That’s the perfect visual representation of this series’ storytelling-style…
I was a bit surprised to find out after writing the review for the tenth episode that this eleventh episode would be the finale episode for this season. I mean, my guess would’ve been 12 episodes and my second guess would’ve 13 episodes but 11 episodes…? That just seemed too unbelievable for at what point the 10th episode had ended. And naturally a shitty season managed to fuck up its finale as well this way.
But naturally it’s okay for Shirou to put himself in danger!
This time, I review:
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 10: Shirou and Rin find out who Caster’s Master is and he sadly can do a little bit more than the kind of marionette they had expected. Also, Archer is still being a dick about his beef with Shirou… and I can’t imagine why Shirou is continuously fascinated with Archer regardless… It’s like… they want us to wait for a later point in time to find out about this!
Cross Ange 11: Racism is the fault of demons and the world where demons come from also have some mechas who are controlled by girls. Naturally when the leader of that invading force meets Ange, they immediately launch a cheesy song-off. They both sort-of end up singing the same song, so it’s not a very imaginative song-off but hey… they have an excuse. Apparently they’ve been doing this shit for millenia.
The series is coming to a close… *sigh* Grant you, it’s not like I’m the biggest fan of what Legend Of Korra has done during its run. Especially Korra’s arc over the course of this series still feels like a trainwreck because of how underdeveloped it was until the third season and how the fourth season wasn’t radical enough in actually committing to the extreme developments at the end of the third season. Unless this finale is as good as the the one of the third season I still don’t see myself recommending this series. There are a lot of good things in this series but none so far are good enough to make me want to say to someone “Hey, you need to see those 30+-episodes of this show…!”. This show is still flawed but it has moments where it shines.
Subtlety isn’t this second season’s strong suit.
Judging people as a collective… Hmm, all those illegal aliens turned out to be psychotic scumbags and every really smart person is either crazy enough to keep his or her Psycho-Pass clear or he or she ends up as a latent criminal. I feel like this second season has already judged a lot of people as collectives rather than individuals.
Ha! That joke never gets old!… It also will never be funny.
This time I review:
Cross Ange 10: Ange learns that torture is a public event and also that if she wants to create a better world, there are a lot of stupid people between her and that goal. Naturally that won’t stop her from bringing about the apocalype regardless.
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 08/09: Tohsaka and Shirou do their best to start a romance but a pesky little thing called the Grail War forces them to become serious people who deal with serious problems. Also, Shinji is a little dipshit.
It’s a bit weird to think of how this series will end in a couple episodes. I mean, sure, Legend of Korra had four seasons but it certainly doesn’t feel like that. And in this instance, this isn’t a positive thing. As I have mentioned many times before it really comes down to the lack of decisive character-development for Korra. The main-character of this series just never developed in a way to stay interesting throughout the seasons. Even the drastic ending of the third season wasn’t enough to push the writers of this fourth season to get Korra to move forward. Like always, all the development this series has shown were babysteps. So why do I keep watching this series if I really don’t like the (lack of) character-development of its main-character? Well, it’s because of episodes like this one.
I’m still not sure what to think about this ridiculous moment. Is Mika just acting like she’s happy about the discovery because she hopes that will save her life? Or did her mind just snap when she heard of the truth?
At least, it will be easy to find out which anime-series this year had been the most disappointing. I guess, this will be one of those cases where you’ll be happy to think of Psycho-Pass as a series with only ONE season and just forget this thing had ever happened. Sort of like nobody likes to remember that Highlander has a bit more to offer than just one movie. Although, then again… the first Highlander-movie wasn’t that impressive either, alone the casting… They cast a Scotsman to play a Spaniard and they cast a Frenchman to play a Scotsman: The sheer insanity of such a decision! Well, this second season of Psycho-Pass does insane shit as well and I can’t wait to find out how Akane’s grandmother ends up saving the day because she’s actually a real badass and her lying in bed was all just an act.
You know, stuff like… gravity, the color of the sky, RACISM, the passage of time and so on.
I would love to have been there at the meetings when they wrote this series. It must have been somewhat like this:
Dude 01: “So, there are these Normas and everybody hates them because they… uh…”
Dude 02: “Oh, they can’t use magic! They’re like anti-magic or something…”
Dude 03: “But doesn’t that make them the usual underdogs in a story…?”
Dude 04: “Not when the world is full of racists who hate these people!”
Dude 03: “But why would there be racists…”
Dude 04: “Guys, this shit writes itself practically!”
Dude 03: “And aren’t they still just some typical underdogs…?”
Dude 04: “But racism, man! Everybody hates them… FOR NO REASON!”
Dude 03: “But isn’t racism the reason? And why is there racism in the first place?”
Dude 04: “A bunch of girls against the rest of the world – which is racist! This is fucking great!”
Dude 02: “Yeah, racism, then… Uhm, so in this episode the girls on the island just sort-of learn the value of teamwork… so how do we bring the racism into play there…?”
Dude 01: “How about making the island look a little bit shabbier and make them hunt for resources or…”
Dude 04: “We don’t. No complications. They just fight a monster, a big one, a REALLY big one.”
Dude 03: “But wouldn’t it be more important to have as a theme…”
Dude 04: “No theme, no subtext either, just frigging TEXT, guys! The stuff that shocks the pants off of our viewers! It has to be edgy! Subtext means thinking and making people think isn’t edgy! When something’s racist, everybody has to go ‘Whaa, that’s so racist, man!’.”
Oh boy… I don’t think anybody should be able to say something like that with a straight face.
I have to say one good thing about this season so far: I have no frigging idea where this is going. And with this episode, things get even more bonkers. What is even going on?! But I guess we still have a couple episodes left where people can sit around and explain that very thing to me and the rest of the audience.
The pacing of Legend Of Korra is a real mixed bag. Sometimes I feel like the series should spend way more time on one thing and other time I feel like they should just move on already. I guess, that’s the problem with a series whose strength are its characters. The perception of such a story is bound to be very subjective as it relies heavily on how much you like the characters of the series. Just take the “Korra Alone”-Episode… Many loved that episode and yeah, it’s a great episode. But for me personally, I just didn’t like the direction of that character. There wasn’t enough commitment there for me. If you actually want to show Korra running around incognito in search of a new identity after she had lost most of her Avatar-prowess, I would want to see some radical changes to the traditional Avatar-formula. How about becoming a bender who incorporates technical gadgets into her bending? You know, stuff like that. But instead the arc has been for Korra to somehow return to her old state and her problem really just her lacking ability to be like her old self. Toph and (in this episode) Zaheer may talk about her having to move on but she’s still stuck in the past pretty much. This episode shows at least some progression in that regard and once again it uses its opportunities to focus on characters wisely.