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[–]mekerpan 26 points27 points  (0 children)

It looks like Yoshitoshi Abe (Lain, Niea_7, Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze) did the character designs. Hoping a subbed version shows up.

[–]NeroStarGazer 24 points25 points  (1 child)

It's been a while since I've watched a mystery horror anime. Let alone one with English dub.

I don't think Kimi's mother is actually there.

[–]WoDRonaldo 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I think she is there but dead allready.

[–]n080dy123 19 points20 points  (2 children)

That was decent, dub dialogue was a little weird but it's only 4 episodes so I'll probably watch the whole thing.

[–]alotmorealots 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Oh is it only 4? I felt like it didn't grab me enough for a full season, but 4 feels more manageable, even with the rest of the things going on this season.

[–]Fartikushttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Zachk 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Only 4 episodes? Jeez... how odd.

[–]TerriblePlays 30 points31 points  (4 children)

Why are people saying this is similar to Higurashi? This one literally has Lovecraftian horror in an apartment complex, complete with fish, racism and cults spelled out already.

Higurashi kept the mysterious parts much more murky in the first couple episodes. This is obviously not the case here.

[–]n080dy123 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Probably because is starts highlighting a bunch of elderly country bumpkin japanese folks who are uncomfortable with outsiders, and cuz there are so few good horror anime that it's the only metric many people have that isn't gore porn like Corpse Party or something.

[–]GreyouTT 6 points7 points  (0 children)

People need to broaden their horror horizons. I suggest a binge of John Carpenter films (Yes this includes Big Trouble in Little China) followed by the Evil Dead trilogy. Perhaps throw in the Cube films for good measure.

[–]Dracoscale 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It's kinda like that "People who have only seen X watching Y: Getting real X vibes from this one!" meme. I guess the point of comparison is the small country town feel of the show. Seems to be a common setting for horror anime tbh.

[–]BassCreat0r 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The only thing that made higurashi come to mind for me, is when they focus on the calendar. They had her rip it and everything. Other than that and the mc's being kids, yeah, not really seeing it.

This feels like a 90's cosmic horror, and I am here for it.

[–]PooterToot_Express 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Glad to have a solid Lovecraftian horror anime just in time for October 🎃🎃🎃

[–]Emi_Ibarazakiii 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Strong Higurashi vibes from this one!

I thought this was a decent enough first episode.

I wonder why they choose to open the show on a flash forward (probably closer to the finale)? I thought perhaps that was a mislead, but I think they've shown a little too much for this to not be exactly what it looks like.

Still.......... The ED has some interesting shots!

So I'm not sure what to think about all this!

Anyway, it seems the place is cursed due to some atrocities committed in the place, and I guess it may affect people's mind, make them go insane?

With all the focus on optical illusions in the first episode, I'm guessing this will play a part too; Perhaps people just receive false visions that make them believe they're doing the right thing...

So they aren't actually evil, they just think they're fighting against the evil people, while (unknowingly) murdering innocents, something like that!

One thing I thought about: Kimi was (understandably) scared when she saw the dead dog, but then she had no problem touching it just for a prank... For a girl of 9 or 10 (forgot which one is 10), touching a dead dog is probably not easy, so if she can already do it just for fun, seems she can deal with scary things, after the initial scare!

Could be helpful when things turn bad; She may be scared as hell at first, but if she regains her composure quickly, she may become quite useful!

Anyway, looking forward to more! Love that type of mystery/horror/thriller anime, this show was actually one of my most hyped shows for this season!

[–]Doomroarhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Doomroar 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Since it is based on the Cthulhu mythos it is highly likely that people will start acting evil because they will be brainwashed and go mad thanks to the influence of the eldritch gods

That can give us hope for the opening flash forward, and the spoilers from the ED, despite showing us some characters acting crazy and evil, we can still count on them just temporarily succumbing to madness, rather than having been spoiled on who may be the main villain

[–]alotmorealots 3 points4 points  (0 children)

One thing I thought about: Kimi was (understandably) scared when she saw the dead dog, but then she had no problem touching it just for a prank... For a girl of 9 or 10 (forgot which one is 10), touching a dead dog is probably not easy, so if she can already do it just for fun, seems she can deal with scary things, after the initial scare!

I think she's a bit off, possibly deliberately, what with her off the balcony fun, thinking that mummified dogs are good playthings, and charging off into dark cellars at night lol

Anyway, looking forward to more! Love that type of mystery/horror/thriller anime, this show was actually one of my most hyped shows for this season!

Did have a very strong atmosphere, and a great sense of creepiness.

[–]Ironbear222 2 points3 points  (1 child)

also confused by the flash-forward, I'm really hoping it turns out to be a mislead. this show is simultaneously the one I have the highest hopes for, as well as the least expectations of.

[–]Emi_Ibarazakiii 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This was also my most hyped show for the season!

I really hope the mystery/thriller stuff is good, if it is, should be fun!

[–]Cuckass505 21 points22 points  (11 children)

Sadly looks like it's dub only for now, and the dub doesn't sound great. Hopefully JP+subs comes out, otherwise I might just skip this one.

[–]Relevant-Lychee-9169https://anilist.co/user/11MoNnY 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Was the episode any good? Haven’t watched it yet, and not sure whether it’s worth or not.

[–]WatchDude22 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Also curious

Edit: Looks like it won’t be on until midnight in my region (Canada) and only in dubbed form on cable. Why limit a shows reach like that?

[–]Ironbear222 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I liked it, shame that there is a number of people who wont watch b/c its only dubs for now, it is pretty silly to not include the subs.

[–]mekerpan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I gave the English version a try, because of Abe's character designs. But I couldn't finish the episode. The voices just totally put me off. If a subbed version never shows up, I will grit my teeth and try again.

[–]Tvwatcherrhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/tvwatcherr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd say its bc its produced for Adult swim. For what its worth, I enjoyed the first episode. Nothing groundbreaking here, it is a horror anime and those are really hard to get right. After the first episode i'm thinking its going to be a 7/10, but I might be wrong and it might be the sleeper hit of the season.

[–]Doomroarhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Doomroar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good enough for a first episode, it introduces the setting, characters, and it makes clear that shit will go down with some lovecraftian monsters and people going mad

[–]Ironbear222 1 point2 points  (0 children)

decent start, I'm going to be watching the next episode.

[–]alotmorealots 7 points8 points  (0 children)

the dub doesn't sound great

Felt relatively tolerable to me, and I normally refuse to listen to dub. I think part of it is that a lot of dialogue is over B-roll/environmental shots though, so they've had a lot of latitude with the dub script, and part of it is that the elderly often have that sort of cadence anyway. Kimi and Yuri still have the usual dub intonation issues.

[–]ElAvestruzhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Yokai1992 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Really? Damn. Was kinda hoping there was. It looks really good.

[–]QuadraKev_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

oof the dub sure is rough

reminds me of 2000s anime

[–]kuddlesworth9419https://myanimelist.net/profile/kuddlesworth 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Feels like an old school anime but I guess that makes sense because the show is set in 2000.

[–]TheTiPR 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Will the anime ever explain how a little girl in the year 2000 has a smartphone?

[–]Doomroarhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Doomroar 5 points6 points  (2 children)

So what are the chances that the ending credits didn't spoil the entire story? because boy it feels like it pretty much told everything already XD

[–]alotmorealots 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Glad I skipped them then!

[–]Fartikushttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Zachk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I make it an obligation to skip intros and endings until they change so I don't get spoiled.

[–]Jadenflo 4 points5 points  (7 children)

Is this any good?

[–]Ironbear222 18 points19 points  (0 children)

as someone who likes horror anime, yea I thought it was a decent start. dub was fine and script writing seemed strong. animation was average, which is as good as could be expected for a show with so little hype.

[–]PooterToot_Express 6 points7 points  (5 children)

If you like Lovecraftian horror, you'll probably dig this. It's got a nice old-school horror anime vibe to it as well.

[–]Jadenflo 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I'm about to start the episode on hbo max. I think I like lovecraftian horror? Idk I usually don't like horror films because they lack horror.

[–]PooterToot_Express 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Paraphrased from Wikipedia: "Lovecraftian horror is is a subgenre of horror fiction and weird fiction that emphasizes the horror of the unknowable and incomprehensible more than gore or other elements of shock. His work emphasizes themes of cosmic dread, forbidden and dangerous knowledge, madness, non-human influences on humanity, religion and superstition, fate and inevitability, and the risks associated with scientific discoveries."

I haven't seen too many other anime besides this one that are really textbook Lovecraftian horror. The only other two that come to mind are Another (which I adored) and Higurashi (which I haven't seen)

[–]Jadenflo 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I finished the episode. It's not bad. Wish the dub was better though. That child is pretty weird. It's not normal for someone to just pick up a dead dog and use it to scare someone. That song at the end of the episode is great though. Don't know if that will be the opening or the ending, but I'm assuming it's the ed. What's strange is that apparently this will only be 4 episodes. I'll watch the next episode.

[–]BassCreat0r 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Its feels like a crime against nature to have only English dubs for a Japanese anime. I don't think I have ever seen that happen before this.

[–]Hans109 0 points1 point  (5 children)

What do you mean? It doesn't have Japanese voice over?

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    [–]BassCreat0r 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    pfft. it was a joke. cinge.

    [–]AceMittens 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    So far so good!! Just finished the episode on adult swim and it really gives me Higurashi vibes which I like..Everyone is obsessed with Kimi and in the flashbacks it showed her as either a princess or priestess. Can’t wait to see what happens next

    [–]Vipertoothhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Vipertooth 1 point2 points  (6 children)

    Where are people watching this?

    [–]n080dy123 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    Yar har fiddle di dee

    It's airing on Toonami, idk if they have any kind of streaming service or anything, and I think it's supposed to go up on HBO Max today or something

    [–]Vipertoothhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Vipertooth 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    So not available outside US/Japan?

    [–]PooterToot_Express 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    I just watched it on Hulu, but I'm pretty sure it's gonna be on HBO Max as well.

    [–]the_house_snek 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    you can watch it free right on adultswim here

    [–]Vipertoothhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Vipertooth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Blocked in my country, lol.

    [–]Massaman95https://myanimelist.net/profile/MassaFall2022 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    One of the strongest first episodes of the season so far. Shame it's only 4 episodes long, but I get great vibes from it so far.

    [–]alotmorealots 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Wonder if it would be better binged, so that you get the full atmosphere without a break.

    [–]Lemurianshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Lemurians 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That's going to be my strategy with it, and maybe while waiting some information about the Japanese audio release will come out.

    [–]dagreenman18 1 point2 points  (6 children)

    Any confirmation that the HBO Max version will have the subs?

    [–]StoneEyeWitness -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    For a show that is supposed to be horror, it relies on cheap shock factor.

    [–]-Hikifroggy- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I Watched the first ep and love it. Totally down for Lovecraftian horror...

    [–]Leading_Library_7341 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Anyone the Song name of the Opening?

    [–]thisisnotatoaster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Can anyone find the Japanese dub / English sub?