The show has elements of School, battle, action, love, comedy, and ecchi.
C3 is an anime based on a Japanese light novel series written by Hazuki Minase and illustrated by Sasorigatame. It is about Haruaki Yachi. Haruaki is a high school boy and naturally resistant to curses. His father, Honatsu, sends him cursed instruments called “Worse” to try to break their curses. Haruaki receives a mysterious black cube from his father. Later, Haruaki is woken by a noise and finds a nude girl named Fear in his kitchen. The girl in his kitchen is the human-form of the black cube, an instrument of torture called “Fear in Cube”. In order to protect Fear from different organizations, Haruaki and ‘Fear’ (along with some of Haruaki’s other friends) fight together against other ‘Worse’ instruments and their owners using Fear’s mechanisms of torture.
I have to start off this review by making one thing clear: Generally speaking, I don’t review anime with consideration to their Manga or Light Novel counterparts. I want to evaluate the anime on its own merits. I say that because I am aware that this series was fairly well received and, based on what I watched, I have to assume that a large part of it’s popularity must have something to do with it’s light novel or manga releases. Because, this show hardly seemed worth watching.
I had to stop myself from “zeroing” this series on 3 separate occasions. That’s saying something, considering that it’s only a 12 episode series. There was just not enough to this thing for me to get into it. The story-line was very sparse and seemed like it was half a story and half a facilitator to get certain scenes to occur. Usually, that’s not a terrible thing, but with the brevity of the series and the amount of different things they tried to do it just made everything feel confusing or contrived. This is especially true of the different ecchi elements that they kept throwing into the show. They felt incredibly out of place and almost forced. But who, knows, I may have just stumbled onto some sub ecchi sub-genre that I just don’t get, but to each his own.
There’s parts of the show that feel like filler episodes of a longer show or like episodes of another show all together. Like the episode where they’re teaching Fear to do some Haruhi Suzumiya-like dance (which is the same dance she does in the series’ first opening). Then there was the episode where Kirika decides she needs to show Haruaki her S&M curse in action. These things seemed like they needed to be part of two completely different shows and there wasn’t nearly enough to tie everything together.
There are some good things about the show. Most notably, the artwork. The character design isn’t anything revolutionary, but the scenery is great. The backgrounds shift pretty seamlessly in and out of normal scenes to stylized moving backgrounds that capture the mood of what’s going on.
Some of the fight scenes are also noticeably well done. Based on the tone of the rest of the show this really surprised. The only draw back is that as the series progresses the fight scenes start to feel a little heavy with transformation sequences for Fear’s weapons. The fight scenes are really what kept me watching the show because it made me think that there might be some larger, darker plot line that was going to be unveiled. But ultimately, any hope of that seems to be quelled by the harem, ecchi, slice of life, and nature vs nurture turmoil elements that they keep interjecting into the show.
In summation, I can’t really find a good reason to recommend that anyone watch this show. If you’re a fan of any of the elements of the show you could really get them better done somewhere else. But, it is only 12 episodes long. So, if you’ve got some time to pass, there are worse things you could watch.