Review #21- Tenkuu Danzai Skelter+Heaven


Welcome to another review! A while back, we covered what is consider one of the, if not the number one, worst anime, Mars of Destruction. I was foolish to think that I would never have to do such a bad anime again, but here I am, doing a review for Tenkuu Danzai Skelter+Heaven. Beware of minor SPOILERS, if there is even technically any.

Now without further ado, let us begin the review!

Summary: In the distant future, a mysterious floating object appears suddenly in the center of the city. The top secret mission unit “Alta Mira Agency” or AA is commissioned by the Defense Agency to deal with this mysterious invader. In charge of the robot training is Hunagai Otsuya. He must choose one of the girls to receive special training which she will receive in secret. They must use the “Battle Soles” to push back the enemy even at the cost of their lives. -MyAnimeList

Plot: 1/10

I will open this review with questioning whether there is actually a plot. Some aspects of plot are explained very briefly, but not sufficiently, making the viewer trying to figure out what is going on. This is further compounded by a cliffhanger ending, which makes zero sense. The plot jumps around really badly, with randomly  and barely (or not at all) connected scenes. Lastly, while there is a conflict, it never really explains why there is a conflict.

Characters: 1/10

There is a decently large class of characters, who have zero development and some of them do not even have explained positions in the show. There is also random and spontaneous character revelations that come out of thin air, and the backstories of any of them are again barely elaborated on.

Animation: 2/10

The animation is pretty bad. The mouth movements and actual speaking of characters do not line up several times, backgrounds are severely blurry, and there is really bad CGI added to the animation, which actually hurt my eyes a bit. This is only a few examples of problems, though at least it is kinda smooth.

Soundtrack: 1/10

The soundtrack is horrible at best, and that is giving it significant grace. The soundtrack actually hurts the series some, with the opening and closing eating up time that could have been for plot elements.

Themes: 1/10

The best theme I could figure was trying your best, which is practically out of thin air to be honest. There are no real themes unless you really stretch it.

Final Score: 1.2/10

Final Grade: F

B-Ro’s Take

Tenkuu Danzai Skelter+Heaven was an anime I did not think could exist, it was an anime that was worse than Mars of Destruction. There was nothing redeemable about this show. The animation was horrible they tried to add some 3-D animation that looked awful and frankly just did not fit the series at all. Also they could not even link up the sounds and the animation, the character lips would move a good 1 or 2 seconds after a character was done talking. Then there are the characters, or should I say the lack there of. They had characters that had little to no personalities and were often thrown into relationships that mad little sense or had no impact to the plot. Speaking of the plot it was thrown together very poorly and often times left me confused. Out of 10 I would give this anime a generous 1. I would not recommend this anime to anyone, don’t waste your time. Again, DON’T WATCH THIS ANIME! – B-Ro

LowKev’s Take

Oh boy…. Having seen the infamous Mars Of Destruction, we all certainly knew what we were getting into with this one. I didn’t go into this one thinking “will this be their hidden gem?”, but rather something like “It can’t be any worse than Mars right? Could it stoop lower? Is that even possible?!?” Well, compared to Mars of Destruction, I’d say Skelter in some ways surpasses it. Although, having an anime surpass Mars of Destruction can be achieved by simply having one character whose name you remember immediately after watching (granted this show fails to do that as well, but still). First off, Skelter has original music! Already a step up, or so I thought at first. The music doesn’t really have any redeeming qualities, and like Mars, the editing of the music is atrocious, with really sudden and poor cut offs… It has an opening and closing, neither of which are any good musically. The opening song is honestly really bad… But hey, at least it has the lyrics up on the screen for KARAOKE PARTIES!! The animation’s pretty bad in them as well. So we have an op and ed with no redeeming qualities that takes up 3 minutes of the one episode. Combine that with the 1 minute where literally nothing happens at the start (was that an attempt to build atmosphere? I’m sorry, your heart was in the right place, but you did it so poorly), and you realize that this show only has 15 minutes to tell its story. And let me tell you, I couldn’t believe that it was possible to tell such a confusing story in just 15 minutes. Nothing makes sense!!! And it doesn’t help that the pacing is horrible. You’ve got a terrible looking floating squid thing that’s there for some unexplained reason with girls in weird, horrendously 3d animated mechs fighting it (sort of) mixed in with random and pointless bits of fanservice, baseless relationship developements, a “twist” that was so random and pointless that it didn’t feel like a twist at all, and an ending that again, only confuses more… It almost feels like half of the show was cut out, and part of you wants to see that other half mixed in for context, but the rest of you is thankful for the cuts because at least the show is shorter. And once again, the 3d animation is atrocious. I’ve seen better 3d animation in Playstation 1 FMV cutscenes, and I’m saying that in terms of how technical and stylistic it is. Remember how I said this show was in some ways better than Mars? I take that back… This show is worse than Mars in every way except for one thing: it was a bit more enjoyable. It was way more so bad it’s good in my opinion. And like Mars, there is also a part that demands to be put into a gif (and has). This one involves the girls working out in what I can only describe as “Bounce Machines”. Gotta work out those Fanservice Muscles! I kind of want to learn more about this studio. Are they intentionally making bad animes? Are they still around? Regardless, this anime is terrible… Definitely watch it with a group and don’t even think about taking it seriously. You know, all of this really makes me want to watch those old Godzilla movies. Maybe you should just watch those instead…

Final Comments: Tenkuu Danzai Skelter+Heaven deserves the title of worst anime, being terrible in all regards. It is so bad it is not even funny.

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