Initially I was planning to write up the Anime Mirai projects all in one post, but a part of me wants to give each one of them some individual attention. Let’s start with the least exciting one, which has been rumoured and delayed since last year’s summer season: Arve Rezzle.
Nowadays the first reaction everyone has to new anime by ZEXCS is far from positive. Their track record relegates them to the lower echelons of studio rankings such as ARMS and, nowadays, Gonzo. I don’t know what they can do to get out of the bottom of the league, but their Anime Mirai entry is definitely not it.
Put simply, Arve Rezzle is bland. Others call it soulless, which may be more appropriate, but I found it too bland to even consider soulless. When you also consider that a novel serves as source material, you get the feeling that either ZEXCS really have no clue as to what they’re doing or they simply suck at choosing adequate source material.
I’ll buy into the premise of this 20-minute OVA, because it’s far from new. A simple sci-fi setting that’s been explored by different types of media involving technology gone wild. This type of story needs to be executed well enough to even make an impression, which it certainly didn’t do. The approach of treating it like a first episode may have worked better had it not been accompanied by an effort to cram in as much as possible.
In just a short OVA, the animator tried to introduce a relationship and then a reunion between “siblings.” However he failed to get me interested, or to care about this relationship. Then, when he tried to add some excitement by ending the OVA in very generic sci-fi fashion, I was on the verge of falling asleep in the middle of the day. Even as I sit now, writing this review, I find difficulty in remembering the finer details – there may have been none – with the episode.
Pending the outcome of Gonzo’s Anime Mirai entry, this was the worst. It just didn’t do anything for me and had me yawning most of the way through. Luckily Madhouse’s and Trigger’s Anime Mirai prowess would soon make up for Arve Rezzle‘s gross shortcomings.