THE REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
And there you have it. After seeing the ending, it’s safe to say that this episode might be the true finale of Kagerou Project. Some people speculated this anime as a continuation of the previous timelines from different medias. That’s why there were some flashbacks of what Shintaro had experienced before in episode 11, so my guess is that it could be the tragedies from the previous timeline. Also, Marry had committed multiple times of loop before. Well, it might be a little confusing but here’s the proof.
I kinda felt there are some unexplained things that we saw through the anime, like how Takane was able to get into her body back & how Hiyori was saved from the Daze. Plus, it’s story was very confusing from the start. It was somehow jumped from one story to another one and then went back to the prologue & went back to the present, then jumped into another character’s story, then one after another & after that it went all the way back to the very beginning and yada yada yada in a very cryptic & non-linear way…. IT WAS ANNOYINGLY CONFUSING!! For those newbies, I’m sorry to say but this is not a good place to start your Kagerou Project lessons. You should at least watch the MVs first and then read either the manga or novel, or both if possible in order to understand anything about it. The ending though, although it led to the good one but it was absolutely… different. It felt really rushed.
Animation wise, it was the cheapest method used by SHAFT for this series with most scenery drawn by Microsoft Paint. I should called it the ‘extended’ version of the original MVs. The MVs were less animated & only consists of a bunch of illustrations, the lyrics & the song together with some effects combined into a video. For this anime, from what I’ve seen it was more of the same but it’s extra lengthy and plenty of SHAFT’s typical signature moves & poses, though I have to admit some parts were done pretty well especially the montage part.
For the soundtracks, some of them were made by Jin himself so he deserves a thumbs up for that effort, but unfortunately not for his mediocre script. The cover songs were a great addition to the franchise. It’s good to hear some real singers doing the song cover.
In a nutshell, Mekakucity Actors is considered as another timeline in Kagerou Project universe & possibly the last of its kind but with the confusing non-linear storyline, some plot holes & budgeted production, it could be possibly the worst anime of the season. Otherwise as a music lover & diehard fan, you might enjoy this series a bit. I don’t mind if it’s really budgeted but at least if they managed to reboot it, they should make the story more compelling & intriguing.
- Story (4.5/10)
- Animation, Art & Design (6.0/10)
- Music/Audio (7.5/10)
- Enjoyment (5.0/10)
- Overall (5.75/10)
SHAFT should keep doing on Monogatari series. That’s the only series they’re really good at. Speaking of Monogatari, where’s the much awaited Kizumonogatari movie? I’m not complaining though but it’s been a long time since they announced it.