Chaos;Head Complete Series DVD/Blu-ray Set (Hyb) Limited Edition
Taylor Mead - Mar 6 2013 Taylormead@me.com
Rating: Not all that good.
I recently finished Steins;Gate for the third time and heard that this was set in the same universe, so I went ahead and bought it, hoping it would be worth my money.
Concerning story premise and execution, honestly, it had the potential to be one of the greats. It could have done to the psychological thriller genre what Steins;Gate did to the time travel subgenre. However, since this is a review of what it IS opposed to what it could have been I will throw that bias aside for the moment. The story moved at a sluggish pace and focused on all the wrong things. Don't get me wrong, I love fanservice, I am not unlike the main character of this anime in the least, but I swear, between fanservice and pointless dialogue, almost nothing happened in terms of story! The storytelling should have been more concise, and focused less on exposition and more on the psychological aspect of the show.
The animation was really nice--what you would expect from Madhouse, animators of films such as Redline and shows such as Cardcaptor Sakura--but I found the animation for the Di-Swords slightly tacky. Don't get me wrong, they look really cool, it just didn't fit the overall style of the show. Everything else was well drawn and well animated, although the show really contains no mind blowing setpieces.
The characters are all rather stereotypical--save the main character. This is my only complaint with the characters, but it is a big one.
The dubbing is fine. Nothing remarkable.
The packaging is very nice. DVD size chipboard casing holds two cases with reversible covers and 2 discs per case.
The Verdict: If you are a die-hard Madhouse fan, Todd Haberkorn fanatic, or you just really want more stories set in the same universe as Steins;Gate, this is worth the watch. Otherwise, watch the first episode, and if you don't like it, don't watch it.