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.)