The story sounds promising but the way it presents itself is very disappointing as it just goes completely over your head but not because it's overly complicated but because it's not very memorable. Every time I go to re-watch episodes to get what's going on it feels like I'm watching a new episode each time and this is a very bad thing as it's very frustrating to have to do this to just get the general idea of what the show is about. Characters are OK but there isn't anything special about them as we've seen these kinds of characters before in much better shows. There are also some characters that are really annoying that I just want to beat in their skull with a cinderblock until their heads look like splattered watermelons. The fight scenes are very boring and dull to the point that I wanted to turn off the TV and go outside and play but sadly I couldn't do that as that would be a bad thing to do as I'm reviewing this. At the end of every episode is a scene that has one of the main characters trying to convince you to watch the next episode and yes it does sound very sad but it comes off as being very creepy instead. The most creepy of these segments was one where Yuuichi was in a bathtub inviting the viewers to come in the tub with him so we can spoon. To be fair these segments are aimed at the female audience but even they won't be charmed in by this.
I'm mixed with the artwork as some characters look very pretty but the rest of the character designs are very uninspiring and lazy looking plus some of the shadowing looks very crappy. Backgrounds are the best thing about the artwork as they are very beautiful looking with nice lush greenery in the forest, wonderful woodwork on the school, and nice wavy waterfalls at the river. Animation is OK for the most part but you will come across some very terrible looking animation in the battle scenes and some awkward looking mouth flaps that make it look like a puppet is talking. English dub sounds good but there are some lines that are very cringe worthy and will make you chuckle at how bad they are. Soundtrack is actually pretty good with some pretty calming music that will make you feel like that you are sleeping in a forest and funny enough the show makes you want to fall asleep in a forest.
Special features include text-less opening and closing sequences that are pretty good looking with some nice songs. One last thing before I give my rating, this anime is actually based on a Playstation 2 game of the same name that came out all the way back in 2006 and it has also ports and sequels on Playstation Portable, Playstation 3, and Nintendo DS but sadly the games are more expensive than the animation. Overall don't even bother with this show as it's sloppy, lazy, creepy, and very boring. Really disappointing show.
Title: Hiiro No Kakera Season 1 - The Tamayori Princess Saga
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN
Genre: Animation/Anime, Drama, Fantasy/Supernatural
Running Time: 312 Minutes (13 Episodes)
Distributor: Hanabee Entertainment (http://www.hanabee.com.au/)
Rating: M15+ (Animated violence)