Monday, July 4, 2011

[Ended] Hidan no Aria: Clash Classic Fiction Characters...'s Descendents

Recently, there is a rush to get loli themed animes such as Dragon Crisis, Astarotte no Omocha, and this, Hidan no Aria out on the air due to some legislation is about to take effect in Japan. (That seems to be the rumor out there, I'm not sure how much of it is true.) And when it comes to loli anime, all of which are voiced by the one and the only Rie Kugimiya.

But, that's about the best thing ever happened to this anime. As much as I like to praise all the work Rie Kugimiya is in, there really just isn't much here that makes me want to speak highly of. The problem in my opinion doesn't really have much to do with production quality, it's deep rooted within the story itself. They did a pretty good job on directing and screenwriting to keep the episodes exciting, but the story itself, feels like someone took some random names from classic fiction and attached them onto some random characters then wrap band-aid all around it so it could make sense. I think it'd have been much better of if the author tried to develop some more original characters.

Nevertheless, if you come in with the mentality that is similar to going to watch a Michael Bay movie with your favorite actress, then, it is still decently enjoyable.

Final scoreboard:

Drama: 80 (Ok for the most part)
Comedy: 81 (Average)
Action: 86 (Good for the most part)
Art/Animation: 80 (Good enough)
Sound/Music: 81 (I like the ending theme)
Character: 72 (Copy and paste)
Plot: 71 (Quite stupid)
Ending: 80 (Close enough)

Re-watch value: 30 (No reason to)

Overall: 79 - Watch for action and voice, not for the story

Like I said, if you are a fan of Rie Kugimiya, any series could become decently enough to watch, especially there are some decent actions in it. But aside from those, there's really not much this series can offer.

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