★Writer: Richard K. Moe
Behind The Anime
✿Animation Studio – A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Saekano, Your Lie In April, Anohana)
✿Director- Masashi Ishihama (From The New World)
✿Screenplay – Fumihiko Shimo (Myriad Colors Phantom World, Clannad, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya)
✿Character Design – Shin’ya Segawa (Garakowa: Restore the World)
✿Music – Masaru Yokoyama (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Your Lie in April, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches)
“Dual and Dorothy are two programs who reside within the Box of Wisdom. Their job is to enter the various worlds containing the memories of people across many timelines, deleting worlds that become infected with viruses. One day, they come across Remo, a girl who has lost memory of who she is, who is searching for something known as the flower. While trying to figure out who she is, Dual and Dorothy spend time with Remo, learning to find joy in various things that they’d normally deem pointless. However, they soon begin to not only learn about what Remo’s true purpose is, but also the state of the world outside of their box”. (Wikipedia)
- There is no long and unnecessary introduction.
- The main protagonists being “Anti-Viruses” is pretty different for Anime.
- The “Anti-Viruses” are not one dimensional like their program is meant to be, they have personality.
- The characters are cliche yet it’s not bad. (E.G. Dual is a character with some emotion but needs a boost of happiness, Dorothy is a loud but nice Tsundere, Remo is a sweet and mysterious amnesiac).
- The cybernetic world Dual and Dorothy reside in is very intriguing.
- When the characters used “back up data” to take parts of the human world into their world. it was pretty entertaining to watch. (E.G. They took a traditional Japanese home, A piano to play with, and food ingredients to cook with).
- There are emotional scenes that have impact.
Directing, Character Designs, and Music Composition
- There’s a beautifully done summarization of the main characters traversing
different parts of the human world and experiencing the beauty and destruction of it.
- The emotional scenes have impact because of the music choices and visuals. (E.G. Dorothy had to delete a world she became attached to, The last fight sequence).
- The character designs are pretty and cute.
- Music choices are definitely interesting. There is a balance of piano ballads, pop music, and thrilling music.
- Fight sequences are well-animated.
- The cybernetic world Dual and Dorothy reside in is very intriguing looking.
- When the viruses spread into a world and onto the people, it is very sinister and creepy looking.
- Seeing the characters traverse to different places and times is amazing to see. (E.G. Old Europe, Egypt, Old Japan).
Writing and Directing
- Dual and Dorothy seem to forget their focus and let Remo drag them anywhere to experience “human culture”. There literally is no resistance.
- Although the story has some dark tones, it’s mainly lighthearted.
- The viruses are important yet they don’t feel like it.
- The reasoning behind the Anti-Viruses and viruses is answered but is confusing as well.
- The way Dual and Dorothy defeat the last virus is cliche in a bad way.
- The way the story concludes lacks impact and is unsatisfying.
- Fight sequences are not the most original.
✿ 8.3/10 ✿ Yeah, I liked it a lot.
Curious? The P.V. is down below.