This Post is going to be SPOILER FREE! There won’t be any plot points, that go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! It is not necessary to have watched the episodes I am talking about, however it might give you a better understanding of what exactly I am saying if you did!
To start off the first Impressions that are to be uploaded, we have the Anime, that got the most attention before the season started! Mekaku City Actors is Shaft’s and Akiyuki Shinbou’s newest show! It is about a group of teenagers calling themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” or the “Blindfold Organization” in English, that each have a special power involving their eyes.
Mekaku City Actors, for those who didn’t know, is adapted from a Manga, that was adapted from a series of Vocaloid songs called the Kagerou Project. It received a lot of hype due to the Manga’s popularity and the fact that it is done by Shaft! Has it lived up to that hype so far? Well let’s find out!
Mekaku city actors without a doubt is one of the most popular Anime for the current anime season! It caught a lot of people’s interest by using a cool concept and throwing an even cooler Animation style on it without even having to think whether it fits or not. And that is exactly where it’s problem lies! The director for the Series is noone less than good old Akiyuki Shinbou, well known for his work on the Monogatari Franchise, Nisekoi and basically any other Shaft show that has ever existed! I have to be honest here and admit, that I actually really like Shinbou’s style and the way he does the shows he does, however when it comes to this particular show, I just can’t defend him! The show doesn’t work with his style at all and has to be modified at several points to actually work somewhat well! The dialogues are being dragged out way too long and the situation sometimes even play completely different then it’s Source Material and while I usually wouldn’t mind that, Mekaku is different! Akiyuki Shinbou completely changes the feeling of the show and makes it seem like a simple Monogatari Clone, which is disappointing as I was one of the people that were really hyped for it! It doesn’t seem like it’s own show anymore, but rather like just ANOTHER Shinbou Anime. That alone doesn’t make it a bad show though, as Monogatari itself is one of my absolute favorites and if Mekaku feels that way it must be similarly good right? Not really! The best thing about Bakemonogatari and it’s followers, are the amazingly well written and interesting characters, as well as the incredibly intelligently written dialogues! In Mekaku none of that is really there! While the characters are likeable and the dialogues certainly aren’t bad, they aren’t groundbreaking either and they are not even close to where Monogatari is. That makes it feel like the show is trying really hard to be Monogatari, but just fails horribly at it! That at least is for the first two episodes! Episode three of Mekaku city Actors is a lot more focused on moving forward it’s plot while still developing their characters, than it is on showing off Shinbou’s style! The episode was a lot more fun than the ones before and while I did end up enjoying episode 1 and 2 to a certain extent (Shaft fanboy ftw), episode 3 was on a whole new level and I really hope they continue the way episode 3 left off!
In total Mekaku City Actors has been rather disappointing and while it still managed to entertain me, it really didn’t live up to the expectation I had for it. Episode 3 did look a lot better than the previous ones though, so hope is not dead yet and I really do hope that this show will pick up within the next few episodes, as I personally do really love the Manga! I would recommend giving this one the three episode rule and see for yourself if you are able to enjoy Mekaku City Actors, even though Akiyuki shinbou is way too present. Also if you did drop it after one episode I would recommend trying out episode 3 as it certainly is a huge change in style! Feel free to redrop it after that, but what is coming from now on, might be completely different from what the first two episodes showed us!