Episodes: 22 (including OVA)
Distributor: FUNimation (Originally the license rights belonged to ADV)
Content Rating: PG-12 (Very Low nudity, violence and death)
Original creator: Gonzo
01: Farewell Girls 02. Cruel Night 03. The Real Me 04. Where Are We Going? 05. Every Window 06. Small Light
07. Another Fate 08. Go Love 09. Awakening 10. Bewilderment 11. Respective Thoughts 12. His Thoughts
13. Holiday 14. Reason To Fight 15. Sorrow & Anger 16. Painful Lie 17. The Truth 18. Slight Hope
19. Feelings That Don't Come Across 20. The Room That's Left Behind 21. The Last Morning 22. The Light OVA - Dead Girls
If you saw dozens of butterflies hovering above you while you are shopping in the high street, then there is a good chance that you will be in for a gruesome surprise. You might even want to grab your baseball bat (Not that we have one lying around, but you can improvise!) or head to the nearest park and scrounge around for a large piece of tree-wood-thingie... you get my drift!
'Now why would I need that?' you ask.
At this point we may just gently place our hand on your arm in a comforting manner and say with very little emotion, 'It is time for you to fight. And fight you must or you will die.'
However, we may ignore that bewildered look of yours and then just nudge you in the right direction.
Soon you will see the horror that awaits you.... in the dark night... there... just in front of you...
Oh! You may want to grab a friend or two to help you out, but under no circumstances can you avoid what will happen.
- is certainly not a typical anime in the sense of overly cute characters, or amazing fight scenes, however, the fighting that takes place is gruesome in it's own way, so if you don't enjoy violence, then I wouldn't suggest this anime. Saying that though, the first episode opens with a very colourful introduction that keeps in line with where the story takes place- New York. It has that girlie-designer feel to it, so it was definitely different for me at least.
Once the episode starts, titled "Farewell Girls" we are greeted with a man in one car and a blonde woman in another car gaze at the other while the cars pass by each other. Seems a bit suspect and once the camera zooms out, we also see a sleeping girl in the car with the blonde woman, all wrapped snug in a blanket. Her hair looks disorganized and that is where it even gets weirder as the girl is taken to an apartment by two men and placed in her bed in this unconscious state as it becomes apparent. We see three other girls meet the exact same fate as they are taken to their homes and then a fifth girl that was in one car was suddenly attacked...
At this point I was going 'Huh!?' and watched in eager anticipation how this story would unfold. But as luck was not on my side, it appears the episodes don't tell you - the viewer- everything in one go. So it leaves you hanging and later you meet the four teenagers properly as you are introduced to them and their lives.
So what do you think happens to these four girls once five other girls were discovered in the woods near their school? Was it really a case of suicide like the reporters said? And why couldn't they remember what happened that one evening?
Overall the story has been quite enjoyable so far, and it is definitely different in terms of animation (look and feel) along with the obvious fact that it plays out like a typical drama story as it follows the girls around and what happens in their lives. Refreshingly it also appears that these teenage girls are very human with emotions they can't control, fears that escalate to points where it renders them helpless and situations that might even make you sniffle once or twice. Okay, and even I have to admit... I actually liked the singing. Yes, there is singing... believe it or not. Think Moulin Rouge style.
If anything, this story will keep you glued to your couch because you will want to find out exactly what they have become...
So watch it and tell me what you think.