In a near future, an illness called "Cagaster" made its appearance. It turns humans into insects. The story begins 30 years after the onset of the illness, in 2125. It follows the adventures of Kidou, a boy who fights insects.
Netflix heard the silent cries of no less than -500 people to make a new CGI anime, and they certainly delivered on it.
Set in an post-apocalyptic future where most of the human population has turned into giant man-eating insects. We get to follow some of those yet to be transformed people as they try to survive in a world now against them. One of these people is Kidou who works as an exterminator, slaying the insects for payment, and keeps them from spreading. One day he saves a girl who together with her father was attacked by a swarm. His last wish was that
Kidou would take his daughter to her mother and since he is the main character he accepts.
While that's the main story the first half of the show is used to flesh out some of the characters. It's around ep 6 that it starts to have a clear focus and became more entertaining because of that. I liked the setting which was the reason I wanted to watch this in the first place and thought it had potential. While they don't expand on it that much the few episodes they did were very solid in my opinion.
There were a few things I disliked about it however. The pacing is too fast for the majority of the run time, especially in the first half and gets a bit better as it progresses. The second problem I had was the poor world building. You would think that having swarms of giant insects around would mean that the people would need to find new ways to survive and overcome this threat, but they don't. There is this city that the characters spend much of the time in that's protected by a huge wall. But the problem is that most of the insects can fly making the wall pointless (there's also a hole in one part of it). You would think that they would have thought of that but I guess that just didn't cross their mind. [5/10]
Art and Animation:
While it does have a couple of scenes with traditional 2-D animation, most of it is full CGI. For most people that's a turn off but in my opinion it's not that bad in this show. Sure it's not always the prettiest but my standards are pretty low, and besides I think they did a decent job to make it look as 2-D as possible. A nitpick would be that the characters look way to clean considering the situation they are in. By that I mean that themselves and their clothes look like they are washed constantly which doesn't seem possible. [6/10]
The animation goes from solid to pretty bad, with some parts looking rather robotic and stiff. Thankfully most of the time it's solid and some of the fight scenes were smooth and pretty enjoyable. It becomes clear that it didn't have the biggest budget and probably did their best with what they could manage, and it was solid to an extent. [7/10]
While not amazing I found most of the characters to be quite likable.
Kidou is a young man with a troubled past and is determined to stop letting his emotions take take better of him as his work needs him to kill humans before they transform into insects. He is rather overpowered but it's because he has dedicated his whole life to be an exterminator, training a lot for that purpose. So it doesn't come as a surprise that he is very skilled although it's a bit ridiculous at times how lucky he is.
Ilie who is the girl he saved in the beginning feels like a very shallow love interest in the beginning. But she is a crucial part of the second half and I liked what they did to her character to make her more interesting.
Most of the supporting character lacked depth and were just okay. The villains were pretty lackluster in my opinion and while they do explore their motivation to a degree, it's not enough to make them memorable. [6/10]
The soundtrack is solid overall with a few pieces I liked but would probably not listen to very often otherwise. Sometimes the music felt out of place to what was happening on screen and at times it could be a bit too quiet. But it was mostly fitting and overall serviceable. [5/10]
Voice acting was great with the many famous voice actors that worked on this.
Kana Hanazawa is back bringing diabetes to my ears with her voice and I think she and every body else voiced their characters very well. Making the characters feel more believable. [8/10]
First half wasn't that impressive to me in terms of overall enjoyment or anything really, but I never felt bored just not invested. It gets a bit better in the second half like most things did although I can't say it did by much. It was alright for the most part but the episodes dealing with the characters backstories were the most entertaining by far. [6/10]
I thought it was pretty good overall but it's definitely not a most watch by any means. Give it some eps if you're interested but if you are not enjoying it and/or the CGI hurts your eyes then maybe pass on this one.
If you would like something better but with a similar premise then watch Nausicaä if you haven't already. If you for some reason would like to watch something shittier then watch Island of Giant Insects.
I'm sure you've heard the expression never judge a book by it's cover, but that's what I intended to do when I first glanced at this anime on Netflix. From the screenshots alone I thought I wouldn't enjoy the animation and art style and was going to skip watching this, but I decided I had enough free time and started episode one. Next thing I knew, I was hooked.
The story starts off slow in the beginning, so you have to be willing to wait a few episodes in before it begins to get interesting.
The fight scenes, between the bugs and humans aren't as
intense as you would expect, but the sound and voice acting is top notch and helps the scenes flow smoothely.
The is a wide variety of characters, but overall the development of Ilie, Kidow, and the rest had me emotional and guessing what would happen next after each episode. Overall I believe you would be able to rewatch this anime several times and discover something new.
I would recommend this anime to anyone who is willing to try something new, and hopefully you too will discover this gem of an anime on Netflix.
30 yeras after apocalypse, where new disease caused 1/3 of human kind turn into nasty, bloody and huge insects - we meet with Kidow. Kidow is an insect exterminator that in the opening scene happens to be escaping from a huge swarm of flying worms. When he strives to survive from that swarm he finds out that despite him and his friend - he's not the only one person trying to escape. Unfortunately for the other escapists - the car droved by them meets with accident in which driver dies. It turns out that these car passangers are father and daughter. Father dies - begs
our MC to deliver his daughter to her mother and that's how the story begins.
Kinda cliche i have to admit, but later on in the story it turns out that that's not some random kid and her father wasn't some ordinary father. Saying something more than that could be considered as a spoiler so let's just skip it and say that despite on focusing on the kiddo abilities - the plot is also about creating a strong bond between Illie (that's kiddo name) and Kidow.
Nothing outstanding about the story, however there are some stupid moments like one character dying for at least 2 episodes if not more and saying that it's his end for tenth time already.
I'm not a CGI fan (i doubt anybody is) however i've seen many worse CGI anime and this one isn't that bad. I mean it's still bad but as a CGI - this one is okay.
I have no complains there. Music was good, voice acting was the same.
They are bad. Kidow is a typical edgy boy that turns out to not being edgy behind the edgy mask later on. However, some of his actions are so stupid that it doesn't convienced me to like him. Actually not only Kidow actions are stupid. There are many stupid characters in the show. Like a scientist that claims that science is his top1 prority so he doesn't have any remorse to use his family in experiments. But then later on you see in the flashbacks that he actually cares for his family only to find out later that he really don't. Then again it turns out that he actually does. But maybe he doesn't? I don't know myself. I doubt any of the viewers knows. If some of the characters aren't stupid then later on it turns out that they're not interesting either. It was barely possible to me to name more than three of them after show ended.
Oh, I almost forgot. In the first couple episodes there was one awesome death. It was really well made. It was only a shame that creators didn't focused more on dead character and didn't postponed his death to late series. I didn't cared when he died because it happened too soon. Kinda wasted potencial that death was, but what can I say? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Despite stupidity, bad characters and CGI animation I've got to admit that it was still enjoyable. Not to the point that i'd sink in but it's a good show to watch when you have nothing to do, not much time and don't want to think much over something. Just sit down, watch it and forget it.
5.5/10 but MAL doesn't allow to give halves so i'll stay with 5/10
This is my first review, so it might be a bit flawed, but we all gotta start somewhere I guess. Here we go:
Mushikago no Cagaster, or Cagaster of an Insect Cage is a Netflix original, and takes place in a post apocalyptic world, where humans are facing extincion after a disease (or something idk) turns some humans into massive, human killing insects. And we watch as Kidou, an executioner who's job is to deal with infected people, and Ilie, a girl that kidou saves and promises to take to her mother, the story then goes on, and we get more dept into these characters,
and also get intoduced to some other characters who also has some backstory that connects with the other ones.
The story is what caught my eye when I was scrolling through Netflix. I love post apocalypse shows, and the idea of there being giant killing insects that does it made me jump right into it. Sadly, most of the time they are mainly only seen for lore reasons, and we don't get to see as much action as I wished with them.
The story doesn't finish, which makes me believe that we'll get a season 2 in the future, and allthough I didn't get as much insect vs executioner action as I wish I got, the story was still very interesting and had some cool twists and backstories were for the most part fun and interesting. 7/10
Now for me, the art was super inconsistent. Characters are full CGI, while the background is mainly drawn, something that resulted in that characters looked completely off compared to the backgrounds. Now fully 3D characters can be done and look well if done right (just look at Beastars), but for me, not only did they often walk in a very weird, robot-like style sometimes, but often, they would look so emotionless, like, well, robots!
Luckily, the backgrounds look stunning and sometimes I would just look at it and be like "woah, that looks cool!" And fighting animations, are for the most part really well done and entertaining. So even though it stays very inconsistent, I still think it was alright in the end. 6/10
Now I didn't really pay a lot of attention to the sound of it, and that's both a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because it means it fit the circumstances, but it's bad because it didn't really give me that much extra. I would've given it a 6, but it so happens that the opening song was actually pretty damn good in my opinion. It's like one of those "the more you listen, the more you enjoy it" type of song. So it lifts the sound rating up to 7/10
Now, the characters for me were pretty basic, but still decent. Kidou is your average emotionless killer with a tragic backstory that then slowly start caring about people.
Ilie, is a bit up and down for me, I can't reallty say alot about her without spoiling, but she also has some backstory, but i can't say alot more.
Then there's the side characters. I won't say anything on characters that come later because I ain't spoiling anything, just trust me when I say most of them are allright/decent.
Jin is allright I guess, he's basically a treasure hunter with barely any screentime.
Mario is awesome, really cool, and funny character, not really what you expect but yeah, awesome 10/10 would reccomend.
There is also another character that we don't get to see until a little before half way I think, I'm not gonna spoil anything but he's a really cool character with an interesting backstory, I'm not gonna say his name, but you'll definetly know who I'm talking about if I say he's a bit different from the others.
In general, good characters. 7/10
Allthough I didn't 100% get what I wanted, I still enjoyed watching the show. Fight scenes and story was really nice, and allthough everyone looked like robots trying to act human, they still were able to give some nice face expressions here and there in dull situations that made me laugh. Nothing I went out of my way to watch, but it was fun. 7/10
In the end, the show was pretty damn average, I really wanted it to be a suprise hit, and allthough it was good, it didn't offer a lot of the good stuff people want when they watch the show.
I would reccomend it, if you just wanna watch a nice, decent show with some nice story, fight scenes and, you know, INSECTS! It's not something I will force down people's throats, but if you come up to me and say: "I wanna watch this, what to you think?" I'd say: "It's decent, you should go for it" But don't expect something groundbreaking that sends you through the atmosphere, and you just wonder how something so amazing wasn't published before Feb 6 2020, because it won't live up to anything, it's decent, but nothing special!