Mekakucity Actors (An Anime Review)

 

[credit to: cruncyroll.com]

[credit to: crunchyroll.com]

Quick summary: The incidents which occurred on August 14th and 15th bring a group of young boys and girls together… They are members of a group they call themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” (Blindfold Organization) and each member possesses a strange power involving their eyes. Will the members of this peculiar organization be able to solve the mysteries behind these incidents and see the truth?

-crunchyroll.com

I stumbled across this series by chance on Crunchyroll.com and the description led me give it a chance. I was pretty hooked after the first episode. It’s a good mix of scifi, fantasy, and mystery. The story line is not in chronological order, which makes it so you discover things about each character bit by bit, and look at situations that happened in the past with a new light. Some of the characters are a bit stereotypical to these types of animes, the shy socially awkward girl & the fox eyed devious boy, but beyond that point I really like the characters. It was interesting to see what each persons power was and how if affected them and those around them. After the ending credits roll by you get a little clip about a person called ‘the monster’, though it doesn’t exactly tell you who this person is or why they are important for a while. This show seems to be set maybe slightly in the future but not too far. Unless I am really behind on the technology the East has going on nowadays, which is entirely possible.

It is a little slow to start, but quickly picks up as more of the characters meet each other. Like a lot of anime there was a manga before it (and I think a novel), so the anime is going to differ slightly for those who have read it. One of my favorite is Konoha because he looks like he fell out of a video game and it just too adorable. Just want to squish him in a hug. Which brings me to something I really like about the show is the character designs. I like the outfits they wear and how it reflects each of their personalities or backgrounds. One theme is many of them wear hoodies, which is easy to pick up on early in the show, and I find this to be such a teenage-outcast type thing that sets in well with who they are. Plus hoodies are kind of awesome. A lot of the characters have a sort of color theme that is connected with them, in the intro each one is shown with a different color and number. I like the music that goes along with it as well, some of it sounds like pop while others is more edgy, fits the scene or situation well. Some of the songs are actually describing what is happening on screen at that moment, which is something i’m not so used to and like for this anime. There is a lot of symbolism in this show that I picked up on and I felt help with the emotions or roundness of the scenes and characters.

Here is a link to the intro of the anime for you to check out. I watch it on Crunchyroll.com, but it may be out there on other sources I’m not sure.

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