Apparently a collection of horror stories based on the works of Junji Ito.
There wasn’t a lot of information to go on with this one though it has had a bit of discussion prior to release (I’ve mostly been trying to ignore it though). Still, an episodic horror based anime seems kind of perfect for me so I dove right in. I wasn’t disappointed though I suspect this is more going to be strange than horrific by the time it is done unless it has a bit more oomph in later stories.
While the main story for episode 1 was interesting enough visually it isn’t amazing and the characters don’t do all that much outside of their assigned role. It all works and the story is kind of fascinating yet ultimately no explanation as to how our egotistical and slightly self-deluded protagonist is actually managing to curse people. All this could have been pretty amazing with a great resolution but while this story is resolved, it is somewhat less than satisfying and the impact of the ending is muted by a poor attempt at off-beat humour.
There is a very short second story at the end of this episode and it was really quite interesting but obviously wasn’t overly developed given the short nature. Despite the some of the negatives I’ve identified here, this was pretty relaxing viewing and definitely appealed to me. My only worry with it being episodic is that the stories may end up feeling repetitive so I’ll give this a couple more episodes before deciding but it is very likely I’m going to watch this one through.
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