Loli-chan’s Anime Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia
Properly known as ‘Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation’.
Quick Summary: After years of fighting, four goddesses sign a peace treaty and begin to work together, bonding over wild adventures and protecting the world they love. Disclaimer: This contains heavily implied sexual content, minor nudity and occasional profanity/sensitive terms.
- Very eye-catching. The backgrounds are intricate and complex; as are the cute character designs.
- The battle scenes are to die for. Each one is kept interesting and varied. They even come with awesome transformation sequences.
- The music is catchy and cute. Both the outro and intro are fun to sing along to, and the battle scenes are also given fitting music to enhance the mood.
- It addresses most of the plotholes. While I’m sure there are still a couple that remain, some of the main ones are resolved in different episodes.
- Aside from the last few episodes, the tension is given at a healthy dose; not too much, not too little. This makes it engaging enough to watch, but not too stressful.
- It contains unnessesary ecchi elements. The plot itself has little to do with sexually suggestive situations.This pleases the crowd, but doesn’t work well with the plot.
- The plot is poorly organized. Instead of sticking with a single plotline, it attempts to accomodate around three. These plots are smashed together, and do not connect well. It also ends at episode 12; be aware episode 13 is an OVA.
- It hints at a couple controvercial stances. Despite not disagreeing with most of them, I feel the anime would have catered to a larger audience if it didn’t contain these elements.
- The final arc is INTENSE. It is an emotional experience, and the tension is almost overbearing at times. With such a drastic change in the tension level, it is an unexpected, unpleasant surprise.
Overall opinion: It was definitely a wild ride towards the end, but I highly enjoyed it despite its imperfections. The characters are all so precious, and each one is close to my heart. In fact, I liked it so much that I want to try out the actual game.