Welcome to the world of Dennou Coil (電脳コイル), the very latest anime production from Madhouse, which has begun its run of NHK broadcasts on Saturdays at 18:30 JST. The story appears to be set two decades into the future and follows a bunch of kids who’ve started a cyber detective bureau called Coil, where they help people find their cyber pets, which are only visible if you wear virtual reality glasses (with built-in phones!). It boasts true HD quality production where it finally feels like they’re making use of the extra pixels, by giving cybernetic pets a different kind of texture effect that’s slightly glitchy, setting them apart from real animals. On the audio side of things we get excellent voice actors in the form of Orikasa Fumiko, Yajima Akiko and Kuwashima Houko.
ANN has it listed at 26 episodes, and it seems to be the first real direction/script job for the guy in charge (Iso Mitsuo), so I’ve no idea where it’ll end up, but it has a very slick style and pleasant mood, so personally I’ll keep watching.
Reminds me of: Zettai Shounen
Omni’s Note: This is the first entry of a new column called “Snapshots.” The author, Patrik, is a good friend of mine who probably watches more anime than I do, and since I don’t have the time to introduce all the new shows at the beginning of a season, he has offered to do so. Patrik will be presenting an informative blurb and a few images for new shows which will give some general impressions on the first episode and its art style. He’ll be concentrating mostly on first episodes, so the majority of his writing will come at the beginning of a new season. This way, if you’re unsure or curious about what a new show is like, you can check here and see whether it is worth your time.