This review contains minor spoilers. I've now finished the entire anime - this is a complete review.
Netflix once again has done it. They have continued their streak of impeccable original anime. A quick note that Revisions is a serious story with very little fanservice or forced comedy.
Have you ever been through a shocking or traumatic experience? Maybe the death of a close friend, a life-threatening illness, seeing a family member experience pain, being mistreated by parents, suddenly being thrown into poverty, or maybe living through a divorce between your parents?
There are many types of traumatic events that for whatever reason can change a person - how they act, their way of life, their beliefs - suddenly and permanently. For Daisuke Dojima, this was being kidnapped as a child in primary school and having the lives of his family and friends threatened unless he did what his captors told him.
Daisuke was ultimately rescued with the help of his 4 friends and a mysterious woman who seemingly appeared from nowhere; however, the damage was done. The woman had told him right after saving him that there would be a time where disaster would once again strike and only he alone would be able to protect his friends and the people he loved.
It is a tragedy when a traumatic event turns a normal person into a self-absorbed, egotistical monster - which is what he became, driving everyone away from him with his delusions of becoming a hero and considering himself superior to them. Even becoming a social outcast did not change his beliefs; no, if anything, he persisted even further.
This was not all bad: because he was the only one who believed in his "fate", when the day did come, he alone was prepared for what was going to occur. Or so he thought...
Immediately after being introduced to the main cast, I thought of Anohana: 5 childhood friends, seemingly inseparable, that were torn apart by a traumatic event, only to reunite many years later fighting for the same goal. This is certainly the case for Daisuke and his friends Keisuke, Marimari, Gai, and Gai's sister Lu. Although the kidnapping 7 years prior took serious tolls on their friendship because of the person Daisuke became, they all must come together to save innocent people and the people they care about.
Although Daisuke is the "protagonist", Revisions provides ample time for each of the 5 main characters to show how they progress both individually and as a group. Their feelings and thoughts are clearly defined through their words and actions.
When I began watching Revisions, I felt like I was at a movie theater through how the story was presented. Right from the beginning, the story flows in a way where watching multiple episodes back to back will feel like watching a full-length film.
The writing, in fact, is the STAR of the show. It's gripping, fluid, natural, and strong in every moment.
The animation, although CGI, is very good. It's so good, in fact, that I actually forgot it was CGI until I started writing this! The art itself (i.e. backgrounds) is incredibly detailed.
The sound effects are what really gave me the "movie experience" - everything is clear and crisp and sounds exactly how what I'm seeing on screen should.
The OST is lacking nowhere. The orchestral pieces are incredibly fitting and emotional driving. Many of the soundtracks match perfectly the actions and demeanor of certain characters. The opening done by The Oral Cigarettes is upbeat and driving while the ending is powerful and hopeful.
I was apprehensive starting revisions because I'm not a fan of mecha anime. Well, I've learned that's actually incorrect: I'm not a fan of anime that feature mecha at the forefront and use it as a device to progress the plot. Although Revisions is "mecha", it really is only a method for the characters to express themselves and develop. Character progression and plot is what drives Revisions rather than the mecha itself.
There is time-travel involved in Revisions, but again, it is not at the forefront. It simply aids in providing a unique environment for the plot and for the characters to interact and progress. Furthermore, there are no long, drawn-out explanations: everything is kept simple.
Lastly, if you're like me and hate dense characters that can't seem to understand human emotion and never develop, you're in luck. The end of episode 6 - a huge turning point in the series - left no doubt in my mind that certain characters were learning and growing from their mistakes. Ultimately, Daisuke comes to understand a lot of things about himself and only then is he able to truly become the superhero that can protect and save everyone else.
I did not had one moment watching Revisions where I was frustrated by seemingly nonsensical actions, cliches, or annoying plot twists that don't belong. Everything was foreshadowed nicely and the reveals that did happen made sense once I put all the pieces together.
It got way more serious than I anticipated and I was pretty shocked that they weren't afraid to kill off characters. I'm glad we didn't get the perfect "Disney" ending where everybody lived.
The only knock I might have on the show is that the villains clearly weren't meant to be taken seriously - but then again, maybe that's the whole point. It was never about defeating the bad guy, but rather, putting trust in one another and protecting the people you love.
Revisions also wasn't anything original in terms of plot progression, but it was done very well. It's true that it does what many sci-fi anime have done in the past, but it doesn't do anything wrong here other than be a bit too safe.
I give Revisions an 8/10. Not a 10/10, because I reserve my 10/10s for shows that strongly impact me on a deep emotional level. Also not a 9/10 because it lacked some originality that I would have enjoyed to see. Revisions wasn't that type of show, but the story itself was almost a masterpiece.