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Chäos;HEAd -- Watch & Learn

The more grammatically-complex a show's title is, the lamer it's likely to be.

Change of pace, lunatics. We’ll be taking a break from EUREKA SEVEN and YU YU HAKUSHO for a week or so to catch up with a number of fine, new Funimation titles that have come to my doorstep. Read my thoughts on…

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One of the few reliable rules in the universe - - the more grammatically complex a band’s name is, the more likely they’ll suck. The band's misplacing precious creativity and wordplay that should go into their music, instead. It’s a grimly dependable rule. Having watched enough of these, it’s gotten clear that the rule applies to anime just as handily. Chäos;HEAd features a wholly superfluous semi-colon like STEINS;GATE, but then escalates the needlessness with mixed-case letters and an umlaut to make absolutely certain that nobody’s going to confuse it with CHAOS HEAD, CHAOS;HEAD or cHäoS;hEaD.

This is a show where you actually wish it could just tie off at an early point and let the characters enjoy a happy ending instead of rolling through a whole season of complication and conflict. Specifically, there’s the point where our hermitic lead somehow gets this cute girl to come into his man cave (which, inexplicably, is a freighter on an urban rooftop) and he finds out that - - twist of twists - - she shares his frenzied otaku habits. Could it just end there? Can we just walk away assuming they develop a long, happy and healthy relationship as she pulls him gently out of his shell? Can we forget about all the nonsense about serial killers and ghosts in the internet? Please?

As the semi-colon threatened, this was just a messy, messy pilot that squished a lot of popular-but-disparate elements into something messier than this man-child’s bedroom. There’s a fun angle of this figurine girl being a savvier ghost/devil on this kid’s shoulder who’s guiding him to some benefit even as you’re pretty sure it’s unhealthy that she’s even around. But then the cross-shaped knives start showing up, and the kid struggles to keep his hallucinations private at school (it’s another one of those situations,) and this wish swirls up to let my own ending exist in my head.

Watch this episode, "Boot Up" below and decide for yourself.

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ComicMan24on Feb. 19, 2012 at 3:11 a.m.

Watched it recently. Can't say I liked it a lot. It started off revatively interesting but after a point it just lost it. Fortunately it didn't have many episodes.

sickVisionz moderator on Feb. 19, 2012 at 4:18 a.m.

I thought the murder mystery aspects of the series were interesting. To bad it drops those in favor of becoming a show about rock star teen idols summoning demon sword guitars.

PenguinDuston Feb. 19, 2012 at 7:09 a.m.

I didn't think much of it, but there were a few positive elements that sadly weren't fully realized to my satisfaction. The male protagonist's mental state could have been something to really distinguish this show from the plethora of other harem actioners, but the series becomes a muddled mess that resolves everything too quickly in order to wrap it up in the allotted time frame. Creating your own reality is explained and utilized much better in the A Certain Magical/Scientific franchise. Hell, as perplexing as it was, the close to NGE was more acceptable than C;H. I'm glad I saw it, but I have little desire to see it again.

paulungaon Feb. 19, 2012 at 7:49 a.m.

Isn't this also based on a terrible erogame? Not that I played it, but it being an erogame I'm automatically assuming it's terrible.

DocHauson Feb. 19, 2012 at 8:09 a.m.

All I can say about Chaos;Head is that you should watch Steins;Gate (that other semi-colon'd show) and forget that Chaos;Head ever existed.

metalsnakezero is online on Feb. 19, 2012 at 8:54 a.m.

This is a mess and the main problem with it is that every character is very unlikable. Not a single aspect about them is interesting. Also while it sorta related to Stain;Gate, it is nothing like how awesome Stain;Gate is.

CrazyCanuckon Feb. 19, 2012 at 5:19 p.m.

@DocHaus: come on now! sadly the series isn't great, but I touches on some really nifty stuff, only it does it 8-9 episode too late,

zaldaron Feb. 19, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.

To bad. Though since you didn't like Stein's Gate and I loved the ending to NGE and think the complaints about it are rather ridiculous (try lain or Texnolyze if you want a truly crazy though still understandable ending) I may eventually check this out. To busy with other things right now though.

fijilovesyouon Feb. 19, 2012 at 8:44 p.m.

Because of Steins;Gate, I checked this anime.

I would say the plot is very complex... I find the hallucination to be more complex than Steins;Gate time travel.

I was really surprised that the main character has a girlfriend from the start... then I realized Seira-tan was just an hallucination. My goodness. It caught me off guard from the start.

Using the hallucination to materialize things idea is very good. But the characters aren't that much likable at all. And much more the main character. He is the most wimpiest of all.

It didn't end that good. But I like the surprise elements of this show.

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 19, 2012 at 9:20 p.m.

I watched the whole season an um... please avoid it.Its painful at times like they had no idea where they was going.. its worse than a anime version of Lost..even some of the animation was so poor.It has some style points here an their. but heed this warning bad subplots await.paper thin story .

Run ! Dont walk run from this .Flee while you still can.it Not even b movie bad movie good.Its just bad .Just so .. RUN! I lived to tell the tale of watching it all .But im none the richer for it.

Vortextkon Feb. 21, 2012 at 10:43 p.m.
I can agree, it's not that "good", I can see why people don't like it, but man I really loved chaos;head. The utter paranoia I felt after the beginning and just something that stuck with me at the end. I don't have to think something is 10/10 to like it and this fits the definition. Not trying to be unique or cool and different, it's just one of those things that resonate with you and (quite likely in this case lol) you alone.

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