|Genre(s)||Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi|
NB: This is a review that has been ported over from the old blog for posterity purposes. The original publish date of this review was 24th April, 2013. The writing style and depth of detail may have changed a lot since this time, and a revisit is always possible.
The show features a host of loveable characters (for me a tossup between Yuko’s younger sister who points at everything and shouts “POOP” and Yuko’s grandmather called, fittingly, megagranny who makes a living off of selling illegal cyber-goods to midschoolers). They seem real, tangible and funny all at the same time. Though the show does touch on a few more serious issues like death, caring for sick loved ones, revenge, losing friends – it doesn’t dwell on them.
If I had to describe watching Dennou Coil, I’d have to say it’s like the difference between eating Cadbury and Lindt chocolate. Cadbury is good, but Lindt has layers of softness, sweetness and subtlety that you didn’t even know you were missing out on until you had it. This makes it one of the better ones to introduce non-hardcore fans of Anime to, as it’s a delightful show that doesn’t cease to amaze in depth of character or animation style.
This is one of the few shows I plan on watching again.
- Written and directed by one of the lead artists (Mitsuo Iso) on Anime such as: Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, Perfect Blue and Ghost in the Shell.
- Japan Media Arts Festival awarded it an “Excellence Prize” along with Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in 2007.
- The lead voice actor for Yuko (Fumiko Orikasa) also voices Rukia Kuchiki from a little known anime called Bleach.