Air date: 06/10/2009 Episode: 12 / 12 Status: completed
This anime showed promise but didn’t live up to expectations. Here’s why.
11 eyes anime is based off a visual novel. If you want to know what a visual novel is then read the terminology page here.
11 eyes is your typical high school / romance anime with your very typical male protagonist Satsuki Kakeru and your typical ‘popular’ female lead Minase Yuka, who is also Kakerus child hood friend. Sounds typical right?, well the anime starts off as such.. then it veers off in to some intriguing mystery surrounding the leads for the first few episodes. Kakeru and Yuka were thrown in to something called ‘The red night’ unexpectedly. And this ‘red night’ holds some nasties for our leads. And some surprises, for us the viewers later on.
You do get to meet some secondary characters. They are: Kukuri Tachibana (who just happens to look like Kakeru’ dead older sister) and she is a mute but uses a sketch book to converse with others, and has the power to materialise her soul in to an angel called “Abraxxas” that sends out bladed chains. Everyone needs a delinquent (or hot headed rebel / bad boy) in the group, so we have Takahisa Tajima who plays with fire (pyrokinesis practitioner). The ever so cheerful, friendly but deadly Yukiko Hirohara (when she takes off her glasses, she becomes a deadly, cold blooded assassin) this personality switch is explained later on. And lastly where would the group be with out a sempai. And role is filled out by Misuzu Kusakabe, a fiery swordswoman, who heralds from a well known clan that uses magical swords.
The characters meet each other by ‘chance’ in the red night. But yet no other people can enter or are aware of it. The first few episodes centre around the mystery of the red night and why it is that only they are the ones that can enter. It certainly captivates and arouses your curiosity as to the origin and reasoning behind the red night. And as to what makes these kids so special. It answers these questions much later on.
Remember where I said there were some nasties in the red night earlier on, well there are some special type of nasties that exist in the red night. And they are targeting our young heroes. And they call themselves the black knights. The black knights motives aren’t answered readily at the beginning, it’s answered much later on – with a surprising twist I might add.
11 eyes like to throw twists and turns pretty fast. For the first few episodes at least. Towards the middle it slows down the twists and turns. That’s not a bad thing considering the mount of episodes it has. So it has to fill in as much as it can in a short amount of time. The anime presumes the viewers have played the visual novel to fill in the knowledge gaps. This presumption works for and against. Mostly against, as it leaves a number of plot holes in the series.
Two of my main gripes with this show was becoming pretty evident after the first few episodes. Firstly, Yuka and her endless “Kakeru” was so annoying. All she ever did was call for his name. Kakeru wasn’t that much of a interesting lead. In fact the secondary characters stole the spot light from them. Kakeru was just a bland, forgettable lead from the start.As for Yuka..less said the better. Even the antagonists had my interest, than Yuka did. The second gripe. The ending…what the FUQ was all that about?. This is where the anime becomes such a let down. The 11th episode really did make me perk up, after some slow paced episodes. But the last episode?!!!. So much potential wasted. And this with such a strong start, then ends with such a way. But it does depend as to how you like your endings. Satisfied and closure or just random and open ended. Either way, it was executed very poorly.
The visuals and action scenes are good. Nothing to gripe there. The openings and endings music are a joy to listen to.
I would give this anime a miss, even if you wanted to waste time.