The Girl in Twilight – Anime Preview
Synopsis: What was supposed to only be an urban myth turns out to be very real when high school student Asuka Tsuchimiya and her friends open the door to a parallel world when they perform a ritual. (Official HIDIVE Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: The Girl in Twilight plods along. It opens slow, dragging out the introduction for our five girls and their obsession with the occult, or more specifically one singular rumor concerning the ability to travel to another world in a specific forest, at a specific time. After we watch them fail at their latest attempt we spend an elongated segment witnessing their school lives and how this quirky group of girls fits in. Half the girls aren’t terribly quirky though, more quiet, or put out by the lead offenders of the group. It makes these scenes lengthy, uninteresting and dull. It’s only when the five actually get transported to the other world that things pick up. We get to the meat of the story as action takes center stage in the introduction of a new, yet familiar character. Minor spoilers, but this new mysterious, magical girl looks exactly like the lead girl of our occult obsessed group: Asuka (pictured below.) Yet, Asuka herself fails to notice the similarity between her and this magical heroine. In fact, the show drags out her realization another ten minutes, making her one of the most painfully dimwitted leads I’ve seen this year.
Linny: The Girl in Twilight feels like one of those shows that’s secretly banking on its cast of stereotypical cute high school girls as its main draw, enough so as to cultivate a fan following through affection/attraction for the girls.The predictable and cliche personalities displayed so far only helps strengthen my belief that they’re there to cover ever popular fictional anime girl trope (such as the snarky blonde, the perky but ditsy lead girl, the quiet bookish girl and so on, think off-brand Sailor Moon.) to snag in as many different kinds of fans as possible. And if you passionately dislike ‘dumb’ characters and strained, contrived set ups; The Girl in Twilight will have you seething. As Tom already mentioned, our lead girl, Asuka is as idiotic as they come, taking far too long to make the most obvious of discoveries. Not only that, the otherworld Asuka forgets her much beloved locket behind, for nothing other than to give Asuka a breakthrough, when it’s already been shown just how important it is to her. It seems odd she would just up and forget it. Unless the show later reveals this was all a calculated move on otherworld girl’s part; this already feels like a dead giveaway to how unoriginal and limp the show’s storytelling is going to be.
Tom: Its the action that saves the series. Depicted with CGI, The Girl in Twilight’s big fight scene actually looks quite nice, with lots of dynamic shots and heavy affects, making it stand out as the most memorable and enjoyable five minutes in the episode. If one doesn’t mind the bland leads, the ditzy heroine, or the weak comedy, the action presented could be a nice draw, depending upon how much we get episode to episode.
Linny: While The Girl in Twilight has some novel elements; such as a magical Walkman and mixing other dimensions and doppelgangers with magic; the plot execution is extremely lacking, filled with tropes and lackluster story telling. Unless you’re always on the look out for a cast full of cute, popular trope filled high school girls, nothing else in the show is strong enough to stand on its own; at least not in the first episode.
Tom: The Girl in Twilight doesn’t bill itself as such, but it’s basically a Magical Girl series. From the transformation sequence, to the five girls thrust into this together, to another world with cutesy creatures that turn out to be horrific and evil, there’s a lot here that feels catered to the magical girl fandom. But for someone who isn’t that enamored with the concept, or finds Magical Girls not nearly all that compelling, The Girl in Twilight doesn’t feel like a strong start to the Fall season.
The Girl in Twilight is available for streaming via HIDIVE.