The number of terrorist acts in Japan has never been lower, thanks to the efforts of a syndicate called Direct Attack (DA). The organization raises orphaned girls as killers to carry out assassinations under their “Lycoris” program. Takina Inoue is an exceptional Lycoris with a strong sense of purpose and a penchant for perfection. Unfortunately, a hostage situation tests her patience, and the resulting act of insubordination leads to her transfer out of DA. Not thrilled about losing the only place she belonged to, she reluctantly arrives at her new base of operations—LycoReco, a cafe in disguise.
Takina’s new partner, however, turns out to be quite different from what she imagined. Despite being the famed Lycoris prodigy, Chisato Nishikigi appears almost unconcerned with her duties. She drags Takina along on all kinds of odd jobs under the simple explanation of helping people in need. Takina is even more puzzled when Chisato takes down a group of armed assailants without killing any of them. Feeling like a fish out of water, Takina itches to get reinstated into DA—. But Chisato is determined to prove to her that there is more to a life than just taking them.
Girl’s holding gun, this type of anime can escalate into “I love riffle” type of anime or straight up a “gunslinger girls” v2, so what type does Lycoris recoil belong to? Well a little bit of both, despite the light and cheerful atmosphere in the anime, Lycoris Recoil still deliver a few “brutal” scene that even sounds off-putting but actually blend pretty well.
It’s not afraid to show that the story isn’t always light and happy and can show that it can be heavy and dark. The animation is definitely not the best among the action anime, but it was a damn good animation, the movement is fluid and the gun fight actually exciting. Usually gun vs gun fight scene can be pretty boring but Lycoris Recoil even with a very “traditional” and “common” way of shooting guns can somehow make it fun.
The music is also top tier, once I know that ClariS going to be the one performing the opening sound, I quickly guess that it’s going to be a banger, and it actually does. Heard it for the first time and I instantly fall in love with it. The characters also very, very lovable, though the design of one of the heroine resemble some certain “curious girl” and the another also resemble some certain girl that also happen to like shooting guns, I definitely have no problem with that. We have Chisato as the cheerful main character, and we have Takina as the calm main character, all the supporting character also very likeable and well-designed, it’s a cherry on top.
Overall, very recommended in almost every aspect, it’s an original anime, so there’s might be chance of it end or developed very badly, but even if it does happen, with all this cool action and splendid animation, can’t give it lower than 4.