Taisho Mebiusline Chicchaisan – Anime Preview
Synopsis: It’s the closing years of the Taisho era, a turbulent time when the military empire of Japan is rising to go to war with the world. The protagonist, Hiiragi Kyoichiro, has come to the Imperial Capital, Tokyo, to attend Imperial University. He is determined to pursue a scholar’s path and become a great man back in his hometown. But now the Japanese army has set its sights on Kyoichiro, because of a special ability that he possesses. As a result of a terrible illness from his youth, Kyoichiro gained the ability to see the spirits of the dead. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Taisho Mebiusline is one of the more confusing, unfriendly openers this season. Rather than try and entice you with action, proper character introduction and interaction, it’s content to offer up a hamfisted monologue that very quickly throws out all the details of its plot. It’s near blink and you’ll miss it for what the series is even truly about.
The synopsis above provides a better understanding of the story than the brief train ride at the side of our main character, Kyoichiro, which you’ll struggle to hold your attention to. This says nothing of the subsequent few minutes, where our hero suddenly turns into a chibi version of himself. It’s perplexing to him, if not more so to the audience. Before we’ve even had a chance to understand what we’re watching new developments happen that even our hero doesn’t understand.
This makes the entire thing hard to discuss. Not only is the show only five minutes in length, but nothing of true significance happens to hold those five minutes firmly in your memory. As of this writing, it’s been mere hours since viewing and I can barely remember what little actually occurred. If you’re dying for a pretty boy, historical tale, that seems about all Taisho intends on offering. If that isn’t your thing, I suggest giving it a strong pass.
Taisho Mebiusline Chicchaisan is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.