Fractale seemed deeply confused about plot points that it wanted to explore, ultimately settling on the same old moe harem shit no one wanted to see. The Fractale system is essentially people never having to have actual human interaction and just creating people they want to interact with. The whole point of the anime should have been to explore what it was like when characters met real live humans, but it quickly abandons that. I think fans also would have settled for exploring a characters’ psyche through their use of the system, but any interesting character gets left in the dust quickly.
If you look at it the right way, School Days is the ultimate parody of the romance genre. Unfortunately, most people don’t. However, that is not the real problem with School Days. The real problem is that you know nothing about the characters other than “Man, he’s a slut” and “Bitches be crazy”. They aren’t developed, they aren’t explained, and at no point does anyone even try. Then at the end, they turn one of the main female protagonists into a yandere even though she displayed no tendencies for it previously.
Oh, Pupa. Where do I even start? The premise of Pupa, and even the story told in its manga, was perfect for a horror anime. It about two kids that got abandoned after long-lasting domestic abuse. They both become infected with a cannibalistic virus in which turns the girl into a man-eating monster, but gives the boy regenerative abilities. While some scenes from Pupa may suggest it follows the weird, vaguely incestuous brother-sister relationship that is popular in anime these days, it is about a brother that would sacrifice everything in order to protect his sister (and protect the world from her).
Where did it all go wrong? Pupa is told in the 5-minute episode format. This is fine for slice of life or comedy anime series, but in no way is it enough time to establish the crucial atmosphere for a horror anime.
Akuma no Riddle
Akuma no Riddle actually has a plot that seems so straight forward, but it ends up being so crazy that no one knows what is going on at the end. It ends up that way in part because they never explain anything in the show. I guess they didn’t feel the need to as us silly fucking anime fans just want to watch girls fight each other.
Even then, the fights are terrible. The other assassins, trained assassins, always go full derp in the last minute before killing this defenseless little girl for the sake of plot.
Chaos;Head starts off strong with good potential as a horror series, but throughout it takes several rather unnecessary detours to get where it is going. Essentially, this can all be blamed on Takumi’s delusions. Yes, delusions and paranoia are supposed to be confusing, but not for the viewer when you are trying to tell a story. You have to leave breadcrumbs, man. It also doesn’t help that Takumi is literally the only interesting character with any development in the anime either. To be fair, it ended pretty well, but it could have been an infinitely better show to watch throughout.
You know how most romance anime series start with boy meeting girl and then someone introduces the other to their friends? That’s how Glasslip starts too, it just doesn’t move after that. It tries to move and makes effort toward emotion or drama, and then completely undoes all of it after each episode. It is so bad that in the first season, effectively nothing is different at the end. Even at the end of Kimi Ni Todoke they got to do hand holdies, man.
Dammit, Glasslip, even if you had been a typical school setting romance anime full of cliches I could have enjoyed you.