Fall 2017 Overview

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It’s about time to go over all of the shows I watched in the fall season. I actually quite liked this season. Plenty of shows were duds, but I felt like there was a lot of really entertaining shows to watch.

What I Liked

  • Houseki no Kuni – This series was a pretty big surprise for me since I hadn’t heard of the manga before it aired. It had an interesting world, an entertaining main character with nice character growth, and fun side characters. Phos also has the best facial expressions. I enjoyed watching it every week.
  • 3-gatsu no Lion S2 – My opinion on this series hasn’t really changed from the first season. It’s a great show to watch. The difference in Rei’s character from the first season is amazing.
  • Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou – This series was a nice, relaxing series for the season, which was strange given the post-apocalyptic setting. Still, it was always fun to watch. In many ways, I felt like the series had many of the aspects I expected from Kino no Tabi, proposing interesting concepts while travelling the world.
  • Mahoutsukai no Yome – I really like this series, but I felt like my reactions to it didn’t reflect that well because I came in knowing I would like it. I’m really happy that the series delivered on my expectations, though.
  • Konohana Kitan – This series was the biggest surprise of the series because I mostly wrote it off as another fluff show. To be fair, it was a fluff show, but the stories were much more interesting than I was expecting them to be.
  • Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – This season of Kekkai Sensen was much better than what I remember from the first season. It focused a lot on side characters who had legitimately fun stories, like Chain and KK. I’m starting to wonder if I was unfair on the first season.
  • Net-juu no Susume – This series was pretty fun overall. There were a couple of things that bugged me, like Sakurai’s self-doubt phase and the lack of focus on side characters, but it was enjoyable to watch. To Sakurai’s credit, I thought he was much smarter than I would expect a romance lead to be.
  • Shoukoku no Altair – This season felt a lot better than the first one because we were seeing a lot of the payoff from Mahmut’s travels. It was really cool to see how the relationships he had built throughout the series changed him and helped him out when he needed to fight.

Middle Area

  • Blend S – Kind of a generic fluff show, but it was funny enough.
  • Inuyashiki – My coverage of this series kinda goes into how I felt about this series. It was okay for the hype, but I didn’t feel like I was getting much out of it. The ending felt really cheap too.
  • Juuni Taisen – This series always felt lacking, but it was still enjoyable to watch. It’s similar to Inuyashiki in that I didn’t feel like I got much out of it, but it didn’t feel as bad because the series felt like it was doing what it set out to do.
  • Kino no Tabi – This series was very hit or miss. I really liked a couple of the episodes, but I’d say most of them were misses in my mind. That’s why it doesn’t get into the first section.
  • Shokugeki no Soma S3 – Kinda more of the same. This season is in a bit of an awkward place because it had to end in the middle of the Central arc (which still isn’t over yet in the manga), so the ending wasn’t satisfying at all.
  • Just Because – This series wasn’t bad as a romance series, but I never felt like it was doing anything special. In fact, I thought the ending relied a bit too much on everything working out, so I didn’t end up liking the final scene that much.
  • Animegataris – This series was great for its anime references and its window into otaku mentality, but I think it lost itself a bit when it tried to create a cohesive story. The story felt out-of-place and forced overall. For example, why is there so much focus on shutting the anime club down?
  • Love Live Sunshine S2 – Meh…kinda more of the same. Not that bad.

Meh

  • Code:Realize: Sousei no Himegimi – I wanted to like this show, but it felt like my initial enthusiasm about the series dropped off as it went along. I felt like many of the episodes had glaringly faulty logic, which gave the impression that stuff just kinda worked out for the main characters. I also thought that the villains in this series were severely lacking. I will admit that the ending wasn’t bad, though, even if it also felt like it kinda worked out for the main characters.
  • Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau – I was so happy with the opening of this series. It introduced an interesting world with a hidden secret, and then it hit a really jarring twist that shook everything apart. But once that initial shock had passed, the series just felt like it wasn’t doing anything. I thought the world as they kept adding more information became less interesting.
  • Fate/Apocrypha – This season felt worse than the first season. It felt like the story just flew in a different direction after the mid-series finale and dragged on in a lot of places.
  • Boku no Kanojo ga Majimesugiru Sho-bitch na Ken – Meh…this series just didn’t feel that funny to me. Not sure what else to say about it.
  • Himouto Umaru-chan S2 – I’m not sure why I jumped on board with the second season of this series. It just kinda happens.
  • Dies Irae – I thought VN adaptations were normally bad, but I think this one takes it up to another level. The fights never looked like much, as though they were literally pulling visuals from the VN itself, and the art style looked strangely old. The pacing also seemed problematic, as the main character seemed to get stronger for no real reason every episode. That being said, I could see hints of what people might have liked from the original, so it didn’t feel totally hopeless.
  • Ousama Game – This series is easily my least favorite of the season. I think I mentioned from episode 1 that the characters seemed strangely dumb, which turned out to be more true than I could have imagined at the time. They’re just frustrating to watch and their actions make no sense whatsoever. The series also strangely jumps between two different times like it doesn’t know which story it actually wants to tell.

Dropped

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  • Black Clover – This series didn’t feel like it was doing anything special as a shounen and there’s no way I can make it through 50 more episodes. The main character is also too annoying for that.
  • Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou – After seeing how bland the first half of this series was, I didn’t really want to go through another full season of it, so I didn’t watch any of the episodes that aired in fall.
  • Urahara – I stopped this series after episode 8 because it was getting too strange. I might end up completing the last four episodes later, but I’m not feeling particularly motivated at the moment. The colorful art doesn’t really appeal to me, and the story doesn’t feel like much. I don’t really like the characters either.
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Summer 2017 in Review

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Let’s wrap up the summer season. Overall, I felt like this season had a lot of good shows, so I ended up taking on a lot. I’ve added some quick comments, but let me know if you have preferences for which shows should get future reviews. Also, I’m thinking about adding more categories…hopefully that goes somewhere.

What I Liked

  • Owarimonogatari 2nd – This show kinda slipped under the radar because it was released as three episodes. But it really felt like a satisfying conclusion for the Monogatari series and I enjoyed watching it.
  • Made in Abyss – This show did a great job of showing its world on top of the descriptions given by narration or characters. The background for each location was impressive and really made me feel like I was experiencing the world. Also, it had a surprisingly dark tone while trying to convey a pretty standard adventure story otherwise.
  • Princess Principal – This show was interesting in how it introduced its characters and story through a fragmented and non-linear timeline. It also looked and sounded really cool overall.
  • Tsurezure Children – Funny mini-romance stories. This one isn’t really fair because I knew I’d enjoy it going in, but it didn’t disappoint.
  • Isekai Shokudou – As I said in my review, this series was a joy to watch every week. It combines an interesting fantasy world with the kind of food show I tend to enjoy.
  • Re:Creators (Part 2) – Solid ending and climactic fight for this one, even if a lot of time was spent setting it up.
  • Boku no Hero Academia S2 (Part 2) – I don’t have anything to add to what I said in the first half. Still entertaining.

Middle Area

  • Kakegurui – Fun to watch. This show was definitely entertaining and stood out, but I wasn’t too impressed with some of the games or the ending.
  • Sakurada Reset (Part 2) – Second half of this show felt much more interesting than the first half, as it was bringing together many of the pieces set up in the first half. All in all, this show had a very satisfying ending that make the rest of the show seem like it actually had a purpose.
  • Knight’s & Magic – I’m a sucker for giant robots and cool fights, which is why I enjoyed watching this show. I’ll freely admit that the rest of it is pretty sketchy, though.
  • Gamers – Lots of funny gamer references in this show. The misunderstandings could be hit or miss, but they were certainly impressive.
  • Nana Maru San Batsu – This show’s jokes ended up being pretty stale, but I enjoyed watching the quiz bowl aspect of it, especially when they showed the thought process used to figure out an answer.
  • Shoukoku no Altair – Surprisingly interesting for a show revolving around diplomacy in a war situation.
  • Fate/Apocrypha – Interesting new setting for a Fate series, but the fights feel lacking.
  • Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni – Revived human in a new world with the power of a god builds a harem.
  • Sakura Quest – More of the same.
  • Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e – I already wrote a review for this one, so I won’t repeat myself too much. The show just didn’t feel as smart as it was trying to be.

Meh

  • Centaur no Nayami – This show felt like it was trying really hard to sell me some kind of message while remaining as lighthearted as possible. In the end, it just felt like a less entertaining fluff show.
  • New Game+ – More drama than the first season, but it was mostly just there. Also, the name is definitely “New Game+” and no one can convince me otherwise.
  • Koi to Uso – This show actually started to seem like it was going somewhere in the end, but it was pretty much cut short.
  • Aho Girl – I’m biased against characters like Yoshiko, so I was always going to be annoyed by this show. To its credit, there were some good moments, but I just couldn’t stand Yoshiko.
  • Keppeki Danshi Aoyama-kun – Eh…I just didn’t find this funny.
  • Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou – Didn’t seem like anything special. This show just felt boring to watch most of the time, like I’d seen it done better in a different show.
  • Vatican Kiseki Chousakan – I had a bad initial impression for this series because I felt like the first mystery dragged on way too long. The recurring villain in the show also felt like he was thrown in for fun.
  • Hajimete no Gal – Maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention while reading the manga, but I don’t remember it being so perverted.

Blogging Principles: Picking and Choosing Blog Post Formats

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I’m going to start this post off with a disclaimer. My goal with this post is not to give some special insight into how you should write posts. I don’t have that kind of expertise. I’m just putting my thoughts on blog post formats out there. I hope it’s helpful, but I’m also interested in how others approach this concept (to see what I could learn from it).

The Summary Post

When I was starting out, my style of posting was pretty simple. My entire post was devoted to talking about what actually happened in the episode. If I was feeling adventurous, I’d add the odd comment or quip. It’s a pretty easy way to start out if you don’t know what to write.

I think this style of post gets its fair share of criticism. Admittedly, it’s probably well-deserved. I’m very aware that it’s a pretty low amount of effort. I certainly made things worse by posting all of my summaries as large blocks of text. But even though I’d never go back to writing posts like these, I would argue that they still have their place.

I’ve always found that I tend to read Wikipedia summaries very often when I watch Western shows. Why only when I watch Western shows? It’s just because anime episode summaries tend to be less available. I do this because I want to see how someone else interpreted the episode I just watched. Which parts did they think were important? Was there an obvious big picture piece that I missed? I’d say summary posts serve a similar role.

The “Analysis” Post

This style is probably my least favorite of the post formats that I’ve used, even if it’s the one I used for the longest time. It was kind of a natural progression from my previous style. At a certain point, I decided that the reader probably doesn’t need to be told what happened in the episode. I personally tend to avoid reading blog posts until after I’ve seen an episode, so it seemed like a reasonable conclusion. So, I just cut the summary from my post.

I think this change had the immediate upside of forcing me to think more about what I’d watched, rather than blindly repeating the content of the episode. It was a very slow process, but I believe that I came out of it with a better understanding of where my interests lie. I can better speak to what I actually like in a show.

The reason I hated this format was that I didn’t really like what it became. As I wrote more posts, I started giving myself easy milestones to complete the post. For example, there was a long stretch of time during which I would declare a post to be finished if I managed to go over 150 or 200 words. The posts started to feel more formulaic and probably ended up being too concise to really say much.

The Reaction Post

For many of you, this style of posting may be the most familiar one. Admittedly, it’s probably my favorite. After watching a particularly rough first episode, I realized that I had way more things to say than I normally would. More importantly, I realized that these comments were largely in reaction to very specific scenes. Rather than describing the scene, I thought it might be easier just to post a picture of the scene and make the comment directly below it. As such, my posts became a series of images followed by reactions to said images.

The reason I liked this post format was because I felt like it played to my strengths. I feel much more comfortable reacting to specific points than putting together some kind of analysis. The images in these posts acts as a reference point for a particular point in the series, allowing me to talk about it specifically.

Moving Forward

If I had to sum everything up in an overarching lesson, it would be that I aim to experiment and try new methods. Recently, I’ve attempted to trim my posts down to avoid an excessive wall of images. I noticed that I had a tendency to “fill space” in my reaction posts with one-liners in some series while others would have full paragraphs for a single image. I’m now trying to force myself to come up with a decent paragraph for every series (at the very least). One day, I may move away from only using screenshots in my posts.

So, I’ll end on this: why do you prefer the style you use today for your blog posts? Is there a reason for your preference? The answer to that second question doesn’t have to be “yes”. It’s just something I like to ponder myself.

Anime Review: Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e

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When I first talked about this series in this season, I described it as “trying too hard”, and I stand by that description. Every aspect of the series screams that it thinks it’s a smart show, but I find none of the “intellectual” aspects of the show to be interesting. One of the arcs even felt like it was trying to do too much at one time, attempting to introduce a character to the main cast while resolving a dispute between the classes.

Also, the series seemed to revolve around the point system that they introduce at the start of the show. However, that point system kinda disappeared after that first arc. Is this really a show about class systems in the real world? It certainly tried to take a lot of quotes from creators of economic/social systems.

My opinion of this series is pretty clouded by the way that the season ended. I’m no stranger to inconclusive light novel adaptation endings, but the explanations in this series felt particularly lacking. I’d argue that we still know very little about the main character. I know he’s trying not to stand out, but he might be succeeding too well.

Normally, I would like the character that observes in the background without making too much of a fuss, but this main character feels like he’s pushing it too much with his superhuman abilities. Even if he is the result of some kind of experiment (boy, it would be nice to know more than that), it becomes too easy to see him as the guy who can just do anything to resolve the conflict in the show.

Other than the main character, I’d say most of the characters aren’t too memorable, with the exception of the main three heroines. The rest of the classmates didn’t get too much focus to really stand out.

Maybe I missed the grander point of the show. At the very least, I found it watchable, but it’s nothing special at the end of the day.

Overall Score: 6/10

Anime Review: Demi-chan wa Kataritai

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This series is set in a world where a small percentage of humanity are born as “demi-humans” and live peacefully with humanity. The main character (if you can call him that), Tetsuo Takahashi, is a biology teacher who is interested in studying these demi-humans and finds that there are three students and a fellow teacher in the school that happen to be demi-humans, a vampire, a dullahan, a snow woman, and a succubus. The show mainly follows his interactions with these demi-humans and tries to understand their unique situations (that’s all your getting in terms of story).

Overall, I thought this show was interesting because of how it tried to examine the mythologies behind demi-humans. Everything generally seemed grounded despite the supernatural nature of the discussion. It also focused a lot on each character’s individual struggles dealing with their unique, demi-human-related traits. In that regard, I’ve seen the show described as a message about people with disabilities and I think that’s a pretty good way to put it. But I guess more importantly, there’s a message about looking at things from the perspective of someone else and thinking about why they act the way they do (this is where I think Hikari in particular excels as a character).

I read the manga version of this series before it aired as an anime. Normally, this wouldn’t make much of a difference, but this series really impressed me with how much the anime added on to the presentation in the manga. I really liked a lot of the comedic effects it used with scene transitions as they made the scenes a lot funnier than they appeared in the manga. And music-wise, the series was pretty solid. There were a few particularly memorable songs in the soundtrack and I thought the ending song was pretty good. Using crayons in the animation to match to the piano notes being played was also a nice touch.

Overall Score: 8/10

Anime Review: 3-gatsu no Lion

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I want to try to be better about reviewing the series I don’t cover in a season (since I watch so many), and this series happens to be the first one to finish that I haven’t really written about previously. Glad there’s a second season announced for this series. I’m definitely looking forward to it!

The story follows Rei Kiriyama, a shogi player who qualified as a professional in middle school, which is a rare accomplishment that earns him the attention of the shogi world. Unable to deal with the pressure, Rei isolates himself from the people around him, leaving his foster family to live on his own supported by his shogi career. The story pretty much starts with a lot of introduction for Rei and some of the major characters, such that the shogi aspect of the show is sometimes not even in an episode.

But it does eventually reach a point where Rei’s interactions with the professional shogi scene are brought into focus. And I’m not sure how many share this opinion, but I personally think the shogi parts of the show are the best parts. Even though the series doesn’t have the same tone, it brings me back to when I was watching Hikaru no Go. I also didn’t personally find the technical aspect of the shogi conversations to be overbearing.

The characters in this show are probably my favorite part. I found Rei to be very relatable, and I sympathized specifically with his inability to define his own passions in life. I know at around that age, I was having similar troubles figuring out what I really wanted to do and feeling the pressures of other people pushing me in certain directions that I didn’t necessarily know if I liked. And I would hazard a guess that most people have felt a similar feeling of being lost in the world, unsure of where to head. But aside from Rei, I thought pretty much every character was memorable. They each have their own motivations, strengths, and weaknesses, and I never got the sense that any particular character was useless. I think the only exception for me was the cats…really couldn’t stand those two.

Music is always a big selling point for me and this series really delivers on it. The first pair of themes are both done by Bump of Chicken, a band I’ve really liked since playing Tales of the Abyss. I’m less of a fan of the second opening song, but I really like the second ending song as well. But even if you ignore the themes, the soundtrack for this series is also incredible. It’s hard to describes, but the songs gave me a sense of longing as I listen that really fit the show.

Overall Score: 9/10

Anime Review: Brave 10

Brave 10

So, another show from the Sengoku era. Unlike Sengoku Basara, this show has Yukimura depicted as a lord, rather than a simple soldier. The story follows Saizo Kirigakure, an assassin who is recruited by Yukimura, who is attempting to gather ten warriors to fight for him. Unfortunately, most of the story ends up just being about finding the ten people. It’s not really until like episode 9 or 10 that you find out exactly why Yukimura is doing it. When stuff actually starts happening, it happens pretty quick. It’s really the kind of plot you’d expect from a show like this. Still, there’s a lot of good action and fighting in these episodes. Maybe it’s a curse of shorter shows like this that pacing is such an issue. The ending is also too abrupt…no real warning. They also kill the main antagonist in a pretty cheap way…especially when he was beating all over Saizou in every other episode.

Story: Score 66/100

The characters were decent, I guess. Each of the 10 heroes embodies a different element, which becomes pretty obvious in their personality. Character development is only really seen in Saizou, and maybe Isanami. The other characters remain fairly static, and you only get background from a couple of them. I don’t even know if that wind person was a guy or not…so confusing. As for Saizou, his character development is pretty straightforward…nothing surprising. He starts off as the cocky and standoffish guy who slowly softens as the show goes on. Isanami isn’t that much better. She’s introduced as a fairly carefree and cheerful girl that houses some deep dark secret that she eventually is forced to accept with Saizou’s help. Also…she’s pretty annoying >.> Date Masamune makes some appearances in the show, but he really isn’t a central antagonist like you would expect for a show with Sanada Yukimura.

Characters: Score 65/100

Animation in this show good. I didn’t really notice anything weird, and the fights looked okay. Pretty much what you’d expect from a battle anime…decent fights and random names for attacks. Characters designs seemed okay to me…I guess my reaction to it was “indifferent.” Music seemed pretty suited for the era and for the fighting. It worked for the show. The opening theme is a bit strange…I’m okay with listening to it, but it just seems off for some reason. The ending theme was pretty good, though…I liked it. Yeah, the voices sound distorted, but it just sounded cool to me.

Animation: Score 80/100

Music: Score 83/100

In the end, this is a show I’d show only to people who really liked mainstream or something. Although, that may be a bit much…not even sure if Bleach fans would like this show excessively (I have a test subject, though…I’ll let you know of the results). I also have a friend who says he really likes Sengoku era shows, so I guess this might be for him too. I’d say that you could watch this show if you’re just looking for some battles without having to think too much. Otherwise, there are probably plenty of other Sengoku shows that you could check out.

Final Score: 72/100

Anime Review: Inu x Boku SS

Inu x Boku SS

This is one of those shows that I wasn’t initially planning on watching because the SS made me think it was some sort of second season or something. I’m really glad I watched it, though, because I enjoyed it a lot. It tells the story of Ayakashi Kan, a mansion with a very special kind of tenant, each assigned their own Secret Service agent as a bodyguard. One such tenant is Ririchiyo Shirakiin, a girl who has a problem of insulting people due to her inexperience with other people. Ririchiyo is against the idea of having an SS agent, but she meets Soushi Miketsukami, who insists on protecting her and serving her, claiming that she once saved him.

The show really continues on being a simple slice of life as Ririchiyo meets new people in Ayakashi Kan and becomes more comfortable with other people, but there is also a romance building in the background. Having read the manga, I realize that there were a bunch of episodes with extra stuff thrown in, but I really like how they eventually end the show. Also, the random antics in the other episodes are incredibly entertaining. I probably laughed every episode. I was worried that they weren’t really using the demon thing very much, but it ended up working out nicely.

Story: Score 90/100

The characters in this show were all pretty good. First off, we have Ririchiyo Shirakiin, characterized as tsunshun rather than tsundere because she gets depressed instead of becoming more nice. Her character development ends up being pretty nice, and she makes things entertaining by trying to be so serious and cool around everyone. Soushi Miketsukami is a bit of a strange character. At times, his overzealous devotion to Ririchiyo can be a bit excessive, but he ends up having a really interesting character background. Adding to that, we have Ririchiyo’s classmates Banri Watanuki and Karuta Roromiya. Banri’s mostly there for the comedy, a self-proclaimed delinquent constantly trying to proof his strength. Karuta, I’d say, is there for the fans…she’s just so cute. She acts like an airhead, but ends up being pretty perceptive at times.

Then, we have Nobara Yukinokouji, the perverted woman that adds the comedy, Renshou Sorinozuka, who adds in a bit of nonchalance, and Zange Natsume, who’s just a little bit nuts. Finally, we have Kagerou Shoukiin, the charismatic masked man who is probably the most entertaining of them all. The show focuses mostly on Ririchiyo, so you don’t really see much development from the other characters…still, I don’t think I had a problem with any of them. I liked all of the characters, although maybe the side characters a tad bit more than the main characters.

Characters: Score 92/100

The animation in this show was pretty good. They switch between the more typical anime depictions of the characters and the more gag-style depictions very nice for comedic effect. There are even a couple of action scenes that looked pretty nice. The music in this show was was pretty impressive. The background music seemed to work out okay, and I have no real complaints. But the real story was in the themes. The opening theme, which looking a bit strange, sounded amazing. Also, each character gets their own ending theme, so the ending changes nearly every episode, and they were all good songs. Some of them, like Karuta’s, were particularly great. I can’t wait for the character albums to come out.

Animation: Score 90/100

Music: Score 93/100

In the end, I really enjoyed watching this show. I’m pretty sure it was because the show was good and not because it came out on the same day as Guilty Crown and I was already in a bad mood when I watched it, but I can never be sure. I probably wouldn’t mind recommending this show to most of my friends…it was a good laugh with every episode. The manga is still going on, so I’d love to see a second season…but we’ll just have to see. There doesn’t seem to be any indications yet.

Final Score: 91/100

Anime Review: Another

Another

This is a show that I’ve enjoyed following as it aired. Basically, Sakakibara Kouichi transfers into a class that seems strange for some reason. There’s a story in this class about a class years ago where a student named Misaki died. However, the class chose to pretend that Misaki was still alive, even up to graduation. Kouichi meets a girl named Misaki Mei, and starts to take an interest in her. The story follows him as he tries to solve the mystery behind his classmates and their strange behavior. When he finds out, he is thrust into a race to solve everything to prevent the deaths of his classmates.

This show presents itself as a horror series, and it certainly tries to uphold that with the death and ridiculous amounts of blood. However, I saw this show more to be a mystery, giving out hints and clues for the viewers to solve it with the characters. I had a ton of fun coming up with theories every single week. Still, there are cliffhangers galore, which can be a bit frustrating when following an airing show, but definitely effective in keeping interest. Also, I have to give props to the show in the end. While it’s true that they get a little excessive with the killing to the point of being a bit comic, I have to say that their decision to use mob psychology was very well done and incredibly interesting to watch. Also, the ending that they use is very appropriate. I thought it was well done.

Story: Score 92/100

The characters in this show tend to be fairly bland. Kouichi isn’t that stellar of a protagonist, but he gets things moving. Mei was a pretty cool character, mysterious and quiet. Akazawa Izumi, the tsundere, was a nice character too, but doesn’t really make all too many appearances early on. Teshigawara Naoya takes the role of comedic support (which is awkward in a horror story, but it wasn’t that bad). Mochizuka Yuuya, the frail art kid, finishes up the really major characters. There are plenty of supporting characters in the class, but most of them are really just there to die. Sometimes, they made it pretty obvious who was going to be killed when they throw in random background characters in an important scene.

Characters: Score 86/100

The animation in this show didn’t really stand out to me in any way, but it wasn’t exactly bad. Everything had an eerie look to it, but the random scenes of dolls may have been a bit much. The music was a bit disappointing for me. The main theme is super mysterious and sets a great mood for a horror story. However, they try to alter that main theme to sound lighter in the more cheerful scenes, and it doesn’t really work out that well. It just seemed very out of place to me. The opening theme wasn’t too impressive…sounded like a normal song from ALI PROJECT if you like their music. The ending theme was a lighter song…a bit better, but still not that impressive.

Animation: 85/100

Music: 80/100

If you think you can handle the blood and gore, I thought this was a very nice mystery-esque show to keep you guessing. It’s easy to get spoiled, though, so be careful (I learned that the hard way). I could have spent hours talking about my theories for the show…there were tiny clues everywhere. Eventually, it came down to process of elimination with so few characters remaining. Not the strongest show in the world, but I found it pretty entertaining. I don’t usually watch horror shows, but I didn’t mind this one so much…maybe because I classify it as mystery and the deaths didn’t really bother me. Man am I glad the cliffhangers are over…they were bad for my heart.

Final Score: 85/100