Mekakucity Actors FNAR Review #88:
To my understanding Mekakucity Actors is based off of some sort of vocaloid thing that I am for the most part unfamiliar with. So keep in mind that I have no prior knowledge of any of the songs or the stories contained within them. Throughout this I will be keeping the anime and only the anime in mind. The story of Mekakucity Actors revolves around a group of teenagers who possess special powers that come to them after they have near death experiences. There is a group of them calling themselves Mekakushi Dan (Blindfold Organisation) and as far as I can tell their purpose is to find the origin of these powers and put a stop to them as they are a negative thing. Most of the show seems to center around adding more people in the group and trying to help each other to become friends. Also it seems that the present and main line of the story takes place over only a few days but there are an abundance of flashbacks and flashes to different events that are happening in the same time.
The story of Mekakucity Actors is pretty weak. The plot itself (meaning the thing that the climax is based on in this case) doesn’t even kick in until the latter third of the series. And for most of the show it felt like nearly nothing was getting done and it just seemed to drag. “Oh let’s spend a whole episode explaining the back story of this character only to give them a total of five lines for the rest of the show.” And even though there were these episodes that focused on specific characters the cast as a whole still felt really underdeveloped. There was no specific main character and it was exceedingly difficult to latch on to anybody. The pacing and planning and just the way the show played out seemed to be completely random. It jumped all over the place and nothing was accomplished. It would be in the middle of a scene and cut to show you this other thing for a whole episode only to resume the original scene a few episodes later. This jumping around was another big reason for why it was hard to attach to characters. That, and the fact that there were too many of them that pretty much all got around the same amount of screen time.They ended up just coming off as forced and near the end they were all acting like they cared about each other so much but apart from the prexisting groups a lot of them had only really known each other for less than a week. It just felt really forced and ultimately ridiculous. Another big problem I had was that the lead in for the main storyline or plot point or whatever you wanna call it is at the end of each episode after the ED in a little storytelling animation thingy. And that’s a problem because not only would people who skip endings not know that it was even there but even people who watch it may not pay attention to something that doesn’t seem to have to do with the show. So for these people when the little thing finally becomes relevant they’re going to wonder where in the hell it came from and they will be confused. The look and animation was not exactly a problem but Akiyuki Shinbo’s style is starting to become distracting. All of his cliché little directing methods stand out like a sore thumb and it gets to the point where I’m rolling my eyes and face palming. The guy has done great work in the past and maybe if I haven’t seen pretty much everything he’s done it wouldn’t bother me so much but he’s really deep in a rut and just playing off of the success of his previous work over and over. He’s become a one trick pony and I can no longer defend him. That aside the animation and movements themselves are nothing that impressive. The art itself while sometimes very stylish comes off for the most part as plain and uninspired. The animators didn’t really have many chances to show off their abilities so for the most part I’d say the animation is slightly worse than mediocre. The music is probably the thing that I have the least amount of issues with. While a lot of the insert songs were used a lot, I enjoyed them quite a bit. And all of the “plot driving songs” near the end of each episode were usually good even though I felt that the use of them became overly formulaic and kind of overdone. But yes I get what this is spawned from and I understand that they are trying to sell records. I can’t really weigh in on the voice acting other than the fact that no one really annoyed me.
In the end I would say that Mekakucity Actors is an unnecessary anime and I would not recommend it. I don’t think it presents anything new or original and I deem it completely skippable even though it’s not particularly awful. It’s just not very good. I give Mekakucity Actors a 4.25/10. I don’t really feel bad about giving this show not that great of a score because I feel that not a whole lot of effort was put into it. Yes, I’m sure that a great many nameless employees at SHAFT worked their butts off but all of the executives and people in charge of the project held back and were kind of lazy. If you feel the need to confirm what I’ve just conveyed to you then you should know that Mekakucity Actors is licensed by Aniplex and available for streaming on Crunchyroll.com. Hopefully I will finish reviews for this season within the next few days and then God willing we’ll be back on a week to week schedule. Until then, take care and I’ll talk to you all soon.