Chaos;Head

Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance

Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance. An adaptation from the popular visual novel by Nitroplus (not an eroge as such), the title promises, and delivers, a very contemporary vision of murder and delusion in Shibuya and on the Internet.

What it does not deliver, however, is much in the way of sound production values.

Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance

Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance

Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance

The protagonist collects figures and lives in a shipping container playing MMORPGs, so he is something of a hikikomori prince, and perhaps worthy of tremendous respect or derision as such.

I particularly like how close he has his fridge to his computer (bonus points for it being full of coke bottles), although in practice a fridge is best kept in an adjoining room to reduce noise. About the only nice touch in the show, however.

Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance

What really surprised me about this anime is how cheap the animation is and how shoddy the character designs look, especially compared to the original CG. It may not be bad throughout, but in most places a distinct lack of quality and effort is evident.

Seiyuu work is mediocre to my mind; the protagonist is appropriately whiney but intensely annoying as a result, and the female characters are a little overdone.

Music is poor – I’d really expect an edgy or avant-garde score from this, but what is provided is bad J-pop.

Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance

No censorship seems evident; it looks as if people being nailed to walls with metal stakes is currently more palatable to stations than the prospect of seeing their pantsu or otherwise. There is no service to speak of either.

Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance

If you look at his figures, you can see some interestingly familiar ones. The nicely detailed figures are a little spoiled in a later shot when they are shown from a completely different perspective but are not redrawn in the slightest.

Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance
Shibuya psychological thriller and suspense anime Chaos;Head finally makes its appearance

The ED is amongst the worst you’ll ever see. For that matter, they don’t even bother with an eyecatch in the breaks.

The actual story seems fairly interesting, though very little is actually developed in the first episode save establishing the fact that the protagonist is already out of his mind even before the murders and hallucinations start.

I’m not at all convinced by this title; though it may yet pick up and deliver an engrossing story in later episodes, the lack of effort and poor production values in the all important first episode suggest it is destined for mediocrity.

Fans of the original visual novel and those intrigued by a very contemporary psychological thriller with strong otaku overtones may well embrace Chaos;Head, but I have my doubts about the reception it will receive elsewhere.

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    Comment by ugh
    03:37 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The game for Chaos;Head is 10000000x better than the anime. the anime was so horrible that I will pretend it does not exist <:

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 11/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you watched the anime and don't play the game, you're doing yourself a disservice. Regardless of whether you loved it or hated it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 29/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    some of us are unable to buy it
    importing seems like too much trouble
    i'm unable to buy it directly because i live a few thousand miles away
    i'm unable to understand most japanese
    and a lot of the people that watched it first are probably underage
    i mean, it is rated z
    a lot of people probably feel this same way
    i thought this series was good, but a little hokey and left me with only a couple of questions that forgot completely about
    all that stuff about it having bad animation and sound quality is wrong or at least i think so

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:49 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I watched all 12 episodes of the show, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very similar in tone and style to "Higurashi", which was a fantastic anime. The show really picked up around episode 7, when some exposition is finally doled out and the REAL plot is revealed. I thought it was a VERY good show--maybe not quite as good as "Higurashi," but pretty damn close. I'd recommend it to fans of thriller anime, that's for sure. :)

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    Comment by KajunBowser
    17:04 17/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True. I liked it, to a point. What can I say, psychological (or mindfuc&) are one of my favorite genres.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 21/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    episode 7 was a complete fuck up. they changed the order of the story and completely ruined a few pivotal moments by revealing the general plotline like that before the appropriate time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 24/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really liked the show up until ep7, when it became your average "loser guy saves the world" anime. Having never played the game, it was fun to watch just to try and figure out what was going on.

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    Comment by Daiyousei
    18:17 26/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This anime sucked. If you think the first episode was bad (which I don't; I really liked it), you have no reason to watch further in. It gets much worse as it goes on. I think they greatly diverged from the VN at some point.

    Comment by None
    15:54 22/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haven't played the game. Watched all 11 eps so far and I'm actually pretty happy I have. Though, I enjoyed the story before the explination of what was going on. Seems like it's either going to be a really short series but I think it's definitely worth a go for entertainment purposes.

    Comment by ENKI ][
    07:34 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to say, having seen all of the episodes thus far released, it actually looks pretty good. I agree that the score is mediocre (I consider the ED to be beyond mediocre, and into the WTFAWFUL category -- too bad to be good but not bad enough to make fun of or listen to for camp value, and the OP seems to be sort of average for a newer anime, with an upbeat instrumental bit that doesn't bely the decently dark lyrics), however I don't know why you say the animation is bad. The seiyuu are overdone, but not as much as I've seen elsewhere -- this isn't evangelion-level seiyuu work, but it's not Negima?!-level either. I will be watching this to the end, if only to see what happens. I would play the game, but I cba to find a spare machine to put windows on. Let me know if it starts working in emulation.

    Comment by Bill
    09:18 12/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    This production is a mess. Scene transitions are horribly jarring, so it seems as if they mechanically stitched the show together with no regard for timing.

    On the plus side, the writers arranged the story quite faithfully. All important plot points have been covered, albeit in a rushed and watered down form. However, I'd still take a well made re-interpretation over something like this.

    Comment by Chibi-Chibi
    09:11 12/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was looking forward to this show for one reason onla. OP/ED sequence. I love Itou Kanako and i love Kagami Seira. I loved both songs but knowing what anime is about i doubt it suits the atmosphere. And animation... i have to agree (i've spiked the whole thing but few seconds was still enough). Maybe getting anime so fast was not the right idea after all.

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    Comment by Phenie
    08:34 12/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I loved this one; seemed like some kind of strange cross between NHK and Higurashi... will definitely give it a few more episodes, I'm sure it'll pick up...

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    Comment by Artefact

    It definitely is very like NHK... Hopefully it will pick up, though if it does I'm surprised they let such a weak first episode through.

    Comment by Shin Muhammad
    12:56 12/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even with mess production, at least I hope the sory won't get messed too...

    As expected from a low-budget anime... hehe

    Comment by koala1552000
    15:17 12/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    idk i kinda liked the show it was weird and that usually catches my interests

    even tho the protagonist is a total baby

    Comment by Plaid_Knight
    08:57 27/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like many game to anime conversions, the best way to experience Chaos;Head is to play the original game yourself.

    Comment by haruthebum
    10:41 14/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the problem here is not budget, but rather, the lack of a good director to pull things together properly, and a bit more passion on the part of the artists would also help.

    my hopes are not high for this one,(animation wise) considering most anime starts off at its best animation quality then drops in the middle, only to pick it up again near the end. and the animation is already pretty bad as it is.

    although there are much worse out there....

    at least the story has promise, which is more than I can say for allot of recent anime.

    whether it picks up or not, its still above bleach and other shit anime in my books.

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    Comment by Ipsod
    05:38 13/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    People have been knocking a lot of anime for their production values after having been converted from whatever source to an anime. Come on guys, can't you think of something better to whine about? Or do people really not know why and how quality level of anime is the way it is? It doesn't take a genius to take on the point-of-view of the animation studio.



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