Dimension W (Dimenshon Daburyū) 2016
Dimension W only just finished its run as a manga late last month, so I thought I’d do a review on the anime today, which I really enjoyed except for two aspects – but more on those two issues below.
If you’ve read any of my short reviews here, you’ll know I don’t often bother with a plot summary (as they’re available elsewhere) and maybe that’s lazy of me… so in honour of not being lazy this time… I’ll copy one from wiki 😀
“Dimension W” follows an auto mechanic hobbyist named Kyouma Mabuchi and a robot girl named Mira Yurizaki, both of whom are “Collectors”, bounty hunters tasked with confiscating illegal Coils, dangerous devices which can harness the power of another dimension.
So with that out of the way, what did I like about this anime?
In many ways the series is a great action/technology-based science-fiction show that follows the classic narrative structure of slowly escalating stakes and tension, intercut with character back-story. And it definitely did those things well enough for me to enjoy it, especially the pacing of some of the central mysteries and how characters were actually connected.
But what I found just as engaging were other elements the series incorporated – there were obvious critiques of society’s celebrity-worship via supporting character ‘Loser’ and his storyline, metaphysical elements (these seemed a bit shaky, perhaps) and also some horror aspects, especially with the gothic-influence of episodes set in the ‘haunted’ hotel.
Now, I’m painting a bit of a disparate picture here perhaps, but Dimension W is more cohesive than it sounds, though it does miss a few opportunities to explore the main casts’ relationship, especially the curt and troubled Kyouma and his ‘side-kick’ Mira.
This is one bit that, considering plot points that are later revealed and which I won’t spoil, I would have liked to see more of. (That’s not to say any development between them is absent, just that more would have been welcome).
Okay, so on to the two elements that didn’t gel for me – first, a few moments that went beyond ‘fan-service’ and directly to ‘gratuitous’ and it just didn’t fit. This isn’t to claim all fan-service is terrible but yeah, this time it didn’t work, I reckon. The other aspect is more important as a flaw, if you’ve ever heard the phrase “a hero is only as good as the villain” then sadly, it fits Dimension W fairly well.
However, the show still has a satisfying finish, partly because by the end you’re given those final few secrets and some loose ends are wrapped up.
Knowing this series was based on a long running manga, I’m sure studios 3HZ and Orange (who also did the Norn9 adaptation) would have liked Dimension W to continue when they greenlit this a few years ago now, and I would have too but I guess it wasn’t popular enough.