Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider, is a mystery anime animated by A-1 Pictures, inspired by the light novel “Subete ga F ni Naru” written by Mori Hiroshi, and illustrated by Asadi Torao. The anime is directed by Kanbe Mamoru, the man behind Elfen Lied and Sora No Woto among many other titles and it’s about a genius programmer named Shiki Magata who has been living in total isolation in a facility on a solitary island since she was a young girl, and one day, a university professor, Souhei Saikawa, and his student, Moe Nishinosono, all make an agreement to meet in person, but when they get to the facility where she lives, she’s found murdered.
WARNING: SPOILERS ON THE "STORY" SECTION
The story starts out really cool, yet slow, as these people are trapped inside this facility because of a system malfunction after the body of Shiki shows up, leaving our two witty duo, Souhei and Moe, to try and figure out why all of this happened. The viewer at this point thinks “if they’re trapped in here for a while, then they run the risk of getting killed themselves by the assassin who took out Shiki, right?” well, that is very logical to assume, and could’ve made a very cool cat-and-mouse game had the show taken place entirely in the facility and they had to logically figure out where the killer was and stop them before they would be killed. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and every episode felt like a tease as there would be all of this narrative via flashbacks and dialogue between our witty protagonists, and then all of this buildup made by the creepy atmosphere would never build up to anything. On top of that, they’re safe about ¾ of the way through the show as they figure out how to reverse the system malfunction, and there’s no opposition to them walking out of the facility, and getting onto the boat safely. There was no danger to any of their lives, which eliminates all of the creepy buildup that they did throughout the whole series. And then, it just ends with the true murderer, Shiki, never being punished for killing her uncle, her parents, or anyone else. She doesn't receive any sort of punishment, and the show ends on a scene with her and her daughter talking about human beings and how they interact with each other. There's no satisfying ending whatsoever.
Even though this show has some really cool dialogue and ideas, it seemed like a lot of potential was wasted in order to present a philosophical message about existentialism, where it could have done that same thing, with a better story and more appropriate pacing.
Although it’s unable to truly shine through, A-1 Pictures, along with TROYCA animated all of Aldnoah.Zero, and they were sort of able to pull out the stops in animation regarding this show in scenes like the murder of Shiki’s parents with all of the different angles and showing the weight of the knife thrusts, along with the dream sequence that Nishinosono experiences in the isolation tanks during episode 7.
The show is composed by the genius, Kenji Kawai, who is the man behind Ghost in the Shell, Barakamon, and 009 Re:Cyborg’s soundtracks, amongst many others. This man has created so many beautiful pieces of music, and does not fail to deliver with Subete ga F ni Naru’s sound, but, unfortunately the music helped paint a creepy atmosphere that turned out to be nothing to worry about, so it feels wasted here.
Thoughts and Opinions
I’m really sad that I’m shitting on this show so much, because this show seemed like it was going to be so cool and unique, with real potential and some sick buildup, but it all fell flat as it did really nothing with that said buildup. At least with Shimoneta, I was able to give it a negative review with no regrets because I felt like even if it did use it’s potential, it could have been only a 6/10 show, but I feel like even with just 12 episodes, this setting, plot, and buildup could have made an 8/10 or even 9/10 show with an insane ending.
Review by: Himecatherine