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ChiekoKawabe's Red Garden Tv Review

Red Garden tv Review

Story & Characters

The anime starts off with five normal girls, enjoying life. Each are very different: you have the model student Kate, the snobby party girl Rachel, the tomboy Claire, the shy and frail Rose, and the girl who happens to be their friend: Lise. Every girl is completely different, however, they all share a bond with Lise. However, all five girls are murdered and are left as either a missing or suicide case. It gets even more confusing when the girls wake up, alive and well, without any memories of the day before.

The story is very promising, however, you could be very unsure of why they're murdered at first. It takes a while before the story even hints at it, which can be frustrating! "Why did they die?" I found myself wondering why they had to kill people (who appeared to be like rabid dogs) to keep living, and when I finally got the answer, I was totally shocked.

Each character has their own levels of strengths, weaknesses, and pain. Rose's father left her and mother and siblings for unknown reasons, Claire believes her father ditched her family, Kate is initially bullied by her group, Grace, and Rachel has boyfriend problems and mental break-downs. Lise, on the other hand, isn't much of a deepened character. We know far less about this character than any other, which is a shame. Though she does play a key role -- she is the sole reason the other girls meet, and why the police start to get interested in the case.

Rating: 8

Art

Above average animation, with fluid action scenes. However, it lacks in the color department. The colors can clash, especially in the last scene of the anime. The characters are completely orange in this scene, which blinded me. A good thing, however, is that every character looks distinctive, even if they have the same hairstyle or color of hair. There are many people in the anime, and, with this anime taking place in New York, the backgrounds are always busy and filled with people. This is a good thing that never becomes too distracting.

I do know that they were trying very hard to make the characters look American, but it bugged me that every character either had curly hair, big lips or a big nose. I know curly hair isn't all that entirely common, but most women don't have naturally curly hair. You never see the characters curling their hair, so it's unlikely that a lot of characters would have hair like this. And even with that, quite a few characters had bangs. I'm not sure if it is common in other areas of the US, but I almost never see women with bangs here. It's not a big problem, and it's not very distracting, but still! I felt I had to point that out. One last critique for the character designs -- lots of colorful hair. Sure, it's common to dye your hair, but it's painfully obvious they didn't. Their eyebrows were always the same color as their hair. Most people have naturally brown hair, while every once in a while you'll see a blond or a redhead. Many, many characters were blond or red-headed... It's not natural.

But overall, I did like the animation. It was comfortable, I liked it. The colors were never too bright or dull (usually) so I had no problem with it.

Rating: 7

Sound

I have only seen the English dub. Please read that with this in mind.

The openings and endings always made me excited. I'm not sure how much the lyrics had to do with the anime, but the style of music did go with it (aside from the opening... too pop for a dramatic horror). I especially liked "Oh My Juliet," the second opening, as it really got me pumped. It was dramatic, fast-paced and fun, which describes this anime as well. The first ending also did its job at pumping me up with lots of energy. The background music wasn't very noticeable, but that might be because I was really focusing on the scenes (which were always very interesting).

Voice-acting. With this anime, I'd say that every voice actor or actress really pulled it off. Lise's wasn't all that good to me, but I especially liked Rachel's. Rachel is a hard character to do, with her constantly screaming and crying. I always felt the emotion in her acting; it always felt real to me. Rose was very timid and shy in all she did, however, she didn't have the annoying squeaky voice that most dubs give to the shy characters. I liked that. It was still pretty quiet, but she did her job and she did it well. These are just the notable characters; I really liked every voice actress in this dub.

Sound effects: superb. Absolutely superb. I cringed at many scenes just because of how realistic the rib-breaking or spine-crumbling sounds were.

Overall, I'd say the sound for this anime was very fun.

Rating: 8

Presentation

Red Garden has to be one of the best horror anime I have seen in a long time. Move over Higurashi, you were a nasty one but you didn't fill me with the excitement that Red Garden did!

There were lots of nasty, disgusting scenes in here. However, it wasn't too many; very balanced. I found myself looking away sometimes when characters would plunge their hands into other character's stomachs or ribs. The sound of it really made my stomach turn, but in a good way! Just remember not to eat while watching this.

I really enjoyed this anime. To the fullest potential. I haven't been excited with an anime in a while, and this one definitely filled that void. However, if you are squeamish or you don't like your horrors realistic and supernatural, this anime won't be for you. Overall, this is one of my most favorites now.

It didn't take long to finish this 22-episode long anime, and I hope you get the enjoyment I did.

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

8.50 (very good)

Reviewed by ChiekoKawabe, Jul 26, 2009

Comments

  1. jerry33 Jul 26, 2009

    Overall a good review. Some small points:

    1. A bit more proofreading is required. There are several glitches like this "The store is very promising".

    2. IMHO, there needs one more paragraph in the Story and Character section to give a solid reason why the reader should continue reading the review (and of course, get the anime).

    3. There are too many place where either the good point or the bad point is immediately contradicted. This makes for a confusing review. Example: "There were lots of nasty, disgusting scenes in here. However, it wasn't too many". So which was it? Lots or not too many?

    Keep up the good work!

    Jerry

  2. lordryo Jul 28, 2009

    This was a good anime. Nice review!

  3. Fanatik007 Jul 30, 2009

    good review

  4. yukirina Aug 06, 2009

    Good review!Thanks!

  5. PrincessAny Aug 08, 2009

    Good review! I likes it ... :)

  6. AliceInLove Aug 21, 2009

    thanx for the review!

  7. SchRita Aug 23, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  8. ShadowNeo Aug 24, 2009

    This was a good anime. Nice review!

    merged: 08-24-2009 ~ 11:19pm
    Good review! I likes it THX

  9. beryl0402 Aug 29, 2009

    great review!

  10. sakuyami Aug 31, 2009

    It

  11. gwakbob Aug 31, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  12. Rodrigo0010 Sep 03, 2009

    thanks a lot i really speak true

  13. Shanara2310 Sep 26, 2009

    fine ^^

  14. emina07 Mute Member Sep 29, 2009

    ...

  15. Spongepop Oct 01, 2009

    I've watched this series and agree with you on many points. The art was different but intriguing and kept me watching all the way through. LOVED all the graphic scenes and fast pace motions, it was totally believable. Your review was very thorough and I enjoyed it. I personally did not like the opening or ending songs, they did not fit well with the series, in my opinion anyway. I also watched the series with subs and have also had the opportunity to watch it in English dub, but I did not like any of the English voice actors, so I preferred it in it's original. I don't have any complaints about your review, think you presented the series very well (if I had not seen it, I most certainly would watch it after reading your review). Great Job!

  16. mona12 Oct 17, 2009

    good

  17. SchRita Oct 27, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

    merged: 12-22-2009 ~ 06:26pm
    Thanks for the review!

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