Posted by psgels on 2 January 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


To say that Twilight Q is different from your usual anime would be an understatement. I don’t think anyone could have expected what was shown here. Basically, two great names in anime, Tomomi Mochizuki (Kimagure Orange Road, Here is Greenwood, Ocean Waves, Seraphim Call, Yokohama Kaidasi Kikou ~Quiet Country Cafe and many, many more; he’s also the one who’s going to be directing Porfy’s Long Journey) and Mamoru Oshii (Patlabor I and II, Ghost in the Shell, Angel’s Egg) came together and both produced a 30-minute long mystery-story. And what mystery it is!

Tomomi Mochizuki is up first, and he comes up with something that starts out as your typical high-school romance, but then turns into something very different. Don’t expect to get answers about everything, and some events may feel a tad too coincidental, but overall the non-linear direction and timeline works out really well in the end.

Then it’s Oshii Mamoru’s turn, and this is where Twilight Q really sets itself apart. Remember Patlabor II? Basically, take out all the action and politics, and the result is the second episode. The entire episode (30 minutes!) is just one huge complicated monologue about a mysterious occurrence that has something to do with a strange girl and her father. I must say that Oshii Mamoru is another one of these directors with his own, distinctive style of complex dialogues and gritty settings, but for me it works out really well.

Unfortunately, it seems that when Twilight Q was originally made, there were plans to include even more episodes, but these episodes never came. It’s a real shame, because the concept screams potential. As a mystery-fan, I just loved the storytelling for both episodes. The characters unfortunately had to be sacrificed, though (they’re not as likable and well-developed as I would have liked; even taking into account the short airtime). Still, Twilight Q is a nice recommendation for if you’re looking for something different.

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  1. haruda says:

    I didn’t think I’d ever see anyone post about this!
    And yes, it would’ve been great if there’d been more.

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  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:48 PM)
    Just for example, when I had a hard day, watched an episode of the show and then go onto some anime blog to read about it and then there’s some 1000+ words review about it, I’d really LIKE to read but just don’t have the attention to do it, I won’t bother at all. And I believe an impression about an anime episode can be put into way fewer words than that.
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:45 PM)
    @Aidan: Nonono, that’s just a plus of shorter reviews. That’s not the main reason I’d like them. Of course I only read reviews of shows I DO watch, to listen to another opinion, because reading something you don’t know a thing about is pointless. Regarding episodic reviews at least. However I do enjoy reading a review of a show I like, I hope you didn’t misunderstand that. I guess I didn’t really put it into the right words.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:11 PM)
    @K-Off You know it.
    @Bam NTR finds a way.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 10:46 PM)
    @Hal, So to summarize. You want the reviews to be shorter so that you don’t have to read them and can take in whether a show is worth picking up? In that case your problem isn’t with the reviews. It’s that there’s not a rating at the bottom.
    If need be we can bring that back.
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 09:11 PM)
    The thing is, aside from disliking reading long texts on screen, I looked over some texts about shows I didn’t watch sometimes, to see if they’re worth to pick up (That’s also the reason why I actually miss the rating system. I picked up some shows only because psgels rated one episode as fantastic and I got curious) I don’t know if other people do the same, but short reviews are easier to look through for interesting developments.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 09:09 PM)
    @K-off: not sure how NTR works under incarceration, someone steals their prison-bitch I guess? lol
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 09:08 PM)
    concerning the length discussion, it is true, that reading walls of text on the screen are a pain. As I said 500 words should be the absolute maximum for an episodic review. A full review on a series can be longer of course. You should also think about breaking the text down into smaller paragraphs of 4-7 lines each. It’s much easier to read longer texts that way.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:53 PM)
    @Bam make that ntr for ninja.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:45 PM)
    @K-off: oh lord, fanfic and SAO? You just named two of the best sources of intellectual nourishment. And I was operating under the impression that Kiroto has no ass; well … life is learning. Now off to write a fanfic about how the cast of SAO get thrown into prison where everyone wants a piece of dat “firm ass”.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:38 PM)
    @Bam There was this SAO fanfic some dumbass posted a while ago, with the lines “Sinon looked at Kirito’s firm ass and felt excited” or some shit like that… Yeah, I’m not too fond of fanfic, good or bad.

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