C Cube OVA

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Well…another show comes back for another episode. I kinda expected it to all be a ruse…felt a bit too serious for an OVA (also, the monster didn’t really “show up” until halfway through, which is a bit slow). A lot of stuff I found fairly funny, such as every scene with Shiraho (seriously…how is that not funny?) and Konoha being stuck watching everyone else from the other bus at the start of the episode.

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I guess it wasn’t that bad of an OVA…I prefer the second half over the first, of course. Not really much else to say about it. Not even sure how I feel about more for this show in the future. I guess it’s mostly curiosity for how it all ends if anything…

Anime Review: C Cube

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

C Cube Final Episode

Time for the first series of this season to come to an end. The final battle ends up being pretty long, starting off with Alice having a bit of a skirmish with Fear and Konoha. When Haruaki frees himself, Alice reveals a second Waas, which allows her to call forth multiple reflections of herself.

Fear ends up killing one of the clones, and starts to revert to her torture tool persona. Kirika and Haruaki’s attempts to save her are not so successful, but then Shiraho and Sovereignty arrive to save the day. Fear is able to beat Alice, but she is saved by who I’m assuming are more people from the Families.

The final battle was animated well…this show just looks good. Because this ending creates the opportunity for a second season, I’ll excuse the fact that Haruaki didn’t choose anyone…but just this once. Actually, what am I saying? There really has to be a second season. There’s too much stuff that’s not resolved. Still no confrontation with Kirika’s organization. Families are still at large. We still don’t know what’s up with blue-hair Konoha (ack! I want to know!). Also, there were those new characters that show up in the epilogue scenes, so yeah. Anyways, will probably do a formal review of the show soon. Hope you all enjoyed this show as much as I have.

C Cube Episode 3

Finally, we get to see the result of Fear’s freakout. Fear manifests a black cube, which she uses to unleash a flurry of attacks. Valencie doesn’t seem fazed at first, but Fear easily dispatches her. Valencie is able to escape, and Fear starts to attack Haruaki. With Konoha’s help, Haruaki is able to knock the black cube from her hand, which turns her back to normal. Haruaki seems to be able to talk her out of her self-deprecation, but then Fear runs off before he can stop her. Before leaving, she says something that only Haruaki is able to hear, but he passes out. When he wakes up, Konoha tries to force him to go to the hospital, but Haruaki realizes that Fear may be trying to end her own life, so he refuses. Kirika notices Fear walking by herself and tries to help her, but Fear attacks her. Kirika is able to bring Fear back to her senses, but Fear leaves her nonetheless. Meanwhile, Valencie is bandaged and attempts to go after Fear again, but she is stopped and ordered to wait for reinforcements. Fear stands at the edge of a dock overlooking the sea, remembering parts of her past. She hears Haruaki call out to her, but turns to find that he isn’t there. Haruaki continues to desperately search for Fear, but Fear jumps off of the edge. However, Haruaki finds her Rubik’s Cube and jumps in after her, saving her. Yup…still enjoying this series. It has the action to compliment the harem theme, and Fear’s just a funny character to watch.