Entry #8: Dennou Coil (SoA 2016)

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I realize as a cynic that I can be a really negative person. My expectations for any form of media are tremendously high and if they aren’t met, then I’m inclined to give that form of media a mediocre score. As a person with self-proclaimed higher-than-normal intelligence, it’s not that I don’t want to enjoy these series, it’s just that I grow accustomed to wanting a certain criteria of things to be met that anime, especially, doesn’t take the time or the effort to accomplish. It makes me come across as jaded, grumpy, or snobbish. Over time, I begin to feel that there are series that won’t be able to affect me in the same way as, say, Toradora! or Katanagatari, and it’s certainly frustrating to go through series after series that infringe upon the barriers of quality but don’t manage to have any lasting emotional effect on me. Sometimes I convince myself that I’ll never be pleased and I’ve officially become an unforgiving cyborg…

So when the last episode of Dennou Coil had me close to tears, it reminded me that I was human, and I did, indeed, have human emotions.

I’ll be frank, I could write a 2,000 word entry about how amazing, fantastic, life-changing, or wonderfully creative Dennou Coil is, but I don’t think anything I could put down would do it any justice. It’s a series I feel is better suited when given a blank slate so that new viewers can interpret the show for themselves. All I can really say is that the series is one that I highly recommend to everyone and is one of the best anime I’ve ever seen. It reminded me of why I watch anime in the first place, and what creative wonders of a different culture can do for a story and… I need not say more. I don’t want to set the bar too high, but it’s a series one has to ponder by the end of it. And if I could note one noticeable flaw with the series, it’s episodes eleven through fourteen, which are basically filler episodes that serve little purpose to the overall plot, but are still important enough to view. I paid half-attention as it is.

Just watch it. Please. That’s all I can really say as a critic.

Personal Score: A

Critical Score: A-

The rating for this title and all others can be found on MyAnimeList.

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