“Ren Homura returns to his former residence, yet he feels very uncomfortable: he possesses no memory of having lived there. Without warning or his permission, a game called “Monster Strike” installs itself into Ren’s smartphone; monsters of the game then literally fly out from his smartphone and start fighting on streets. Watching the fighting in amazement, Ren starts picking up his lost memories.” -ANN

As an ex-player of Monster Strike, I got pretty excited when this was announced. And now that I’ve seen the entire thing, it’s actually pretty good for a Original Net Animation (ONA)!

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Story:

The story develops and creates a quite intriguing plot! We start off knowing that part of Ren’s memory is lost, but that plays a bigger role, and links Ren back to his old friends, and they discover a larger force at work. I like the fact that Monster Strike kept the concept that Monster Strike is a mobile game, and then the mobile game comes to reality. Unlike Puzzle and Dragons, which creates an entire new world and disregards it as a game. It’s much easier to create a story this way than to start from scratch.

Artwork & Animation:

The Character designs, have a Pokemon type feel with all the different colored hair and styles. I like the use of 3D and 2D animation to represent the monsters. It gives off the gaming feel, which makes sense. I like the way the 2D and 3D are used together, the 3D isn’t too overwhelming and it compliments the 2D, which is nice.

Character(s):

As for the characters, they don’t have much depth too them. The main cast are cookie cutter characters, not very interesting. The monsters are a lot more interesting than the main cast themselves.

Sound (OST & Voice Acting):

I do enjoy the OST a lot, and the EDs were catchy enough to pump me up for the next episode. Voice actors did a great job with bringing the characters to life.

Enjoyment:

There are a lot of people saying that this was awful, but I want to say that it’s actually enjoyable, so don’t listen to those people!

Overall: score 9 

For a mobile game anime adaptation, this is actually a lot better than what we’d normally get. A story that makes sense, nice steady pace of story and a possible second season with the mention of the MS competition! Not to mention a movie!

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