Dimension High School Is The Worst Anime Of The Winter Season
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So… I watched the first episode of Dimension High School… There goes 20 minutes of my life I will never get back! In fact, it’s going to be more than 20 minutes since I have the rule of watching at least 3 episodes to do the First Impressions Review for the Ultimate Guide.
I think the first thing I need to disclose is that Dimension High School is an Anime which combines animation and real-life footage. Is that how you call it? Basically, you have a mix of real people and Anime characters. The story is about 4 male students who are doing after time classes and their teacher. One of them finds a rock while going for the class and decides to grab it. However, this is no ordinary rock! I don’t know what it is, but in the middle of the class, it starts talking and levitating.
They decide to throw the rock out from the window, but the rock comes back every single time. In the end, this rock transports all of the characters to an Anime World where they need to answer questions from a random sphinx to save the world, and themselves. If you find this complete nonsense just by reading this, then your mind would be blown if you actually watched it!
Since there are a live-action and an animation part, I’ll just review both of them in separate 🙂
The Acting Is Terrible!
I don’t know how is the acting and filming industry from Japan. I don’t know if it is good in general or not… I’ve watched Korean Drama, but not really much on the Japanese side. However, from the few I’ve watched, it was not that good. The problem is that the actors will try to replicate scenes and movements from Anime and let me tell you… Although in the Anime looks fine and funny, in the real world just seems plain strange. I do have to say that the few I have watched have been Anime adaptations, so it makes sense they try to go that route.
Well, Dimension High School is like that, but worse! The acting is completely horrible! There is not even once where you feel the actors are inside their character. All of it is just way too over the top and it just made me cringe all over the episode. Let it be the student guy who tries to show that he is a really anti-social person and thinks he’s better than everyone, or when one guy grabs the shoulders of another one and starts pushing him back and forward… Again, something that we are used to watch in Anime and normally is funny, but when in the real world… Not so much.
You can also clearly see that the production value of this is pretty low. I mean, even my High School film project had better production than this. The rock is basically a rock they found anywhere. The eyes and the mouth, well they just painted it with some kind of felt pen. Really, it’s ridiculous! The camera shots and angles are also pretty bad… Even if the show is going for the comedic factor, it is just… Ridiculous!
The Animation Is Not Better!
When it comes to the “Anime” itself things do not really get better. First of all, the characters do not resemble the actors at all… Not even in a long shot. The only thing they have in common is the voice which I have to say it’s better than the acting. But, don’t put your highs up, being better doesn’t actually means good.
The animation is 3D and it’s not really that great. It’s one of those where the characters’ movements and expressions just seem off. The characters’ design is not that bad, but yet again, it does not make sense to me not resembling the actors. I mean, of course, they will be different and “cooler” since they are Anime characters, but not even the hair color is the same.
The surroundings also seem a little bland in my opinion. I mean, they are not bad, but it just feels that they could have had more detail to it. However, the things that are there seem alright. Although let’s face it, being the surroundings only a classroom it’s not like they had much to do…
I also can’t actually understand who this Anime is aiming for. On the surface, it seems it’s a kids show… However, since one of the questions is about the Doppler effect, a physics thing that I don’t really know how to explain it, I find it hard to believe a kid will get it. Especially when the actual answers are in English, not Japanese. So, yeah… Probably this is somewhat a way for High School kids to understand difficult subjects they are supposed to study. Though, I have to say that I didn’t get anything they were talking about lol (Fun fact, it’s not the smart student who actually answers the question correctly).
In conclusion, the show is terrible! The only reason I would recommend Dimension High School is for you to laugh due to the ridiculousness this show gives!