Dimension W is an anime that belongs to a category called: wasted potential.
This anime aired last Winter 2016, and if my memory serves me right, it was one of the strong animes based on its first episode. It had a unique premise and as a viewer, you can’t predict well its ending. Unfortunately, this anime pretty much self destruct and went to ruins.
Okay, maybe I might be exaggerating but it’s what I felt while watching the series. I couldn’t count how many times my eyebrows almost touched because of frustration and confusion.
In the near future, humans have discovered a fourth dimension, Dimension W, and a supposedly infinite source of energy within. In order to harness this profound new energy, mankind develops advanced “coils,” devices that link to and use the power of Dimension W. However, by year 2071, the New Tesla Energy corporation has monopolized the energy industry with coils, soon leading to the illegal distribution of unofficial coils that begin flooding the markets.
Kyouma Mabuchi is an ex-soldier who is wary of all coil-based technology to the extent that he still drives a gas-powered car. Kyouma is a “Collector,” individuals with the sole duty of hunting down illegal coils in exchange for money. What started out as just any other mission is turned on its head when he bumps in Mira Yurizaki, an android with a connection to the “father” of coils. When a series of strange events begin to take place, these two unlikely allies band together to uncover the mysteries of Dimension W.
Infairness though, I was able to finish it. That was shocking. Kudos to me!
Dimension W’s main problem was its story. It had a premise, a solid one. Its ending was clearly planned too. But everything crumbled when it’s own middle section wasn’t living up to it’s own setup level. Yes, I understand that this story went to the “episodic route”, it’s totally justifiable, but the arcs itself were too weak and ‘meh’. If the middle section had atleast a few strong points, then I wouldn’t be this disappointed.
On the technical side, I find the pacing of the story quite okay, though the last arc was dragged a bit in the first half, then went too fast in the second half. It’s as if the production team had though of an amazing idea to end the series, but didn’t realized that they are consuming too much time and just rushed the ending. That’s…not good, you know.
Another weak point of the series would be its characters. Most of them were hella boring. Even the freakin’ main characters. I mean, both Mira and Kyouma were hella interesting at the start of the series, so much potential. But becuase of the weak middle section, their characters weren’t developed much as I would had wanted. Yes, there was a fast throwback going on with Kyouma, but that itself was lacking. Mira, on the other hand, stop developing after her own arc ended. Was there even an end? Sigh…
This series is a mess.
One thing that I do want to compliment this series though would be its art and animation. It’s really solid, from start to finish. The colors all throughout the series were well controlled and were not bright enough to hurt one’s eyes while watching. The character designs were interesting too.
This was also one of the main reason as to why I stayed and finished this piece. I mean, if you compare this anime to all of the animes released today, it could pretty much hold up its head against them.
Overall, Dimension W was such a waste. Its premise was already good, but its delivery of the story was so frustrating…everything was put to waste. Too bad. Moreover, its positive points gets easily overshadowed by its weak points, thats why it’s hard to find some enjoyment while watching this one.
Would I recommend this? Nope, it’s a waste of time. Believe me, you’ll just be disappointed.
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This has been a Will Sirius and thanks for reading.