Have you ever thought that current anime is crap? That the golden age has passed for the medium? That what we really need is elementary school students to make them? Well then, do I have the anime for you.
First of all, I need to give a basic explanation of what this actually is. Tsui no Sora (translated as Endsky, but nobody calls it that) was a hentai OVA, but I’m strictly speaking about the “all-ages edition” that someone put on YouTube. Basically, they just omitted the H-scenes and did some quick censoring of the remaining naughty bits.
Let me give you a good idea of what you can expect from this.
It’s literally just like that several times. Rather than including the scene and censoring all the naughty bits, whoever edited the “all-ages edition” simply omitted the sex scenes completely. Which means this also happened.
Still not convinced that you should spend 13 minutes of your life watching this? Then let’s get into more of what you’ll actually spend that time watching.
The story follows Mr. Genericmaincharacter as he goes to school and all this completely unrelated stuff happens, which involves this thing called “Endsky,” “metempsychosis,” the end of the universe… Deep stuff, man. After observing a series of seemingly random deaths, Mr. Genericmaincharacter finally tries to stop the antagonist, Mamiya, after his (maybe) girlfriend goes missing. After finding her, punching Mamiya, and waiting for a ghost to finish telling the antagonist the error of his ways, they go home and he is “rewarded” by his (maybe) girlfriend for helping. If you know what I mean. The end.
It’s a hentai, what did you expect?
The characters for this anime are… there. It’s a hentai, so there isn’t any character development or anything, they merely exist as a means of presenting sex to the viewer. Of course, since this is the “all-ages edition,” you don’t even get that. Not that I’m sure you’d want to.
The visuals for this anime are one of a kind. Where else can you find background art that looks as if it was drawn by kindergartners?
And the character design is also worth praising, as the strong similarity in appearance between the protagonist and antagonist reinforces the underlying theme that all men are evil. Or something. I thought they were the same person at first, but their voices proved otherwise. And the females show just what men expect women to look like in this day and age.
Also worth mentioning is the wide color palette. There is definitely a focus on blue, green, and red, but you are also presented with neon green and pink hair, along with half the other colors you’d expect in something like this.
The animation is as flawless as you might expect. The brief periods where characters are running show this off the best, as it is very easy to see the low framerate they utilized for such a perfect result.
Sound-wise, this is once again something that the rest of the anime studios out there should take a lesson from. The voice acting is superb, one example being the main antagonist, Mamiya. If you’ve ever thought that high school boys need to sound more like middle-aged men, then he’s the guy for you.
The music sounds like it’s straight from a video game from the 90s, complete with random piano and harp arpeggios for accent. And to accompany the incredible running animations, such as from 10:20 in the YouTube video, is some Eye of the Tiger-tier running music. At least it’s not like Mars of Destruction, which merely alternates between the occasional royalty-free classical music and absolute silence.
There is also some amazing subtitling from “Serious Business Fansubs.” Of particular note are these two examples.
So to sum this all up:
Story – 1/10
Characters – 1/10
Art/Animation – 1/10
Sound – 2/10
Enjoyment – ?/10
Overall – 1/10
Recommendation – So, do I think you should watch this? That’s a bit of a loaded question, but I’ll say yes. Just make sure you watch the “all-ages edition.” I am not responsible for any eye cancer resulting from the uncensored version.
I also considered doing a “review” of a parody version of Rapeman. But then I realized that was an awful idea.
I originally wrote this at 3am yesterday while extremely sleepy and after drinking a lot of cough medicine, so I apologize if there are things that don’t flow well or make any sense. At least I’ve removed all the inappropriate things that somehow seemed reasonable at the time.
The effort put into the featured image shows just how much I care about this anime.
On a completely unrelated note, I’ll hopefully have a thoughts post on the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster out before the North America release on Tuesday. Don’t count on it though.