@phantomrant: @takashichea: @Bigheart711: 7 kinda opens up some paths for those of us that are lost. The monster part at the end an some things that happens during the episode might help ya on the way.
8 clears even more up. Shows good , very artistic modern illustration backgrounds are good. But it suffers from flashback-itus but thats the thing that makes the mystery of how things came to be work, so for me it works well enuff.
I updated the franchise page, apparently the project started with a Light Novel series paired with some catchy Vocaloid-ish songs and the plot kinda took off from there. The story behind episode 4 came from the first (and most popular) single off the album, and episode 5 came from a prequel story in the second LN. Might explain all the disjointed narrative.
I've only seen episode 1. I really enjoyed it. The look, tone, and dialog reminded me a ton of Monogatari. The first guy might as well as be Araragi and I get the feeling people are going to be popping into his life with problems that he feels compelled to solve for them. To a degree that it lessened my enjoyment. Part of me thought this was an original work created by Shaft seeing that Monogatari prints money for them like clockwork but is coming to an end and them basically cloning all of the core elements into an original series that they can market like, "If you like Monogatari than you'll love..." (like those fake perfumes and colognes) in hopes that this would be something they could essentially make forever and keep all the money for themselves. Apparently it's based off of a manga though so part of that was wrong, but man, this really does feel like a Fairy Tail level no qualms about it knock off of another series.
Anyways, it was enjoyable. Shaft is really hit, miss, or meh to me with basically everything other than Paniponi Dash and Monogatari being in the miss or meh category but this seems like one I'll enjoy.
Finished the series. While the entire tale was confusing to piece up, it was fun. My favorite character of the show ended up being Mary with my worst character of the show ended up being Momo (she was abusive and annoying to the point of wanting her shot in the head and killed).