Shaft Being Shaft Being Shaft Being Shaft Being Shaft Being Shaft…

It was old when Bakemonogatari did it four years ago, Shinbo!

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In fact, are you even trying anymore?

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Do you even show up during the production stage of these anime?

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We brought up our complaints regarding Mekaku after its first episode recently, but I’ve seen the second episode since then and…

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Ten minutes spent on a shitty, unfunny, pointless conversation between this idol girl we know nothing about (I actually know who she is thanks to MAL, but let’s ignore that for now) and a teacher. Feels like it was written by a teenager who thinks Boondock Saints is a good movie.

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The rest of the time spent on giving her a shitty backstory regarding how people always pay attention to her. Yawn! I feel so sorry for you…oh wait, I don’t know you. Maybe if the minutes prior weren’t spend on shitty pointless dialogue! Nice tonal shift guys.

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Oh, it’s because of unexplained powers that people see her like that. Are we going to explain what this power is?

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Nope, we have a shitty music video with some strange kid I don’t think was ever properly introduced. Since when does running whilst shit music plays in the background count as a music video? The ending to 5 Centimeters Per Second had more imagination than that.

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Yeah, because that message wasn’t already done much better in Perfect Blue. Without having to spell it out too!

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And this ties in to the first episode, how?

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Just end the goddamn episode already!


In case you didn’t get it from my snark, Mekaku City Actors sucks and you shouldn’t watch the show. Pretty sad that Shinbo hasn’t made a good anime in almost four years now, but what gets me really riled up is that there’s not a single new thing in Mekaku, even with the different premises. From the jokes to the VAs to the character archetypes and story to the actual fucking shots, name me one thing you haven’t seen before. Well okay, the music video is new, but that only takes up around a minute of screen time at best – and it looks awful.

I can’t believe people still think that Shaft makes visually interesting stuff! That’s an even bigger lie than saying Tim Burton’s style still functions in his more recent works. Yeah, it’s pretty sad when that ripoff studio headed by that hack who couldn’t direct a good anime to save his life (Silver Link in case you didn’t get it) has made more progress in the last few years than you have. Sure, this sort of unanimated cost-saving style may be interesting to a newcomer, but after seeing the same head-tilts, polka dot backgrounds, no color on anyone but the important characters, and unfinished floating building architecture in every show of theirs I’ve seen since I discovered them in 2006, I’m sick of looking at them!

Wake me up when Shaft does something I haven’t seen before. I don’t care if it’s good or if it sucks. Just make it different. Please!

PS: By the way, don’t expect any grab bags for a while. Nothing this season is really getting me fired up to talk about weekly, even briefly, and I’ve got other projects I want to spend time on without having other distractions in the way (something Shaft should learn how to do. Ohohoho!).

3 responses to “Shaft Being Shaft Being Shaft Being Shaft Being Shaft Being Shaft…

  1. Bakemonogatari was the last Shinbo’s anime that I finished.
    I have never liked his style, actually.
    Bakemonogatari has interesting characters to back up.
    But even that charm has disappeared when he introduced two loud shitty imoutos and the legendary teeth brush scene.

    And I watched the first episode of this anime.
    Because, you know, I think it’s better to see it for myself rather than reading and believing other people’s opinion.
    And yeah, it’s shit.
    I don’t even know what is the NEET’s name, and I don’t care about him.
    Nameless characters and unexplained background is good, as long as the story is interesting.
    But sadly, it’s not.
    Why should I watch an on-screen AI talking non stop for 3/4 of the episode?
    Le sigh.

  2. I hesitate to call Shaft’s stuff samey or tired because I wonder whether other things couldn’t also be called that. On the other hand, I really don’t know what else I can call them.

    What I can say is that I’m beginning to get tired of hearing that their style creates a “surreal atmosphere.” I read the manga of this, and there’s no reason for it to have a surreal atmosphere. Also, something like Mushishi has a surreal atmosphere without having to be so obvious about it, so I don’t see what the big deal is.

    • Contrast Shaft to that “other popular studio”, KyoAni. They may always have moe on their mind, but at least they’re coming up with new ways to suck (mostly because they follow whatever is popular right now) and don’t copy the same goddamn shots whenever they make something new.