11EYES

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Kakeru is a high school student who along with five other teenagers is suddenly pulled into the Red Night, a plane shifted world tinted with crimson where crystal towers stretch up to the sky and an imprisoned young woman is guarded by hideous monstrosities known as the Black Knights.

That’s the setup, and for most of the 12-episode series that’s pretty much all you get. The story, such as it is, meanders aimlessly between fight scenes and lengthy character exchanges that go nowhere, each interspersed with weak sapphic interplay, jiggling boobs and gratuitous upskirt underwear shots so frequent that they would actually get tedious even if you’re into that kind of thing.

It’s as though someone came up with a basic premise of dual dimensions and a sextet of Chosen Ones being periodically pulled into a crimson Silent Hill, but then didn’t bother to develop it into an actual story. It would have helped to have at least spent some more time developing the characters rather than their esoteric abilities, but what brief back stories we get do little in the way of expanding or even explaining their personalities.

While the regular fight scenes with the Black Knights and their inexhaustible army of expendable mooks offer some degree of peril for the characters, none of them are interesting enough to make you actually care whether they live or die, while the rules by which everyone’s abilities operate are so inconsistent that it becomes difficult to become invested in anything that’s going on.

The plot ambles along with little in the way of genuine development until late on when everything becomes unsatisfactorily resolved in a cluster bomb of expository nonsense and arbitrary bullshit, including the actual reason why these characters specifically were pulled together into this ethereal nightmare, something the story didn’t previously even hint at. It’s made even worse by those imparting the knowledge having been aware of the true extent of the situation from the very beginning, but just didn’t bother telling anyone.

The late-on central revelation actually had the potential to allow for some introspection into the nature of good and evil or free will and destiny, and offer some meaningful insight into precisely what it is that makes us human, but the cack-handed manner in which it was executed leaves it as just another example of nothing happening throughout the series that forms even the slightest bit of coherence.

11eyes / Cert: 15 / Director: Masami Shimoda / Screenplay: Kenichi Kanemaki, Mayori Sekijima, Mie Kaga / Starring: Daisuke Ono, Mai Goto, Yuu Asakawa, Oma Ichimura, Showtaro Morikubo / Release Date: 19th September
 


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