- Ryan S.
Those eyes…who’s eyes are they? This is a question Takumi Nishijou has been asking himself for much of his life and even more so lately. The anime Chaos;head revolves around Takumi and his very bazaar and fascinating personality. Living in a storage container the unpopular Takumi seems to have many delusions in which he sees and experiences events and people that do not exist. That is until he receives a link in a chat room showing him a murder scene but Takumi wants nothing to do with it. One day though, in order to get away from someone whom he perceives to be following him and possibly even trying to murder him, Takumi runs down an alley into the very murder scene in which he is trying to get away from and sees the murderer themselves. This is where things really get weird as if they haven’t been weird enough.
Chaos;Head is truly an anime which will give you a mind trip. There are a few things I really enjoy about this anime. First off the hero of the story is an unpopular, delusional otaku that is completely uninterested in the real 3d world. Primarily wanting to live in his 2d world of playing video games, he is almost forced into being a hero that he doesn’t want to be. For most of the series he isn’t even the real hero. The artwork is also very well done with creative characters and even more so creative weapons that are found later in the series. Along with this, the anime deals with multiple philosophical and psychological topics such as dissociative identity disorder, telepathy, parallel worlds and different dimensions, precognition, delusions, and asks the question: How do we really know what is real as opposed to what isn’t?
Chaos;Head is definitely a thinking anime in which you really have to pay attention to the previous episodes to understand the explanation of what has been happening all along. This is where some people may not be as much into Chaos;Head as others. I can completely see some people not understanding or being thrown off by its philosophical side and just wanting to get into good fight scenes. Around episode seven this is especially true, where it really lays the philosophical explanation for whats happening in the storyline. You may even have to watch some episodes a couple of times to really wrap your mind around it. But I personally like this type of anime. I like anime that makes you think and challenges your perceptions of reality. If you’re not into that type of thing and just want to watch a bunch of hack and slash fight scenes then this anime may not be for you. The only other negative thing I noticed is that a couple of the many topics it brings up aren’t actually true to its real life counter parts. For instance social facilitation theory in psychology relates to how well one can do a task based on when other are watching them, not necessarily about how one’s perceptions of reality can be validated as true from other people witnessing it. Other than that the anime does follow its own logical progression but once again you have to pay attention and connect the dots. Finally I like the end theme song “Super Special” by Seira Kagami. You may not catch on at first but it really fits with the theme of the series. Over all I would have to give Chaos;Head 4 out of 5 stars. The good: Good artwork, creative storyline with philosophical roots, and good originality of an anime. The bad: I can’t get over the incorrectness of social facilitation theory and its insertion in the anime. Aside from that this is one anime that you should definitely watch and I do recommend it.