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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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    True, assuming of course that the latter installment is indeed better. Resident evil 5 was no 4. That’s for sure.
    I liked that you could time R1 to give you more damage for attacking with Quall. And it was nice that summons leveled up. So that your earlier summons don’t become completely useless in the endgame.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:46 AM)
    I also enjoyed FF8 quite a lot. I appreciate cinematic presentations and 8 delivered that with a lot of style. The visuals were amazing and the the music was great, and if you learned the GF BOOST ability you used the much-maligned long summon animations to stack up on some damage.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:42 AM)
    @Aidan: I used a common example, but of course everyone had a different experience with the FF series, but the point being that it’s often hard to go back to earlier titles after playing the better later installments; especially for DS which is just a modified and improved DeS.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:28 AM)
    Anyway the main reason I amnot wanting to linger on Demon souls is just that I have far more games to play and don’t really want to spend my entire vacation on it. I got the uncharted’s to get though after all.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:26 AM)
    Kafka was a good villain but everyone really has over-hyped him. FF7 is overrated but FF6 is put on too high a pedestal. Like FF9.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:26 AM)
    @Bam, bad comparison for me. FF7 may be overrated as all hell but it still is to me the best Final fantasy. I played ff6 and found it downright tedious. I had more fun playing FF8 and everyone seems to think that’s the worst one…though I don’t. I barely remember any of the story of FF6 and I just found it a slog to get though. Mostly finished it out of obligation.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 10:57 PM)
    It’s always a little bit underwhelming when you play an earlier game of an improving series before the later ones. It’s like playing FF6 as kid as your first FF game and then going and finding FFV and playing that while hoping it’s as good as 6.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 10:52 PM)
    The levels are simple and rather small and linear, but each world has a great and unique atmosphere and variety. The Tower of Latria is specially atmospheric and the game suddenly takes on a much darker and almost horror game feel to it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 10:48 PM)
    @Aidan: yeah I could see how somebody would just want to run thru the game once, but there are a lot of cool weapons, armor and story quests that you can do with tendencies. The PVP is fun and simple as well, and weirdly has much better collision detection than DSI&II.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 02:49 PM)
    I wasn’t keen on the levels though. There were not quite as visually interesting as dark souls environments.

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