Coming from the fan overhype even with its lackluster story, Devil Survivor 2 is not a very intriguing show from the get-go, and neither does this episode do much to convince one otherwise. It starts off with a terribly rushed premise, featuring little backstory behind the two lead characters and proceeding like lightning straight to some Digimon corniness and Mirai Nikki-esque flip phones (does Japan not have smartphones or something?). On a positive note, I do like how they integrated some of the video game elements into the story, such as game options and the menu screen—however awkward they seem to be placed within the anime medium. The cast so far has been dull with little merit behind them, putting most of the direction into setting up the main story (and a veritable hurricane’s pace at that).
One need only look at how some random girl from their class joins their group simply by fate, how quickly the whole “you’re going to die!” event takes place, or even all the random Digimon monsters outta nowhere. Considering the middle: “Oh look we saw a video of us dying.” “lulz let’s run!” *two seconds later they die*. This isn’t Final Destination, guys. Amp up the suspense a little more than that..
And how do they even know how to use, let alone summon, their digimon? And want to know why there’s little to no excitement coming from the episode? Because everything. happens. way. too. fast. Compounding to the inanity of the pacing, the cast often acts with little logic or human reaction, at one point going so far as (somehow) managing to hijack a random truck and aiming to ram it into the monster of the week. And what’s their reaction to the absurdity that could barely be called a plot? Utter apathy, lack of enthusiasm, and completely devoid of any surprise.The animation and general details are mediocre especially for a 2013 series, with little to set itself apart from other superpowered slices-of-life. This is no different with the character artwork, which simply features generic bishounens and big breasted high school girls (because Japan has a lot of those, right?). Onto the music aspect, the soundtrack—whatever little one you may notice—dishes out unremarkable background music most of the time and during action scenes, plays a generic battle tune likely coming from the video game itself. Regardless, it’s terrible at setting the atmosphere, hampered by cheap melodies that a grade schooler could have made. Do love some Hiroshi Kamiya though.
I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and hope things flesh out more than this terribly paced episode, but it would be a gross understatement to say that this show isn’t looking too good. I’ll probably drop it during its next round of terror.