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If MUSHI-SHI seemed like THE TWILIGHT ZONE at times, then this totally makes me think of Rod Serling’s groovier, later-era anthology series, THE NIGHT GALLERY. I imagine each episode will see this mysterious bartender arbitrating a new ironic punishment/challenge between two members of the recently deceased. Skeletons will be pulled out of the closet, grievances will be aired, hatchets will be buried, and so on. Am I getting warm with that assessment?
Again, much like MUSHI-SHI, you can already see the morality play formula will play out from week to week.
Not that I’d fault it for that, actually. This is much more theatrical than your usual anime. You could easily see the exact same script getting played out in a black box theater without anything crucial being lost. One location (basically). A minimal number of props. And plenty of breathing room for the lead actors to chew the scenery.
Again, I’m not totally sure how this wound up on some many lists of most anticipated releases this season. Is there some bigger franchise this is springing out of? Is it based on a line of popular dart boards? It honestly seems like it could be a spin-off of BLACK BUTLER. I see it being a little too formulaic to write up from week to week, but it’s a good and atmospherically macabre change from the usual.
And at least, unlike ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, it’s actually… you know… good.
Watch this pilot and decide for yourself.