W’z – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Yukiya spends his free time as a DJ for a crowd of one and uploads his videos online while yearning for something greater than his current life. One day, he stumbles across a mysterious live broadcast that will change his world forever. (Official HIDIVE Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Typically Linny and Myself don’t bother reviewing sequels to series we didn’t finish. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense, and I don’t think it presents a fair viewpoint that’s worth the reader’s time. However I’m making an exception for W’z as the series has been billed up to now as a stand alone project, when that isn’t entirely the case. W’z is actually a soft-sequel to Hand Shakers, at least utilizing the same terminology if not the world itself. Why the studio behind both, GoHands, decided to do this I don’t know, but it does seem that they want W’z to stand on its own, related to Handshakers or not.
W’z doesn’t quite seem to have the chops for it though. Early on in Episode 1 it already feels like you’re missing something. GoHands projects don’t have the tightest writing and often leave its more unusual elements without explanation, making for plenty of confusion. W’z isn’t much better n this regard than their previous works, leaving a lot of its fantastical elements under explained. Even if W’z early issues aren’t due to its overt connections to Hand Shakers, it still feels difficult to become invested in.
This isn’t helped by generally poor dialogue, and the typical bizarre visual direction GoHands titles can be known for. Even taken as its own thing, disconnected from Hand Shakers, it still feels wholly unappealing. The problem is GoHands prioritizes their sense of style over traditional storytelling, happy to leave audiences with a sub-par story that lacks necessary context in favor of crazy visuals and club/dance music.
W’z best fits the crowd that absolutely adored Hand Shakers. Why you wouldn’t actively court that audience for this soft-sequel I don’t know, as not enough of the typical, niche, GoHands style has been adjusted to craft something more appealing for a wider audience. W’z is best left to GoHands biggest fans, audiences that adored Hand Shakers and everyone else should probably just consider this a pass.
W’z is available for streaming via HIDIVE.