Most of us love post-apocalyptic stories. And that is one fact we cannot deny. With the success of movies like World War Z, Zombieland, and I Am Legend, it is hard to deny. And these are just movies. With the recent love that Sony’s Days Gone got, it is quite clear we love post-apocalyptic stories. So today we have another addition to the long list of such stories. Cagaster of an Insect Cage is a post-apocalyptic anime by Netflix. As such, it should appeal to most lovers of post-apocalyptic stories. But not every piece of entertainment is alike. So today we answer the question – Should you watch it?
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Cagaster of an Insect Cage: About the Show
Cagaster of an Insect Cage is yet another take on the genre. Behind the curtains is animation studio Gonzo, which is famous for making 7Seeds, yet another Netflix Original. Cagaster of an Insect Cage is based on the illustrated works of Kacho Hashimoto by the same name. The anime is a direct adaptation of the Manga series.
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Cagaster of an Insect Cage: Premise
Cagaster, like any other post-apocalyptic series, is based on the premise that the entire world has been taken over by some foreign force. In this case, it’s insects. That’s right – insects! And giant ones too. Cagaster of an Insect Cage takes place during the year 2125. The world has been taken over by what apparently look like giant insects. It has been 30 years since the spread of the disease that apparently turned the majority of the human population into vicious giant insects. The insects are called Caragasters. And this is where the series gets its name. We can’t help but notice that the series comes out during a pandemic. Was that on purpose? Was Netflix trying to foretell something? We’ll never know.
Back to the story, we have our huge human-turned-insects. Now the kicker with this is that if the insects aren’t killed within 20 minutes of their mutation, they change into somewhat huge beasts that are almost invincible against us regular puny humans. They are still not completely invincible, but difficult to kill nonetheless. The series has us following Kidou, a boy dedicated to ending the very existence of these insects. Kidou belongs to a class of humans called “Exterminators”. The name pretty much gives away what these people are all about. And this is what Cagaster of an Insect Cage is all about: following Kidou on his quest to end the pandemic.
Cagaster of an Insect Cage: Audience Reaction
Post-apocalyptic entertainment is a competitive genre, and viewers expect a lot. And rightly so; just because it’s a tried and tested formula does not mean that material is not subject to criticism. While Cagaster of an Insect Cage delivers a lot, there are a few areas where it simply falls flat.
Audience reactions to the show have been quite mixed. Viewers of the show have praised it for its interesting premise. Critics have also praised the show for the use of Caragasters. Citing the new insect-like beasts, critics have been pretty positive about the originality of the show. The premise for the show has thus received generally positive reactions.
However, that is not the whole story. Audiences are not particularly pleased with the way the producers of the show have handled the art and animation. These two have been a consistent point of criticism for the show pretty much everywhere. From critics to general audiences, the art style for the show has not been well received. From issues like choppy animations to criticizing the blended 2D-3D style of the show, viewers have been vehemently displeased with Cagaster for its animation.
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Should You Watch It?
So now we come to the main question: Should you watch it?
Well, the answer is that it really depends on you. Cagaster is a show with a very strong theme and a very strong storyline. It manages to blend a lot of drama, action, comedy, and even elements of incestual romance (Well hello there Game of Thrones fans). Even with all this, the show manages to maintain its serious dark vibe. The undertones of a dark comedy are certainly there, and maybe that is what the creators really intended. The whole human turned insect concept is certainly very refreshing. The timing of the show is also very apt. In most circumstances, this would be more than enough for viewers.
But things aren’t really that simple with this one. While the compelling storyline and the unique narrative are certainly strong points, the jarring animation is just too hard to ignore. It completely ruins some of the emotional high points of the series. The type of Netflix has tried going for here is certainly innovative, but it’s bad innovative. It’s just not good. It is jarring to look at and very difficult to look past as a viewer. And the audience scores reflect the same. In addition to the horrible animation and CGI, the voice acting is not at par. The acting can at places feel overenunciated and unnecessarily complex. Also, some of the lines just ruin the vibe, because of the way they are spoken. That is not to say that the acting is bad. It is just taken too far at some points and feels out of place.
If you can get past the horrible animation, and overlook the voice acting, then Cagaster of an Insect Cage is an amazing anime to watch. But if they are going to be deal-breakers for you then you might want to look elsewhere. As such, we give the show a conditional thumbs up.
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Netflix’s new series is a hard one to recommend, but it’s also a hard one to skip. It will be highly appealing to a specific set of people. But for most of us, it is going to be somewhere in the middle. Even if you end up watching the series, we can say you won’t completely love it or hate it. So we leave it up to our readers to make that call.
Season 1 of Cagaster of an Insect Cage is currently streaming. You may watch it on Netflix if you so desire by clicking the link.
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