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Chaos;Child, Episode 12

Life’s a scary thing, with its lack of apparent purpose but plenty of rejection to go around. The more little Taku got ignored by his parents and classmates, the more he convinced himself that he was better, smarter, kinder than them. Why would he want those painfully normal people to like him if they could never understand him the way Serika did? Wasn’t he a misunderstood genius, like his idol Takumi? One day, he would show all of them how… Continue Reading →

Chaos;Child, Episode 11

After already bordering on ridiculous over the phone last week, daddy dearest has now entered full comic book villain mode. Strapped to his evil delusion device, he makes his entrance on stage spewing lines about how guys who hit girls don’t get dates, while dropping the young woman he just killed. I’m guessing this was supposed to be ironic. Luckily, the theater conveniently built on the site of the old planetarium is the perfect backdrop for his insufferable speeches. Apparently,… Continue Reading →

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 →

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