18if review, a disappointing anime

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18ifcover Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 7, 2017 to Sep 29, 2017
Premiered: Summer 2017
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Game
Genres: Mystery, Supernatural
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Synopsis: Waking up in a strange bedroom in a dream world, teenager Haruto Tsukishiro finds a strange app on his phone. When he activates the program, an odd woman appears and tries to drag him to her realm. Luckily, a mysterious, white-haired girl severs their connection and helps him escape, revealing that the woman is a witch; however, their conversation is cut short. As Haruto enters the realm again, he meets an anthropomorphic, talking cat named Katsumi Kanzaki. While the witch’s minions pursue them, the white-haired girl opens a door for them to escape.

After their ordeal, Haruto describes their savior—which only he can see—and Katsumi, the leading authority on dream world research, realizes that she must be “Lily,” a being that resurfaces repeatedly across multiple dreamscapes. Hoping to leave the dream world through a blue door, they enter the witch’s realm once again. Finding themselves in peril, Lily reveals the truth to Haruto: witches suffer from “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome,” a coma-like sleep state induced by torment in their real world lives. Thus, they cannot wake until they are defeated in the dream world.

After finally defeating the witch and locating the blue door, Haruto and Katsumi say their farewells, promising to meet up in the real world. However, when Haruto exits through the door he awakens in the dream world bedroom once more. Seeking answers, Haruto and Katsumi try to uncover the mysteries of the witches, Lily, and Haruto’s own inability to leave the dream world. (MAL)

After Thoughts:

This anime was a weird one. Most people dropped this series early on, not me. Lel. I saw potential.

Every episode was done by a different director, so each episode presented a different approach in telling the story. Every week was a different experience. It was fun and unique.

I really like how the series ended. It was unexpected but good. Though I still have some questions left, I’m not that disappointed that they were not answered. Dunno why. Hhhhmmmm… I think its part of he charm of the series, I guess. You just let it be. It’s an anime after all, anything can happen. XD

This anime is definitely not for everyone. But I do recommend this to people who likes to watch unique animes and people who likes to watch something different for a change.

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1 Comment

  1. Karandi Permalink

    The story didn’t end up working out all that well, but watching 18if was an experience and the different styles each week certainly gave that feeling of moving through dreams. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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