OP: 「Red Criminal」by (THE ORAL CIGARETTES)
「緋色の超脳力」(Hiiro no Chō Nōryoku)
Scarlet Nexus, a new anime based on a video game of the same name, where otherworld entities attack the common world, and Scarlet Guardians are the last line of defense between them and humanity. Knowing me, I was instantly interested in the hooks Scarlet Nexus is using to lure us into its story. What are the other worldlings and where do they come from? From what I gathered, there seems to be a sort of aurora-like tear in the sky that mantles the atmosphere with soft neon purple colors. What exactly are the red strings that so subtle were hinted at during the episode? And what exactly are the depths of the psionics power’s the Scarlet Guardians use to fight the bad guys. Otherworld-ings fall from the sky in capsules like earth pods, and the military tries to give the Guardians an advantage by playing Missle Command on them.
Sumeragi Yuito (Enoki Junya) is a new cadet with a mysterious back story to one of the other Guardians. He also has red strings on his hair. Randall Kasane (Seto Asami) is also part of the guardians and seemingly saved Yuito when he was young. Some weird time dilation things are going from what I’m gathering, how could Kasane have saved Yuito when he was small if they saw each other also as children during a formal party. As I got to watch the second episode with the pre-air, I have a little bit more context on this part of the story. But worry, not I will discuss in more detail until next week.
Yuito’s best friend, and also the comic relief of the show, Karman Nagi (Uchida Yuuma) is not a total disappointment as he can save Randall Naomi (Nishi Asuka) from impending doom using his psionic wind powers. There are more characters, but they were introduced so randomly and haphazardly I had little time to remember their names.
There are several psionic powers here, ranging from telekinesis to being able to use lighting and wind to your advantage. It seems like they took a turn towards bringing elemental powers to the influence of the mind. Some are quite common in these types of stories, while other powers are a little bit more unique. For example Naomi’s power of being able to see a couple of seconds into the future (Xenoblade much?). I’m sure we are going to be seeing more of how these powers work, and the depth’s they can bring to the battles with the creatures from the other world.
Speaking of those creatures, the enemy design is certainly out there. In this episode, we got to see what I’m dubbing as the flower chicken lady, a weird tentacle slime thing, and another lady with protruding mushrooms? And other such weird creatures and monsters. It was interesting seeing what creatures they can bring to the table. And I’m expecting monsters to just get weirder from here on out.
Apart from that, every single monster was CGI, (I’m not expecting that to change), but nevertheless, another thing to note with the CGI. When the characters change into their form with their mask. They are also CGI. So I can’t help but wonder if the production team gave the actual models from the game? Since the video game already has an anime aesthetic, an animated show is a perfect fit. But I’m not getting my hopes up because already it feels like it has a very low budget. It’s not bad, it’s just that shortcuts are inevitable, but we’ll see how bad it gets around the 7 or 8 episode mark. Can Scarlet Nexus keep up the monster of the week’s newness by throwing modern and exciting things our way? Slowly revealing its story, and involving us more and more into its lore? I certainly hope so, as even if sometimes the animation falters, the action scenes are enough to keep me watching. Even if it fully changes into CGI, I don’t mind it.
I liked the music in this episode, and the floating sci-fi UI is fun to look at, as it seems everyone in this world has one of those. While those that aren’t Guardian’s have a blue look to them, and the Scarlet Guardians are red. The outfits as well fall into this color, with their uniforms looking fly with a red and black aesthetic. A fun way to differentiate them from normal folk.
Overall the action here is enough to keep me hooked, and continue to watch every week, let’s just hope it continues this way because shows like this die or live based on how far they can take their concept. But since it’s based on a video game, I wonder where is it going to go, and will it be able to surprise us with its world, lore, and story.
I’m an ever optimist, so here’s hoping it can!
ED: 「Fire」by (Yamato (.S))