AT-X decided to start the winter season early, by sneaking a double episode preview of the new action show AYAKASHI (アヤカシ) into their Sunday timetable. Its official premiere is Wednesday, December 12th, then a bunch of other channels will begin broadcasting sometime in January 2008.
First, let’s make it clear that this show has nothing to do with the previous anime that have gone under this name (Ayakashi and Ayakashi Ayashi). Instead it’s based on a romance battle adventure game that came out two years ago, made by Crossnet, and no, I’ve no idea what type of game that is, but there are enough nipples on the sequel’s cover to give me hints. The director picked for the animated version carries the name Takada Jun, with decent shows like Lamune under his belt, and most importantly, he directed and wrote the script for multiple episodes of the masterpiece Haibane Renmei. With AYAKASHI the script was left to Kouno Takamitsu, also of Lamune fame. The official website also mentions Kaneko Tsutomu involved in that position, but he’s another one credited for Lamune, so you might start seeing a pattern here.
The plot might be based on a true story: High school boy Kusaka Yuu awakens to superpowers when his female childhood friend Yakushiji Hime is assaulted by a violent superpowered madman, a day after mysterious cute girl Yoake Eimu protects him from said madman with superpowers of her own. Also features glimpses of a secret society led by giant snake dude (if the opening animation is to be believed) and a tragically dead (?) first love.
As usual when it comes to AT-X, there’s no way to judge how it looks, because it’s all a pixelly blur, but you’ll be happy to know that the awesome battle sequences are told through cool still imagery. Production’s handled by Tokyo Kids, and I sincerely doubt they’ll be showcasing it. Combined with the music, the result is a show that stinks of “cheap”. On the acting side, we’ve got Kishio Daisuke (Samatarou in Kamisama Kazoku) screaming his lungs out as Yuu, delicious Mizuki Nana (Misaki in Darker than Black) doing the most dramatic sponsor line ever, and vocal goddess Yukino Satsuki (Yoruichi in Bleach) stashed away as an evil sister. Then there’s a giggling Shimizu Ai, Sugita Tomokazu hidden in a fog, and even Nogawa Sakura under a sakura tree. None of this really matters, however, because you’ll be busy covering your ears from the horror that is Matsuki Miyu (Yoshinoya in Hidamari Sketch), as she whines and whines and whines.
This show is terrible crap smeared across the screen and you’re going to watch it anyway, because it has lots and lots of blood and gore and eyeballs sliced open and random bystanders getting cut in half and all that jazz. Why, you’d just be insane to skip it!
Reminds me of: Kaze no Stigma