Anime Rewrite

This comes a bit late, but last month, fellow aniblogger Valence had a great idea and asked what we would do if we could rewrite anime. In my years of anime watching, I have amassed a long list of anime that I would like to see changed, but for this post I thought I’d focus on the three biggest let-downs of my anime-viewing career: Chaos;Head, Code Geass R2, and Venus Versus Virus.

WARNING: Spoilers below.

One of the anime I would’ve liked to have seen rewritten is Chaos;Head. It’s the prequel to the currently airing series, Steins;Gate, and is about a delusional hikikomori, Takumi, that believes everyone is  out to get him. From the start, Takumi is presented as an unreliable narrator. His views and descriptions are inconsistent with those shown during the third person and even conflict with some of his own experiences, leading to some very confusing moments for him. At first I thought Chaos;Head was going to be a very in-depth story about the fall of a teenage boy into the depths of insanity where he would be lost forever, or realize the extent of his illness and wake up one day in a mental asylum. Oh how wrong I was.

Chaos;Head is about a guy (Takumi) with a harem of very beautiful girls (one of which is an anime character) who all wield cool weapons and fight some bad organization from taking over the world. Let’s also not forget that all of those girls have a thing for Takumi. Now before you say that that could have just been all Takumi’s imagination, there’s plenty of scenes showing that’s impossible. A lot of the side scenes with the girls are clearly taking place far away from Takumi so he would have no idea what’s going on. That means everything the viewer thought was a delusion at the start of the anime was actually real, making Chaos;Head a harem/fantasy anime rather than one about mental disorder. If I could have things my way, Takumi would have ended up in a mental asylum and none of the girls would have existed (at least not in the way he imagined them). I think that would have made for a more intriguing anime.

Next is Code Geass R2, but first off, I’d just like to say that Code Geass (season 1) was magnificent. The setting, character designs, comedy, and action scenes were all good points, but by far the most impressive aspect of the anime was the mastermind, Lelouch. A cold-hearted villain bent on revenge, Lelouch would do whatever it takes to reach his goals. He was aided by C.C. and the power of geass, which let him order anyone to do anything he wanted, but the greatest aspect about him was that he was able to manipulate people without the use of his geass. As Baron Acton once said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” Code Geass was certainly going down this path, and after the cliffhanger at the end of the first season, I couldn’t wait for the next one to see what happens.

When R2 came around, I was sorely disappointed. They didn’t resolve what happened between Lelouch and Suzaku at the end of the first season, but even worse, it was almost as if someone decided to take a 180 on the plot development. Lelouch started to lose sight of his goals, he started caring for people, and worst of all, he was no longer an evil mastermind. Heck, his plans didn’t even seem very well thought-out either. Lelouch was no longer the great villain that I had admired, but a confused boy questioning his very own decisions. When he “saved the world” in the final episode, that was the last nail in the coffin for me. They had killed Lelouch both figuratively and literally. So if I could rewrite Code Geass R2, I would make it very close to the first season, with Lelouch continuing down his path of destruction, eventually losing all of his loved ones, including Nunally, who would die by his own hands. At the very least, I would’ve made it clear the cart driver was Lelouch.

The last anime I would like rewritten is Venus Versus Virus. It was so good that I can’t remember the characters’ names. I do remember that the plot was something along the lines of semi-yuri, girls fighting something using special guns, and 1 useless guy somewhere in there. Honestly, the only reason I watched Venus Versus Virus in the first place was because I really liked the ending song and I was waiting for some yuri action.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rynqQ4HJ4RY

What really disappointed me about this anime was the way it ended. When I was in elementary school, we were always asked to write stories and were given a minimum number of pages. I hated writing (which is ironic now that I have my own blog), so once I reached the minimum page count, I always ended the story with “…and they all died.” That’s exactly what happened in Venus Versus Virus, everyone died in one big explosion. If I could rewrite this anime, I would have given it a real ending, perhaps only one of the girls die, maybe they both live on, or even have one of the side characters survive, having everyone die is just plain laziness on the part of the writers.

While these three anime titles are by no means the worst anime out there (except maybe Venus Versus Virus), they were the most disappointing in my eyes. Each one had so much potential and seemed like they were going to lead up to an epic ending, only to have this viewer asking himself what he just wasted his time on. The way a series ends can make or break it, and these three definitely didn’t make it for me.

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  1. “so once I reached the minimum page count, I always ended the story with “…and they all died.” That’s exactly what happened in Venus Versus Virus, everyone died in one big explosion.”
    Wow. If that was what really happened in the anime, I mean like EVERYONE dies, then that sounds almost comical rather than tragic.

    I still haven’t finished R2 (I know, I know. I’m a failure) but the whole thing about EVERYONE having geasses was just…I don’t know. It sure makes an interesting plot but it’s kind of messy and twisted, for me.
    I don’t know about Lelouch’s change of personality towards actually having feelings, though. I kind of liked it.

  2. With you on Chaos;Head. It would have been a much better series if the whole girls and conspiracy thing had been entirely the creation of the protagonist’s twisted mind. Once it was established they were real and there really was a conspiracy, I completely lost interest.

  3. I REALLY wish we had a rewrite of VVV. I mean, it had so much potential:

    One of the most creative names ever (VENIS change one letter => VERSUS change one letter => VIRUS). IT’S AWESOME.

    Not only that, but it had great plotline potential and great lesbian potential, as well as a girl with an eyepatch which is totally badass.

    Instead the end left me completely blank, and it generally was not that good.

    I really liked Chaos;HEAD. I really didn’t think it was bad…..maybe the end was a bit rushed, but that’s the only fault I had with it.
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  4. I have to admit that Chaos;Head was indeed terrible and disappointing. However I think that it started out really great as I thought the plot will go down to the psychological part. Well, unfortunately, it didn’t. Obviously your rewrite is a whole lot better.

    But I don’t find any problems with Code Geass R2 though. What I really like about Lelouch is his formidable intelligence when forming strategies and I certainly don’t see him as a villain. But that’s just me though xD
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  5. @meltedpoo:
    Yep, EVERYONE dies, it was really disappointing.

    I guess I like darker endings, which is why I didn’t like what happened with Code Geass. I’m sure a lot of people like it the way it turned out.

    @@fkeroge:
    I actually have the game, but I’ve only played for about an hour. I just don’t have the time to go through it.

    @Dop:
    I was still hanging on to that one glimmer of hope that Takumi would find himself in a hospital at the end of the last episode, but that never happened.

    @glothelegend:
    The way they put together a title that explained the plot and used words that are nearly identical was cool. It’s a shame that they didn’t work with what they had, instead throwing it all in the trash.

    I thought the first half of Chaos;Head was good, but when Takumi’s fantasy world started turning to reality, it just didn’t appeal to me any more.

    @Ryo_kun:
    I thought the same thing; I was so upset that they didn’t go with the psychological stuff.

    As for Lelouch, I saw him as a villain the first time he used his geass and ordered those soldiers to kill themselves.

  6. Many need rewrite -_- especially for Manga and Novel adaptation,other than all mention above I think I will vote for Claymore

  7. Code Geass S1 didn’t click to me from the get-go simply because of the use of “Holy Britannian Empire.” It sounds so spoof-ish. I know it’s just a name but for some reason I couldn’t tolerate it that’s why for this anime I wish they wrote it with different names and terms.
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  8. @abscissa:
    The Holy Britannian Empire was a bit strange. You would think that it would include the original Britannia (Britain), but it didn’t, and somehow became a holy state.