Regarding some of the concerns brought up by cxt217 in the comments of the earlier post:
The agent/human beatbox/cosmetologist is actually a character trope of sports manga and to an extent idol shows as well.
Of course he also is pretty solid as a stark-raving mad scientist/necromancer. Also, regarding his not being at all likable, I don't think he's actually a protagonist...at all. He's rather over the top, but not by as much as one might think given the genres involved.
Regarding concerns about Hoshikawa,
A dead loli is always in poor taste but there is no dead loli here as she's not technically dead...well...there may be legal issues, involving blood pressure, heartbeats and respiration but as an American who looks at things from the perspective of individual rights stemming from English common law rather than the Napoleanic code or Confucian precedent, I am actually happy that she has been granted a second chance at experiencing the world rather than having it cut short after 13 years (or 16-19 for the others).
I wonder if, in addition to everything else the show is, this counts as Isekai?
All the main characters have been moved at least 10 years in the future and as many as 160. Just 10 years ago was a different world. Also, they've been granted the ability to take bullets through the neck, fire-pokers through the head and to self-decapitate, so they're stuck in a strange world but with magical powers.
Why do the two metal heads keep showing up? Are they going to be romantic interests for two of the girls or something? 'cause that would be...wrong.
I deal enough with jerks in real life that seeing jerks in entertainment as anything except targets of plot karma, tends to rub me the wrong way. Given how the overwhelming majority of jerks in entertainment as just there to be jerks instead of, say, "He's a jerk but he's the one keeping the squad safe during the war,' and I am not incline to be generous with Kotaro. Especially, since I suspect:
He was the person who killed at least several members of the group before raising them back up - which would help explain why Sakura is in the group. Also, I strongly suspect that Sakura might not actually be in the same state as the other girls.
Posted by: cxt217 at Tue Oct 23 16:46:03 2018 (LMsTt)
I dunno, that's pretty dark for this kind of show. Also, I don't think the dates work - Sakura's really the only one we know died recently (Tae is anyone's guess...)
We've got 4 rough dates. Kotaru tells Sakura she's been dead for 10 years. In the opening scene she's looking at the "Legendary Heisei Idol" on TV who presumably died shortly thereafter. Junko, the "Legendary Showa Idol" was one of the first idols from the Early '80s and Courtesan Lass is from the Meiji era. Taking Tae out of the mix due to lack of data, every one of the girls except Saki was (or was aspiring to be) an entertainer. Saki was the leader of a biker gang that took over Kyushu. I think that last bit is counterfactual, so, applying contemporary standards of logic, it's possible that "biker chick" was actually the persona of an 80's female pro-wrestler. That, in turn, would raise the possibility that this series is actually a darkly woke commentary on the way society discards its female entertainers. It would also open the alternate possibility that this is actually a docudrama offering one possible explanation, (but not the only one) for a series of unexplained disappearances. It is also conceivable that I'm overthinking this.
She is the only girl who has no info given on the official website. Even Tae had an age attached to her. Add to certain other little things, such as having an obvious pain response shown in the anime, and I have to wonder what is her actual status. Also, I was actually being nice in my initial description of Kotaro. My Fandom Post included this acidic bit: "A particularly grating moment was his calling out of Ai and Junko in Episode 3 which, had it come from any other character, might have been moving and positive. Instead, Kotaro came off as a milder version of a killer who murdered a kid's parents and is now telling the kid to stop moping. It just does not work and coming from the man who supposedly raised Ai and Junk from the grave, sounds insulting as the final cherry on top.
Posted by: cxt217 at Wed Oct 24 13:28:26 2018 (LMsTt)
So, Berg Katze, Rory Mercury, and Excel Excel walk into a bar...
I'm not sure what's going on here, but I'm pretty sure it's not what we've been shown so far. Also, the makeup in episode 3 is extremely thorough.
Posted by: J Greely at Thu Oct 25 08:26:31 2018 (tgyIO)