Great Music, Ok Anime
You may recall a show that aired not too long ago, 18if which explored dreams and did that cool different director each episode thing, but wasn’t all that great in the end. Caligula is definitely one of those shows. While I enjoyed both, this one more than 18if, I felt more cheated after this one. The reason? Caligula has great music and a nice sense of style (at least when it wants to).
The first half of the anime is totally fine. Protagonist Ritsu is living an ordinary high school life until he realizes something isn’t quite right. Soon after this realization famed vocalist µ appears and begins to sing, turning (most of) his classmates into monsters that begin to pursue him. He then learns that he is trapped in the world of Mobius, a dream world of µ‘s creation, so that everyone can be happy.
Ok, the plot sounds dumb on paper, and it kind of is, but it was actually pretty compelling for me. Not only that, but it had one of my most FAVORITE THINGS EVER in it: Idol singing and battles at the same time. A quick nod to Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE for sparking this before unrealized enjoyment in me. Boy, does the music deliver!
Borrowing this from Ace (check him out); listen to my anime here. It’s fantastic!
Featured in episode six (which unfortunately is the height of the series), “Tir na nOg” is my favorite song. I really love the anime specific version as voice actress Reina Ueda’s performance is top tier stuff. Not just in this episode either, µ‘s character is the reason to watch this show in general.
The other song that stuck out to me the song µ uses most often, “Peterpan Syndrome.” While not as heartfelt as the previous one I can’t help but get caught up in the music for this song as well. Really though, all of the songs are beyond good, but I don’t want to just give you hours of music, so we’ll call it with these two.
While you certainly won’t be impressed by the plot or characters in Caligula the music did make this worthwhile for me. If you are looking with some general action flair with occasionally interesting ideas and great music than I encourage you to give this one a watch, or at least the first six episodes (really, show was pretty on-point up to there). For an anime based on a game that shot for the stars and fell flat, I can say the anime did better at least.
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