My AniManga Clash-ish Thoughts on 11Eyes

AniManga Clash is a particularly difficult series for me to write for since I have to either watch the anime alongside the manga or have remembered enough points about whichever I saw/read first to be able to write a good comparison. I figured a good middleground for retroactive entries would be to check out the manga versions of anime I’ve watched several years in the past and at least give my bare bones thoughts on what I remembered to be the differences between the two and my experiences with both.

Because of this, while reading, please remember that it’s been a decade or so since I’ve watched the series and I might not get all my facts straight. Feel free to correct me, but these are my feelings out the gate.

First on the list was 11Eyes, because the alphabet. If you’ve read my 11Eyes review or my Salty Anime Challenge entries, you can probably guess that I was less than enthused to check out the manga. Being fair, the anime is not based on the manga. They’re both separate adaptations of the visual novel (which is an h-game, fair warning.) However, since I’ve never played the VN and only have sparse knowledge gathered from the Wiki, I’ll avoid talking about it.

For those who haven’t read either of those posts, let me chalk up the 11Eyes anime to being pretty decent barring two things; 1) The ending was insanely confusing and a massive cop-out. 2) The character of Yuka was beyond unlikable and one of the most psychotic jealous bitches I’ve ever seen in anime.

Nonetheless, I decided to give the manga a fair shake anyway because, let’s be real, it’s not like they could make it or Yuka even worse.

I was right.

A little too right.

Yuka is 1000000000000% less irritating in the manga than she is in the anime.

….I mean…..she’s insanely boring, and somehow even more useless in the manga, but she’s grade-A certified not-bitch.

She’s not even Kakeru’s love interest, really. She’s more like a sister stand-in for Kukuri.

She doesn’t get jealous of his and Misuzu’s relationship, she doesn’t go completely off her rocker, she doesn’t act like she doesn’t care about the other fragments (in fact, in one of her few scenes where she’s actually kinda doing something I think, she’s vehement in saving them) she doesn’t try to murder/maim Misuzu by putting a razor blade in her tea and she doesn’t willfully free the main villain for absolutely no reason.

Manga!Yuka…….well…..she saves Kakeru with her powers once, and they never even explore what her powers are. Then she’s unconscious for a few chapters…..then she gets absorbed by Liselotte…..the end.

From what I know of the VN, which is little, but there are various ends and paths to take, the anime is, sadly, closer to the canon rendition, but even though manga!Yuka is more boring, I’d take her over anime!Yuka any day.

I believe they were trying to make her character have layers, which they succeeded in more than the manga, but also, ultimately, make her someone you sympathize with and feel bad for considering all she had in the world was Kakeru. She was desperately trying to make sure he never left her, but she went WAY too far with it.

It’s near impossible to sympathize with the feelings of a lonely character when she makes friends with several people then turns around and acts like she couldn’t care less if they died as long as Kakeru was okay. Or, ya know….the whole razor blade in the tea thing. Or the ‘freeing Liselotte knowing she’d likely kill everyone’ thing.

As for the ending, while I also find the manga’s to be a bit of a cop-out, they did much better with their finale than the anime did.

In the anime, everyone basically gets killed, including Yuka, because Yuka did the aforementioned stupid thing. Misuzu, in an effort to give them both one big boost of power to create a bit of hope…..has sex with Kakeru. It makes in context, oka—no wait, it really doesn’t………Anyway, it works, I think, but it doesn’t matter, they both die, then it’s revealed that the previous episode was a vision of Kakeru’s Eye of Aeon IE a dream sequence IE bite me.

Lots of stuff happens, but the main point is, Superbia, a ‘bad guy’ whisks the survivors, which at this point is Misuzu, Kakeru, Yuka, Shiori and Kukuri, away to a carbon copy of their world where the Red Night no longer exists and their fallen friends are alive again only it’s not really them because this is an alternate universe.

Also, god only knows what happened to that world’s versions of Misuzu, Kakeru, Yuka, Shiori and Kukuri.

Yuka also magically turns into a non-psycho bitch again because reasons.

Happily ever after, I guess….Except for the black moon reappearing, but only visible to Kakeru, I think. That implies that either Liselotte or someone else is controlling a Red Night in their new world, which is sequel bait that went nowhere.

In the manga, the one who frees Liselotte is Yukiko, not Yuka. However, she didn’t do it on purpose like Yuka did. She was lost in grief over the death of Takahisa, so she took it upon herself to kill Liselotte, believing doing so would end the Red Night while getting her revenge in the process.

Yukiko and the other fragments are exactly who Liselotte needs to absorb in order to break free from her crystal prison and destroy the world. She didn’t know that because the Black Nights have never heard of talking to people before. (Yes, sit down and give all the exposition after several people have died in this pointless battle. You honestly could’ve just told them to stay as far away from this person, who is imprisoned and can’t move, as possible whenever the Red Night shows up, but trying to kill them and not explaining why and eventually even leading them to Liselotte, who appears to them as an innocent girl wrongfully imprisoned, begging for their help, that’s a good plan too.)

Yuka tries to save her, but gets absorbed herself.

After a giant exposition dump via Shiori who might as well not even be here besides to give aforementioned exposition dump, and a pep talk/love confession to Misuzu from Kakeru (in lieu of the nonsensical sex scene) they decide to fight on.

The manga does a much better job at handling and actually concluding the fight between Misuzu and Superbia/Misao Kusabake. It was an intense and awesome battle.

Similarly the actual battle between Kakeru and Liselotte was impressive as well. In the end of that battle, Kakeru gives his soul to gain the power to defeat Liselotte and let everyone else live. Then Kukuri gives up her mortal being through her angel thing to become a god in order to bring save Kakeru’s soul, bring everyone who died back to life and fix the world. Then her angel thing sacrifices itself, somehow, to become the god in her stead since she could not live a life on earth as a god, and it departs from her.

Then they all live happily every after….for real. No magically reappearing black moon. It’s over.

This was like a conga line of cop-outs, but I prefer it to the anime’s ending. It makes a little more sense in a narrative standpoint than saying there are six identical worlds out there with the only difference being that one of them has a Red Night on it then switching to a backup version of the world. And it’s better to have Yukiko, Saeko and Takahisa come back to life instead of opting for alternate versions of them. I always felt like that was not only a cop-out, it was downright disrespectful of the characters from their original world. They lost their lives, but it’s okay. We have extras.

But it doesn’t end there.

After the Red Night ends and everything gets fixed, their lives go back to normal, basically. However, the battle with Misao left lasting damage on Misuzu anyway, and she felt obligated to return the five swords of the Kusakabe clan back to her relatives. To do that, she, I suppose, would have to leave town indefinitely.

In the course of the manga, she and Kakeru had developed a romantic relationship. He even confessed to her, without prompt, that he loved her. She tries to convince Kakeru that they can’t be in a relationship with each other (for….reasons?), but he convinces her to be with him, to let him be her reason for existing since she believed she had lost hers once Misao had fallen. She happily accepts, kisses him and I guess they leave to live in the Kusakabe clan household forevermore.

No mention of Yuka at all. Just their happily ever after.

You might think that since the Yuka thing and the ending were essentially fixed as well as I could hope that my overall opinion on the manga is exponentially better than the anime.

Well, yes and no.

While I am grateful that they wrote a better ending and didn’t bitch up Yuka, the overall experience of the manga felt very rushed and like several characters were sacrificed in the overall story for the sake of holding the focus on Kakeru and Misuzu.

Truth be told, while I think both Kakeru and Misuzu are at least as good if not better than their anime counterparts, I couldn’t help but feel robbed when it came to damn near anyone else.

Takahisa never gets a time to shine. In fact, he’s relatively useless over the course of the story because his fire never seems to do anything to the enemies. He exists, has some scenes and lines, then Saeko dies, he goes nuts, though not nearly to the level he does in the anime, and then he’s mercy killed by Yukiko after he begs her to do so, realizing his powers will never be under control again and he’ll just burn down everything around him.

I was massively pissed when we were in the middle of an unrelated battle with Misuzu and Kakeru vs. Superbia only to have Yukiko pop up out of nowhere to announce Takahisa was dead and she had been the one to kill him.

We get all of three panels explaining that Saeko was killed by a Black Knight who attacked the school, Takahisa went out of control in grief and Yukiko had to end his life. The next chapter gives us a more proper flashback to Takahisa’s breakdown and subsequent death, but that’s a far cry from the anime where we basically had an entire episode dedicated to this heartbreaking collection of moments, which started with the out-of-nowhere death of Saeko as Takahisa and Yukiko were enjoying a nice walk and conversation.

Not to mention that, while Yukiko and Takahisa are clearly on good terms in the manga, they don’t give off the air like they’re nearly as close as their anime counterparts, which makes Takahisa’s death have less of an impact. I’ll give Yukiko’s deep slip into despair after this death a pass since it is still a harrowing thing to have to kill a friend no matter how close you were to them.

Yukiko also fared well in the personality department, but I feel like handing the reigns to her on releasing Liselotte wasn’t very fair. It makes sense, but it still irritates me. Though I guess her being absorbed by Liselotte is much better than her being viciously torn apart until they get her fragment out, causing this previously immortal being to finally die.

I feel like we didn’t get as much badass Yukiko as we should’ve, which is a shame because that was one of the best parts of the anime.

Even though Kukuri’s backstory was spotty and confusing at best in the anime, if my memory can be relied on at all, they do much worse with manga!Kukuri in that they just flatout don’t give her one.

They spend a good amount of time focusing on how similar she looks to Kakeru’s dead sister of the same name. She denies being her and additionally has a last name that doesn’t match Kakeru’s. After that, they just don’t talk about her. She’s there, she does stuff, and she’s a linchpin in saving Kakeru’s soul but we don’t really know who she is or why she looks identical to Kakeru’s sister as well as shares her name.

It’s a giant blank spot and gaping plot hole that begs to be filled.

Kukuri’s VN backstory could be an entire arc on its own, and it seems to mostly explore aspects of the story that neither the manga nor anime really explored fully (And revisiting a clip just for the sake of reference, the anime’s version is still insanely confusing to me.) Since I already said I won’t really talk about VN stuff here, I’ll just leave this where it is.

Shiori’s role was also greatly diminished. Outside of the big exposition dump late in the manga, she’s just kinda hanging around and observing things. Like Kukuri, she does some things sometimes, but she doesn’t have much of an actual role.

My memory of my opinions of Kakeru alone in the anime are a bit foggy. I remember that he didn’t much bother me, but he also wasn’t protagonist of the year or anything particularly notable because of his perpetual dedication to Yuka the crazy lady and the yawn-worthy parroting of the typical ‘I will protect you. I’ll always protect you. I’ll always be with you’ yadda yadda spiel.

In the manga, he is determined to get the power to save people he cares about, such as Yuka, which stems from a deep-seated feeling of guilt for not being able to save his sister from committing suicide. Throughout the manga, he’s less focused on being a knight in shining armor and more of being a warrior who has a duty to protect his loved ones.

That being said, he is still pretty cut and dry. There still fails to be anything truly memorable about him as a character besides his cool eyepatch.

Even though he and Misuzu have a much more fleshed out relationship in the manga than Kakeru and Yuka did, in either the manga or the anime, he recognizes her as the warrior she is and almost never steps in to fight her battles outside of one time where it was pretty much necessary.

The line about being her purpose for living in the end did irk me a little, but I feel like that was less sexist and more overly cheesy. That whole scene was melodramatic, to be honest.

Speaking of Misuzu, I think she remains a pretty good character in both versions. I was a little annoyed at the amount of times they gave her, for lack of a better term, moe face whenever she and Kakeru were having a moment. It’s such a stark contrast to her normal face and mannerisms and feels really weird. I also don’t much care for her decision to not start a relationship with Kakeru just….because.

Some people might be miffed about Kakeru and Misuzu getting a happy ending together, but the alternative is him getting together with either psycho!Yuka or blandwithnopurpose!Yuka, and neither of those are appealing to me.

I feel I should talk about Yuka some more because I have to admit that, as a whole, blocking the anime from my mind, it IS a big issue that someone supposedly so important to Kakeru gets glazed over and almost entirely dropped by the end. The most focus she gets is in the first chapter and that’s just because she and Kakeru are literally the only characters who have been introduced by that point.

She uses her powers a grand total of once, and Misuzu seems to recognize that they’re at least fairly powerful, then she spends a couple chapters recovering from her energy drain, then she floats around for a bit, then she gets absorbed by Liselotte.

The target of Kakeru’s attention, affection and dedication is almost entirely shifted to Misuzu rather quickly.

Make him and Yuka romantic interests or not, I really don’t care. Make her a substitute sister, I really don’t care. But I do care about her being so boring and non-existent. How can I give a single damn about her being absorbed by Liselotte when I barely get to know her?

The absorption of Yukiko and Yuka should be as devastating to us as it is the remaining fragments, but I couldn’t find myself caring much at all.

I find myself similarly disappointed in both the anime and manga. While the manga has a much stronger and less cheap ending and a much saner non-psycho Yuka, it also falls very short of giving us the character development and plot elements that we needed to make a full story, or to simply make us care as much as we should. The manga would have benefited greatly from being at least two volumes longer.

It was a better overall experience, but it still wasn’t a particularly great one. Shame, because I still feel like the framework could make for a really awesome manga or anime. It’s just not there.

Being fair, from all I’ve read on the Wiki, I think the anime is a more loyal adaptation of the VN source material’s most canon storyline, but sometimes being more loyal to the source material doesn’t always make for a good series.


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The Salty Anime Challenge Day 6: A Show That You Wanted to Like (Due to the Synopsis) but Couldn’t

The show that most came to mind with this prompt was 11Eyes.

What is up with your pose, Yuka? “Eugh I dropped my keys!”

The main plot is very interesting. A group of teenagers are suddenly thrust into an alternate version of their world that is signified by a blood red sky and blackened moon. They never know when they’ll be shifted into the Red Night or brought back home. It happens randomly.

In this reality, they realize that they each have strange powers. One of them can summon and utilize a variety of different swords, another controls fire, another has a sociopathic superhuman fighting machine alter ego, etc. They soon encounter the Black Knights who similarly have powers and want to kill the group. Mysteries surround the Red Night, including the introduction of a girl who looks nearly identical to the main character, Kakeru’s, deceased sister, and an imprisoned girl named Lisellotte who begs to be freed.

The premise looked very intriguing to me, and the first few episodes had me locked in…..but wow did that go downhill fast. Many elements of the show really aren’t that bad, and I quite enjoyed many characters such as Takahisa, Yukiko and Misuzu, and the battle between Misuzu and one of the black knights, Superbia, was quite memorable, even if Misuzu went through a period of useless lumpness near the tail end of the series.

Yuka and the ending demolished this entire series for me, though.

Yuka is Kakeru’s childhood friend who obviously has a crush on him and clings to him like a small child with a teddy bear. Since Yuka’s powers are not shown until the very end, she’s essentially an entirely useless character outside of being damsel in distress bait for a majority of the series. But she’s a main character! What do!?

I know! Let’s have her be a crazy psychotic jealous bitch out of nowhere!

Kakeru and Misuzu start getting closer because she’s trying to train him to fight and utilize his powers, and Yuka doesn’t like that. She starts getting insanely jealous and goes off the deep end fast. And when I say she goes off the deep end I mean she licks blood off of Misuzu because she saw Kakeru do it, not knowing what they were doing, starts talking to a stuffed penguin like it’s Kakeru, gives zero shits about the safety of anyone else but Kakeru (Not reading into it. She says it straight out) and there was that little instance of attempted murder when she sneaks a RAZOR BLADE INTO MISUZU’S TEA!

Fans of the show seem to justify her insane and terrible behavior by saying Kakeru’s all she has left in the world and she felt like he was abandoning her, but screw you, no. Her being upset and jealous at believing she’s losing Kakeru to Misuzu, understandable. Her even going a little nutso because of it and talking to stuffed penguins, fine. Being an obsessed, uncaring, psychopathic attempted murdering bitch because of it? No.

Did I mention that Lisellotte’s the main villain and Yuka frees her from her prison for absolutely no reason whatsoever? Because there’s that too.

And for those believing Kakeru is indeed an ass because of this, he’s really not. Even after Yuka’s seemingly dead, he refuses to let himself get emotionally close to Misuzu because he believes it’s a betrayal to Yuka. Iffy physical stuff happens between them, but it’s basically ‘the plot said so’ because it’s stuff meant to make him stronger…..even if one of those things is just flatout sex…..This is show is dumb. Good premise. Dumb execution.

11Eyes OVA Review

Plot: A sorta parody on 11Eyes, this OVA introduces the main characters to the Pink Night; a hot pink version of the Red Night that gives them different powers. Sexually-charged hijinks ensue.

Breakdown:  I thought this OVA would actually be a continuation of 11Eyes since, especially near the end, it takes itself so seriously, but they threw serious right out the window.

This OVA is pure comedy, there’s no seriousness going on. It’s basically a completely random play on the series.

Have you ever dreamed that an anime you watched would just turn into a random, comedic fanservicefest? Well if you’ve ever watched 11Eyes and had those thoughts, the OVA makes your dream come true.

It starts out with Yuka and Kakeru on the roof of their school when they get transported to another world again. They first believe it’s the Red Night, until they realize everything is pink, so they call it the Pink Night. They meet up with Misuzu, Yukiko and Takahisa (Who are apparently not dead since they’re the version that actually remember the Red Night and have powers) and try to figure out what’s going on. They realize that Kakeru’s eye no longer allows him to see the future – it allows him to see through clothing.

To not be completely perverted, though, it’s only down to their underwear. Why a mystical eye can’t bypass underwear, I don’t know, but then again questioning logic in this would be moot.

Shiori and Kukuri arrive (both also not dead) as they reveal that their powers have been screwed up in this world. Yukiko tests this out by taking off her glasses. Her regular powers are to turn into a perfect, immortal killer when she takes off her glasses. In the Pink Night, her alter-ego is a horndog. She proceeds to rub herself all over Yuka and nibble her ear. She later full-on makes out with her before being knocked out by Misuzu.

As cute little “dark spirits” come to the group, Misuzu tries to take out her sword, but it’s not a sword. She whips out it’s an…..Ahem, adult toy.

Kukuri shows up, able to talk, explaining in full, censored detail what the toy is used for, how it’s used and how good it feels. Apparently her powers are either to change into lingerie or being able to talk but speak nothing but perverseness. Misuzu makes her cover her mouth with a mask and draw and write to communicate like she used to, but she only draws perverse pictures that are censored. I do have to say that this was my favorite part of the OVA. Just the fact that she’s prattling on about these topics with no change of expression, being censored every five seconds was hilarious to me.

Takahisa’s power used to be to control fire, but now he spurts streams of water from his fingertips.

Yukiko asks if she can drink the water. Takahisa agrees, and Yukiko gets on her knees. You see where this is going, yeah? It makes it look like she’s giving him…ya know.

As the group goes to find the focal point of the world (the place where Liselotte was kept before) they find Liselotte and one of the Black Knights. Liselotte’s dressed in dominatrix gear, sporting a whip, while the Black Knight is tied up, being whipped.

The group leaves and see a sign for a hot spring (in the school apparently.) They decide to make the best of the world and go there. They find swimsuits and swim in the water…..the water that’s white….and salty. No one makes any other implications beyond the salty comment, but Yukiko and Yuka…drink it….yeah…

Kakeru then tries to find out who made this world by use of his eye of Aion. It singles out Yuka, who promptly screams, triggering her powers. Her powers in the Red Night were to disable other people’s powers. Her power in the Pink Night? To turn males into females (but not vice-versa apparently.) Takahisa and Kakeru get turned into women and according to Kukuri’s sketch book pages at the end, they lived as women happily ever after.

As a side note, Shiori never shows what her powers are in The Pink Night.

All of the art, animation, music, voice acting and so on are the same as the TV series. No new characters are introduced as well.

Bottom line: If you like when an anime you like goes off canon to be random and fanservice ridden, you’ll love this. I certainly enjoyed it, even if the fanservice wasn’t really aimed at me. It was random and just WTF worthy and definitely made me smile after watching 11Eyes. And this is coming from someone who really rolls her eyes at fanservice humor.

Recommended Audience: If you haven’t been paying attention, there’s fanservice a plenty. TONS of mentions, implications and explanations of sex, in addition to more mature themes. There’s a naked breast here and there, but mostly they’re covered by their arms and legs, underwear and bra or a bathing suit. There’s also a girl on girl make out scene, if that bothers you.

15+


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11Eyes Review

Plot: A boy named Kakeru and his childhood friend, Yuka, suddenly get transported to an odd version of their world where the sky is red, the moon is black and no one else but a select group of people seem to exist. While they have no idea what’s going on, they manage to survive the ordeal and even believe that the event was merely a dream.

Until, however, the ‘Red Night’ appears again and launches them into a dangerous situation. They soon meet the master swordswoman, Misuzu Kusakabe who saves them with a magical sword of her ancestors. They team up to try to find out what exactly the Red Night is. Joining them is Yukiko Kirohara, an innocent girl whose has the power to turn into a nearly perfect emotionless killer when she removes her glasses, Takahisa Tajima, who controls and creates fire at will, Kukuri Tachibana, a mute girl who looks exactly like Kakeru’s deceased sister, and a mysterious girl named Shiori.

Breakdown: WARNING – SPOILERS

This show really gives me mixed feelings, but I’m veering towards anger.

Two orphans, Kakeru and Yuka, get dragged into a world called the Red Night. Basically, the Red Night is a world in which time stands still, the sky is red and monsters roam. Getting transported to the Red Night happens every so often and usually without warning. In addition to Yuka and Kakeru, five other people get transported to the Red Night.

It’s very obvious, even before anything happens, that Kakeru’s power comes from his eye. Rarely is there ever an anime character that has an eyepatch that either didn’t come with a terrible backstory or a power. He is the vessel of the eye of Aion – an eye that allows the user to see the future. Kakeru’s very gloomy, but he’s not the worst protagonist I’ve ever seen. He never laughs and hardly ever smiles. His only driving force is protecting Yuka at all costs. In that respect, he’s rather cookie-cutter. There’s really nothing about him that’s all that memorable. In fact, I can see myself forgetting his name in a couple weeks. I’ll just remember him as that anime character with two different colored eyes and a funny looking eye patch.

Yuka possesses the ability to nullify powers within her vicinity. However, this power is a bit of a double-edged sword – it nullifies everyone’s powers. So, even if she does weaken the enemy, her allies can’t do anything to combat them. In terms of characterization, I’ll more into that later…..

Misuzu is a master of ancient sword arts that are integral to her family. She employs the use of six different mystical swords that she can summon at any time.started out as stoic and badass before turning into a self-pitying lump who relied on Kakeru through her battles through the rest of the show. I like Misuzu a hell of a lot more than Yuka and wish Kakeru had gone with her, but dammit all if she just didn’t lose her edge entirely.

Next up is Yukiko, an immortal super warrior who has dual identities. There’s the happy peppy Yukiko who is seen as normal Yukiko and the emotionless alter-ego of herself who focuses on nothing but killing. She changes between identities by taking off or putting on her glasses. Yukiko’s rather annoying in her first few episodes. She has this weird habit of grabbing a girl’s boobs for no reason which has sadly become a trope in anime, and she’s really happy and peppy. I like her better later on after she explains her backstory and I like her alter-ego a lot better as well. I just will never understand why those glasses are the reason she changes.

Then we have Takahisa, a – Can I just take the time out to ask you guys something? Does he or does he not look like Inuyasha? He even acts like him too. Look.

Takahisa controls fire. He’s a bit of a hothead, pun intended, and his closest relationships lie with Yukiko and his adoptive mother, Kaeko.

Speaking of Inuyasha, he’s basically Inuyasha if he was a high school student. It was one thing to look like him but he acts just like Inuyasha too. Rude, likes junk food and snacks, has a temper, prefers to be alone, but his weaknesses are the women in his life. I really liked Takahisa, and his death was one of the most impacting parts of the series for me.

Next we have Kukuri, seemingly Kakeru’s dead sister’s doppelganger (Same appearance and same name, only difference is she can’t speak.) who controls chains made of light. There’s really not much else to say about her despite them setting her up to be this super important and meaningful character. She’s mute and apparently there’s three of her. It’s too complicated and insane to go into details, but she is Kakeru’s dead sister, yet she’s not, but she kinda is, but not from this world, and oh dear I’ve gone cross-eyed. I never got annoyed by her, but I also never grew to like her much. She’s just kinda there.

The final protagonist we have is Shiori who seems to employ the same magics as the Black Knights, who are the main antagonists. I really like her character design and she’s the one girl fragment that actual seems to be focused on nothing but the task at hand. However, she doesn’t appear as a fighter until it’s so late in the series, you don’t care.

Our antagonists are the Black Knights, who are you average group of antagonists. Nothing special or memorable about any of them. Barring that one of them, Superbia, who is actually Misuzu’s idol, Misao, from the Kusakabe family who was banished many years ago. Their situation with the fragments gets complicated when they find out that the Black Knights are actually the good guys, and they’ve been killing them without realizing this. (To quote Angel from Angel, they should really start wearing lapel pins or something.) Apparently the Black Knights never bothered to just explain the situation to the fragments instead of all-out attacking them in hopes of killing them.

Our actual main antagonist is Liselotte. She’s basically nothing until the last three episodes. For a villain she’s okay, but it’s hard to be scared of someone who looks like lolicon fodder. What’s even more confusing is she seems to be doing all of what she does for her old love, Verard, but even after he randomly appears for 10 seconds to tell her to stop she just brushes it off and continues without any more words from him.

The story was interesting and original. I really liked the concept of the Red Night and a seemingly random group of people getting seemingly random (barring Misuzu) powers, but it went down so many wrong roads.

For instance, Misuzu goes from being a strong warrior to being a self-pitying lump.

Yuka goes from being an average damsel in distress female protagonist to a freaking psycho.

See, 11Eyes has this dumb Three’s Company-esque “doing something innocent but looking like something bad to anyone watching” BS running fairly frequently throughout most of the show.

This starts when Yuka catches a naked Kakeru and a naked Misuzu in each other’s arms. Thing is, she was healing him because he had overexerted himself using his powers and they both had to be naked to transfer life force (Yes, it’s stupid). Even before they did anything, even before they started ‘going there’ I had that gnawing feeling in the back of my mind that this was going to happen. She hugged him after he woke up because she was happy that he was going to be okay and that the healing worked.

After that, though, Yuka just goes insane. She can’t stand to be in the presence of Misuzu and Kakeru at the same time and then throws herself at Kakeru.

The reason that Yuka and Kakeru are such good friends is because they’re both orphans and they really only had each other while growing up. When Kakeru seems like he’s abandoning her for Misuzu, it’s supposed to be excusable that she goes Looney Tunes. To a degree, yes, she has every right to be upset, but definitely not to this insane level.

After Kakeru refuses to kiss Yuka (I’m guessing he said no because he didn’t want their first kiss to just be some random occurrence because she was upset) Yuka goes even further off the deep end. She runs away from him and starts talking to her stuffed penguin like it’s Kakeru. After a conversation with Yukiko I thought she’d be okay, but damn it all she just got worse. Whenever Kakeru would say Misuzu’s name she’d flinch. Whenever she’d see the two of them together she’d glare. She started correcting Kakeru by saying calling her by her first name (Misuzu-senpai) was wrong and that her name was Kusakabe-senpai.

She eventually gets beyond obsessed, not giving a rat’s ass about anything going on with the Red Night or caring about anyone’s lives.

Shiori told Yuka during a battle that Kakeru would be fine but she could not guarantee the safety of the others. Yuka responded by saying that was fine as long as Kakeru was okay….Even going that far, this would’ve been mostly understandable (not justifiable but understandable) if it had only been Misuzu and Kakeru out there seeing as how she hates Misuzu at this point yet is consumed by Kakeru. The others did nothing to her but protect her and be nice to her yet she couldn’t care less about their safety.

I haven’t even told you the top three most disturbing things.

At a point Yuka just starts throwing herself at Kakeru whenever she can. She asks if he wants to go sleep with her, walks up to him in her underwear while he’s just sitting outside and asks if they can sleep together. Just trying to casually offer her body to him whenever she can.

After seeing Kakeru kissing/sucking on Misuzu’s arm to drink her blood to gain her power (yet another ‘I knew this was going to be bad before we even hinted at going there’ moment) Yuka bursts into the room, seemingly offering a handkerchief to wipe off a wound on Misuzu’s forehead, then Yuka licks the blood off of Misuzu’s forehead……….

1 – She didn’t even know why Kakeru was doing that or what Misuzu’s blood would do to her.

2 – You see Kakeru getting all cozy with Misuzu and you’re insanely jealous, so you lick the forehead of the girl you’re jealous of?

3 – She obviously realized he was drinking her blood since she started doing it too…..so what exactly was her perception of what was going on there? Did she think that was a normal form of intimacy and was jealous?

Finally we have the most screwed up thing this chick has done. As she was making some tea for the others we see that Yuka put a FRIGGIN’ RAZOR BLADE IN MISUZU’S TEA! Misuzu doesn’t drink it and she doesn’t even bring it up, she just asks to drink it in the other room and I presume she dumps it out, but what the hell!? This is seen as an excusable act by fans because she’s sad at the thought of losing Kakeru? That makes no sense to me.

Off the subject of Yuka for now, we also have episode 11 which (Spoilers) is the most interesting episode I watched. Not only does Yuka die (YAY), but the pairing I actually wanted to happen kinda happens as Kakeru and Misuzu have sex to dramatically increase their powers through the Kusakabe blood they now share (It’s still stupid, yes). Despite agreeing to it, Kakeru constantly tells himself that it’s just a ritual and he would never betray Yuka (he believes she’s still alive). Listen up everyone, this is the greatest cheating excuse ever! If your significant other finds you cheating on them, just say you were doing it to gain massive power to save their lives. Works every time.

At the end of the episode Kakeru and Misuzu find out that the battle that was going on in the Red Night as they were giving each other major power boosts (I can make up so many jokes like this) went terribly. Liselotte, the main baddie, later masquerades as Yuka and proceeds to kill Kakeru by stabbing him through the chest with his broken sword. He disappears and Misuzu is eaten by the darkness.

Oh dear god….everyone’s dead! How will episode 12 pan out? Will it be some post-apocalyptic epilogue? Will their spirits meet up and somehow beat Liselotte? Will it all turn out to be a premonition from Kakeru’s eye and make episode 12 a massive SCREW YOU?

If you guessed C, you’re right! That’s right, the bulk of episode 11 was a freakin’ premonition from right before Yuka gets attacked to the ending. So, let’s recap.

-Yuka’s still alive 😐

-Everyone else is too. 🙂

-KakeruxMisuzu never happened 😦

What’s even worse is that, even though you get stung from the whole premonition thing, they do you one better.

Many characters died before the ending. Kaeko got killed by a black knight. Takahisa gets killed by Yukiko after asking her to kill him since the ‘demon’ of his fire powers was taking him over. Finally, Yukiko gets killed by a black knight after trying to avenge him since it was them killing Kaeko that triggered the demon.

How do they handle this? Well, there are six different worlds and all of them seem to be carbon copies of the others. The characters all have the same lives barring or including the Red Night. So, after all is said and done, Kakeru, Yuka and Misuzu go to one of the worlds that has a brand new Takahisa, Kaeko and Yukiko in it. Basically, it’s rebooting the world with a backup copy. The only difference is the Takahisa and Yukiko from this world know nothing of the Red Night, have no powers and don’t know the others.

Cop. Out.

Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Yukiko, Takahisa and Kaeko, but if you’re going to go to the trouble of making dramatic and emotional death scenes, leave them dead. Even if they’re not the ‘real’ characters, it still drastically takes away from their deaths.

What’s even worse is that Yuka seems to be a fairly normal girl again after that, even accepting Misuzu as a friend. (And after one of the black knights makes the observation that Misuzu loves Kakeru too) So what the fuck? She didn’t have an alter ego or anything – it just like the creators of the anime just up and forgot what an insane bitch she was.

Oh, I skipped this part but, what exactly was the point in Yuka throwing one of the fragments to Liselotte so she would be awakened? What benefit would doing that possibly give Yuka? She wants to kill all the fragments AND Yuka’s little boyfriend that she’s obsessed over. But no, she’s just “Derp, I wanna throw this fragment to the imprisoned witch. Durrrr”

It seems like this anime took what could’ve been something awesome and managed to screw everything up while throwing in cliches and annoyances.

There are some cool plot twists (even though I basically ruined the best ones for you) and for all it’s worth, it is only 12 episodes and it seems to be fairly worth the amount of episodes it has. There’s also a one episode OVA that I will be posting the review of after this.

One final note before I get to the individual points are, during the first half of the series, there’s a problem with panty shots. They seem to take any and every opportunity to get a panty shot in, even if the scene is particularly tense or dramatic. It tends to take away from the story and makes it hard for you to take it seriously. In a weird twist, though, later on the panty shots all but disappear, though that might be because Yuka and Misuzu both go down to their underwear at certain points, and almost takes itself too seriously.

Art and Animation: The art is actually great, barring the kinda oddly proportioned girls, and the animation is pretty well done. I will say that, despite this being an action anime, there’s a shortage of epic battles. Fighting does go on, but nothing particularly memorable. As another reviewer on MyAnimeList stated, I was expecting some epic awesome battle between Superbia and Misuzu, but it’s like they fight for a second, cut away, some time has gone on in the battle and Misuzu just says she’s too weak to beat her.

Music: The BG music is great and the OP and ED are awesome. I’d definitely buy the soundtrack.

Bottomline: It’s not terrible, in fact it’s pretty interesting and entertaining, but it is a shame that so much potential seemingly went to waste. They ruin most everything halfway through, turn what were once awesome characters into shadows of their former selves, turn Yuka insane and unlikable, and make a plot that’s too complicated and just plain crazy (not in a good way) at some points. I mean, what exactly is the point of having six worlds that are exactly the same barring which one keeps the fragments? It just seems like a plot device to excuse the ending. I do believe it’s worth the watch since it’s only 12 episodes and it is fairly unique and interesting.

Additional information and notes: 11Eyes was directed by Masami Shimoda, produced by Studio Dogakobo and is currently licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Year: 2009

Episodes: 12

Recommended Audience: Some violence, gruesome scenes, one sex scene, implications of sex, some nudity (I have to ask. Yuka gets sealed away in a container similar to that of Liselotte’s, she’s clothed when she gets kidnapped, but in her underwear and bra when she’s in the container. Is there any point in that? If she needed to be without clothes she’d have to be fully naked, there’s no point in stripping her of just her uniform. Just seems like the biggest not-even-excuse for more fanservice) dark scenes. 14+

This review was revamped as of 2/13/22


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