ID: Invaded – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Sakaido is a genius detective who can track down any criminal. But when his daughter is murdered, revenge lands him on the other side of the law. Now in prison, he helps the police solve mysteries using a system that invades a person’s identity. Little by little, a trail of blood forms, and it all leads back to his daughter’s murderer. (Official Funimation Synopsis)
1st & 2nd Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: ID: INVADED takes a semi unique concept of diving into killer’s psyches to solve crimes in order to catch them and gives it a totally new spin. Not only does the psychological world of ID look unique, the method and machines used to achieve this process are just as unique, even pulling in terminology and concepts from Japanese mythology to give it a definitely Japanese, but also completely new, vibe.
Tom: Not only is ID: Invaded intriguing based on the concept and visuals, but by offering up a balanced introduction. Anime Originals tend to be very hit or miss. It’s a real struggle crafting an entirely new concept and offering up an introduction that explains the premise but also sucks in the audience. It’s especially difficult for a title like ID: Invaded where it’s dealing with unfamiliar sci-fi concepts, or taking established ideas and providing a new look and feel to them. The series has to do all this while also sucking viewers in by teasing characters, ongoing plot elements, and providing a central mystery. ID: Invaded comes out on top, successfully blending all those elements together to make a generally enthralling two part introduction.
Linny: Stories that involve diving into the minds of others always gives the ability and freedom to create unusual worlds sure to intrigue and impress, and ID: INVADED is no exception. It uses those unique visuals to present mysterious, engaging and thought-provoking imagery throughout its first episode. Since each new story is likely to involve a new criminal or case, this means the show will get several more chances to present new worlds and visuals which it will hopefully build up as one of its big appeal points.
Tom: The above synopsis cuts far more to the chase than the actual first two episodes do; ID: Invaded opens by keeping the audience as in the dark as Sakaido is whenever he dives into the ID. As Sakaido comes to understand this fragmented world we pull back to meet the police unit analyzing the data from his mental dive, and from there the field investigators responsible for putting in the footwork used to connect Sakaido’s findings with the real world. This narrow start that expands as various elements come into play allows audiences to digest details before having more information dolled out to them. It makes these first two episodes are a roaring success, but one not without flaws. If anything the mystery is a bit too easy for audiences to solve, especially once you understand enough of the ID Invaded concept to figure out what Sakaido is supposed to be looking for. You may even come to conclusions sooner than our lead. Thankfully the lag time Sakaido suffers against the audience’s own deduction skills isn’t so long that he feels like an idiot, but it is the one way in which ID: Invaded doesn’t quite nail things.
Linny: At the heart of it all, beyond the flashy premise and art, ID: INVADED has a compelling mystery, or rather several mysteries. It makes it clear that there’s still a lot of unanswered questions around the mechanism being used in the series and episode 2 reveals a ‘big bad’ plus more information about Sakaido that adds personality but also introduces questions surrounding his motivations. The show does sometimes take a tad too long to get to the point which could make some viewers’ interest wander but if you’re in the mood for a decently engaging mystery this season, add ID: INVADED to your watch list.
Tom: Beyond the mystery driving your interest, ID: Invaded manages to present a few leads worth hanging around for. Sakaido himself is tied to the show’s overarching narrative, but there’s also Hondoumachi, a rookie field agent that becomes central to the show’s very first criminal investigation. She’s feisty and intelligent, making her feel like another strong element in the show’s favor. It also helps that ID:Invaded is a bit of a looker, standing out thus far as one of the Winter season’s most visually compelling titles (Probably just behind Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) If you’re into Sci-fi Crime Mystery, ID: Invaded looks like it’s got you covered for the Winter.
ID:Invaded is available for streaming, both subbed and dubbed via Funimation.