11 eyes

11 eyes

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DVD - 2011 | Japanese
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"Raised in an orphanage after witnessing his sister's suicide, Satsuki Kakeru's life has already been cruel enough. However, when he and his friend Yuka are thrown into a alternate dimension called the Red Night, it takes a gruesome turn from bad to horrific. Now, trapped flickering between our world and the Red, Kakeru quickly discovers that he and Yuka are not alone, and that, together with the other so-called 'fragments', they must defeat the malevolent entities known as the Black Knights" --Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Sentai Filmworks, 2011
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (325 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Credits: Main character designs, Shoji Hara ; character designs, Tomoya Hiratsuka ; music, Shoichiro Sakamoto ; planning, Yoshiaki Matsumoto, Kazuyoshi Fukuba, Takayuki Shimoyama, Yoshifumi Odakura, Ken'ichiro Hata ; series planning, Kenichi Kanemaki.
Audience: Rating: TV-14-V
Language Note: Japanese dialogue; English subtitles
ISBN: 9781616150273
1616150270
UPC: 814131010315
Call Number: DVD ANIME E
Alternative Title: Eleven eyes

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Strange Jul 14, 2012

11 eyes is a decent fantasy/horror/sort-of-mystery series based on an adult visual novel by Lass. Teenagers with various powers are trapped in a mysterious Red Night, which is home to eerie monsters and the sinister Black Knights, and must fight for their survival. The jumps back and forth between the Red Night and the real world are dramatic, if somewhat predictable, and the red hue of the Red Night never overwhelms the artwork.
The main characters have average designs, with the exceptions of things related to their powers. The characters all have some degree of development, but for most, it's limited to their backstories, and they wind up being somewhat forgettable. A few of the powers remain unexplained, but many of them feel like they belong in separate series. That's one downfall of the series: trying to cram far too many ideas into one show - just throwing everything that they can think of in and hoping that some of it works. The designs for the Black Knights are one of the things that works in the show's favor. They are different from one another, but seem like a cohesive group. The Knights are at the right balance of antagonist power, where they are capable of being defeated, but only through an epic confrontation.
The plot of the series is cohesive, but largely dependent on elements that feel TREMENDOUSLY contrived, making drama feel forced and needing huge blocks of exposition which seem to be present only because of the overabundace of ideas. There is some gore present in the series, but it feels restrained and needed. What does not feel needed are the fanservice elements which seem tacked on, or left over from Lass's original work. These are somewhat rare, but still distractingly artificial when they show up. The animation, excluding the fansevice bits, is good throughout, but at its best during the action sequences. The voice acting is adequate.
11 eyes has, much like the visual novel format it's based on, multiple endings. The "bad end" first, the "true end" coming after, with the knowledge for the viewers of what went wrong. Overall, the series is memorable, but not very far beyond average due in part to the huge amounts of contrivance and exposition during what is supposed to be the climax of the series.

The OVA is unrelated to the main plot, and takes place in a joke version of the Red Night, which contains not-terribly-amusing sexual humor as its theme. It's more forgettable than the rest of the series.

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