So I just watched episodes 9 and 10 of Chaos;Head. On the scene about using the Gero Frog to gather youths to Shibuya, this was my face expression:
Talk about Viral Marketing. At least Haruhi will make use of Mascot Mikuru. Bad jokes aside, actually, it was not just that scene. Frankly, that was practically my expression since episode 1.
Chaos; Head is seriously getting more and more ridiculous in terms of plot progress. In a feeble attempt to sound profound and philosophical, it ended up appearing too shallow and nothing makes sense. This is most evident in the “twist” with Mia and Yua, with the “you can’t even prove who you are” line.
“Takumi, you have split personality!”
“No, Yua, you are the one with split personality!”
And then Yua is Mia.
That supposed revelation really got me a facepalm.
But what really got me exasperated was how, later on, they pulled off another LOL-Plot-Twist about how it’s an impersonating clone. Their attempt at shocking plot twist was just way too ludicrous.
Chaos;Head really was a waste. It started out rather interesting. An over-used but popular theme about the boundaries between fantasy and reality becoming obscure, matched by the best candidate for a protagonist. Why best candidate? Because he is pretty much the epitome of a stereotypical Japanese otaku: one who is way too addicted with fantasy and indulged in virtual reality.
However, the way the story progress was just too weak, derailing into the generic mad scientist doing evil experiment– all the while expanding on the gaping plot holes, revealing not answers to the mysteries but logic fallacies.
The protagonist isn’t why I dislike this series. What made me dislike it is because the impression it gives me is that this series is trying too hard to be philosophical (as initially mentioned). Sure, this series is unconventional, but alas, that is only on the apparent level. On a deeper level, the concept isn’t that deep or original at all. In it’s barest summary, it’s just about someone like the protagonist in Welcome to NHK, the themes of blending of fantasy and reality… but ultimately it’s still about fighting some major villain — which is common in lots of anime, anyway.
In retrospect, I recommend this series to people who have watched Welcome to NHK because of the similarity of protagonist (or plight, at least). Though at the end of it, Welcome to NHK is way better, even though I’m sure many will agree that they dislike the protagonist in that series as well. But why did that series get high ratings? Because it didn’t end up to be just about that fighting a major villain and done with plot.
Oh well, it’s just two more episodes before it ends.