I grabbed this over a year ago when there was an excellent £10 promotion and it proved an absolute bargain. The show itself blends the concept of the multiverse with children's slice of life adventures. To be honest this made the first few episodes difficult to watch as I found the contrast between kick-ass genetically engineered warriors from the future with 12 year old kids worrying about exams and going on ghost hunts quite jarring. I was actually wishing they'd just do away with the kid's story. That changes by around episode 6 where I realised that the "side-stories" actually add a great deal of characterisation and this aspect becomes vital to the overall story and conclusion. That said it's still the sci-fi elements I enjoyed the most as they lead to weird multi-world theory, time-travel and general spooky/weirdness. One thing I've noticed with many anime shows is that their endings can be very rushed and non-sensical. Thankfully this show is an exception which is a huge relief as given the plot there was a huge potential for it being a messy ending. What we get is one of the more satisfying conclusions to an anime series.
The animation and character designs are excellent throughout and the battle scenes are highly kinetic and often in a different style from the main animation. The musical score is also excellent and really adds to the atmosphere and I found myself humming the more haunting tunes a long time after watching the episode. This is definitely a show that anime fans should check out. For those who can accept the two very distinct aspects of the show, I think this is probably a classic - although if you can't handle it, it's probably not going to work out. If you can grab it at the promotional price though it's definitely worth the gamble.
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