Japanese-Chinese collaborations are nothing new, especially in the anime world, where we got to know the popular ones from China that are raking in the money from the oh-so-popular Tencent Animation & Comics, the largest Chinese regulator for comics and animation from China. Apparently Chinese people love Japanese manga (which comes as no surprise), and being a Chinese myself I can see why. But when it comes to the anime medium, sure there are classics that are well received like Quan Zhi Gao Shou (The King's Avatar) or Huyao Xiao Hongniang (Fox Spirit Matchmaker, which was recently dubbed in Jap last year), but with the
good comes the bad series such as Evil or Live, and Aguu: Tensai Ningyou, falls under the "so bad it's good" category.
Aguu: Tensai Ningyou tells the simple premise of power: What are your dreams and ambitions to be like the friends who are more talented than you, only to find out that talent that they had, was all but a farce? And that sets up the story of two friends gone bad: Ai and Machi, both trained in ballet school, with both of them envying each other for fame and talents...that is until the existence of Aguu: human-lookalike embedded Devil spirits, dolls that can be consumed to give its user the ability to perform their life's ideals. And of course, one thing led to another that in a trance, something bad happened and caused both Ai and Machi to be separated, and forcefully altering their life's fate as well.
And without going into spoilers, an evil force is brewing over with the Tailors (masters of Aguu), with the defect boss wanting to alter the course of the world with Aguu, and it's up to the Saviours who have been fending off the evil-warts for generations, and with Ai, time has come again for them to do the same. The story starts out slow, but it definitely has some kind of linear progression which is nice. Character models are OK at best, it's the exact replicate from the Chinese-based web manga source so I'm fine with that.
The art and animation are truly worth of Studio Deen's low-budget quality, and it shows a hella lot here. The background art is like some kids' simple drawings while the animation is truly lackluster, just like the not-so-passive action scenes which is not a turn off, but is watchable (I guess). So, don't expect flashy scenes and great artwork, you're not gonna find it here. And that is the case similar to the music, which is not a whole lot too. The same tunes just kept repeating on and on to compensate for the same lackluster and boring visuals, and that goes for the OST as well which is decent to say the least. The OP at least displayed some decency with the tunes, and it's sounds quite weird, but somehow fits the overall aesthetics of the show. The ED is simple, but the clearest favourite of them all, showcasing the fallen relationship of both Ai and Machi and if there was one tune I would takeaway from this series is the ED, without question.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this show, mainly due to the pro-Chinese demographics that are meant to showcase how well the manga source was (and still is) against the anime adaptation, but this isn't bad by any means. But it is still a shovelware show in the Summer season of shovelwares, and if you really find this intriguing, give this a try.
Look, I don't know how anyone would say this is bad but we all are different. The story is a bit confusing but once you catch on it is really an interesting plot. Essentially agu are genius's at a particular skill or trade (Mozart) that were kidnapped instead of dying at a young age (which is what history and present day people think) and are enslaved and sold to people/passed down to create essentially a fraud genius. I won't go any deeper to ruin the plot but it is very interesting take on maybe human trafficking or morals today....in our modern world talent seems to
be irrelevant when you can literally buy anything. You don't just have to have talent to make it anymore, you need a voice, charisma, and perhaps a few dollar signs behind you.
No it isn't moe or super funny or anything like that. It is for people who like mysterious/psychological/thrilling rides. If you were looking for some boob shots and dumb blondes who like parfaits this is not the anime for you. (no hate lol) I guess this anime is a refreshing change of pace considering what has been coming out recently. Not the best, but in context I'd say it is pretty good. All around probably a 6-7
I don't think this show has gotten the credit it deserves nor the attention. Currently the rating is 5.58 as i'm writing this and I doubt that will change much.
The concept of Aguu is a bit weird and isn't explained well in the first few episodes, but the concept catches on quite quickly. Other reviews already explain it so I won't touch on it, however, the actually story itself has pretty solid writing and an interesting view on the subject of people wanting talent and what they will do for it.
This is the elephant in the room. On first glance you can instantly tell that
the art isn't detailed, the backdrops are simple and somewhat stylized. A lot of people might have issue with this, but personality I think this is way better than some other shows which try to have detail background but just fails on it. Beyond this, the art is pretty average.
This is the area where the anime shines, because the plot is more character driven then anything. The two main leads are written as best friends who genuinely care for each other and their relationship organically builds, they are written as actual humans. The other characters aren't as fleshed out, but they all have a moments of reflection, goal, and/or reasons to who they are and why they are like this. The only two characters who aren't fleshed out are one-off villains who are quirky enough to keep the audience attention.
I would give it a solid 7. It's not the best show and it's not for everyone, but the show isn't so bad that it should be rated this low. If you're looking into sassy show with a darker premise. Then give it a shot.
Initially going into Aguu: Tensai Ningyou, the first couple of episodes presented what I though had the makings of an interesting psychological thriller story, I was entirely wrong though, episode two and three made me realize that this show really just follows a more conventional action plot line, with people with powers fighting people with powers, what I like and what I think makes the show's story unique though is who and what the opposing parties are and what they're fighting for(which is what makes any action series interesting though really) and I think that the show does a good job helping you understand that
and fleshing that out so far.
Visually or art wise the story has a very interesting dark and somewhat horror or gothic inspired art style, well contrasted with normal modern day as well. I enjoyed the character designs, they look good proportionally and stylistically but may not be the most detailed or unique in design among other anime.The animation itself is decent, it gets better during action scenes, but is still never lacking or underperforming outside of them. The backgrounds are the worst part about the show visually, they do well in terms of color and art style, they really suit the shows characters and the shows tone, but in terms of the detail and the quality of the art of the backgrounds, this show doesn't do too well, the backgrounds don't feel alive at all, they just feel like backdrops.
I don't really want to talk too much about sound since good sound is invisible unless its either spectacular or abysmal, I will say though that I enjoyed the OP, visually it gives me the psycho thriller I wanted out of the show, and sonically I just really like the song, metal instrumentals with a cute girl vocal, that just suits the visual really well.
Character wise, the two girls that the majority of the first three episodes were about were good, their interactions, their backstory, their history, and their motives all pretty good, the problem lies with the rest of the characters, as of the first three episodes no one is even remotely as fleshed out as them, I don't doubt that this won't be a problem proceeding further into the show though.
This is nowhere near the best show out there but it really has promise from what I've seen so far, production wise it's decent, character wise its good so far, story wise its not bad, and offers a unique and interesting world to explore.
Rating: I'd rate this show somewhere between 6.5 and 7, high 6 to 7 out of 10.