Posted by psgels on 12 September 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews

Interlude is a dating-sim mystery anime. It’s an OVA, containing three episodes. It’s really one of these anime you need to think about in order to fully understand it. We’ve got our main character, living his everyday life. Until he meets a strange girl, alone at the station. Starting from that moment, he’ll learn that something huge went on in the past. Especially the first half is covered with small flashes in which our main character, along with his girlfriend lie mortally wounded next to each other, which is enough to keep you excited.

The mystery-part definitely was worth it. Especially in the first episode, when nothing is revealed yet. The background story slowly gets unravelled, and it’s full of creativity. In just three episodes, the storyline gets told, revealing a bit more every time. I have to say, though, regarding the flashes mentioned above. When their meaning gets revealed, it sortof lacks impact. It’s the case with most other revelations as well. Together, these revelations form a great concept, but individually, they aren’t really that exciting.

When the anime turns to the dating-sim-part, however, it goes nowhere fast. In a bad way. A large part of the second episode just consists out of our main character, trying to hit on a girl, and the first and third episode also contain rather boring romance scenes which didn’t really move me in any way. The creators also somehow found it a nice idea to throw in lots of useless fanservice, which didn’t really do this anime any good.

The characters themselves, however, are a major plus in this OVA, though not in the way you’d expect it. I have to admit, while watching the third episode, they became a bit annoying at times. But when the episode was over, and I began to think about the characters a bit (especially the side-characters), only then I realized what they’ve gone through. Only then I realized the horrors they experienced. That’s the strength these characters have. Especially Tama got my respect at that point. Still, this effect could have been bigger if some unanswered questions were answered. Some things just are never explained, which sortof hurts this OVA.

The character art used in this anime is most of the times very high-quality. Most of the characters have interesting character designs. The creators also liked to play with lighting effects, which gives an interesting result. Still, I’ve got one complaint. The main character just looks ugly.

Overall, I’m glad I’ve seen Interlude. It was a very interesting watch, which really requires you to think in order to fully enjoy it. A good example of an anime which has more than just what we see on the surface. Still, it could have been much better executed at certain points.

3 Responses

  1. Avatar Anga says:

    About everything I remember from this could expressed with one word, huh? Maybe it’s because I didn’t bother to think characters outside the show, but not really anything special.

  2. Avatar Burrowowl says:

    Interlude was one of those titles that made me look at a lot of other titles with a more critical eye. It’s not so much that Interlude is one of my favorite shows (it wasn’t), but it was so clearly well-done and well-thought-out that it made other shows’ characters seem shallow, plots seem contrived, and production quality more rushed. In a way, it was like a more thoughtful, less entertaining Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (which I liked).

    Anybody that watches anime that prominently feature secret plots or high school students should give this show a viewing, much like most college students should take a semester of Latin; it may not sit right with you, but you’ll be better for having seen it.

  3. Avatar bleh says:

    Yet again another zealous anime freak that over thinks shit.


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