I absolutely didn’t think I would finish watching this show (let alone review it). This is one of those anime that comes off very derivative and barely watchable for the first half or so and then gets inexplicably decent in the second half. It’s an anime that looks and sounds like it was made by cobbling together about 20 other, much better shows.
Revisions is directed by Taniguchi Goro, yes Taniguchi of Code Geass fame. Which was funny to learn because I spent a lot of time thinking ‘god this looks like Code Geass rejects’ as I went through the first three episodes. Which means it is, most likely, literally Code Geass design rejects. But as a whole this anime looks… secondhand. Here’s a guy who looks almost identical to Shinji (it becomes more obvious when he’s piloting). How about these monster designs from RahXephon? Hey, isn’t this entire part from Planet With? Another issue is that Revisions is animated in that dreaded CGI style that, presumably, helps cut costs. It’s very hard to watch and the style makes me clench my teeth immediately, even if it still looks a hundred times more polished than its western counterparts (e.g. Dragon Prince). The cell-shaded CGI thing just doesn’t look good on anyone, in stills or in motion, and if you’ve already seen good animation before–I understand people who exclusively watch western cartoons have seen no such thing–it just sticks out as an unfortunate, hideous eyesore.Continue reading “Revisions (2019)”