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Chaos;Child, Episode 10

I could just as well copy and paste my review from last week and change the rating, since everything that didn’t come together then has fallen apart completely now. Before we get to the really bad stuff, let’s look at Taku’s imaginary memories with Onoe, which weren’t too shabby despite the almost comically severe neglect by his parents. Poor Taku ended up projecting his loneliness onto Onoe who had it even worse in his mind, with parents who called her… Continue Reading →

Chaos;Child, Episode 9

Yui is dead, Kurusu is Senri, and now Onoe is Taku’s real-booted imaginary friend? In and of itself, this is a pretty brilliant twist, and while it comes as a jaw-dropper, it doesn’t feel like something pulled out of thin air for shock value, especially seeing how it echoes a certain reveal in Chaos;Head. The references to Chaos;Child‘s predecessor¬†are getting stronger as we hit the home stretch, which always keeps leading back to the Shibuya earthquake 6 years ago. While… Continue Reading →

Chaos;Child, Episode 8

Life hasn’t been good to Taku lately. After his best friend was mind-controlled to kill his little sister in the most grotesque way imaginable, the person he knew as his big sister turns out to be an impersonation by the girl they suspected to be behind it all, the very one Itou allegedly killed Yui for in revenge. Good thing he’s still got his good old childhood friend Onoe to rely on, who will surely help him through this horrible–aw,… Continue Reading →

Chaos;Child, Episode 7

If you think being forced to shove a rebar down your throat and then self-immolate is already a harsh way to die, you might not want to watch the last 10 minutes of this episode. By the time we fade to black, Taku will have a family member wrapped in ironic little packages, dismembered by his best friend, leading to my initial reaction of an overwhelming “WTF did I just watch”. The show didn’t give us much reason to care… Continue Reading →

Chaos;Child, Episode 6

Sadly, having to wait a few extra hours didn’t mean we were in for anything special in this rather mixed bag of an episode. Kunosato’s team has figured out part of Uki Yamazoe’s Gigalomaniac powers, which was only relayed to us long after the fact. While there’s no necessity (and in the case of this adaptation, also no time) to include the viewer in every single step along the way, the feeling of being left out gets further emphasized in… Continue Reading →

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