Eleven years after the introduction of internet-connected, augmented reality eyeglasses and visors, Yuuko Okonogi moves with her family to Daikoku City, the technological center of the emerging half-virtual world. Yuuko joins her grandmother’s “investigation agency” comprised of children equipped with virtual tools and powerful metatags. She quickly crosses paths with Yuuko Amasawa, an expert hacker of the virtual environment, as Amasawa relentlessly seeks to “unlock” the mystery of a computer virus that emerges from an inaccessible corrupted space. – My Anime List
Based on 24 review scores:
Intelligent and superbly animated, Dennou Coil will satisfy the appetites of fans who want something more from their anime.
A near-perfect package of adventure, science fiction, spine-tingling mystery, and human drama, suitable for but not limited to kids.
This series is one of my all-time favorites and I’m sorry that nobody has seen fit to license it yet. Some shows seem destined to win awards and critical praise, but not to attract a real mass audience. Sometimes they are eventually recognized as true classics.
Ryo Ohki’s Anime Loft
For as long as I’ve been a fan of anime and with as much as I have seen over the years, I am sometimes unsure if that sense of wonder is still out there in something I haven’t seen yet, waiting for me to find it. With Dennou Coil, I have found it once more, and then some. This is a series which has joined the company of some of my all-time favorites, including Revolutionary Girl Utena, Figure 17, Serial Experiments Lain, and Haibane-Renmei. If you want a perfect blend of science fiction and slice-of-life, Dennou Coil will show you how it’s done.
Somewhere Under The Moon
All in all, this is an amazingly creative, original, and poignant anime. The technology will fascinate you — the emotions, in later episodes, will captivate you. I highly recommend it. There is nothing more I can say to do it justice; so go ahead and see for yourself.
Conveying a strong message with an honest voice is a tough balance to achieve. Often the voice comes across to heavy and distorts the meaning, or it comes across too weak and flies completely under the radar. Dennou Coil Part 1 captures that balance with ease and provides an undeniably defiant voice, begging the question: “Is technology costing us our perception of reality?” That’s something that we must all ask ourselves.
We’ve got ourselves a masterpiece here. It’s one of the highlights of the year, and apart from Kaze no Shoujo Emily, it’s the most consistently good series of 2007 for me. It’s anime like these that show that even stories focused at children can be awesome nonetheless.
Canne’s Anime Review
With a very high production value and generally good original score, there is hardly anything I can complain about this anime. Dennou Coil is a very fine work with incredible imagination. I felt like I was taking a trip to the past, to the future and to the depth of human soul all at the same time while watching this anime.
The Otaku’s Study
In my personal opinion, I wasn’t actually expecting this much from the series. I had heard it was apparently a hidden gem of anime and thought it would be just a plesant series to watch, but I found myself getting more and more intrigued as the story continued. After all, how often can computer bugs be found randomly on the street or computer code be transmitted through paper talismans? They knew what they wanted in the series and did not reduce quality or cut corners in order to produce it. It might take a bit at the start to get into this series, but it should prove to be a rewarding experience. What sucks is…. that we now have to wait until December for Part 2.
If you don’t mind a series where the main characters are kids and that much of the story remains hidden after 13 episodes then you will really like Den-noh Coil. If you are looking for a good mystery they will also like Den-noh Coil. I like it very much and am really looking forward to discovering what is going on and what it all means.
It culminates into a finale that’s intensely spoileriffic, but really ties the connection between the main characters as well as form the big picture of the cyberspace in which they live. It’s a remarkable journey through a fascinating world with interesting characters who are as realistic as they are complex. I cannot recommend this show highly enough.
Probably the largest downside to this series is its lack of mainstream appeal. There are no shining colors or sexy girls to bring in the typical fans. The story line also takes a while to play out, and there isn’t necessarily any key points of immediate gratification. In that regard this series is probably best for that typical slice-of-life fan. If you are a sci-fi fan, who loves action, all I can say is, try to look beyond the subdued nature of this series and give it a shot as it really is an interesting query that I believe everyone can relate to in some fashion.
It’s well worth seeing at least once, like most hidden gems of anime. I highly recommend this anime to anyone that likes sci-fi shows.
Anime News Network
Over the course of these 13 episodes, Dennou Coil has laid out a lot of questions over the virtual system and how the cast all ties to it. The later episodes in particular have added another layer altogether when a sub plot suddenly gains momentum. How it plans to tackle these remains to be seen, however one can only hope the series doesn’t go the way of many others and try to rush it all in a final flurry of ridiculous answers. It might take a while to get yourself into Dennou Coil, but once it grabs you, you’ll find it hard to resist.
In spite of Dennou Coil’s numerous flaws, it’s hard to completely dismiss the excellent premise. The beginning episodes (when the world is still fresh and hasn’t been explained to death) are excellent, and while the standalone episodes do interrupt the flow of the story, some of them are clever enough to be entertaining in their own right. Throw in the nice ending and I might actually end up recommending the show to fans of cyberpunk. Still, this definitely isn’t a show for everyone, and to me, at least, the flaws outweighed the strengths.
My Anime List
One of the best shows that I’ve seen in a good long time, with incredible amounts of detail, and well-constructed plots and characters, and solid background music, art, and seiyuu.
Maybe I have standards that are too high, but for me Denno Coil was the first great anime show since Haibane Renmei (and it’s been 5 years…). No need to say that I fully recommend it.
The Nihon Review
Dennou Coil may be aimed at kids and may have aired in a family friendly time slot, but the themes and lessons it conveys exceeds anything its fellow children’s shows can muster. Few series can set up such a far reaching setting and mix in innocent adventure while still covering topics that address much more mature audiences. It would be as foolish to scoff at Dennou Coil for being merely a children’s show; it surpasses that realm and becomes something much more.
Anyways, this doesn’t take away the fact this is a GREAT show, despite commiting the crime of going for quality and subtlety instead of superficial entertainment and easy money. One must not expect some flashy, over-the-top action or comedy if he wishes to fully enjoy this show. I did and VOILA I got myself a jewel.
I Am Otaku
Denno Coil is the perfect kids show, but sadly, that’s why I won’t be watching any more episodes. I would highly recommend this show for the 8 – 13 year old set and their parents watching with them, but for the rest of us, it’s just nice to know something this good is out there for the next generation of anime fans.
I’d like to note that this anime also dwells in how humans being emotionally attached to virtual cyberpets. Well actually the anime itself never raised the issue – I am the one raising it as my discussion here. So, what’s the issue? Well, think about it this way: cyberpets not even real – they’re mere data and you cannot touch them! For some of you out there you may think that this is not a problem at all and you might find it acceptable – if so then you might enjoy the visual novel “Digital: a love story” where you’ll find enjoyable the eerie similarity of the protagonist being emotionally/romantically attached to artificial intelligence he met on the internet in a BBS. I personally find it creepy, somewhat like how the protagonist in Eve no Jikan felt initially towards robots, that he shouldn’t treat them like human for the simple reason that they’re not humans. (I’ll review Eve no Jikan soon and you can read about it later.) Anyway, the question for you readers to ponder upon: why take care of virtual pets when you should instead put that effort into taking care of real and live animals who are suffering out there, some fighting the real risk of extinction?
Den-noh Coil is a series that has some interesting ideas to it but the execution left me less than thrilled with it. There are so many character storylines going on here that it ends up feeling convoluted and messy, especially when some characters disappear for too long and others have forced connections that just don’t come together well. The show has a neat look to it and I’m intrigued by its approach to AR and what it wants to do, Maiden Japan treated this show better than I expected with it receiving a dub and fans of it will definitely like what they get there. The release is put together well technically and while it doesn’t have a lot in the way of extras, it’s the show that counts in the end and fans of it will like the end result.
Dennou Coil is certainly a unique attempt which stands out among the releases of its year, making it a good candidate for those who are tired of the same formulas. At the same time, I think it is the type of series where your mileage will vary significantly depending on what sort of elements you are willing to forgive in order to experience its finer points. Those who have no stomach for jargon-laden exposition will find it hard to progress through the show, while those who require an emotional connection to the cast may find that certain characters are not developed enough before being thrust into the spotlight (in particular, Amasawa, arguably the second most important character, is a character I hadn’t truly grown to like even as she become the major player of the climax). The core mystery of the series, though, is well-conceived with a satisfying resolution, and if the aforementioned details don’t bother you, Dennou Coil can be a rewarding investment.