For some, the first episode was too creepy to consider continuing the series. But then again, for some, the first episode ignited interest with all the murders and delusions that they cannot stop watching it. I’m one of the latter.
I’ve read a lot of lukewarm reviews about Chaos;Head but I decided I have to see this for myself. The genre suited me just fine, it has only 12 episodes and I have some free time to spare when there aren’t any new Fall 2011 episodes to watch. So why not?
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
As I have mentioned earlier, the series started with a few horrid murders and unexplainable delusions of our lead male, Takumi, who appears to be a hikikomori. Takumi constantly having delusions at any hour of the day is very worrying. Half way through the series, I found myself busy guessing if a scene is merely one of Takumi’s delusions. As the series progressed, different theories were thrown in to explain Takumi’s situation. There were suggestions like precognitive abilities where he’s able to see the future, sleepwalking and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I have to say, these are all interesting stuff. Prior to watching this series, I’ve read about what people can do when they’re sleepwalking, and that includes committing murders which they can’t remember. DID theory, which Yua suggested, was also interesting – people with this personality disorder suffers from memory loss or vague memory when switching from one personality to another.
There were a few suspicious characters introduced to keep the mystery intact. I especially like the introduction of the music band Phantasm and its lead singer, Kishimoto Ayase a.k.a FES. Why? I like the idea of a music band being part of the dark side of the society. With cryptic lyrics seemingly suggesting the secret life they live and the ideology they celebrate, they set out to influence the minds of their fans. This is all good for a fictional story, but not in reality. Anyway, I like that Chaos;Head had a range of characters to shake off attention on the actual murderer(s).
Having said that, I thought the first half of the series was built up nicely. However, the second half of the series saw a drastic change.
The second half of the series suddenly introduced the culprit behind all events – N.O.Z.O.M.I Technology. It also explained the condition which Takumi was suffering from and what he really is. I wish they have a better term for him and the others. Gigalomaniax sounds so weird. What if I mispronounce and say Takumi is a gigolo maniac? Anyway, the second half of Chaos;Head was no doubt duller, slower without much suspense although it did the job in providing answers to some of the major questions like who was the actual criminal of the whole eerie murders and what the heck is going on with Takumi and his delusions.
On another thought. “その目誰の目”. It’s a bit awkward to see people on the streets sort of celebrating the murders by chanting those words as if it’s a cool thing to do. I find it disturbing. If it’s me, I think I’ll cringe every time I hear those words as I will inevitably picture the gruesome scene where the words were written. Besides, such behaviors seem to imply that the murders were some form of an entertainment. Speaking of gruesome murders, Chaos;Head presented some of the most imaginative murder scenes ever. If you have a faint heart, you may want to stay away from this series.
At the end of the day, I cannot say that I like the series, and at the same time I cannot say I dislike the series. After all, the series started really well. It’s just that when it reaches towards the end, it felt a bit underdeveloped. Nonetheless, it caused me to question if things I sense are really there or if they are just mirages, reflections of my deepest desires. But that’s only for a second.
P.S At some point, I began trying to figure out why Takumi’s school uniform’s color is different from his classmates. Washed-out?
P.P.S I’m off to my vacation starting tomorrow so see you guys in a week.