Seriously, is this studio even trying anymore?
What annoys me the most about the Mother Rosario storyline is that a few details aside, it’s not that bad of an arc. I’m not sure what Yuuki’s deal actually is, but my guess is that her situation is going to be similar to Asuna’s in a way, using the MMO world to escape reality. Their bond in the video game world will eventually carry over to the real world and what happens after that is up for debate, but at least I can relate to that. I’ve used video games and other forms of entertainment (including this blog) to run away from reality too, even from mundane stuff like homework and studying. My own exploits wouldn’t make for good cinema, but Asuna’s situation regarding her mother and such is more serious than mine will ever be, even if it’s a little cartoony.
The problem is that in order for such a story to be carried out effectively, especially in an action-heavy episode like this, you need some effective visuals. And as I’ve said before, A-1 can’t do visuals worth crap. I don’t care what people say: the action in this episode was bad.
Sure the animation is nice, but there’s no creativity. Half the time, the characters didn’t look like they even got hit, and yet fell down to a sword slash. The camera angles are still awful, downplaying the opponents’ threat or being too close to the characters’ faces so I can’t see the action proper. There was even a scene where a character moved to cut someone, followed immediately by the aftermath. How is any of this exciting to watch? How do the fans eat this shit up? Then again, given how popular the Marvel films are, I guess as long as the action “feels” cool to fanboys, it doesn’t have to actually “look” cool.
And when they’re not animating the action, they’re using talking heads to convey exposition. I might as well be watching the new Fate/Stay Night if you’re going to be this lazy with your storytelling, because at least the action in that show is good.