Posted by psgels on 30 October 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews



Anime Innovation Tokyo is a project meant to sponsor young and talented creators in creating something new and innovative. These people often have great ideas, but lack the budget and experience to really put these into practice, and that’s where this project helps them out with. I really like this idea, and therefore I’ll gladly promote their efforts. Cencoroll is the first project of theirs to be completed.

Cencoroll mostly stands out with its animation and storytelling. Regarding the former, you can see that the creators have gotten themselves a nice budget, but a limited one nonehteless. They make up for it with really good keyframes though: they’re very expressive, and well drawn, and a lot of time went into each frame.

I also like how down to earth the characters remain: despite that this is an action-series, none of the emotions of the characters are ever cheesy or overdone. In fact, the lead character is as nonchalant as you can realistically get. The storytelling also has a little bit of wit inside of it, when some plot twists aren’t explained and the writers assume that the viewers themselves are able to figure out that A + B equals C, which is something I appreciate.

The question however is: is this movie truly innovative? To that question, my answer is no. I wouldn´t exactly label this series as unique. However, it does have a “screw conventions we´re going to do it our way!”-mindset, and that’s the thing that counts: you can really see that the creators wanted to be innovative, and this is actually a great start for Anime Innovation Tokyo, as they come up with a concept that will generally be very well liked, andnot just be popular amongst the arthouse fans, while at the same time they put in a few neat ideas. I’m hoping that the future projects are going to be a bit more daring in trying out really new things, but it’s a great start nonetheless.

Storytelling: 9/10
Characters: 8/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 7/10

8 Responses

  1. 2DT says:

    Great to know that it’s out. Thanks for the review. Cheers.

  2. cring says:

    If I remember right, the animation and story was done by a single artist. I still haven’t seen this but I’m glad its out.

  3. polymetrica says:

    Yes, the entire movie was written, directed, and animated by a single person, Uki Atsuya. He is amazing. Really glad to see that it got a positive review \o/ I was expecting great things from it.

  4. Tuuli says:

    What!? All that by one person!?
    This person has done excellent job, he is really good and inspiring. I actually liked this one and hope there will be more in the future. :)

    I hope there will be more new things coming from Anime Innovation Tokyo.

  5. Tuuli says:

    I forgot to say I liked the voice actors too.

  6. Meep says:

    Hmm I’m confused. There were scenes I was looking forward to from the first trailer but they weren’t included in this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9GtU3xwLBQ&feature=related xD But I still enjoyed it.

  7. cring says:

    I was also wondering what happened to all of the content from the trailer.

  8. Roxas says:

    You should proofread…

    Anyway, nice review.

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Lenlo
Not unexpected. Its a gang crime drama.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There are also black gangs.
Lenlo
Interesting. Ill keep an eye out for how they are portrayed, because the chinese restaurant thing seemed very... racist stereotype filled
Kaiser-Eoghan
*triad assassin
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: In terms of your mention of Chinese stereotypes from the 80s in regards to the banana fish review, later on a very effeminate male triad boss becomes a main antagonist.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Onto Gundam F91!
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though I was really worried for a bit it was going to disappoint me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
This one had some of the stronger animation in the franchise of the older ones.
The show also really gets the kid protaganist’s naiveté across quite well and the big wakeup call he essentially gets.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I didn’t feel cheated, even though I’m a morbid douche and thought they could have made it crueller and more miserabalist. Bernard feels all the more humane a character than Char Aznable, not that I’m knocking Char.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It successfully makes use of its slower burn start while selling the viewer on the relationship between the boy and the zeon soldier (Bernard) which pays off later on and it commits to its tragic story .
Kaiser-Eoghan
And thats Gundam war in the pocket clocked out aswell.
This ova is altogether a far more bleaker take on the gundam formula and I liked the change of perspective to a civilian, non-pilot, and such a young character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: My first side scroller beat 'em up was streets of rage. The earliest regular beat 'em up I remember playing was mortal kombat.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Enjoyable though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*re-watched
Kaiser-Eoghan
Re-watch 08th MS team, the idea of doing a full on land based action gundam show was fun and those fights live up to the space battles, although I did find it somewhat underdeveloped and it might have been something more at a 25 or 50 episode run.
Amagi
Street Fighter II was actually the first beat em up I've ever played.
Kaiser-Eoghan
.....dare I say it....
....
.....I bet Aidan could beat her at street fighter =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
Fun fact about M Bison, he's somewhat based of a character named Yasunori Kato from a Japanese novel/ova called tokyo last megolopolis.
SuperMario
that's the girl's quirk and frankly I prefer it that way. Although I think the fact that the girl doesn't speak work better in manga form.
Anonymous2439180
What annoys me the most about High Score Girl is that last time I checked out the manga it still hadn't adressed the fact that the girl never speak, multiple volumes into the story, almost as if not a single character even notices it.
Lenlo
@Kaiser, its easier to do episode reviews when you just accept its either going to be short tidbits or long rambling BS. I long ago accepted I ramble to much
Masky
Huh. Anybody noticed that GeGeGe no Kitaro is rather disturbing show actually?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, so this is the format Shoujo Kageki will go for, antics for early parts of the episode, then replaying that one sequence like Utena did, then each episode visually having its own unique looking dual of sorts.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I also felt watching it, that maybe it could have worked better as a short.
Amagi
I think this series being basically nonstop monologue makes it unwatchable, it's probably less annoying as manga though but the content isn't too special to make me pick this up which is quite a letdown because as old S/NES player I was looking forward to this.
Amagi
@Kaiser: I couldn't finish High Score Girl either. It was like watching one of these obnoxious gamer youtubers shouting for 20 minutes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I applaud the ability to do episodic reviews as you guys on this site do, I find it much easier to write a review of a full thing rather than individual episodes as I have more to say. I can only give these semi-long twitter-y posts about what I'm watching.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Think I'm going to have to wait for a batch torrent of proper subtitled episodes for sirius.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*doesn't
Kaiser-Eoghan
And it feels like a game too, but it does come off as clunky to me in its adaption .
Kaiser-Eoghan
While the story isn't exactly pushed along, I enjoyed the action-y shlock in this weeks satsuriku no tenshi . These psychos never come off as annoying to me, their endearingly crazy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I really feel, after watching two episodes of happy sugar life that this feels freakier than the manga, watching it feels like it elevates the experience too.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*comedy anime
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't want to sound like I'm exaggerating but, Hi-score girl is genuinely well up there on one of the worst comedy any I've had to sit through. I really didn't want to finish this episode and couldn't wait for it to end, it was depressingly obnoxious and I got nothing out of it comedically.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Granted I enjoyed the first episode.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Shoujo kageki does indeed have a hook with its more flamboyant elements, but I still need more convincing by watching a few more episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: There's a line in the manga also where he states that he lost count of how many times Dino raped him.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Ash has become almost desensitized to it.
Lenlo
Is there anything he actually does enjoy?
Lenlo
Alright, I spent 10 minutes on this Tenka guys blog and I already hate him
Lenlo
Im enjoying it alot though.
Lenlo
I was worried about the Banana Fish kiss for a second, cause I figured Ash would have more... issues with forcing that kind of thing based on his past. But hey, turns out it had a narrative purpose. Wasn't expecting that
Lenlo
He did. And it was a good Banana to.
I liked this weeks Banana Fish. Continues to be good
Kaiser-Eoghan
Holy shit, Ash actually eats a banana in this episode of banana fish.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still find, while it is repetitive, grand blue funny. And now to ruin everything by saying one day someone will do bara doujins of the two muscle guys.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Monte Christo came together well, but getting there wasn't always that engaging and there was that poor cgi battle near the end aswell, the style it was done in was visually interesting at times.
Anonymous2433639
Kind of gives me a similar vibe to the Count of Monte Cristo anime; there's nothing that similar in the subject matter, and the styles aren't exactly the same, but I'd be lying if doesn't remind me of Gankutsuo (in a good way)
Kaiser-Eoghan
And with just one short, non-overly exploitative quick flashback, Dino's pedophilia is shown without showing too much un-neccesarrily.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As in the manga, that fanservicey scene near the episodes end is the most you'll get from what I remember, it did however serve story purpose.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The flow of the story is also quite noteable in it always gives us just enough each chapter/episode.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Banana fish 3 : Mappa is continuing to pace this far better than the original manga, you know you're in a good series when you already know whats coming next from reading the source material but you still look forward to it the same as you did before. Again the homosexual undertones element feels well utilized, this being a prison episode.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Enjoyed the spectacle of this last gundam origin ova episode, the melodrama in this ova series was well utilized aswell, nice to see two scene cribbing from the original too.
Anonymous2433474
Banana fish is pretty great. Super stylish and has an interesting mystery and mafia plotline
SuperWooper
That's the Anime Special!
SuperMario
Chio-chan this week is... my Lord. Sexual harrasment as a source of humor?
Amagi
I think Baldr is cursed. People are waiting for 15 years for an English version and so far all attempts from fans to do a translation failed at some point.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Oh it's releasing in mid year...of this year. Yeha Sekai has pretty much taken the approach of "When it's done we shall release it" otherwise no news whatsoever about it. Was hoping for some news at the expo not long ago but sadly nothing.
Amagi
@Aidan: speaking of it, did Baldr Sky ever get a release date? It was announced ages ago.
AidanAK47
Out of all the moments in LOGH that is certainly one of the highest points for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I love it, although it wavers slightly in the middle, before picking up again. Every death is devestating, especially the one you are alluding to, the third season wending theme, I can't listen to it without thinking about that scene.
Anonymous2432573
As a side note, I feel like with some tweaking, LOGH could make for a good TV show. I think the recent anime did a good job of modernizing some aspects. I don't know how it well it would play in Western audiences though considering the relative "nerdiness" of LOGH
Anonymous2432573
Anyways, sorry about that, had to get it out of my system. There are some shows that will grab you the first time you watch it and will never let you go, and LOGH is definitely one that I find myself returning back to and rewatching episodes again and again.
Anonymous2432573
I don't know if there's any show (anime, TV show, etc.) that 3 quarters of the way in decided to take out some of its most significant cast members and in an impactful at that; season 4 definitely has to deal with what happened right until the end
Anonymous2432573
I don't think I've seen any other show pull it off like it did; yeah I mean people always take about Game of Thrones, but it feels to me most of the deaths in that show are more shock factor and less impactful on repeat viewings (except for of course that season 1 & season 3 one), most of the other stuff feels just like setting the playing field.
Anonymous2432573
Man rewatching some LOGH OVA... Season 3's ending is still gut-wrenching. I know depending on who you root for in the series the reactions are different, but man I don't think anybody finished season 3 without feeling empty.
AidanAK47
Hates everything. Was actually translating the Baldr Sky visual novels at one point until Sekai grabbed it for localisation and he tried to sell it to them. But they were not interested and he wrote a rant about how Sekai screwed him over.
Lenlo
Who is this one? Dont think I know him, or I willingly forgot him
AidanAK47
In a age where all the most prolific anime bloggers gave up, it's surprising that the only one to survive is a dude who does nothing but spew bile and express his hatred of the medium.
SuperWooper
Can't believe that guy is still going.
Amagi
I have to admit that I enjoy reading Tenka*eiha whenever I hate an anime.
SuperWooper
>discussing anime with other people
Absolutely disgusting
AidanAK47
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Amagi
Iennar should watch anime instead of being a bot
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Amagi
I love the ED song for Tonegawa
Lenlo
I recommend it. Its the best gambling anime out there
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will watch Kaiji someday...someday...just keep forgetting to get around to it.
Anonymous2419710
@Kaiser-Eoghan He's working on a new anime film, not sure when it's coming out
Anonymous2419539
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji
Anonymous2417730
Can't say that I'm interested in a Jin-Roh remake with the plot transplanted to a near future Korea instead of the 1950s alternate history setting of the original.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still need to see his patlabor show and the first Patlabor film he did.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Need to rewatch the original. I recently did a rewatch of Oshii's works. They benefit from second viewings...and sometimes it better to just to run with some of them/let them wash over you largely because he isn't a particularly accessible director, wish he would return to making animated films though.
SuperMario
So Netflixe acquires a korean reanke of Jinroh huh? I guess it's just a matter of time
Kaiser-Eoghan
Dvd of the new, 6th Gundam origin ova came out last Friday but I can't find it on nya =<
Amagi
It's ongoing, two volumes out in Japan. Mangadex seems to be pretty fast with scanlations.
Masky
Ye have any idea whether its already finished one that hasn't been translated or on going series? Like I said, it seems macabre in fun way so would be disappointing to know it didn't do well
Amagi
@Masky: I found this Marry Grave manga coincidentally while browsing a board. It's really oldschoolish but in an entertaining way. It seems to be weekly or biweekly, but not sure.
Amagi
The idea of how this story is told is completely fresh and unused although I don't wanna spoil anything for people who don't know anything about it. And as if the whole mainstory wasn't nice enough there was a little hint at the end of the game that was a quite shocking reveal. Some people even missed this since the hint was pretty inconspicuous and not directly related to the main plot/character.
Amagi
It's real. Wow. This could easily become the best drama anime of the year if done right. The game was (IMO) fantastic despite being a pixelish RPG maker style game.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Holy shit really? To the Moon?
Amagi
Speaking of Urasawa there was announcement of a Pluto adaption last year, I guess they're still working on it. A good choice IMO, Pluto was not only my favorite Urasawa aside from 20thCB so far, it's one of the few that might be easier to adapt and it isn't too long.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Haven't read Chicago yet, maybe I will look into it. Kinda curious what series this mangaka will do next, same with Urasawa.
Masky
Huh? Found weird manga named Marry Grave. It feels like older manga but I'm not sure what its release date is.. Has rather interesting art and premise though first chapter is bit clunky on exposition
Kaiser-Eoghan
slightly disappointed to see happy sugar life not being covered =<
Lenlo
Oh man, 57? Franxx must have really gone down hill, because you seemed pretty into halfway through or so Aidan
Kaiser-Eoghan
<Crazy aunt in happy sugar life will have Belldandy's voice actress
<Terror the terror OMO
Kaiser-Eoghan
How do I save Chi no Wadachi's protagonist =< Manga giving me post traumatic stress ;M ;
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: And that game, to the moon is getting an adaptation. I haven't played it nor know anything about it though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: It seems you were onto something when you said in your satsuriku no tenshi impressions/posts that other freeware games might see a chance at an adaptation. I recall you talking about a game called To the moon on here a few years back.
Vonter
I did like how they decided to use a Halo aesthetic for the lack of a better term. Bases and alien ships have this Halo like design and color schemes to them. Also when I though a harem could only be depicted in one way, this series proves me wrong.
Vonter
But after season 2. Oh boy, the series becomes a really intriguing and exciting sci fantasy journey, with lots of motivations, hillturns and mystery.
Vonter
I catch up to the Voltron series in Netflix and man. It might the best anime-like series I've watched all year. I was having doubt after season one because while not awful at the start, it's very typical Voltron good versus evil and the like.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Chicago was one of the first Manga I read when I was 11, by the same author as 7 seeds.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: A 7 seeds adaptation would be preferable, its the more mature of the two. My favourite parts of that manga is everything relating to Hana and also the flashbacks to Ango's team's past, also that flashback side arc which was set in that shelter centered on that guy who had nothing to do with the cast.
AidanAK47
For Mahou, I just wanna see the first VN translated.
Amagi
We will never see the Mahou sequel VN either
Amagi
Theoretically ufotable but I think they'd prefer to wait for the updated story of the new VN sooo never ever
AidanAK47
Op was pretty good for an anime that didn't exist. Honestly wonder what would come first. The remake of the VN or an anime adaption by Ufotable.
Amagi
Just as the Tsukihime anime doesn't exist (liked the OP of that nonexisting anime though)
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: The original Basara anime doesn't exist, only the manga does.
Amagi
@Lenlo: I really loved it and as far as I know most people who didn't read it refused it due to its drawing style not the content. The style could get an improvement as anime and I think the story is something most people would enjoy. The side characters were all awesome and pretty diverse too, which is kinda worthy of mention because the series had a ton of them.
Amagi
Arisa might get a decent fanbase as well considering it's some sort of mystery-thriller shoujo despite it's appearance.
Lenlo
Oooh Basara would be one I would want to see
Amagi
@Kaiser: I wish we'd get an actual Basara or 7 Seeds adaption some day. But guess it's impossible in the age of 12-episode series.
Lenlo
Yeah, the Marvin reveal was done in as tasteful a way as I could see it being done. It was just creepy enough without being voyeur
Kaiser-Eoghan
**Done
Kaiser-Eoghan
*superficially
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I have never read this, LetDai is sometimes compared superficial to banana fish.
Kaiser-Eoghan
More fantasy/horror shoujo/josei manga, old ones, not otomeshit or school lifeshit could be adapted.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And wasn't the reveal regarding Marvin down in a tasteful/restrained enough way while still getting the point across?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Akimi Yoshida is actually quite diverse, aside from banana fish, she also wrote Our little sister.
Kaiser-Eoghan
"and NOT with naked muscular men. That’d be depressing!" Thank fuck we still have the slender ones then lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
By the looks of it Sugar life's only getting 12 episodes, which means it'll stop just before it really gets going.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I think 2 volumes of the manga have been covered so far.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: "However its spelt" and there I am, realizing how rubbish I am with names and remembering/spelling them.
Lenlo
Oh man, Banana Fish is 24 episodes? Oh awesome. All the time in the world
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: In small doese, small doses he would be tolerable.
Kaiser-Eoghan
An anime about all of us would be fucking magnificent and I will hear nothing to the contrary of this fact.
Lenlo
However that name is spelt
Lenlo
Hmm, Steins;Gate 0 Okabe, or what? Cause Hyoin Kyoma would drive me up a wall.
Lenlo
Oh Grand Blue has some great reaction faces.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Not slice of life, but outside of all the dark stuff, I'd probably think Okabe Rintaro would be a fun guy to be around.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually that brings up something, in all of the slice of life dramas/comedies out there, a good measure for how worthwhile some of them are could be "Which ones would I actually like to hang out with the characters in"
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember when Free! aired, joking with another guy on here who would be who.
Kaiser-Eoghan
You could probably get great reaction faces of the manga/show.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't think I could keep up with the drunkening though.
Lenlo
Wait, ive been psychic robbed? When? How?
Lenlo
Ive known people like them before, though less cartoonishly dude-bro. They are fun in bursts. Made for some good experiences. Luckily the ones I knew, also knew when I was at my socializing limit.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Jokingly we'd all be blond otaku-t-shirt guy though =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I have committed un-intentional psychic theft of your thoughts.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mario has to be the skinny dark haired Asian guy because it fits.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As funny as these characters are, I probably wouldn't hang out with then if they were real, I'd probably be iritated by them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I actually hadn't thought it as far as the personalities .
AidanAK47
For I am the one that trolls
AidanAK47
@Kaiser/Lenlo, Wait then whose who in that screenshot. Cause looks wise I would likely be Iori but personality wise I would be closer to the burly dudes.
Lenlo
As for the updated setting, I think it will work out. Keeps it sorta relevant for modern audiences. I'm curious if the changes will be obvious or not, but the story should still work
Lenlo
As for Banana Fish, after this episode, Im not to worried about the fetishizing of homosexual relationships. Unlike alot of Shoujo/Yaoi-lite/bait stuff, it actually seems to condemn some aspects of the trope in manga.
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