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Mekakucity Actors 24 August 2014

2014, 12 episodes: AniDB

Young people with superpowers in modern Tokyo? Well, that seems to be the premise at first. It soon gets much stranger.

Based on the Kagerou Project, a Vocaloid song series. Well, that's new, I suppose. This show is a bit self-consciously weird at times ("you will have your mind blown or else"), and goes to some trouble to conceal what's actually going on from the viewer. It's also a very slow build-up, and one has to take it on faith that things are going to make sense later in the series.

They do, more or less; there are still some big holes, and this is not quite like Mawaru Penguindrum, Kyousogiga or Steins;Gate which really do manage to pull everything together in the end, but if you enjoyed those series (as I did) then this one probably holds some potential for you.

The animation is done in Shaft's current house style, and if you've seen Bakemonogatari it'll be very familiar. Backgrounds are highly coloured and often stylised. Characters are well-designed, but for me a bit much to keep track of; ten principals really is too many.

Overall a very cautious recommendation. Give it four episodes, then give up if you aren't enjoying it by then.

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