Ahhh, studio ARMS. Their history with anime is rather extensive and bumpy at least. They're the ones responsible for enjoyable titles like Hagure Yuusha no Estetica, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha or Hyakka Ryouran... as well as more mediocre/questionable titles, such as Elfen Lied, Gokukoku no Brynhildr or Queen's Blade. Well, as you might have known, in the beginning of 2015 they delighted our eyes and souls with this anime, Isuca. Or so I would say, if I picked this anime myself and was twisted enough not to drop it after 1-2 episodes. But, thanks to you guys, I got to watch it whole and now am writing a review of it. Which, as you can probably tell, won't be good. O lawdy, thank you it's no longer than 10 episodes.
Fun fact. I wanted to make a CinemaSins-styled video about this anime instead of this review, but the damn thing would be longer than the anime itself. LITERALLY.
What year has it been made in? 2015? Oh. Well... let me bring a few titles here. Madhouse's Death Parade, ufotable's Unlimited Blade Works, Liden's Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo, J.C. Staff's DanMachi... these were all made in 2015. And they all are in at least one aspect eye candy. What does Isuca give us? Eye cancer. Well, not exactly that, as I might be pushing it with this suggestion, but in all honesty, while the lighting, effects and all that do suggest it's a new anime... all the rest says otherwise. Skipping the generic character designs, weird bug-like things flying around when the action is outside which I think the producers thought will be cool to add, and overall frame errors... okay wait, I need to mention frame errors. So, let's say we have more than one frame where the main character's forehead is twice as big, a frame where his nose is twice as long, in each episode there's at least a dozen of frames where his eyes look like he's mentally retarded... and that's just the main character! I didn't mention the gems like animation errors, such as disappearing shadow when the scene changes the angle (which, seriously, is a real nuisance), disappearing and reappearing blush on Sakuya's face and overall derped out perspective. Okay, you know what, screw that, I liked the graphics to death (of this anime), let's move on.
WAIT A SECOND, I FORGOT TO MENTION SOMETHING IMPORTANT! The censorship. I'm not sure what the creators had in mind when making this anime, adding fanservice here and there, tearing clothes apart and all that... and then adding the censorship in form of giant soft brush black circles, occassionally changed with a lens flare. I mean, I've seen lots of odd censorship in anime. Blurred out here, teddy bears here, using elements of the foreground to cover the 'spots' (which was clever at least), or black circles in TerraFormers that changes it from horror anime to another Kuroko no Basket. This form of censorship is never good, and I don't know why they even bothered to add the fanservice if, for the price of it, they had to burden our eyes with black holes here and there.
Ah, the sound. What would we ever do without it... let's start with seiyuus then. Leaving apart Sakuya, who's voice hits at least 5 different heights over the course of the anime for no reason at all (
As for the story... It's nothing out of the ordinary. Think of it as discount Toukiden with a dose of kissing. We have the monsters, harming others just to stay on the surface of Earth, and likewise we have a clan that's hunting those. The thing is, this clan can only seal the monsters until they know the 'true name' of said monster. And that's where our main character, Asano Shinichirou, comes in. If he kisses something, he gets to know its true name, and gives the kissed person immense spiritual power? Why? Because plot convenience, that's why. He gets to help the main female character, Sakuya Shimazu, with hunting monsters and looking for her parents, during which the feelings develop... in the most unnatural way. Sakuya is an unbelievable tsundere, which sometime about half of the show gets a strong deppression shot and then is no longer tsundere but a lovestruck maiden. I mean... really? Then there's the cat-monster, Tamako, who's been domesticated by Shinichirou (and of course is the main fanservice dose in whole anime), Sakuya's cousin, Suseri, who'd make a great primary character if they decided to make her the main love insterest instead of Sakuya (at least Suseri's backstory makes sense, unlike Sakuya's) and a bunch of other characters who aren't even worth mentioning here. The main antagonist is, seemingly, Sakuya's father, who's created a lot of dolls resembling in a bit his daughter and gave them all the same 'true name' as Sakuya's. The dolls itself resemble somewhat a discount shounen villain with more laugh to her name than brains. So yeah, I have just joined two paragraphs in one. The character growth is rushed and unnatural, so are the relationships, and it just all adds up to tell that the series is just a mediocre shounen with no ambition whatsoever.
Plot and characters: 29/40
As for the overall enjoyment... in case you can't tell yet, I hated the very gist of it. I fell asleep three times during the show, which gradually lowered my overall enjoyment of the series and caused me to rewatch three episodes since I had no idea what's going on with the plot. Did I mention they're making an OVA to it? According to MAL, it'll be a 'sea bathing episode'. So... nothing says cheap fanservice shounen more than OVAs like that, huh. Well, what's worrying me the most is that they left the ending open and it most likely means there will be a continuation of that... Don't make me watch it, please. Q_Q Back to the main point of this paragraph... I didn't hate it as much as I did, say, School Days, and making breaks during which I watched KanColle helped out my poor brain as well. So...
Total score: 89/100