Animation: Fair
Depth: Fair
Design: Good
Characters: Fair
Story: Good

Type: TV   (12 episodes)

Vintage: 2014

Category:

» super natural
Verdict: Reviews @ Archen's Anime Page
Okay
Review:

Mekakucity Actors


Summary: >

Shintaro is a shut in who hates going out, but has no choice when his PC keyboard breaks, and shipping isn't happening over the holiday weekend. While at the story he finds himself mixed up in a robbery. This event would bring together a group of teens all with unique powers

Why do they have these powers, and where do they come from?


Thoughts: >

The start of Mekakucity Actors is a mess, probably made worse by abstract presentation and storytelling. Outwardly it looks like the typical teens with powers setup, making it easy to give up on this one early on. However this anime takes a few odd turns if you hang in there, which might make it worth sticking with. In the beginning I wondered if the teens with superpowers would fight crime or something. By the end I was left wondering how this show had somehow become about demon snakes from hell trying to take over the world. Yes really.

Characters cause problems in this anime, as many of them are annoying and/or not especially likable. The bigger problem is Mekakucity Actors doesn't have a lead character. I found myself always trying to get a perspective, but couldn't tell who's it was. It feels less grounded, as if I never got familiar with anyone and they just felt like a pile of characters.

That goes with the story as well. It's all over the place and seems to go nowhere for the first half. When a plot starts to emerge I was a little confused; this doesn't seem like this is the kind of anime that would have one. And aside from that, the story isn't bad although a bit off the wall. I can't go into detail more than that, however if you like the first part enough to stick with it, Mekakucity Actors eventually delivers a cool story that's a treat.

Visually this is the rare breed of show which doesn't look amazing by glossy artwork, instead leveraging style for presentation. While I grew to like that, it's not an obvious feature viewers might appreciate. This coordinates with abstract presentation, but at times you need to pay attention to what's shown, because that too is a part of the message.

This is a tough anime to recommend due to the patience requirement, and simply by virtue of being.. off the wall. I think that's the main draw for Mekakucity Actors, it's unusual abstract presentation. If that piques your interest, certainly give it a try. A tough sell otherwise.


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reviewed by archen in 2016