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Scarlet Nexus Episode #02 Anime Review

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Scarlet Nexus is taking its sweet time to get to the meat of this world.
@ BNEI / Sunrise

What They Say:
Solar calendar year 2020: grotesque organisms called Others have begun eating people. To take down this new enemy, the Other Suppression Force is formed. Saved by this elite team as a child, psychokinetic Yuito withstands the training to enlist. On the other hand, prodigy Kasane was scouted for her abilities. But Kasane’s dreams tell her strange things, dragging the two into an unavoidable fate.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It would be great if I was playing Scarlet Nexus that just came out but Episode 2 is a wonderful substitute for not playing it so far. This episode is getting its toes wet with the world it wants to create. The people live in a dystopian society that pretends to be a utopia and the cracks are beginning to reveal themselves. People’s brains have acquired advanced abilities, psionics, that allows the lowest common denominator to be able to have instant communication and banking which is weird since they show that people still have smartphones to do the same thing. Among them at the top lies the OSF which is a protection agency. They are masqueraded to be heroes to the ordinary citizens but there is always something hiding beneath the outer layer. Children are forced to watch propaganda of why these members are beneficial to society. 

Yuito and Nagi take a tour across the town where they just happen to run into Kasane and Naomi. This would have been a great time to add more to the character’s personalities because they don’t have much to them yet. Yuito and Kasane remain an enigma. This thread connects them from beyond time but that seems to remain this series’ greatest mystery. They go to a festival where they buy a fortune where Yuito, Nagi, and Kasane get a fortune that predicts great misfortune. On the bright side, Naomi’s fortune predicts great fortune. Naomi is the one character that has been the ray of sunshine that this show needed. Kasane may be the more mature of the Randall sisters but Naomi is the one looking forward to what lies beyond. There is going to be more than meets the eye but right as they are in the middle of the festival, Yuito awakens in a practice field. His ability has been revealed but that seems to be the beginning of what he is capable of.    

What better way to show off each person’s specific powers than by having a somewhat “friendly” competition between the newbies. No psionic power is the same. Some have control over the elements, others can move objects with their mind, or have the power to push their bodies beyond their natural limits. The drawback is that it focuses too much on the powers and not the characters. This was a perfect opportunity to display why these characters are important but it just went to waste. Although this girl certainly made an incredible first impression. 

@ BNEI / Sunrise

 One of the benefits of being an adaption of a video game is that it could just take its assets. When the moment calls for it, this series can pull off some incredible animation. The Others invade and create an insurmountable challenge for these beginners. The animation manner in which the OSF transitioned from their regular clothes to their battle armor has a wonderful flow to it. The designs for the monster have been created and this show can amplify the stakes of the show. While this show is drawn in a 2D style, some of the monsters have gorgeous 3D designs. These 3D designs do a terrific job of demonstrating why these monsters should be feared.

@ BNEI / Sunrise

In Summary:
Scarlet Nexus is taking its sweet time to get to the meat of this world. It wants you to be prepared as it sets the rules by how people’s abilities work. It’s a bit of a slog but it’s best to get that out of the way as soon as possible. The clues left behind are just enough to leave you wanting to know more about how this world came to be. It needs a stronger hook to get you intrigued with this series.  

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Funimation