When the Sky turns Red, the Moon turns Black, and monsters begin roaming the streets, Satsuki Kakeru is at a loss for what to do. Along with his best friend Yuka, they try to decipher why they have been sent to this strange world, which is seemingly empty aside from themselves.
However, when the "Red Night" ends, Kakeru and Yuka believed it was all a dream, until it happens again and they are left in a dangerous situation. They meet four others in the same predicament: Kusakabe Misuzu, an expert swordswoman, Tachibana Kukuri, a strange mute girl who looks uncannily like Kakeru's deceased sister, Hirohara Yukiko, a lively young girl whose personality reverts to that of a cold killer when her glasses are removed, and Tajima Takahisa, a young pyrokineticist.
As the six of them band together to survive and discover what this mysterious world is, things take a turn for the worse as six shadows appear before them...
11eyes, in the beginning, showed potential to be a "10" or "9" grade anime. Some shows went on and grew the beard. This one, on the other hand, devolved into something else. However, this wasn't exactly a devolution into the worst of the worst.
Story - 4/10
The anime showed pretty strong potential to be a very good supernatural themed story. The concept was used before. This did not discourage me from watching it though. One can use mediocre concepts and turn it into gold. I first saw this aspect as gold. This view, however, devolved and the story slowly but surely turned into something else: A
screwy and awkward one. An interesting story suddenly became VERY awkward and weird. Suddenly, it's like the other characters lost their competence and some even derailed into "dreadful and annoying" (I'm looking at you, Yuka.) And the rest just got... blah. I'll give it a 4 for managing to be really interesting early on.
Art - 7/10
11eyes definitely has great art. Arts from other more complicated series cannot be compared to this one since its main focus was the "moe" aspect. Characters that have cute traits like big eyes and the like are found in it. Some battle scenes did look a bit awkward though. At one time, I was expecting an epic fight between two master swordsmen. It shifts to one scene. And then cue to a scene where one of them says "She's too strong." and don't fight anyway. It's like they ran out of budget to make a big fight scene. That was fail. This gets 7 for being really good at what the art's supposed to be.
Sound - 9/10
The opening "Arrival of Tears" by Ayane and "Sequentia" by Asriel are suberb themes and are actually VERY addicting. The BGM of the show, too, was great. Epic music was around. This gets a 9.
Character - 6/10
The characters are stereotypical, that's for sure. The characters were made to cater to your fetishes. This was ok, I understand. It was the point. And then IT happened. One of the main girls degraded into a sick little girl with her own sick little fantasies. And as I said earlier, suddenly most of the cast became incompetent in combat and the main guy just became central view of the show. What the heck happened? This gets a 6 for me.
Enjoyment - 7/10
Although not that good, I definitely enjoyed this show. Admittedly, it catered to me, being a moe anime after all. It's my type. Later on this interest disappeared due to... complications in story. This gets a 7 in enjoyment - it's quite entertaining to watch nevertheless.
Overall - 6/10
11eyes, though deserving lots of the flak from our fellow watchers, is a pretty ok anime. It barely crosses "5" territory, which for me is a low score already. Overall, 11eyes cannot be considered a great or a superb anime. But undeniably the show is decent enough to stand. But if one looks for story and development in an anime, 11eyes is not for you.
What starts out as an interesting supernatural mystery/action romance quickly devolves into the "I'm the main character and only useful one" cliche with a such a feeble plot that anyone with critical thinking skills will be disgusted.
Story - 2/10
The plot is paper thin. High school kids are randomly transported to the Red Night, a red mirror world of danger and isolation, where they must fight for survival against random threatening things and, of course, the Black Knights. Although, it is explained later that these kids are "special", it is never explained why the kids, who'd lived lives of relative normalcy, are
suddenly whisked away on some random day to The Red Night. (Must be the power of adolescence.)
The big reveal of the story is as poorly implemented as it is predictable. Instead of undermining the heroes' determination by causing confusion and guilt, there's merely a glaring dissonance between the bad guys' actions and their supposed motivations. The bad guys' actions should have taken on new meaning and made the heroes make a choice that would forever define their characters and wrap up the themes of survival, self-sacrifice, and friendship. However, it is handled so poorly that the Bad guys create the things they're supposedly trying to guard against. This dissonance precludes any type of meaningful conclusion because the series has apparently run against simple logic since the very beginning, rendering the conflict irrelevant.
Art - 6/10
The art is fairly bland. There's nothing particularly wrong with any of the art, but there is nothing distinctly memorable either. The Red Night is unremarkable, merely a copy of the real world with a red tint, and the Black Knights' sanctum, if it can be called such, is never defined except for some red giant stalagmites. The most interesting things art wise are Misuzu's swords, summoned by the power of nail-polished symbols. (Hurray!)
Sound - 7/10
The sound is good. Usually unnoticeable, it does a good job setting up the atmosphere.
Character - 3/10
In a rare stroke for the 'highschool kids save the world' genre, the main character isn't given an immediate power up. Instead, he acts with a realistic mixture of fright, confusion, and desperation when he and his childhood friend/love interest are transported into a world that is serious about killing them. In fact, for their first few encounters with the Red Night, they must be protected by a kick-ass female swordswoman, who's competence and prudence is the only thing that keeps them alive, as the main character trains to be able to protect himself and his girl.
This characterization was the first thing that drew my attention and gave me hope that we'd see mature character development throughout the series as Kakeru worked under Misuzu's guidance to become independent and a protagonist worthy of protecting what he held dear. Unfortunately, the main character becomes the most powerful of the heroes through a power up while the kickass female slowly loses her competence and independence for really no other reason than to make the main character look more manly and heroic be comparison. (Did the creators want to keep the suck ratio of the group constant?) Meanwhile, all the other characters who had their own strengths and quirks, regress to worthless, crazy, withering piles of fear and despair. Still, this could have been salvageable, by sticking to the harsh realities of the main character's unrealistic goal of protecting innocence, but the ending made whatever tragedies happened to the characters null.
Enjoyment - 3/10
As someone who dislikes fanservice, this anime's constant use of panty-shots was an ever present annoyance. The anime never missed an opportunity to take off clothes and even used the cop out of "you must have sex to save the world" excuse to maintain the main character's integrity even though he was getting some from a girl he obviously didn't love. Although fanservice annoys me, I will tolerate it in anime where the plot and characters are genuinely interesting. However, since that is not the case with 11eyes, the fanservice sticks out as another detraction.
Overall - 3/10 (Poor)
While the first episodes look promising, the anime loses all sense of itself by failing at drama and backing away from the harsh themes they set up by its poorly written plot. You're better off looking for another supernatural series for entertainment as this one is a big disappointment. There are plenty of better ones out there.
I hated this anime with a passion that can destroy cities. I am writing this review in hope to burn, char, and devour it in the forest of my mind and never have to remember it. The anime was based of an intuitive game by the creator "feng" of "Akane-iro no somaru saka" fame. If you know feng at all, you know that the anime adoptions of his games tend to suck. Suck hard. Let's begin.
The story starts out typical shonen and for 10 out of 12 episodes follows a formulaic episode set-up. Walk around the real world, red night, fight scene, return to
real world, repeat. The red night is a parallel world the characters travel to and is essentially the same background with a red paint bucket and some crystals jutting out of the ground. The story is really just "Fight the monsters" in the red night for ten episodes until the main characters realize that the bad guys are actually the goods guys, they are the bad guys, the main girl is a retard, and that killing everyone off is a good way to end a show. It's so painful to watch this show. Then you add a sword master who wants to have sex with our "hero" to "save the world." Just god damn it all. I literally stopped and walked around my room I was so frustrated. Why? BECAUSE IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE "PLOT" THIS SHOW SET UP.
Sorry. Let me gather myself.
Okay good. The art is poor. Characters look ugly, move funny, and have weirdly disproportionate bodies. The background is lame and uninteresting. The black knights were probably the best looking things in this anime and as another reviewer said, they looked like crap. There isn't much to say. Everything looks so generic and repetitive it isn't even funny.
Best part of the anime, right here. The opening was kind of cool. Not cool enough to want to listen to more than once a week but it was pretty high octane and really got you pumped to watch this show. Too bad the lead in was exactly what it was, just a lead in. The rest of the sound isn't mind-blowing. Voices are bland, nothing special. The background noises were okay, nothing stellar. The tentacle monsters sounded kind of cool though, but they were quickly hacked away or silenced by the whiny protagonist or one of his annoying friends.
Dammit. I want to meet anyone who even slightly liked any of these characters and I would like to punch them square in the face. The characters are so one-dimensional, so straight-forward, so very bad I couldn't possibly grow to like them. The lead is your usual "profagonist", he is a loner who is too cool for the lead girl to be with, because he lived life alone as an orphan because his sister died or something. He also wears an eye-patch because he has a yellow eye that somehow holds a 500 year old man inside of it. DUMB! The main girl suffers from severe mental retardation. I think she was supposed to be a yandere (girl who would kill others for her to be alone with her man) or so to speak but she really just comes across as a girl who gets half-naked a lot and walks around, stupidly activating all the bad guys traps, causing a shitload of drama for the main cast. The other characters include a multi-personality killer who when she takes her glasses off goes on a rampage, a loner (AGAIN?) who WAS an orphan and was taken in by the school nurse who is a biker and has amazing assets that shake when on screen to divert your attention from any kind of plot. No seriously. I think they purposely put her on screen to try and make up for plot. The best friend who is freaking annoying and has sideburns and never shuts up about making sexual innuendos that were never funny. The black knights are the saving grace, albeit they too are one-sided boring characters, the bad guys in a typical shonen are kind of supposed to be (I didn't expect very much of the bad guys and they gave me at least what I asked for). Overall freaking terrible characters.
I abhorred every moment I watched this show. This was not fun to watch. I kept looking at my clock hoping for it to end. The most fun I had with this show was writing this very review on it, out of the hope that someone might not watch and get their five hours of life on this planet back.
I'm going to be generous and give it a four. On MAL a four means "decent" or "bad", but on my list of standards a four means "Terrible and avoid like the plague," and that is exactly what you should do.
Do not watch this anime. There is a world of better media out their to feast on, and if you will watch this, watch it out of jest with a few friends so you can throw popcorn at the screen when the characters do something stupid. You're gonna need a lot of popcorn.
11eyes could have been a not so bad anime if the plot was executed correctly. While it wasn't the most original, the premise wasn't half-bad either. Instead we get 12 episodes of pointless fan service, mediocre character development and massive plot holes.
It was actually hard to find a story within the first half of the show. In fact, it was nothing else than bunch of kids fighting the black knight for whatever reason. You didn't know why they were transported there and why the black knights were trying to kill them. Until you get to second half, it went down hill. I could
complain that the first half was confusing me more than ever since the story wasn't developing, but after the second half it was actually better to tell nothing at all. What lacks in the story is the fact that 11eyes made so many plot twists and not intelligent ones that it became embarrassing. A 12 years old could make a more interesting story than that. In the end, the story left many holes and the viewer is still as much confused, or even more, than he was at the first episode.
The art was fair to be honest. While most the characters lacked the ability to dress as something else than their school suit, they were actually distinctive. Not the best, but certainly not the worst.
The animation on the other end, was bad. What strikes me the most, is the terrible fighting choreography.While some expressions the made were plain dumb, they were at least walking correctly.
It is very sad when the sound is actually the only point that is decent for a show. No doubt about it, the opening and the ending theme song was enjoyable. There's just a few annoying voice acting, most notably the girls cast, but the viewer can easily get over it.
Where do I begin? Beside the fact that they were mostly cardboards, retards and that the protagonist is lame, there's nothing more to say. The characters were fair at the beginning of the show. While there are few complaints, they were at least interesting. Somehow, the producer thought it would have been a good idea to add a bit(or too much) dementia in the character development. This is where everything gets embarrassing and everything goes down hill. What I hate the most is that you can't say which is more retard between Yuka and Kakeru. Yuka is a lame yandere and a dumb blonde(even is she's not blonde) and Kakeru is just lame, retard and ignorant. The three other main characters aren't better either. Yukiko is just plainly annoying, Misuzu is a slut with no soul and Takahisa is your typical hot head guy. It is funny to see a stereotyped cast, but it's even funnier to see a stereotype cast trying to act in drama situations. I find it very very very sad the best characters were actually the ones that were just there for fillers. Yes I'm talking about Saiko.
I did not enjoy this show, while it wasn't that painful, the story didn't make any sense and the characters are quite lame. Not to mention that they actually inserted fan service in scenes where it was supposed to be sad, or at least emotional. 11eyes is badly executed and is perhaps among the worst anime of 2009.