Chaos;Head ~ Review
“A crazy psychological thriller that will mess up your mind completely!“
You may or may not have heard about this series before, but if you have then you will know quite well that it is just… awesome. It`s fame rose with the release of the well-acclaimed series Steins;Gate, written by 5pb. and Nitroplus. Although there is no exact connection between the two series (both series having totally different characters and plot), many fans believe that Steins;Gate is the sequel to Chaos;Head. Anyway, let`s get on with the review, shall we?
Chaos;Head revolves around Nishijou Takumi; an hikikomori (withdrawn) who is only interested in 2D things. One day, while talking in a private chat room to his friends, he meets a user called Shogun. At first Takumi is confused by his cryptic talk and messages but when Shogun leaves the chat room by sending Takumi a picture of a brutal murder scene, Takumi starts to worry. The next day, Takumi witnesses a brutal murder scene; the same scene that Shogun sent to him the day before. There, he meets a pink haired girl who seems to have just killed the man. While Shogun continues to send brutal murder scenes, Takumi tries to distance himself from the many murder cases that are happening in the area, but is soon caught interest n by the police. Takumi then starts to experience delusions and paranoia, later meeting other girls who are connected to the murders. Unsure of what is real and who/what to trust, Takumi starts to slowly breakdown psychologically. While this is happening, a secret organisation NOZOMI is plotting something in the shadows.
“A wide range of characters and overall character development is cleverly melded into the twisted storyline“
If you have read up to here and are thinking to yourself, “I did not get a single word of what that gibberish meant”, then I don`t blame you; the thing with Chaos;Head (and in fact all works by 5pb. and Nitroplus) is that they have seriously confusing plots and storyline. I tried my very best to give you guys an accurate synopsis without giving too much away, but it is very difficult to do with such a confusing story. In fact, after watching the entire 12 episodes, there are many areas that still confuse me to this day (kind of like how the main character at the end of Air turns into a crow, but that`s another story…)
There are a few notable voice actors that make an appearance in this series, including Hiroyuki Yoshino who voices Takumi (as well as Alleluyah in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Sugisaki Shin in Chibi Devi!) and Eri Kitamura who voices Rimi Sakihata (as well as Yui from Angel Beats! and Kawashima Ami from ToraDora!). The series was animated by the well-acclaimed Madhouse Studios (who has done such notable works as Trigun, Summer Wars and Ninja Scroll).
Like I said, if you want to know the full story, it is best to watch this series more than once. This is one of those series that one cannot fully understand in one sitting and requires detailed analysis of plot, characters and what the hell is going on in general. Although it may be confusing (and personally not as good as Steins;Gate), the story is very clever; combining the very best of psychological thriller (the Japanese are very good at these) supernatural and even cyberpunk elements to create this beautiful series that, as the title says, will cause chaos in your head.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 3.5/5 – Recommended
Final Score: 7.5/10