Cencoroll is a short half hour film with a rather intriguing story, unique artistic direction, and a splash of randomness. Yuki accidentally discovers the secret of Cenco and Tetsu and gets caught up in a battle between monsters and their controllers.
This movie feels a lot like a one-shot manga. While the self-contained plot does seem abrupt and somewhat random, the world of Cencoroll and the “rules” of the monsters are soon understood. I was rather impressed by how well Cencoroll does this in such a limited time. Of course, there are still some loose ends and a few confusing details, but overall, this short movie is able to keep a coherent story and setting.
The animation of Cencoroll is quite pleasant; the art takes a rather uncommon direction, a bit reminiscent of more detailed and cleaner cell shadings. The polished look of everything really makes watching this an unique experience and highlights the profound simplicity of the story. This seemingly ironic feeling is indeed something I really enjoyed about Cencoroll. It is a short light, self sustained story with a straightforward plot. Yet there is so much wrapped up in this half hour; so much room for imagination and potential for future possibilities. I loved the two simultaneous extremes. Watching this, I could enjoy it both as something light or as something involved, and can do so in harmony. The detailed minimalistic shading of the anime further complements this.
Moreover, the ending sequence by ryo is really nice as well. I love this song.
Love & Roll composed by Supercell/ Ryo
The one thing lacking from Cencoroll is the character development. While the designs for the monsters were grotesquely lovely and the girls cute, their personalities were hardly defined. They fail at being even merely generic.
Still, I enjoyed watching Cencoroll. As a one shot, Cencoroll is perhaps what the pilot episode of Black Rock Shooter should have been like…
Screenshots stolen from Ningyo.
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