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The Science;Adventure (S;A) series has had a varied history in fan reception. Chaos;Child is an attempt to revitalize the series with a proper adaptation of the titular visual novel. You may be familiar with the title Steins;Gate which is a member of the S;A canon. After Episode 0, a short adaptation of Chaos;Head, Episode 1 slows down the pacing and makes for some exciting viewing.
Check out our review below!
Japanese Original Episode Title:情報強者は事件を追う
Episode 1 opens up six years after the events that occurred in Chaos;Head. The huge earthquake which destroyed the city of Shibuya is almost a distant memory – though rumors of its cause has spread amongst the survivors. A certain lore has developed regarding it, but it’s almost taboo to speak of.
Episode 1 introduces our ‘heroes’ and follows Takuru Miyashiro (a name that sounds similar to the protagonist of Episode 0). Takuru’s a member of his school’s newspaper club and gets himself involved in a string of murders. He investigates these secretly, despite protests from sister Nono. While investigating the murders, he discovers a link to the dates of mysterious deaths that occurred in Chaos;Head: The NewGen Madness murders. Following this hunch, he and club member Serika, sneak into a hotel to investigate further and get thrown into a horrific scene. They find a girl named Hinae in a room where two men have been murdered.
Takuru blacks out. After a scolding from his sister, he reconnects with Serika who has footage of the scene. They find a link between all of the murders – a strange sumo sticker that seems to be at the scene of each crime. Takuru finds out that Hinae goes to the same school and he and Serika go to track her down. They find her talking to Nono, acting as if nothing had happened. As she leaves, Takuru chases her down and she leaves him with a daunting message.
Pacing: If you recall my last review, I had several complaints about the speed in which events were occurring. While the Chaos;Head adaptation was gripping, it suffered from trying to fit an entire novel into 22 minutes. The pacing in Episode 1 is much improved. The suspense builds at a fantastic level and there’s enough time to parse events that have passed.
Animation: The animation in Episode 1 is also much improved from the prologue chapter. Character designs align well and are just as dark and eerie as they should be. The animation adds to the depth of the suspense and I’m excited to see how it will continue over the next few episodes.
It’s important that the series prefaced itself with Episode 0. Chaos;Head has a lot of story, but the primer does enough to leave questions. Why does Takuru share a similar name? How are the events lining up similarly? Will the questions left from Episode 0 be answered? It appears everything is within the same timeline. This story, as are all stories from the S;A, will be horrific and deep.
Chaos;Child begins with an excellent first episode, that keeps the viewer hooked until the end. The cliffhanger was expected, but not poorly delivered and delivers the sort of hook that one expects from a good anime. I suspect we will see a push towards quality storytelling, much like Steins;Gate had.
I look forward to catching the next episode. I have many suspicions, but I’ll wait to share them as we continue our reviews. I really would like to know your predictions, though! No cheating if you’ve played the VN’s! What do you think is going to happen? How is all of this connected?
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NEXT TIME: Sumo Sticker(事件が彼らを嘯く)