Genre Tags: Adventure, Mystery, Seinen
Synopsis: The story centers on a little girl called Sana, who is one of the children that holds the power of “Alice’s Dream,” an ability that enables her to materialize anything she imagines. After escaping a lab where she was a test subject, Sana ends up in a normal world where she encounters an old man named Zouroku, but will he help her?
Plot Rating: 8/10
Character Development Rating: 8/10
Progression Rating: 7/10
Animation Rating: 8/10
Conclusion Rating: 10/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.2/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: Absolutely! Easy recommendation for everyone.
General Comments: Alice to Zoroku was definitely the unexpected gem of the season. From the very first episode, the story gave a dark and suspenseful aura, the action picking up from the very first scene. It’s here that we were introduced to a strange girl with powers to create anything she wished as she tried to escape captivity. We meet a few other characters as well, with similar powers, leading to an unexpected meeting. When Alice met Zoroku, both their lives would never be the same. This series is presented in segments or arcs and the first was by far the darkest and grittiest. The villains were crude and shameless and age didn’t matter in the game of survival they found themselves in. However, the second half/arc shifted it’s tone tremendously, almost to the point of changing genres. What started as a dark, fantasy anime, became primarily slice of life with familial bonds and friendships as the girl named Sana looks to find her identity. I thought the way the show shifted in response to Sana’s experiences and values very well executed and genius for being able to retain a cohesive story-line despite the shift in tone. It kept me engaged.
Also of note, were the characters themselves. Zoroku is the coolest old man I’ve seen in anime and is the perfect balance of strict and loving. Sanae is the sweetest big sister figure anyone could ask for and Sana of course is a feisty ball of sweetness who makes mistakes, but is genuinely kind and caring. Her fellow “Super Friends” are equally charming, but my absolute favorite is Ichijou. She’s extremely cool with her powers and is the only adult of the lot, where the others are all children. Her most devoted protegee is fun and I love the bond they share. I also really loved the deep friendship between two friends we meet in the last few episodes and of all the relationships in the show, it’s the only one I feel is able to be officially classified as romantic, though it is of course subjective to the viewer. All in all, this was the dark horse of the season and my #3 pick for top anime of Spring 2017. Although the ending can be seen as conclusive, I really would love at least an OVA to show us some final developments, but either way, it was great.
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