The series’ concept originated in 1999 when Taniguchi was working on Infinite Ryvius. He wanted to create another series that would contain themes similar to it, as well as new ones centered mostly on how people adapted to the 21st century.
s-CRY-ed (Japanese: スクライド Hepburn: Sukuraido), also known as s.CRY.ed or Scryed is a 26 episode Japanese anime television series which first aired in Japan on TV Tokyo and Animax.
The animation and art were a mixed bag, from bad to average for the time (2001). I recall thinking it was solid with my rose-tinted nostalgia. Revisiting it now, I notice the line art seem to only have one size, let call it 3-pixel width. On close up character face, the line art is too thin while on zoomed out figures, the same line drawing dominates the entire frame. This makes it quite distracting viewing the series now. The style is also rather basic with minimal details. Some background characters are almost cartoonish as if drawn by 5 years old.
This was one of the early show where the hero was a loud character that wears his heart on his sleeves. This was before it became a trope that it is now. I won’t fault the show for this type of character design, but I will fault them for how one dimensional everyone is.
The show demographic target is young boys, like really young. The dialogs, plots, and actions all reflect this. The narratives are laughably shallow and cringy. The plot is senseless and forgettable as soon as you conclude the show.
Most combat dialogs go as:
Combatant 1: [Scream combatant 2 name] I will get you with my attack 1.
Combatant 2: I see your powerful attack, but you have not seen my better attack. Watch my attack 2.
Combatant 1: Your attack 2 is strong, but not as strong as my attack 2. [Scream attack name]
Combatant 2: [Scream combatant 2 name]
The series seems to have stretch thin being 26 episodes. I believe it would have been a better show if it was reduced down to 12 episodes. This may have been considered a satisfactory show back in 2001, but seeing it now is painful.
I can only recommend this series to fan that doesn’t mind slow Shonen series. Scryed contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.
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