Anime Corner: takt op.Destiny Review

Some Sort Of Musical Reference.

What’s the Story?

For Takt music is his everything, even if it could get people killed. Ever since the D2 fell from the sky music has been banned across the world, since the strange creatures are drawn towards anything musical. If it wasn’t for the Musicarts, women transformed by a power from beyond the stars, the D2 would have wiped out humanity years ago, but now they’re mostly dormant. Still, Takt dreams of bringing music back to the world and practises on his piano every day, that is until Cosette convinces Takt to put on a performance at the local festival. To everyone’s horror the D2 attack, Takt losing his arm and Cosette transformed into the Musicart Destiny, who has no memory of her prior life. So begins a trip across the USA, Takt, Destiny and their friend Anna heading to New York in the hopes of understanding what happened to Cosette. Dark forces are beginning to make their move though, and the D2 are waking once again.

The Review:

First Impressions can be a risky business. Whether you follow the three-episode rule like me or not, you can never really tell how something is going to end until you get there. It might be that a series has a fantastic opening episode, full of tremendous music, pulse-pounding action and jaw-dropping visuals that really gets you excited. Only for you then to later realise that pretty much the entirety of the budget, talent and passion went into that initial opening twenty-three minutes. That’s been my experience with this series I’m sad to say. It started off fantastically, then it dipped a bit which wasn’t too much of an issue, I just had to adjust my expectations of the show. However, then we get to the ending and, even with my lowered expectations, things went so far off the rails they fell down a crevasse and into a bottomless pit. It’s kind of astounding when I think about it.

Let’s start by talking about some of the positives first. Visually this show looks great, the majority of the budget was clearly saved for both the first and last episodes, but there are a couple of cool sequences throughout the show. It’s just a shame that the number of still frames feels like it increases with each new episode. I also like the design of all of the Musicarts we meet throughout the series, especially Destiny who has this gorgeous rose motif. A lot of the designs land on just the right side of having a lot of detail without quite making it too overcomplicated. The music is also fantastic, I can be a sucker for action scenes set to classical music and this show knows exactly how to play that card.

The biggest problem I think this series has is that not enough thought was put into the details of the story. I’ll get to a pretty big example in a minute, but let’s talk about the threat of the D2s to start with. It’s never really quantified how much of a threat they are. The initial attack happened years ago from when this series starts and while it’s said that conventional weaponry didn’t work on them it’s not often we see the military engage with them. Most of the time its Musicarts fighting D2s and they have a tendency to cut through individual D2s like warm butter. It doesn’t really paint them as a major threat. Throw in the fact that human society appears to be well on it’s way to recovery throughout the series and it makes the initial attack look like that wasn’t so bad either. Sure we see a few refugee camps and the like, but people have cars up and running, several cities look to be operating in a business-as-usual kind of fashion and New York is pretty much untouched. Why is everyone so scared of these things again?

That brings me to the real villains of the series, we have a mid-level boss and an end boss and frankly they’re both kind of pathetic (so much so I can’t even be bothered to look up their names). The first villain was so obvious that he might as well have had a flashing neon sign over his head that said ‘Bad Guy!!!’, but at least he had a motivation. It was a stupid and basic motivation, but at least it was something! At the point of writing this I still don’t understand what was driving the Big Bad of this series. Okay so the guy’s clearly had a psychological breakdown, so maybe there’s not supposed to be any logic to his actions, but then why waste time trying to justify what he’s doing? Also, tip for any writers out there, don’t leave explaining the driving force behind your main antagonist until ten minutes before you kill them off! This show is giving me a headache just thinking about it. I was perfectly willing to just treat this show like a silly little bit of popcorn entertainment, but the last couple of episodes just shattered my suspension of disbelief. I’m not even going to get started on Anna and her sudden character change in the last two episodes.

The Verdict:

In the end, takt op.Destiny is a show that I can’t really recommend. It’s flashy at the start and has some great visuals and music in places, but there’s not much beyond the surface with this show. There’s very little thought that’s been put into the world and its history, and it’s villains range from obvious with bland motivation to crazy with no motivation whatsoever. I did like the character of Destiny and her arc throughout the series, but that’s not really enough to recommend this show. Maybe if you go into it knowing what you’re going to get you’ll be better off, but for me I’m tuning out of this one.

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday or you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisGJoynson.

3 comments

  1. ospreyshire · April 2

    Ouch! This looks like a bummer. I thought a story involving music being banned would be intriguing, but it didn’t work out.

    Liked by 1 person

    • neverarguewithafish · April 2

      Yeah, this is one of those cases where you find yourself thinking ‘well, it could be worse’. Then it gets worse and worse and worse.

      Liked by 1 person

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