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  1. Mekakucity Actors


    #730472014-04-12 17:51:12 *Teil said:

    Actors It's finally here! After ages of waiting, Studio SHAFT has finally brought us Mekakucity Actors, adaptation of the famous Vocaloid song project: Kagerou Daze.

    Synopsis:

    Shintaro Kisaragi, a HikiNEET who shut himself inside his room for 2 years, had been living his life normally until he met a cyber girl named Ene, who appeared in his computer screen when someone anonymously sent him a mysterious e-mail one year ago. One day, Ene messes with Shintaro's PC which causes him to go outside for the first time in two years.
    Retrieved from: MyAnimeList

    Kagerou Project

    The Kagerou Project / Kagerou Daze (カゲロウプロジェクト/カゲロウデイズ Kagerou Purojekuto / deizu) is a series of songs by the Vocaloid song producer Shizen no Teki-P (Jin). The songs tell the story about Mekakushi Dan (メカクシ団), a group of teenagers with unusual powers, called "Eye Abilities".
    Retrieved From: Kagerou Project

    The show is currently available for streaming here in all of its head tilting glory. Information about the characters and their voice actors can be found here.
    Wiki: Kagerou Project
    As this is a wiki, it contains a large amount of spoilers. Tread at your own risk.

    Post your comments and discussions here, and let's see where this adaptation takes us!

  2. #730672014-04-12 21:39:55Momimochi said:

    I like how everyone's just labeling the damn song OP/ED because they're not sure what it is. Even though it says right there in the credits that it's OP. Goddamn it people.

    Also, facebook being bombarded with raging fans on how Children's Record or Summer Time Record isn't the OP/ED.

  3. #730852014-04-13 05:53:15Dark-B said:

    Okay, I have to say it, the artwork for this show is just purely AMAZING. And also, I watched the first episode and so far, I still have no idea what's going on here, which means it's a good thing, because that makes me want to watch the next episode and the next and the next. Honestly, I'm kind of surprised at how the pacing of the show seems to be, they don't give us anything much at all even before the show starts, and now episode one ended and they still only share a bit with us, which tells you how good they had this series planned so far.

    Yet, I'll hope it continues like that instead of ending up with poor planning near the middle and end, but so far, I am definitely pleased and expect a great anime out of this.

  4. #730862014-04-13 05:58:01Teil said:

    The first episode turned out to be half Kagerou Daze and half Shaft ...although, that is to be expected.

    Other than that, and the incredibly annoying background frames SHAFT provided every 4 seconds, I really enjoyed the first episode. The pacing could have been better and it left a lot of questions for those who aren't familiar with the series. I however, am familiar with the series and don't give a damn. The characters are enjoyable and the voice acting is exactly as I pictured it. I'm looking forward to future episodes. Also, shout-out to Ene for claiming the title of best character on the show after just one ep. Ene

  5. #730912014-04-13 11:45:55Rinneko said:

    Just finished watching the first episode. Truly, I do agree that Mekakucity had striking similarities with Bakemonogatari. Different angles portraying the scene was offered at quick rates, as well as zoom-ins of the characters. I enjoyed the sudden colour change during the climax as well. It added valuable impact. At least, Mekakucity did not follow in Bakemonogatari's footsteps with the random flashes of text. This style may not get particularly annoying as the series progresses.

    The anime does differ a little from the manga. It throws in scenes that introduces a background plot with unanswered questions. That may pose too much confusion for those who are unfamiliar with the project, but I am not muddled (yet). The manga dealt with more specific plots in each chapter, but I felt that the jumps between certain chapters were a bit disorientating. Anyway, back to the anime.

    Generally, I enjoyed it. First impressions: it comes off as a humorous friendship anime with a deeper, darker past. I'll be interested to continue watching the development! :)

  6. #731952014-04-14 13:52:31Momimochi said:

    The anime does differ a little from the manga. It throws in scenes that introduces a background plot with unanswered questions. That may pose too much confusion for those who are unfamiliar with the project, but I am not muddled (yet). The manga dealt with more specific plots in each chapter, but I felt that the jumps between certain chapters were a bit disorientating. Anyway, back to the anime.

    Note that Jin was the one who wrote the whole script to the anime. Like, he is literally credited as screenwriter in credits. So there's that.

  7. #731802014-04-14 10:52:28TeruShinozaki said:

    Really liking the way they tried to emulate the general look of Kagerou Days, from the art style to the direction of the scenes. I also like the decision to change the setting to a more futuristic time. I don't know if this change will factor in on a plot-related level, but to me, it makes much more sense this way, because in the manga, which seems to be set in this current time period, I found it a little odd how Shintaro carries Ene around and nobody really seems to be surprised at how there's a freaking sentient AI that can travel from one device to another, and they all merely write her off as some program. Everything (especially events that happen further on in the story) is just more believable with the change.

    I'm pretty satisfied with the VAs as well. Kano has that perfect rugged, but still evidently female voice, and Kido ughhhgughgh Kido's voice <3

  8. #731942014-04-14 13:50:49Momimochi said:

    Really liking the way they tried to emulate the general look of Kagerou Days, from the art style to the direction of the scenes.

    Monogatari series. They weren't trying; it's SHAFT's general style. In fact, Shintaro is Araragi V2.0.

    I also like the decision to change the setting to a more futuristic time.

    It's... Not. That computer screen and bigass screen? That's just SHAFT being weird with their interpretive art. It's SHAFT's style. It's set in the present. With a shitload of interpretive art.

    Take all end all, it's SHAFT. That is literally how SHAFT works.

  9. #731982014-04-14 14:30:21 *TeruShinozaki said:

    In terms of the art, I was talking about the really high contrast (where some scenes are almost monochromatic) as well as the almost silhouette-like rendition of backgrounds and the crowds in the background that are all pretty fucking similar visual elements to the original Kagerou Days video. I haven't seen the Monogatari series but I've seen their other works such as Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Puella Magi Madoka Magica (which are both series that I think are equally as representative of the art direction of SHAFT) but whether it is intentional or not, SHAFT's style does work for me in this case.

  10. #732222014-04-15 01:24:14 *Momimochi said:

    I'm telling you, it's SHAFT. Monogatari is like, the poster art for SHAFT works. In fact, I'm pretty sure when you mention SHAFT, most people will just visualize Monogatari lol. But yeah, SHAFT brought that simplistic yet complex style in and made it a thing. But yes. That is a SHAFT thing. SHAFT likes doing weirdass shit while still delivering it on a golden platter somehow.

    Also, should watch Monogatari because everyone literally associates all SHAFT to Monogatari. That headtilt? Monogatari. That eye close up zoom thing? Monogatari. SHINTARO? MONOGATARI. The stereotype of a male character's bedroom in SHAFT works? Monogatari.

    Though honestly, all in all, Monogatari had, had, the most unique style out of all of them, imo, so yeah. Like the whole package was just weirdly pleasing in terms of art. It's. Idk. It's great. Until they put some actors in it. But yeah.

    And now they spawned Monogatari v2.0 by using pretty much the same style for Mekaku. I actually have no idea why they're making the two production styles so explicitly similar whether if its by Jin's request or the whole deliverance. I want to say it's because both doesn't have a set design but then Madoka. Madoka fucks that logic up. Goddamn it Mahou shoujo.