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Posted 3/10/18 , edited 3/10/18
Hi,

I didn't watched this show yet. Is it worth to spent time to watch? In the end, I know that this is an anime, but still I wanted to ask.

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Posted 3/12/18 , edited 3/15/18

wolfaust wrote:

Hi,

I didn't watched this show yet. Is it worth to spent time to watch? In the end, I know that this is an anime, but still I wanted to ask.

Thanks,


If you want something action-packed and straight-forward (like Psychopass) this may not be for you. If you like the dark and surreal conspiracy theory action/scifi (like Psychic Detective Yakumo, Un-Go or Higurashi) you may in fact enjoy this. While lots of people are saying this is Psychopass meets Tokyo Ghoul, I think for me it's more CSI/Criminal Minds meets Max Payne. I'm actually planning to buy it once the DVD/Blu is released, it's originality won me over and the characters were all fun.
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Posted 3/13/18

I've finally finished this, and honestly, I actually enjoyed it.


First few eps may have felt scattered and a mere play of cat-and-mouse, but every piece of information slowly comes together as the story progresses. And though there are some titles out there that I'd enjoy to binge-watch, I felt that this one is best appreciated when viewed 1-2 episodes a day.


Only wished that they've made the series longer in order to expound further on Keith's past, the history involving Koku & Yuna, and even the Reggies. With how things had ended, mayhaps a 2nd season is in the works. Who knows.
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Posted 3/17/18
Phew... this was good. Not crazy good, but good nonetheless. 8/10
Best things were the character designs, animation, and music. Man with a mission never disappoints.
I hope that second season happens soon.
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Posted 3/17/18 , edited 3/17/18
Just finished completely watching A.I.C.O and then this. I feel Netflix is grasping at staws... idk how else to describe it. I gave this anime a 5/10 rating. The reason being the story unveils itself leading to you believe its possible super hero battles, then meanders into the comedy, horror, and detective genre's. I would say about halfway through I was literally thinking to myself "what is this supposed to be?" The art was tasteful, the soundtrack at least for me felt a bit off from whatever the show was trying to convey. No issues with Japanese voice actors(subbed). Although it could be said we learned little to nothing about the majority of key players in the show. Lack of world building is also noteworthy.

My issue with this show is it doesn't know what it wants to be as it progresses through the story until the very end. Although I feel a writer should keep the audience guessing, I don't think this applies to genre or general plot lines. So instead of eloquently portraying a given story, it instead relies on a sensory dump truck heaping loads of information, art, and sound to hypnotize its audience into submission. After 12 episodes your left with some sense of closure however you cant really look back and say the whole story was cohesive, or even coherent.

This show is geared towards what I feel is a younger audience that wants violence, gore, some art, and little else. Enjoy at your own expense.
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Posted 3/18/18
I've watched 4 episodes so far. It's OK, not great, not horrible. It reminds me of something that should have been on Adult Swim around 2005. Also reminds me a bit of Terror in Resonance, maybe because I just finished watching it. If I had to choose, I'd go with Terror in Resonance.
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I understand a lot of people on here are suggesting that this is just a combination of animes' plots or characteristics jammed together, but you're definitely wrong. They've taken photography techniques from artsy hollywood movies, the flashbacks are almost higher quality than the real time show, to properly list all the anime's it resembles, you'd have to go through a lot more than the one's I'm seeing listed here... sure, tokyo ghoul, darker than black, akame ga kill (the antagonists), death note, psycho pass, fate/zero, twin star excorcists, etc etc.

I almost can't punish the writers for blatant rips of other content because it's so damn good. Even the end credits have music which, for my taste anyways, is some of the best soundtrack for anime I've ever heard. I'm only halfway through, so will update if my opinion changes, but so far, easily one of my favorites for entertainment value. (PS I'm a huge fan of Berserk, so the fact that this has some of the best graphics of any anime doesn't really affect my opinion. Just icing on the cake.)
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Enjoyed this anime quite a lot, actually. The genre, scope and setting were all appealing – like X-Files meets dark Marvel. The mystery built up around Keith played well off the mystery the detectives were trying to solve. The individuals in RIS were fairly well-rounded and interesting, not just cut-and-paste characters. The story itself, once its focus was revealed at the end, had a nice hook to it. Still thinking about it the next day. Overall, I would certainly recommend this anime to people who like noir/detective stories.

However, there were a few issues as well:
• #1, and I’m probably the only person with this issue: My all-time favorite VA was chopped at episode 3. There were snippets later, but not enough.
• The use of the hostage/gas situation as a diversion felt too long. I realize it was supposed to waste a lot of the detectives’ time, but should the viewer suffer too?
• After creating a lot of depth to Koku’s past, and his very existence, I expected quite a bit more out of that parallel story. If the intent was solely for Keith’s utility, tbh that sucks. If it was meant to remain undone for future continuation, okay, but it still glossed over too much without enough closure – don’t treat Koku like a by-product.

One excellent highlight was the ED. "The Perfect World" by Marty Friedman feat. Jean-Ken Johnny, KenKen, and Koji Fujimoto. Just might change my mind about best ED of the season with this one.

Director/creator/animator Kazuto Nakazawa has given us plenty of great material before; this time was no exception. Looking forward to his next project!

(8/10)
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Posted 29 days ago
I actually really enjoyed it.

The parallel stories meandered for a while before intersecting, but that's kinda Netflix's MO. You'll notice this with a lot of their original works. They release entire seasons at once, and we generally watch entire seasons within a week. Because of this, they often meander or spread far too thin in the beginning, because we're going to watch 3-4 episodes in one sitting anyway. By the time we turn it off, things are starting to come together. It allows a Netflix Original to form a much more intricate overall picture, vs a weekly series that needs every episode to be exciting and easy to understand for rating's sake.

The animation was extremely high quality, and many of the techniques used were well implemented. My one major complaint was Koku was originally painted as the MC, and is essentially a God, but he ends up being just a tool in Keith's story. However, they left it open for a sequel, so maybe Koku gets his own story in the future.
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