Sogo Amagi lost his mother at a young age… and ever since then, he has been obsessed with the crystals she devoted her life to researching. After getting involved in what is essentially a domestic dispute between two of his friends, he finds himself deep within a cavern face to face with a pillar of red crystal the likes of which he’s never seen…
Suddenly, the crystal bursts and out of it comes an adorable young girl. Sadly, they do not have time to wonder at this strange occurrence as suddenly a mech bursts through the wall of the cavern and attacks them. Making matters more strange, suddenly another mech appears out of thin air and saves them from the first one.
And thus begins the story of a girl who just couldn’t avoid being kidnapped… over… and over… and over again.
Dr Magata Shiki has a superhuman intellect and unique beliefs. She has multiple personalities, and believes that is the natural state of humanity. She was accused of killing her parents and claimed a doll did it… instead of imprisoning her, they built a research facility around a series of small rooms that comprise her prison, lab, and home.
The show starts approximately 15 years after that fateful day, and Magata Shiki has started having web interviews, looking as though she hasn’t aged a day. Our protagonist, Nishinosono Moe is fortunate enough to get one of those interviews… and it has a profound impact on her. On a field trip, Nishinosono and her teacher Saikawa Sohei visit Magata’s lab and are horrified to see that she has been murdered.
Thus begins a strange psychological mystery…
Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon is a show about the 35th Test Platoon at the Anti-Magic Academy, surprisingly enough. In a world where magic exists (and most people would prefer it didn’t) the Anti-Magic Academy teaches youngsters to become Witch Hunters: specially trained fighters who are given the tools and teachings to capture and defeat those who use – and abuse – magic.
Students at this school are broken into ‘Test Platoons’ which are essentially class groups that work together and train together. The school seems almost more like a work study, as they don’t seem to actually attend class so much as get sent out on dangerous missions to earn ‘points’ that serve no purpose that I was ever able to determine.
But enough about that… the 35th Test Platoon is a group of social misfits who are consistently the lowest ranked… so much so that they’re given the ‘endearing’ title of the ‘Small Fry Platoon’. These miscreants are our core cast.
Utawarerumono: The False Faces is an indirect sequel to an anime created quite some time ago out of an adult visual novel. Don’t get scared away! It surprised me to find out this was based on an adult visual novel – it just seems so tame. There are a few references to some sexual themes, and a few characters are obsessed with yaoi, but overall it feels relatively low-key.
But back on topic… Utawarerumono is an anime about a man who awakens on a snowy mountain wearing a hospital gown. Suffering from amnesia, he is discovered by a cat-eared young lady named Kuon who takes responsibility for him since she found him. She names him Haku and escorts him to town, where they find that he is strangely weak compared to those around him, even children… and literally everyone else has some animalistic characteristics.
Beautiful Bones is the story of Sakurako: an osteologist who has a bit of obsession with dead bodies of all sorts. One day, she meets a student named Shotaro who, for some strange reason, she ends up befriending.
The two of them end up spending a lot of time together: Shotaro because he’s looking for something to shake up his boring life, but Sakurako’s reasons are a little harder to glean. While they are together, they frequently go hunting… after a fashion. You see, Sakurako loves finding bones, and when the two of them search together, they have a strange tendency to find human remains, which is the one thing she loves finding more than bones. Much to Sakurako’s chagrin, Shotaro always calls the cops, and she inevitably ends up helping them investigate the cause of death – even though she’d rather simply clean and assemble them for her collection.
I won’t let the police have it!