Akanesasu Shoujo Review: A world of possibilities

The girls talk about a ritual to enter a new world

Hey, who knew that radios were supposed to be cool? I suppose if I could use a radio to travel across dimensions, I'd be a lot more into it as well. That's what we have for ourselves with this series. The main character, Asuka Tsuchimiya, is the leader of the Crystal Radio Club along with four of her classmates. Though they typically just goof around, the girls learn about a ritual, the Ritual at 4:44, that they can perform with a radio. It starts out as harmless fun, but the main characters soon find out that the ritual actually works when it sends them to a parallel world.

Time to roll the dice

In the other world, the girls are surprised to find Asuka, or at least another version of her from a different world. From there, the stage is set. Each arc sees the girls entering a new world, a different possible future for Earth based on the actions of humanity. In these worlds, each girl is confronted with her own weaknesses, Persona-style, and overcomes them to become an Equalizer to fight against the mythical King of Twilight.

Yuu wonders if they've all gone crazy

As an extra note, the ending for this series gets really weird. Despite being an original series, it's ultimately inconclusive, and the series leaves off without getting into the nature of the King of Twilight, who acts as the main antagonist. Maybe it's wrong for me to expect that sort of thing, since the series is supposed to be paired with a mobile game, but I would have at least liked to have some explanation for the multiverse scenario.

Marriage is mandatory in this world

Much of the series relies on the appeal of the alternate timelines that the girls visit. That aspect was pretty big for me, since it was the main thing I was curious about while I was watching. Personally, I had a bit of a problem with those worlds, as they didn't seem particularly creative to me. I mean, the generic "Western" setting alone felt the laziest to me. I did like how the worlds brought out different aspects of the girls. For example, the pretty girl with the shy personality dreams of being a hero, which seemed interesting.

Seriousuka fights

From the animation side, I didn't have a particularly strong opinion. For the most part, it looked fine. For the record, though, the battles are pretty heavily CGI, if that bothers you.

In summary, I think my overall impression of this series was that it "wasn't for me", despite having a lot of potential with the things I tend to like. It wasn't all that bad, but I did get the feeling that I was kind of forcing myself to watch it as time went on. I did like Seriousuka, though.

Overall Score: 6/10

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