Note: This review contains no spoilers. This is also a review in the honor of Halloween.
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls is a survival body horror OVA that is about a group of high schoolers that were having a farewell party for a friend in their school one night. The friend makes a fabled charm that is said to always bring them close to each other and does the ritual that came with it, but immediately after that, they fall into a chasm that leads to a cursed elementary school from the past where the vengeful spirits inside are proven to be bloodthirsty killers.
Storyline The storyline doesn't exactly go into full gear until one of the separated groups of students get a goal that can help them greatly, but by then, a few characters have already met their demise and as it goes along, it does end up answering most of the questions it brings thanks to some of the ghosts revealing what happened with the Sachiko charm ritual and the demise of the school kids and staff of the elementary school as the central characters of the high school go along with trying to reach their goal. The pacing goes fast enough to rush the plot every time that an episode ends and another begins, but goes at a normal rate anywhere else. While it does have a weird end result, how it is reached was well done very well for a shocking body horror anime set out to disturb the viewer at full display.
There is little to no character investment for most of the cast of this OVA as many of the high schoolers seem to be about for the body count as well as shock factor, but the few that ended up with a bit of something in the personality like Naomi, Yoshiki and Satoshi made the show more fun (and cheesy) as it went. The ruthless spirits had a few important characters among them and although the family of Sachiko had the most of the story, but even then, they're not that much either.
Pros and Cons Those that aren't into gore and graphic violence (including the dismemberment of small children) are immediately advised against watching this anime, but those that are can marvel at the graphic and brutal ways that characters die as well as the very detailed gore. However, the brutal scenes may be too much for those that aren't that tolerant with the horror genre in general. With the exception of a fragment of one scene, this OVA holds nothing back with the death and dismemberment. The musical score is also a big plus and makes many scenes within this anime worthwhile, and out of the two main themes, the ending theme is the best one for matching the atmosphere with the whole show.
Although the animation does turn out good in some parts, it is below average in others. While I have no problem with moé art styles, the art style for this show on the other hand is not that good since many characters end up looking far younger than intended in the high schoolers' case. As for the one other con, the fanservice contained in some scenes were rather uncomfortable whenever it does show up and while that only happens to the high school group, it ties in with the art style's problem.
Final Verdict Although this is nothing more than a gorefest due to the very minimal story, I will give this the Absolutely Nice rating on the low scale for being disturbing and sadistic enough to faze me while being fun in some other aspects. I'll recommend it to those that want to see it at least once, but be forewarned to bail if you're starting to get queasy in the first episode at the least.
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Yes i'm going to try and watch this, it caught my interest. I don't think it'll be that hard to stomach. In fact the gore scenes were the scenes that least bothered me in horror movies and series, i have more against jump scares though even those aren't always effective. I think the only thing bad for me is a few niche things i can't stand.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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