hooded guy seems to be the final villain, but did fuck all except give evil laughs in the corner the whole season. I don’t like the open ending because I’d rather they let this show to be forgotten.
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.