Kimera was an interesting sounding title which I hadn't heard to much about, so I figured I'd give it a whirl. Whatever doesn't kill me can only make me stronger, right?
The story begins with some good mystery, and my interest was perked early on. Osamu and his friend, Chris, accidentally stumble across a giant tube containing a strange being and they are naturally curious. However, their curiosity soon leads them to discover the true nature of the being called "Kimera". It's difficult to tell who's good and who's bad, and there are lots of questions posed. Who or what is Kimera? Who's the creepy vampire guy? And what are all these scientists up to? Lots of intrigue gets you interested in the early goings.
Until halfway through, that is. It's as if the writers weren't sure how to present the answers so they simply vomit all the solutions at once. I felt it would have been far better to end this story shrouded in mystery, rather than simply present a tired explanation for all the goings on. On a plus side, we do get to find out what happened to the little gray alien from Area 51 (not that it's all that relevant to the plot, mind you). And the final ending was a little surprising, since the hero didn't do the "right" thing. His actions were a little selfish, and therefore felt more realistic. It left room for a sequel, to say the least.
The characters weren't terribly inspired. Osamu is the typical "nice guy in glasses", who simply has to help out the unfortunate Kimera. Kimera herself is completely devoid of personality, except during a few flashbacks. The rest of the characters were rather nondescript, and tended to be a bit shallow. The evil villains were also shallow and a bit laughable.
On a technical level, Kimera is pretty good. The artwork is nice to look at, and the animation is decent. The voice acting is also generally well done.
If you're going to watch Kimera then here's my advice: The moment the weird part where Osamu starts dreaming/hallucinating begins, pop out the tape, put it back in its sleeve, and make up your own ending. It's better that way.
The Verdict: * * (poor)
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