Darwin’s Game Review — D-

People murder each other with magic cell phones.

I want to like Darwin’s game. On paper it feels like I should. I love anime with crazy people who murder each other. It even has a yandere. I liked Juuni Taisen, I liked Battle Royale, I even liked Btoom and fucking Deadman Wonderland. I didn’t like Darwin’s game at all.

I think part of the appeal of these kinds of shows is the moral horror you and the characters feel about the whole situation. But here we don’t really have that. They pay lip service to it— how they want to end the game, how it’s so cruel and unfair, blah blah blah. They get to this in the first episode when the main character’s friend dies. But after that the tables quickly turn and our heroes become the one’s cruelly murdering people. The show literally ends with them torturing a defenseless man to death. All while they are supposed to be the good guys. The show doesn’t even question this or give the characters room for doubt.

Perhaps the main issue is that the characters are so shallow. The main character is the most generic Japanese everyman you can imagine. He has no personality, he doesn’t seem to want anything for himself, he’s purely reactive. The person he most reminds me of is the main character from Mahouka. (not a compliment) The yandere girl is… just crazy and in love for no apparent reason? She genuinely seems to enjoy murdering people? And the show never seems to take any sort of issue with this. The other characters are: #1) has a kid, #2) some dumbass bipolar shit, and #3) isn’t quite as stupid as everyone else. And that’s pretty much all there is to any of them. I mean, aside from enjoying torture and murder.

  • Storytelling – D – Not good.
  • Voice – D – Copied an interesting setting without understanding it.
  • Characters – F – Awful
  • Attention Grab – C – Mostly did grab my attention, usually not in a good way.
  • Production – C – Bad
  • Overall – D-

RecommendationsJuuni Taisen, Btoom, Mirai Nikki

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  1. i have a brand new anime or manga featuring a normal fourteen year old boy named Adam lee he lives in Tokyo Japan he lives in a two story house with his parents his older brother and his younger sister his dad is named Thomas his mother is named Ruth his older brother is named Jacob and his younger sister is named Esther we also see Jacob’s girlfriend named Sarah Kim who lives next door. the lee family is a working or middle class family. we also meet a girl named Salome Goldsmith she comes from a very wealthy upper high class family we also meet a girl named Joan Williams she comes from a military or warrior family or clan or a warrior tribe another girl named princess Ruby comes from a long line of royalty and nobility we meet a homeless man named Abraham who acts like a hermit he often begs for food water or money or other stuff and we meet a girl who lives on a large island full of flora and fauna named Evangelina we see that Evangelina’s birth parents were scientists and researchers they died from a wildfire but baby Evangelina was saved by a local tribe of hunters fishers farmers and warriors on the island is a magical spring of water we see baby Evangelina would drink water from this spring it would enhance her speed, strength, senses, reflexes, hearing, vision, smell, touch and taste. this water would also allow her enhance her jumping skills her throwing skills she would learn how to use swordsmanship archery how to use melee weapons how to use boxing and wrestling later at her sixteenth birthday she would learn how to make and sell tools plus how to make and sell jewelry hairdressing cooking and cleaning she would also learn how to do diving and how to make boats and sail them across the seas she would later meet a man named Solomon Astor he would teach Evangelina how to use guns along with karate, judo, jujitsu and other forms of martial arts from around the world he also is a skilled pilot and had a airplane until it crashed onto the island we later see a ship comes to rescue Solomon we see Solomon allows Evangelina to join him on the ship it would head to china we later see Evangelina learns Chinese martial arts then hops on a airplane to Thailand where she would learn Thai style boxing then hops on a airplane to a modern day school of knights where she learns knighthood she would also head to a modern day school of gladiators to learn gladiator skills she would also learn french style boxing and hand to hand combat plus fencing she would head to Korea to learn Korean martial arts she would learn how to fight using a staff plus knifes and fan like weapons plus chain stick like weapons she would go to India to learn Indian martial arts she would go to japan to learn sumo skills plus ninja skills along with samurai skills how to use pitchforks as a weapon how use rakes as weapons how to use batons as weapons how to use sickles as weapons how to use bras knuckles how to use spears shields and javelins as weapons how to use ropes and chains as weapons how to use boomerangs how to use tomahawks how to use oars as weapons how use hoes as weapons how to use blades as weapons how to use darts as weapons how to use a blowgun and how to use a pole like weapon she would keep lots of the special water to help her inside some bottles or cans to drink out from to boost her energy. she also goes to learn kick boxing and even professional wrestling around the world she is now a 37 year old woman she has tanned skin she has blonde hair blue eyes she is statuesque athletic muscular she has big breasts and a big ass.

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