18if Episode 1: Well, I’m Confused

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Overview:

After going to sleep like normal, Haruto Tsukishiro wakes up to discover something unbelievable—he’s stuck in dream world! Here, witches plague the dreamscape and are more than dreamy figments—they’re the trapped souls of young women who’ve rejected reality and are afflicted by the “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome.” As he searches for a way out, Haruto will face the witches and their terrifying powers.

– From Crunchyroll

Review:

First episodes don’t need to show the whole hand but sometimes it would be nice if they made it clear what you were going to get. This episode deliberately leaves the viewer lost through a lot of it (unless this show really plans to just have Haruto wake up, find the latest witch and save her each week). Visually it is interesting but it does this weird split screen thing way too often and at times it seems to be actively throwing too much movement and too many colours at the viewer, again to add to the overall disconcerting feeling of the show.

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I’ll admit, I am intrigued with what this show might do in later episodes and if nothing else it kind of has an Alice in Wonderland feel which is kind of nostalgic, but other than a very cool theme song, this first episode isn’t great at making you think that this show is going for anything other than random quirkiness with a paper thin plot.


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