"What makes you great is your danger.
So, it makes me want to watch.
Watch you fill with darkness.
And no matter how corrupted or hurt you become, I will always accept you"
I’ll start off by saying this:
Kuzu no Honkai – Scum’s Wish – isn’t for everyone. Absolutely isn’t.
If you’re someone who isn’t open minded, or hates watching shows with cheating and such or mild nudity, Kuzu no Honkai probably isn’t for you at all.
Also, this is my first review. Not that it might matter.
With that out the way, let me begin this by parts.
Kuzu no Honkai – Scum’s Wish – is the story of two teenagers,
Yasuraoka Hanabi and Awaya Mugi. Two teenagers whose love isn’t corresponded. After each other finding out their love isn’t corresponded at all, Hanabi and Mugi start dating, and become a seemingly looking perfect couple, however, the reality is that they’re just filling the void in their heart for one another. As the story goes on, more trouble and more unexpected turns come, making this a hard journey for our protagonists.
Art in Kuzu no Honkai looks simply amazing. It's stunning. One of the best I've seen lately. Lerche studio did a great job with this one.
There’s nothing much to say, except for the fact that it looks amazing. Everything is beautifully drawn, especially the eyes. There was an unusual amount of detail put in the eyes, that make them stand out a lot in certain scenes. I personally loved it, but I know many who might dislike.
I’m going to get a bit biased here, but I love how some scenes change from the traditional 2D anime style to a… “colored manga” cover-like style. Perhaps this is not the best way to describe it, but some scenes get a still shot and change style dramatically. I enjoyed those a lot. One thing I wasn’t a total fan of, was the rectangle/square cutouts in some parts. I don’t mind them, but I’d rather not have them there, although some were excellently placed.
Skip this section if you don’t want to know about the opening/ending visuals.
The opening visuals are simply amazing. The art is beautiful, and the way the scenes are made, makes up for a really good mood. There’s a pretty good part of symbolism in the opening, something I won’t get into detail thanks to spoilers. I highly recommend skipping the opening until episode 11 if you do NOT want to get spoiled by aesthetics only. This, of course, might take away some of the enjoyment though.
Regarding the ending, it’s still beautiful, however in a different way. The style resembles more of a somewhat watercolor drawing (or various, rather), very colorful, and constantly changing shapes, however still interesting to the eye. There’s not much to talk about, except the fact that it says a lot about the story. Like the opening, I highly recommend skipping it until episode 11 if you do NOT want to get spoiled by aesthetics only. This, of course, might take away some of the enjoyment though.
The sound in Kuzu no Honkai is nearly perfect. The soundtrack fits every single scene seemingly, and there was an unusual amount of detail put on sound effects that I remember. I got weirdly unsettled by the sound of high heels in a certain scene, surprised by the sound of pocky being crunched, etc.
96neko’s performance on the opening and Sayuri’s performance on the ending is also near perfection, with beautiful lyrics going alongside the beautiful visuals of the opening and ending, mentioned above respectively. No complaints in the sound department.
I’m going to be totally honest. As I was watching episode 1, I thought every character but Hanabi was generic, however, thankfully that changed as I continued watching. Almost every character struggles with its inner self, unsure of what they want, or what to do. Since most loves aren’t corresponded to begin with, many characters wonder if they should give up and let go, or simply hang onto the small bit of hope. You see character’s greedy side, as well as their friendly side, including then their true self, within their thoughts. It gave a great sense of these characters being represented in a rather real way. What I didn’t like, was how some characters seem to have a greater role, but end up not doing so. Some characters’ purpose is just so suffer, or to try and spice things up in certain scenes, and are quickly dropped after (namely, 2 characters).
Due to my unhealthy state of mind and problems, I enjoyed Kuzu no Honkai way more than I should. I enjoyed it due to the struggles of characters not knowing what to do, and being hurt by loving someone else. I’ll go as far as to say that I enjoyed it because (excuse for the language even though we’re on the internet) it fucks with you psychologically. This whole story is fucked up. It revolves around love, cheating, and taking advantage of people for one’s own benefits. But that’s also what is so beautiful about Kuzu no Honkai, because in a twisted way, it reflects a somewhat sad reality. And even though I want to say I wouldn’t recommend this to people who just rejected/are in bad relationship situation, I think you should give it a try, if the warning at the beginning of the review didn’t make you drop it off already.
So, with the score of:
9 in story
10 in art/animation
9 in sound
9 in character
10 in enjoyment
I give Kazu no Honkai a rating of 9, and highly recommend you watch it if everything in this review sounds pleasing enough for you.
Thank you for your time, and have a good day.