Vivid Strike Review — B

Little girls break one another’s bones and knock each other unconscious as thousands of spectators cheer.

This show did one thing very well: making an excellent villain that I absolutely despised. I don’t think I’ve hated any anime character as much as Rinne since Suzaku in Code Geass. She is a great villain: doing all these terrible things and then still managing to see herself as the victim all the while.

Also, this show is extremely disturbing. Everyone loves watching these children beat the shit out of each other. And they enjoy it too!

What’s more, they have fun doing it, and see it as a great way to build friendships! Wtf???

The lesson is that it’s ok to beat people up as long as everyone’s having fun! Or something.

But in summary, I had a lot of fun hating Rinne and hoping she would continue to be sad and alone and miserable (and I wouldn’t be too opposed to seeing her get beaten up either). The ending was terrible though. The entire last episode was so dumb. Basically it’s the “hahaha you beat the crap out of me now let’s be best friends!” ending. Ugh. Especially after the rest of the show did a good job at showing how screwed up everything is… definitely not the ending I was hoping for. A show like this should not have a happy ending.

  • Storytelling – B – Good job showcasing the villain.
  • Voice – B – Definitely unique.
  • Characters – A – Loved Rinne, the rest were fine. Kind of confused who some of them were.
  • Attention Grab – B – Kept my interest throughout.
  • Production – B – Looks fine.
  • Overall – B

Recommendations – Code Geass, Nanoha

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