I've decided to watch this anime, it was made for the 20th anniversary of Production I.G.
Art: I’ve watched it in 1080p, and I must say it’s superb! They put a lot of detail into the landscapes, scenery and to the background. I love the angles, the first person view when they are in OBE. The only thing I’m not happy with is their beginning forms when they are in OBE. The monsters in the Unseen World look really strange, sometimes even disturbing. 9/10
Characters: They are nicely designed, everyone will find a bit of himself in some of them. My favourite was Miyako, the Shinto priest’s
daughter, who has the ability to see ghosts, and sometimes she is possessed by spirits. She is acts mature for her age (she is an elementary school student). I also have to mention the counselor of Tarou, though he has a minor role, I found him a bit creepy. Also, it’s really rare when I’ve felt so much hatred against a fictional character, she was Nomiko, the head of the religon started by the Oogami family. 8/10
Sound, music: Probably this is the best thing about this anime! Although there wasn’t much music going there (mostly traditional Japanese drums), the sound effects were very well used! The sounds are very unique. During the flashbacks, and some of the creepy scenes they perfectly set up the mood. The seiyuu team did very good job as well 10/10
OP, ED: Opening: it’s different. Although for the first few listening it doesn’t make so much sense, but it grows on you. Ending: I really, really love it! :)
Overall: Enjoyable plot, nice art and sounds, interesting elements, mysterious characters. Some say the ending was a bit rushed, (though at first the pace was really slow) and it didn’t answer most of the questions, it might be true. I watched this series in 2 days, I tried to pay attention to everything, and I didn’t find too much, or really important things unanswered. I have to admit, I started watching it for some horror stuff, (last year I watched Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, I wanted to see something similar) but it developed something more, different. About the half of the series the creepy stuff disappeared, and it rather focuses to the psychological things, but the story kept me watching this. It’s almost a masterpiece, but something is missing from it. So I have to say if you’re a psychological/horror fan, this is a must-watch.
(This review is also avalaible in my blog)