Posted 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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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 07:31 PM)
    So this is what tokyo ghouls manga comes down to, ends up as. Some big revelations here.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 07:12 PM)
    @Emma, Muv luv requires a lot of your time and getting through two medicore games to get to a great one. Alternative may be your thing…but I think you won’t like the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 07:08 PM)
    @Emma, the more choice you have in the game the more diluted the story becomes. It’s hard to create a great story and give large choice to the player.
    @K-Off, I know. But honestly vn’s are pretty much them with more text and no page turning.
  • Yuko
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 07:03 PM)
    @K-Off so turn to page – – – after making a decision? Certainly convenient, you can’t play VNs everywhere, but you can definitely take books everywhere. And if it’s a manga turned CYOA like you seem to be suggesting, it does seem like a fine idea.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 06:54 PM)
    By choose your own adventure, I’m referring to the print form.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 06:53 PM)
    @Aidan: They could stand to have more choice options than they already do though.
    Muv luv…that one might not be my thing…not sure.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 06:51 PM)
    @K-Off, Muv luv’s level of presentation should be the level all VNs strive for. At points it felt animated dispite using still images
    @Emma, Arn’t VNs already choose your own adventure novels?
  • yy
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 06:47 PM)
    Why must you play games with my heart, Morita Shuhei… Mikasano Chuji… Studio Pierrot…
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 06:43 PM)
    @Mikey, Swan song is one of those VNs where the bad end is pretty much the true and most logical ending. Yet that ending is so goddamn depressing that you are somewhat willing to accept the bullshit Good ending.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:16 PM)
    I can get behind the idea K-off is suggesting, its a good one.

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