Well, I finally had time to collect my thoughts and think about this entire show as a whole, and now I think it's time for me to finally give a decent review about the show that I had followed since the beginning: DRAMAtical Murder, a show based off a BL visual novel released in 2012 and has since become the poster image of N+C (at least until we get the next game which will totally involve the main character being some kind of genetic experiment of some sort or maybe he can finally be blond or something). Since the game has become so popular that it spawned its own concert, it only became second nature to say that there would be an anime based off of it. People immediately shied away from it once it became clear that it wouldn't be BL anymore, but I guess once they announced the more censored re:Code coming out now people want to watch it? I dunno.
It didn't help that once the anime was introduced, people immediately compared it to Togainu no Chi, a previous N+C game that got the same treatment and died on the vine, turning the anime adaptation into an infamous example for how horrible anime adaptations can go. So did DMmd go that far? Well, let's break it all down.
ANIMATION - 6/10
Honestly, if I was comparing the animation of this show to one from another studio such as Madhouse or Gonzo, I would probably have given this a lower rating. However, that wouldn't be fair for NAZ, would it? Besides, Madhouse and Gonzo are such big names with a bigger budget and a lot of more care, and NAZ is definitely smaller funded, almost like an indie company. So I'll have to judge them based on what they got. And for what they got, it's pretty average.
Watching the anime made me think that this could've been done in the early 2000's and I would have never known the difference. There was minimal movement at best. People just stood around talking to each other and the actual fighting happened in quick bursts and not even in a realistic sort of way like if we're watching a gangster anime. The fight between Noiz and Koujaku in the beginning? That was super lame. The fight at the end in the tower? A little better, but still felt so stiff. They all moved like dolls, with them fixing up all the way in the end.
Well, for being dolls, they do look rather pretty. I will admit that the characters look a lot better in the anime than they do in the game, since they're walking and talking and don't look that lame (especially the anatomy of the characters. WHOSE CROTCHES ARE THAT HIGH?!). Mink looks a bit younger so we can just assume that he was 30 instead of 40 or something. Koujaku seems on model. Aoba looks pretty cute. Clear is adorkable as usual. And Ren? OH HOT DAMN. That's where half of the budget went, by the way. Sometimes the eyes wouldn't be fit on the face and would be somewhat on the left, but otherwise they're on model.
All in all, they were on model and didn't look that horrible. Movement felt very 2000's and kind of meh, but operable. It definitely wasn't the main focus of the company, that's for sure.
STORY - 7/10
The poor anime committed the horrible sin of adding in details from the other routes into the story without explaining them, forcing those who are new to it to "read the visual novel", but they add just enough for those who did watch it to get some better insight on their characters. At least, for some of them. But don't worry about the beginning seven episodes. The Common Route is just fine. There were no details left out from the game in this. I mean, if anything, the only thing they changed that could've affected much was the fact that they state that Aoba's parents were dead instead of travelling somewhere. It works because the fandom hates those two, so all you newcomers don't have to worry about them.
Koujaku's Route is perfectly fine as well. The thing is that his story gets a bit more hinting in the Common Route because of how quickly his plot will be fixed. If anything, they had to cut out a lot of corners in order to fix his route, but since his route was basically fluff he didn't need to worry that much.
Noiz's Route was a bit more interesting. His episode was more fulfilling and the changes to his Scrap made it the coolest one of the four. However, his ending felt very rushed and unexplained. Did he ever get that rematch with Aoba? Where'd he go after the Tower collapsed? Why did he come back? Couldn't he just call him or something? In the game, he came over from Germany to whisk him off in some fairy tale happily ever after, so that's what happened.
Clear and Mink's episodes were a bit more...confusing. Both of them were tied directly to the story, and hence they had to go at the pace of the plot. They did that for Mink, so that isn't a problem. However, they left Clear's episode into just being one episode, which confuses me because Alphas were vital to Toue's problems. Then again, I complained about that in the episode review, so I won't say it here. Clear's route was rushed and hence it felt empty. Mink's route felt more spread out since he had two episodes but had a horrible ending. He never really gets his revenge and just ditches the group. Even I felt it was blech. And don't get me started on Ren's. That was average at best.
However, the story that we got is good enough and feels like everything would make sense to those who never played the game. I think those who play the game will know what's going on in general, but they might wonder what the heck is going on with the characters.
SOUND/VOICE ACTING - 9/10
OH HOT DAMN. THIS IS MY JAM. GET THE PARTY UP UNTIL THE A MMMMMMMMMMM.
I'm sorry. I had to say that. The music here is just beautiful. I very much prefer it over the one in the game. Everyone here acts in character, which is great because they did bring the entire cast back into the show. The only reason why it's a 9 out of 10 is because there were some Aoba moments where he was supposed to be broken hearted and depressed as all hell and sounded just...sad. Like eh sad. But everything else is perfect.
Seriously, listen to the music. It has a more full feeling other than the electronica that the game had. Can I just download all of them, please? I'm not really a fan of GOATBED but the opening and ending song in general was something I could bop my head with. The character ending songs were fun, too. Not my favorites, though, since I liked the songs from their games instead. All in all, I can't say much since the seiyuu who were in the game are in the anime and hold up perfectly fine while the anime OST is better than the game OST, so what else can be sa-
Oh wait. Clear's Jellyfish Song officially has lyrics. 1000000000000000000/10.
FINAL GRADE - 7/10
I was debating on whether or not this is a six or a seven out of ten, until I asked myself if I would watch this show again. Honestly? Yes, yes I would. The story was rushed but I could get around it. The animation was blech but it's a visual novel, most anime based on them go through the same way as well. The music is awesome. The characters are awesome. I'm just a little sad that anime only viewers won't get the full impact that the game can give them, but that's what all adaptations suffer from. I guess that the reason why the rating is just a bit above average is because everyone feared that this was going to be another TnC anime failure and it turned out that it ended up pretty good. Now if you excuse me, I'll listen to Jellyfish again.
Listening to: YouTube
Playing: Tomodachi Life