The first series is a set of 25 stories about a male businessman arriving at the hotel after taking a train home from work. He encounters the mysterious owner of the hotel, an old mouse known as Gregory, who suggests that he stay a while. Soon, the man becomes drawn into a bizarre series of events taking place within Gregory House as he tries desperately to escape from this bizarre purgatory.
If you're looking for something a little bit different Gregory Horror Show has everything you're after and so much more.
The CGI box-like art style is unlike anything I've seen and the cartoony character designs are really striking next to the dark settings. Speaking of the characters there's a great variety on offer, from the pink lizard 'nurse' who takes extreme pleasure from taking blood samples to mummy dog and mummy papa, a father and son team who complain about their splitting headaches, not realising the cause is that they have an axe and a machete stuck in their heads.
The story is told from the first
person perspective of the unfortunate people who wander into Gregory house, the reasons which are unknown to them, but are slowly revealed throughout the series. The revelations experienced by these 'guests' are thought provoking to say the least, when you get beyond the initial look at this series you find it has a suprising amount of depth.
It's amazing what you can fit into 2 and a half minutes
Gregory Horror Show, where to start with this series? I guess I’ll start with how I came acrossed such an obscure series. My friend recently purchase a bundle of anime dvd’s, in said bundle was the ever intriguing Gregory Horror Show. With its awkward 3D CGI animation and title in fonts reminiscent of Microsoft Word 2003’s word art, I had to give it a try!
For a show that is supposed to be a horror/comedy (as described by the dvd’s back) I was hoping for a lot more. Each episode starts with our “protagonist” giving a short voice over which sets the tone or “theme”
for the episode. This is actually a detail I quite like, but the rest of the show falls short, nothing is actually scary. Although you can tell that the show is trying, the spooks just fall flat and the humor is badly timed. Over the course of season 1 I don’t recall laughing at all, or getting scared. I do remember cringing at some points but that is do to the fact that the dvd I received only has the English dub which is pretty painful to begin with.
There’s not much else to really say about the show. The characters have pretty unique personalities. The animation is lackluster but not particularly bad. The sound design is nothing special. The plot is pretty dull, they even explain things that you could have potentially enjoyed trying to find meaning for on your own. Overall the show is a let down; it’s really short running about 3 minutes per episode, but it’s not really worth your time.
(Side note the side story “Gregory Horror Show: The Bloody Karte” is a bit better some of the jokes actually stick and work well with the characters.)
A somewhat personalized anime. Very decision based and the conclusion to reason makes you think. The idea of not knowing who the narator is a wonderful concept. A very good role playing game.
I can not think of any way i would change it. All details that would come to mind of what i would expect were there. The art was no question relevant to the plot.
Voices as well as sound effects not only matched the mood but were timed perfectly.
Normally i would say it was confusing but that was the point here. If it was simple or you could follow through
it would ruin the adventure. This story on background i can see to be the type where you pause and have a debate on what has happened and what will happen.
Plot is very thick. Unless you are wise i mean extremely open minded you will fall for each of their traps. Some traps are obvious others are not so much. The idea of the obvious traps with trick later down the road. So the blend is quite smooth.
Gregory Horror show is a show I watched a few years ago, when I was a bit younger. Back then, I much enjoyed it, but rewatching it for Halloween last year, I realized that the animation and characters were the only truly *incredible* parts.
If you want something different, this show is great! Just don't hop in expecting it to be true "horror", it's got some spooks, but it isn't as deep as I remembered it being. It's still quite a fun show, though, especially if you're watching it with friends for Halloween as I did.
The story is neat, but the execution is reminiscent of ridiculously
edgy roleplays I did on the internet. Or maybe that's just the English dub. It's probably the English dub.
Maybe the mystery element is just gone for me (that happened when I replayed Ib, since I had gotten all of the endings), but I didn't get as much enjoyment out of it the second time as I did the first. All in all, however, this is an amazing work. Or maybe that's nostalgia speaking... still though, I'd recommend giving it a shot if nothing else. The episodes are always 2~3 minutes long.
This review applies to The Second Guest, as well. I never finished The Last Train, and, as a result, never watched The Bloody Karte.