“Questioning Reality” Musaigen no Phantom World Review and Recommendations

“What we call “reality” is a mere illusion created by our brains.”

Musaigen no Phantom World story revolves around the subconsciousness of human beings, whereby “phantoms” are manifested via the human subconsciousness, taking form off emotions that humans or even certain wordly items suppress.

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The main focus of the story centralizes around its cast, where we see them defeat or “seal” phantoms that are deemed to be menaces to society. With the team of special power uses, Ichijou Haruhiko, Kawakami Mai, Izumi Reina, Minase Koito and Kumamakura Kurumi, we explore this world that has far developed beyond out own. A majority of the story is set in 1 off episode formats, where the team has to defeat a phantom. This format made it generally easy to follow what has happening from episode to episode, as much didn’t carry on. Though there was an underlying theme to each episode, whereby it questioned why these phantom’s exist, this was mainly due to the fact that humans want subconsciously “something” more within their normal lives.

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The show was basically a mix of genres, something of a jack of all trades, whereby it mainly focused on the areas of comedy and action, whilst disrupting the characters life or slice of their lives (with some silly moments). The best thing however it had going for it was the animation. This show is pretty (and I mean pretty), with Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) doing a superb job making everything look so beautiful and sparkly. With all the use of colors it was quite stimulating to watch.

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Reina Best Girl!

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OP/ED: Both OP & ED operated at a fast pace, this provided a lot of energy towards the start and end of each episode. They both generally focused on the characters, it was lighthearted and colorful. The animation quality furthered how pretty the show really looked, whereby it was a great reinforcement of the show, in how its not so serious and a bit silly.

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Musaigen no Phantom World Was it Good?

Musaigen no Phantom World explores a premise that isn’t really explored in the anime industry. It was nice too see a whole anime about the concept, providing a niche vibe to the whole story. In everything that occurs within the show, first of all, it is pretty, and second it doesn’t take itself too seriously making it an easy watch.

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Recommendations: Many recommendations could be made on the fact that it just looks so darn pretty. However, with its more lighthearted action comedy story line combined with underlying themes that question human desire and emotions, I recommend the following:

  • Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
  • Luck & Logic
  • Kyoukai no Kanata

 

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