Usually you only stare at skulls like this if you’re about to deliver Hamlet’s “To Be Or Not To Be”-monologue…
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Beautiful Bones 01: There’s an ordinary dude in an ordinary place who likes doing ordinary things and who, uncharacteristically, helps a Sherlock-like woman deal with her bone-obsession. It’s an obsession that for some reason usually leads to murder-cases which she then will resolve.
I like to imagine she’s saying this to the audience as she realizes that she just has become the worst character of this show.
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God Eater 03-09: Shit hits the fan… again. This time a super-evil Aragami is at fault. Then Lenka and Alisa have a little montage until it’s proven that Alisa had lost all her marbles a long time ago but she was too high on drugs to notice until now… well, and also the monster that killed her parents had juck kicked her and everybody else’s ass. But at the same time Lenka has managed to find himself and realize that he’s THE guy, the one in a million, the special one… and he learns that this means he will soon die because he has monster-cancer because of his specialness. Also, humanity’s pretty much fucked in this series’ setting if you hadn’t noticed.
Comet Lucifer’s first episode is just choke-full of insightful commentary like this one. Thanks Kaon for summarizing something we have JUST SEEN!
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Comet Lucifer 01: A dude digs in a mine all on his own and the heavens send him a girlfriend! Also, mechas! And some dude wants to rape some other girl but then tries to kill her because she doesn’t like him for some “mysterious” reason.
Concrete Revolutio 01: The Japanese version of Batman recruits a magical girl to deal with an Alien-spy and the girl discovers a whole new world of trouble in the process. Also, the flash-forward shows us that the girl REALLY wants to fuck that Batman.
By leading a rebel-group to kill everyone at the top of the current regime. Yep, certainly sounds like a great recipe for the creation of a democracy!
There was a point in time where the news of Psycho-Pass getting a movie and a second season gladdened me because well, at that point I hadn’t yet seen the atrocity that is the second season and I have to say: Personally I found this movie to be a bit of a disappointment. I mean, sure, the writing’s just as good as in season 01 of course and the action is somewhat entertaining, too. But neither during that second season nor during that movie did I feel like the creators had an actual plan where they wanted to go with the franchise. Ubukata wrote the second season and Urobuchi wrote this movie and neither writing felt like franchise-storytelling. There’s a difference between writing stand-alone-stuff for this one season or movie and actually taking into consideration the production of multiple sequels. The movie doesn’t have a mythology created by a huge amount of worldbuilding the franchise has done over time. The franchise is still throwing around more ideas than codified references that solidify a certain image of the setting. Of course, the problem isn’t the writing but what has been going on behind the scenes during the production of the movie and the second season…
Review-Roundup: Heavy Object 01, Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 01, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 01, Young Black Jack 01
Heroism ain’t what it used to be, eh? She’s literally suffocating in front of him and that’s all he’s thinking about…
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Heavy Object 01: An Object is a big war-machine. Wars have become “cleaner” and more commonplace because now everybody has this stupid Object and starts fights with every idiot and his dog because every idiot and his dog have an Object. Also, the hero lands in the middle of the war trying to find a way to become rich quickly.
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 01: A dude who is SUPER-SPECIAL but is the underdog regardless because if a school gives you an F it’s just a sign of how shitty the school is. He lives together with a girl who is also SUPER-SPECIAL but she only gets As because she’s a princess and does nothing exceptional whatsoever (except, you know, just being exceptional). Turns out the dude is stronger than the girl which doesn’t unnerve her because she actually wants to fuck the dude. A hurray for complicated relationships! Also, it’s important for these two to help the school become REALLY prestigious again (since this is a thing you supposedly care about as a student)!
Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 01: A Martian princess fights for Martian independence by trying out being a diplomat. She hires some idiot-orphans to be her bodyguard for very idealistically offending reasons (meaning she means well but still comes off as pretentious) and immediately gets to experience her first battle because as it turns out she’s more valuable to the bad guys if she’s dead than if she’s alive. Luckily said orphans just sort-of happen to own a Gundam – and one of those orphans is of course a genius-pilot.
Young Black Jack 01: The 60s… Hot times in a hot city named Tokyo and one hot doctor takes care of one… hot accident as brakes running too hot can’t stop a train from running over a boy. But Black Jack’s on the case! Boy lost some limbs but Black Jack sells his miraculous healing for a couple thousand yen to his parents. You know, because that’s what good doctors do. Good medicine is mercenary-work as we all know.
The series itself delivers the best summary for how little it actually has achieved with its story: First it throws around big words and then what you get to see is such a basic and simplistic story that you can’t help but feel disappointed.
In the beginning I absolutely hated this series. I hated it, simple as that. The mysteries were shoddily implemented, the characters barely registered as people and the overall story had some eyebrow-raising issues. What the series has become after that is worse and better at the same time. For one, I feel like the Twenty-Faces-thingy was a good choice for a mystery-series-gimmick and using a Laplace’s demon to basically create a urban folktale people would use as a mask (and excuse) to exact revenge was also intriguing. I don’t know if some studio or producer has forced the writers and directors of this series to fuck this all up or if the creators themselves had some misguided ideas about what they ended up saying with this series but what this series ends up offering is such an extremist, prejudiced perspective that I shudder to think of a person who would look at this and think it’s smart.
I really question how these Braves got chosen when a creepy kid like her gets to be one…
I know, I know, it has been a while… But this season I really didn’t have a series that I had any strong desire to review weekly. But I really got into J-Drama in the meantime. So far I’ve watched these: Hanzawa Naoki, Roosevelt Game, Galileo (just the first season so far), Tokyo Dogs, Hard Nut, Kagi no Kakatta Heya, Border, Kurosagi. Granted most of these are Mystery-series as that’s what I like to watch that genre and my personal favorite so far has been Border (the mysteries aren’t the most compelling thing ever but boy if that story doesn’t take some VERY interesting turns and the ending was a real “Holy shit! They really went there…!”-moment for me). But back to anime. Well, I will continue to blog Aquarion Logos (or maybe not… so far it’s worth a yawn and not much more) and God Eater, I guess (it has gotten better actually, I would say, as it has become clear what it’s trying to do). And the new season will start soon, so I hope something will air that catches my interest. And now for one of my personal favorites of this Summer-Season: Rokka no Yuusha – the high-fantasy-series that spent most of its season just dealing with a locked-room-mystery.
Well, technically there’s a lot of surprising stuff to unravel in this “surprise-party” but how serious of a series is this anyway, if situations like this one can be part of its plot-line…?
Ranpo Kitan 06/07; First, the bunch of sociopaths have to deal with a cat, a bomb and a baby and then terrorists are present, too, for some reason. But it all resolves itself luckily without any incident and we’ve all learned about why the devil is in the details. The seventh episode returns to another murder of other despicable people and this time around it’s a locked-room-mystery.
You heard it here first: There’s a 50/50-chance of getting away with murder in Japan!
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Ranpo Kitan 05: Get this: You kill someone, rape someone and steal from them (not necessarily in that order) and then you get caught by the police. But it isn’t a big deal, you know? You can just claim to be crazy and you’re right back on the streets within hours. Dealing with crazy criminals is such a hassle for Japan that the police just don’t bother doing that (if this series can be believed). In a world where there’s a prison for super-villains basically, criminals have a get-out-of-jail-freecard by claiming they’re insane (which they are but not enough to make an insanity-defense work under realistic circumstances).
Sure, bad puns are one way to deal with high-concept story-ideas…
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Aquarion Logos 04: Love is in the air! Obviously the upcoming Tanabata-festival is a big chance for the shy girl to confess to the dude who considers himself to be the savior of the world. And… that doesn’t go anywhere really. Instead we deal with three people finding out that synchronizing with three people for an Aquarion-gattai-formation feels MUCH better than doing it with two persons. And shy-girl confesses… that she has a traumatic past she now has managed to overcome somewhat! Truly, it’s exactly what you would call a victory for love!
God Eater 03: There’s a special kind of Newbie on a plane. She’s surrounded by monsters. Newbie-dude and two veterans come to her rescue. Things work out in the end. … The End.
Ranpo Kitan 04: Someone who calls himself Twenty Faces has been killing off criminals which haven’t landed in prison or exited it early for some reason. The best solution genius-kid and girly-boy come up with is to just release a very evil criminal as bait. Turns out when you secretly help an evil criminal to avoid prison, some vigilante-like killer shows up! And after the killer who tried to kill the dude from the last episode gets revealed we’re supposedly very anxious to hear his excuses for the whole thing.