Type: Yes, this is a late 2000’s anime alright
Synopsis: Based on a visual novel? Check. Main protagonist is obviously the main protagonist thanks to his over the top eye patch? Check. High school kids killing demons? Check. Things get surprisingly dark in the middle? Check. Overly-complicated to the point of having a character WRITE A DIAGRAM to explain something. You’re goddamn right it’s a check.
Pros: Given the overexposure of light novel anime in the 2010’s, it’s a bit nostalgic to look at an anime back in the time where Visual Novels were the lazy production company’s answer to success. The anime is pretty stereotypical for the time: kids fighting demons. You have all the usual players as well, like the main character with a unique power (a magic eye!), an overly feminine love interest, a swords-woman with unrelated magical powers, a sweet blond girl with a split personality, and a cocky rebel who doesn’t work well with others. The plot does break the mold a bit by having moments of shock or drama. This can range from a sudden death to misunderstanding. I particularly liked what they did with Yuka, who goes on full on Yandere as the series progresses. It’s these darker moments that elevate the show from it’s default mediocrity.
Cons: As stated above, this show fells by the numbers. It has a generic cast, generic villains, and generic story lines. It’s saving grace is that it allows characters to die, or to express their sorrow/grief in interesting manners. For example, you have Takahisa, my least favorite character, who is the first of the main cast to die. As a result, his love interest Yukiko does into a suicidal rage, leading to her death as well. While I had absolutely no interest in either of these characters or their relationship, their deaths and reactions grabbed my attention. So you can imagine my reaction when good characters like Misuzu and Kakeru interacted. In fact, Misuzu and Kakeru are a fairly competent example of how to pace romantic/sexual tension, and is one of the few things that makes 11 Eyes shine. Because it sure ain’t the overly confusing plot with way too many elements to juggle. I’m talking flashbacks, time travel, parallel worlds, like three different kinds of magic (p.s. I check, and the index girl in this is not related to A Certain Magical Index in any way), and just, just so many contrivances…
Watch it?: This is surprisingly comparable to Shakugan no Shana. Probably due to the weak plot and monsters (3/5)
MVP: The Kakeru, Misuzu, and Yuka Love Triangle
It’s not cheating if it’s the end of the world and your bae’s insane, right?
Best Episode: Ep.8 “Witching Hour” (the dark turning point!)