Takt Op. Destiny (First Impression)
- Source Material: Original
- Studio: Madhouse, MAPPA
- Genre: Action, Fantasy
- Synopsis: “In the story of the anime, one day a black meteorite fell on the world, and the world completely changed. The meteorite produced grotesque monsters called D2, which started running rampant. D2 very quickly banned all music, which was the one thing able to overcome them. But there were some people who resisted the D2. They are young women who hold the power of music, the “Musicart.” These young women hold “scores” that are able to defeat the monsters. And there are also people who lead these women, the Conductor. The anime takes place in America in the year 2047, which has fallen to ruin thanks to the D2. Takt, a Conductor, is partnered with a Musicart named Unmei. Takt yearns for music to be returned to the world, and Unmei wishes to destroy the D2. Their aim is to travel to New York.” -ANN
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am BEYOND EXCITED FOR THIS SHOW! If being an original anime from Madhouse and MAPPA wasn’t already enough, the story will center around music! As a music buff, I’m curious to see how music is incorporated in the story and how it can be a source of power! Let’s dive in!
As usual, let’s appreciate some backgrounds! The setting is reminiscent of late 60-70’s America although the story seems to take place in the far future, September 3rd, 2047 to be exact! So why doesn’t anything look futuristic? Is it because of the monsters known as D2 that stopped humanity from moving forward?
Takt op. Destiny is the show that keeps giving! Not only is the story intriguing and the backgrounds vibrant, the character designs are *chef’s kiss*. The sharp line work and immaculate coloring make the main characters pop, especially Corsette who’s Musicart form changes her blonde hair to a pure white and also replaces her white doll-like dress into a an exquisite red gown fit for royalty! Their personalities are also quite fun to watch, the dynamic between Takt (the music obsessed Conductor), Corsette (a blunt Musicart with a bottomless stomach), and Anna (their chaperone and the only one with common sense) made the first episode an entertaining watch!
ANIMATION CHECK POINT! Of course, there’s a check point I mean it’s Madhouse and MAPPA! Though I will say there were some odd key animations here and there. The beginning fight didn’t feel as fluid as it should’ve been. But don’t let that discourage you from giving this a chance because the next battle will BLOW YOU AWAY.
A whopping 29 frames for this animation check point (which actually might be the most that I’ve uploaded to a post…?)! The scene of Takt running into the action and giving Corsette the final burst of energy that she needed to finish of this particularly strong D2 was a rather explosive scene. The sharp line work and clear facial features along with the smoke and wind made this scene pack a punch and give us a very conclusive ending to the first episode as the group continues onward towards their final destination, New York!
And what better way to begin this journey than with a delicious donut! Corsette took the best girl spot before we even got to meet the other characters!
If this show wasn’t already on your radar, is should be now! With two power house studios working together on a unique original anime that’s inspired by and revolves around music…what more do you want? The animation for the most part is quite crisp and the characters are fun to watch! I can’t wait to see where the story will takes us and how the characters will grow!
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