‘C3 = Cube x Cursed x Curious’ Blu-Ray Review
Admittedly, I haven’t watched very much anime. When it comes to Japanese television, my main focus is the Tokusatsu genre. But every now and then, something comes along and takes my interest. C3, or C Cube, is one of those somethings.
Based on a series of Japanese light novels written by Minase Hazuki, C3 – Cube x Cursed x Curious follows the exploits of a high school student who wakes to find a girl named Fear has emerged from a black cube given to him by his father. Fear turns out to be an instrument of torture and must be protected from organisations that seek to capture or destroy her. That’s a promising premise.
The show itself is incredibly entertaining. It starts out following Fear’s attempts to fit in and appear normal. It is, at times, very funny. In particular, one scene involves her trying to be helpful in tidying up the house, but she ends up wrecking the place. The other aspect is Fear’s coming to terms with what she is and what she can do. This leads to the darker moments in the series. The first major battle stands out because, up until then, the show had been pretty light-hearted and humourous. It’s quite a jolt but it elevates the show and adds depth.
There are aspects of C3 – Cube x Cursed x Curious that are reminiscent of Soul Eater such as the weapons that take human form, the supernatural elements and some of the raunchy humour. There are references to certain parts of female anatomy and lots of blood, so this probably isn’t something young children should be watching–definitely one for the older, more mature viewer.
Visually, the Blu-ray release for C3 – Cube x Cursed x Curious is stunning. The Mpeg-4 1080p encode really helps the series shine. Every detail is sharp, and the colours absolutely pop. It’s presented in 1080p HD and looks the part. The show is visually very interesting, and it’s really done justice.
The audio on C3 – Cube x Cursed x Curious is very crisp and clear. You can hear the work that’s gone into the ambient sound; it’s very natural sounding. This nice sound extends to the music. Good luck not humming along to the incredibly catchy theme tune–shouldn’t expect anything less with Dolby True HD. It just sounds really good, and that’s from someone with a very basic home set up. There is no English dubbing so it can only be enjoyed as intended. English subs are thankfully included.
The extra features for the C3 – Cube x Cursed x Curious Blu-ray set are a little light on the ground. All you get are textless opening and closing sequences, OVA and some trailers. Really not overly impressive when you consider the work and effort that went into the show itself. Some kind of ‘Making Of…’ would’ve been very welcome.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with C3 – Cube x Cursed x Curious, and I was greeted with a very enjoyable show with a lot of familiar themes and concepts. Despite this, it didn’t feel like a rehash or a rip off. Thanks to some memorable characters, this show is its own thing and very nicely presented in this Funimation box set. It’s a shame about the lack of extra features.
- Show Itself - 80%80%
- Video Presentation - 80%80%
- Audio Presentation - 80%80%
- Extra Features - 30%30%