Posted by psgels on 23 December 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews

The past autumn season may not have been the best, but did stand out in one thing: more than one actually good hentai game adaptations. 11Eyes at first looks like your average harem, with cheesy character-designs, stupid characters, and an incredibly lazy execution. And yet it already proves you wrong during the very first climax.

11Eyes is finally another one of those eroge adaptations that has a good story that’s fleshed out throughout the entire series, rather than the final two episodes, it has well fleshed out and developed characters, and a pretty solid direction during the climaxesEven the smaller side-characters aren’t cardboard cut-outs for once, but actual characters with their own issues, strengths and weaknesses.It’s a really great transition from its original source material and how notorious these have become over the past decade.

11Eyes is not without its problems, though. The voice acting is a bit unrealistic at times, especially the male lead suffers from this. And while the direction is impressive, the animation and visuals themselves don’t often stand out. Also, as the story goes on, a really weird love triangle pops up that is forced, doesn’t make any sense and is way too underdeveloped and forced for its role in the storyline. The big reason for that is the female lead, Yuka, who seems to believe that whenever a guy touches another girl he’s immediately in love with her.

So yeah, ultimately it’s the side-cast that brightens up this series, but they do so pretty well. 11Eyes is in no way the perfect series, but it’s solid entertainment and comes with a pretty good story and characters that will keep you interested. As for the ending… it has some pretty creative elements. I’d label it as a pretty good ending if it wasn’t for the blatant Deus ex Machina at the end.

(In case you’re wondering what happened to the rating categories I usually put here, I’m experimenting whether I should not show them alltogether. Or is there something else that I could put here?)

9 Responses

  1. jammy says:

    I really like your current score system, as the categories you use, are very helpful. I always look at the story score, before i look at the others. Some might look at different ones.

    Please keep it the way it is :)

  2. mds says:

    I think that your previous rating system is better.It allows viewer to find what’s so good about anime A,and what’s bad about anime B.Without it,your review will be biased,and we’ll don’t know how an anime got an XX score

    So,in conclusion,please don’t change your rating system.

  3. m says:

    I don’t usually follow shows like this, and I even skipped a couple of the episodes and just read summaries. I don’t think anything of value was lost.

    I think it was a lazily-written story, which I assume stems from its origins. It wants to be, and tries to be different, and this is a goal that I appreciate. I went in expecting another Chaos;Head and came out thinking more of Peter Jackson’s Braindead. However it attempts to deceive the viewer with a set of tropes, that after the perspective change, don’t make any sense except as the mechanisms of the deceit. They are subverted by the writer with the narrative equivalent of “lol no.” If M. Night Shyamalan made eroge adaptations, he would have made this one.

    However, like a terrible horror movie the crap-factor of this show makes it pretty funny. The utter futility of the sometimes-perverted powerups is gold. The whimsy of Yuka’s insanity makes all of those crazy female Japanese fans on the Internet seem downright pleasant. When you think of how much of your time was wasted by two groups of idiots doing everything wrong, Lelouche suddenly seems a lot smarter in retrospect, and might even have given up his crown for King of the Idiots, if 11eyes had four times as many episodes to earn it. Whereas I usually just sigh at the laziness of such service, even the unnecessary panty-shots were funny.

  4. Nellie says:

    This mess has nothing to do with the original. They butchered so much you can’t even call this an adaptation.

  5. Adam says:

    Put it back, please.

    For tl;dr sake.

  6. Meep says:

    I agree; I like how you have been rating your series. It’s nice to have a quick rundown on what each show has strength in, such as characters, story-telling, etc.

  7. reverse says:

    rather than using number you should use word instead, a quick view of thing

    Storytelling – is it good
    how the pace
    what kind of show this

    Characters – how character development
    – is character likable
    – is character believable

  8. Pafiume says:

    I could kind of understand Yuka, I mean Kakeru was licking the red head girl’s wrist, she was falling on him topless.. At least I think that was what she saw? Still, I can agree that the way she reacted was annoying. I was waiting for her to jump into the crazy but she stayed on the fence pretty much, if not just, the whole time. At the end she only really got more stupid…

  9. forrest says:

    one of the weirdest animes ive ever seen the plot is hard to follow and they don’t form the characters very well they just give backround stories

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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