The end of the world is upon us. And I feel like falling asleep.
I’m a huge SMT fan. But this show was a piece of crap. Any trace of personality the characters may have had was mercilessly beaten out of them. The protagonist was especially infuriating. All he did was preach at everyone else about friendship and have his thunder tiger beat things up. Ugh.
For a comparison to show how this show could have not been a complete disaster, look at Persona 4. There the creators were also presented with what is effectively a blank slate protagonist. They chose to make him a bit badass and give him a great sense of humor. In Devil Survivor they made him, effectively, Touma, except without Touma’s sole redeeming quality, the part where he punches girls in the face.
The rest of the cast is equally obnoxious. Even Joe is is a boring toady. For those who haven’t played the game, in it Joe was hilarious. Actually so was the protagonist. He had some ridiculous responses you could pick for most of the choices which added a fair amount of humor to the game. But nope. Every single character is a soulless stooge.
The fights also suck. Hibiki summons his lightning tiger which he had handed to him on the first day and is somehow one of the most powerful demons in the world. Then the characters argue philosophy as their demons hug each other. No I’m not making this up, that’s how the final battle went down.
- Storytelling – F – Heavy handed and soulless. Makes Sword Art Online look subtle.
- Voice – F – Nothing unique except how awful it is.
- Characters – F – The worst part of all. No personalities whatsoever.
- Attention Grab – F – Boring.
- Production – B – Looks fine, but who cares given everything else?
- Overall – F
Recommendations – Persona 4, Durarara!