ID: Invaded Anime Review

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One of the animes that I looked forward to watching from the previous season was ID: Invaded. It was a series that reminded me of how amazing Psychology is and that I am a Psych graduate. Lol.

ID: Invaded is an anime that revolves around the genres Sci-fi, Crime, & Psychological. This kind of anime doesn’t come easily, that’s why I really appreciate its existence.

I do hope people would give this one a chance, too.

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The Mizuhanome System is a highly-advanced development that allows humans to enter one of the most intriguing places in existence—the mind of a criminal. Appearing as a bizarre mess of thoughts, an id well is the manifestation of a murderer’s unconscious mind. Kura, a specialized police squad, is tasked with analyzing these complex psychological planes to track down the culprits. Brilliant detective Sakaido assists the police by investigating the id wells and piecing together the countless clues scattered within.

However, there is a rule regarding those who enter the id wells: you are only permitted to dive into one if you have killed someone yourself. Such is the case for former detective Akihito Narihisago, Sakaido’s real-world counterpart. Two years ago, his daughter was brutally murdered by a serial killer, driving Narihisago to seek his revenge.

Despite finding himself on the other side of the law, Narihisago nevertheless continues to assist the police. While his detective skills continue to prove useful toward the investigations, Narihisago discovers he may not have everything figured out—especially regarding those he despises most, serial killers. (MAL)

Believe me when I say I didn’t expect ID: Invaded to be really good.

I had encountered a lot of animes with similar genres but fell short in execution, especially during the 2nd half of their series.

Good thing ID: Invaded was able to evade the same fate (no pun intended).

The anime not only kept me on my toes with its mystery; it was also mind-blowing with how they twist and turn the story, yet still remain compact. I mean, everything made sense in the end. It was really good.

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Just like any anime with a crime tag, the anime followed a formula in solving the crimes presented, the team uses the Mizuhanome System to go inside the mind of the serial killers, specifically, the id, to understand and gather clues in solving the case and capture the assailant. However, this formula then changed around the 2nd half of the series.

As the plot thickens and the series is nearing its end, the series twists its story by introducing new ideas, I meant the “well within the well”.

The new ideas led us, viewers, to come with new more theories in WTF is going on with the series. I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if some people got confused, but the series continues to explain properly the concepts they introduced. The info-dumping might have been a turn off for other people, but it was necessary and not excessive.

Everything then went full circle in the last few episodes, not only we know who’s the main villain is; we also got to understand the origin of the Mizuhanome System. Believe me when I say its kinda mindf***ed, but it is what it is.

We were able to see most of the characters grow and develop. I especially love Narihisago’s journey all throughout the series. He went through a lot of shiiizzzz. Seeing him getting the closure he needed to move on, he deserved it a lot.

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Hondomachi was also amazing, but at the same time, it felt like she’s too much of an impossible character. She was too anime. She evolves constantly in every episode at a rate that is unimaginable, so she’s like…that character in a show that you find interesting but not relate at all.

The other characters were also amazing in their own right. The Kura team was solid all throughout the series. Though I can’t really name each one of them, they left an impression in me for me to recognize them. Fukuda was interesting until the very end. I didn’t expect him to have a lot of importance in the 2nd half, but he was charming until the very end, so I’m all good.

For the villain, I already guessed who the main villain was, like in the first few episodes. Even so, it didn’t affect my watching and enjoyment of the series as me knowing who he was doesn’t mean anything if I don’t even know his purpose. When everything unveiled in the end, I kind of understand his POV, but it doesn’t justify his actions and the bloodshed he created.

I think my only problem with the series would be its animation. When the series first started, I was amazed by its unique character designs and art as it was refreshing to me. However, I do admit that I got bored with it in the middle section of the series as the color palette of the anime was bland for me, even though they were using a lot of bright colors. There’s also a lot of inconsistent animation all over the series. It wasn’t distracting or anything to me, but they do stand out if you look properly.

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The music was quite interesting too. I didn’t expect I would like the ED song, I guess the cliffhanger endings in every episode left me scarred that it made me like the ED song. I dunno. The OP song was unique and really good. All of the songs were huge Bangers and it fits well with the feel and themes of the anime. I can’t wait to check out its OST.

Overall, this anime, ID: Invaded is really good. It deserves a lot of love and appreciation by a lot of people.

From what I gathered this series is an original story, which made a lot of sense with how it everything went full circle. At first you guys might wonder how everything would play out and end. Now, seeing how everything ended, kudos to the writers in making this amazing anime. It was very bold, intriguing and unlike any other.

Watching this series was one hell of a rollercoaster ride and I enjoyed every minute of it. Definitely, one of the best animes released in the Winter Season.

I totally recommend this amazing anime to all of you guys. You guys won’t be disappointed, especially if you guys are into Sci-fi or Psychological animes.

Anyway, that would be all.

This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.

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