C3 (aka C Cube aka Cube x Cursed x Curious)
So this is one of the shows from the recent fall season that I had the pleasure of following. What’s the story? Basically, Yachi Haruaki is seemingly normal high school boy who receives a package from his father one day, which turns out to be a black cube. That night, he finds out that this cube is actually a girl named Fear, who has come to him to lift her curse.
We find out that Haruaki naturally attracts these sorts of cursed items as we meet his classmates. We also find out that various organizations take quite the interest in Fear, and Fear must fight alongside Haruaki to maintain her peaceful existence. So we have a pretty typical harem setup at first, but then the blood starts flowing. There are two main arcs in this show.
I think this show does a pretty decent job of keeping action in what would normally be a pretty boring harem. That being said, the story is a bit weak, possibly because the ending leaves so much for a second season.
Story: Score 7/10
So aside from Haruaki and Fear, we have Konoha Muramasa, Haruaki’s childhood friend who actually turns out to be a sword that Haruaki can wield in combat. Kirika Ueno is the class representative, and actually turns out to have her own story (not gonna reveal anything). In the first part of the series, the main antagonist is Peavy Barroy, who’s a bit of an insane woman who tries pretty hard to kill Fear.
What do I think about these characters? I think the harem setup has a pretty decent set of girls to go with. Fear’s a cute loli still pretty naive about the human world. However, Peavy annoyed the crap out of me. More antagonists are introduced as the show goes on, but Peavy was just such a nuisance. I understand that she was supposed to be insane, but it might have been a bit excessive.
Characters: Score 8/10
Animation is where this story really shines. Budget is the name of the game and it definitely shows. Everything just looks good. There are even random cubes coming out of Fear’s hair for crying out loud. The musical track also sounds great, with two completely amazing opening themes and great ending themes. I’m deeply infatuated with “Endless Story” myself.
Animation: Score 10/10
Music: Score 9/10
So what do I think? This show does a pretty good job of balancing the cute scenes with the action. That said, sometimes the scenes can jerk a bit suddenly, which I’m not sure is a great thing. You’ll see a random fan service, then someone’s bleeding on the ground. Makes you go “….what?” Also, I feel like the fan service can be a bit excessive at times, with panty shots of Fear while she’s searching around or something as simple as Konoha jumping up and down. That said, it was a pretty enjoyable experience and I’m definitely looking forward to a second season.
Final Score: 8/10