Animation: Bad
Depth: Weak
Design: Weak
Characters: Weak
Story: Weak

Type: TV   (12 episodes)

Vintage: 2007


» sci-fi


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Verdict: Reviews @ Archen's Anime Page


Summary: >

On the continent of Polyphonica, powerful spirits may form a contract with special musicians, who serenade them to give them strength. Humans have come to rely on this relationship to build their society, so humans with this kind of musical talent are highly respected. Phoron doesn't seem like anything special at fist glance, but he's incredibly talented, something recognized many years ago by his contracted spirit Corticarte. Their bond is strong, and something required when daily jobs xxx.

Thoughts: >

Polyphonica sounds like a some sort of rash that wont go away, but even though this anime isn't that, it's about as irritating. The problem is simple: it's boring. Some have a knack for story telling, others don't. If you've met someone who can make the most awesome adventure ever sound boring, they may have worked on Polyphonica. And that's too bad because there are some cool ideas in this anime.

In the first episode, Phoron pushes a button on his motorcycle, and parts start moving like it was transforming. So I figured it would become a robot, because it's anime, right? Instead it changes into a keyboard / pipe organ thing. As he plays music, his partner's bust size grows by like 5 cup sizes. I wondered what in the hell kind of anime I was watching, although it certainly had my attention for being something different.

And conceptually it very much is. Polyphonica has a great concept on paper, which should lend to a truly vibrant anime, instead of the lifeless visual novel adaptation that was made. The characters are bland; lacking any features to make them likable, and most simply fill space. Phoron is a combination of "nice guy" and dope. Corti is a bitch for the entire duration of the show. And if you haven't yet noticed, everyone in this anime has a really weird name.

Visual novel adaptations

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