Posted by psgels on 15 March 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews

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Don’t let the title fool you. It may be cheesy, but there’s a good reason for the show to be named like this. Sci-fi Harry is a mystery-drama, focusing at a psychic named Harry. He’s an incredible social outcast, unable to talk even normally in front of people, who discovers that he’s got huge psychic powers. Through pressure of one of his few friends, he ends up in his own tv-show, called “Sci-Fi Harry” because people are so enthusiastic about him. The thing is, however, that he doesn’t know how to control his powers, which causes quite an incident. Ever since then, different people try to obtain his powers.

First, let me say that this anime features some great moments. It isn’t afraid to show some disturbing scenes (like people with their necks all twisted around), and Harry works as a great main character, due to his constant worries and inabilities. To add to this, Sci-Fi Harry comes with a multi-layered plot, where nearly every episode reveals a bit about a huge complot which is going on. Lots of storylines happen at the same time, ranging from decent to excellent.

A huge theme in the anime is betrayal. Nearly everyone who runs into Harry tries to manipulate him. Because he’s such a weak character, this actually succeeds most of the times. In addition to that, the other members of the rich side-cast also all have one or more instances where they betray, and are betrayed themselves. Especially Mother and Chinori turned into awesome characters because of this.

I liked the fact how this anime follows so many different storylines, but there lies also the problem. Managing all these different storylines which split up and get combined frequently is extremely difficult, and in the end, the creators of Sci-Fi Harry didn’t manage to do this perfectly. Because of this, some of the storylines are more interesting than others, and it’s annoying to see the more interesting ones get interrupted by the less interesting ones. John, an interesting main character in the beginning also gets condemned to the role of a mere unimportant side-character after the first half of the anime, which was a pity, actually.

The fact also remains that this anime took a bit more on its plate than it could take. Especially the final two or three episodes lose a bit of steam when compared to their predecessors, and yet they continue to introduce more plot-elements which could have been easily omitted. Because of this, the ending left a bit too many questions unanswered, and some answers that were given weren’t really satisfying. The identity of “Accuser” just didn’t fit right, and we never know who keeps sending the text-messages through the computer. The final episode itself also was a bit disappointing. Not because it was rushed, but it lacked a decent aftermath. Something very interesting happens at the end of the episode, and I would so have loved to see how people reacted to this, but instead the anime ends and left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Still, despite this, I really enjoyed this anime. If you like dark mystery-stories, then this is definitely an anime that you should check out. Just be aware that Harry’s art style may be a bit annoying at times, but I think that that was what the creators had in mind. He really looks like a worthless person. And Chinori looked too scary at times.

8 Responses

  1. Nintendud says:

    I believe Fatman was the one who sent the text messages to the computer. Remember his conversation with John on the phone? I’m pretty sure that he basically admitted that he helped him before with those messages, which is the entire reason John decides to believe him (twice, even).

    And, yeah, the ending confused me a bit.

  2. Stiopa says:

    I totally agree with You – there should be at least one additional episode to show the result of their “last action”. The whole “Accuser” storyline is totally incoherent – Fatman’s explanation is just absurd (why would Harry want to make such a massacre). One thing I wanted to see is how hary copes with the implications of his actions on a moral plane.

  3. Confusd says:

    Well…I am still confused about one thing.. who the hell was that person in the last scene?

    Plus, the anime was very interesting in many parts…

  4. psgels psgels says:

    That was basically Harry and the other girl fused together. Hence why the ending felt so sudden.

  5. Nalyd says:

    (SPOILER!!!!!!!)

    I liked the anime a lot, but so many things about it just made me crack up about how unrealistically silly it was! I’m not talking about the psychic stuff, cause obviously it’ll have stuff like that being that it’s a Sci-Fi work, but more on the terms of reactions. The most hilarious example was the end with the military!!! DID YOU SEE ALL OF THOSE TANKS!? FIGHTER PLANES!?! Lol and the stupidity of the military itself. For one, not only would that have been an operation worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but also…. What kinda overkill is that? That was a force worthy of invading a country! A terrorist HQ would be dealt with with something more close to a team of special forces rather than an army of tanks rolling down the hill firing a million shots at a building and then air strikes called on it… (Which even after that I don’t understand how anyone in the building survived or how any part of the building was still standing)…… But after that they sent like 20 more tanks to take out the little cottage over the hill!!! AND EVEN AT THAT POINT! The guy in the tank yelled that the little kid sitting in the smoke was a target!? are they robots? Wouldn’t anyone stop with some common sense (or morals) and say “Hey, let’s capture the unarmed boy sitting there instead of blowing him away with a tank!”. I don’t know about anyone else, but I took the entire anime seriously as a well thought out show until the last few episodes turned into a joke! It definitely didn’t feel rushed, but it LOOKED rushed!

  6. Third Eye says:

    I agree with the rushed ending; I got the impression the series had to have originally something like the canonical 26 eps, but then, midway, they decided to cut it down, leaving some plot thread as it was…

    A shame it never got a sequel, it could have been a valid alternative to the psychological horror/thriller à la Higurashi…

  7. Frost says:

    This anime is one of the reasons I love this blog… This is a true hidden gem right here, completely unknown/underrated and yet one of the best mystery/thriller series out there

    I marathoned the whole thing today from day to night and loved it

  8. Ros says:

    Theres to many problems with that anime…to many questions left unanswered. And the whole anime is about a kid having confidence issues or going through puberty. If you watch this all episoded are like that 1-20 I’m worthless, I’m worthless, I’m worthless each and every episode…and the last episode is even more “worthless”. Finally u expect some questions to be answered in last episode…something more to the point to happen, but nothing happens.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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