You guys remember that Flintstones movie from the 90s? The one that did very well at the box office but was critically panned because critics did not like the tone it was going for (seriously, when you think of the Flintstones, do you think embezzlement plots and Halle Berry seducing people?)? I sided with the critics regarding that film and I’m feeling the same way towards Yatterman Night in general. The tonal shifts have always been a problem since Episode 2, but it started to click with me around last week and especially this week: Yatterman Night was made primarily for a kiddy audience with no real goal in mind other than to be a “fun” show and thus was never going to appeal to me to begin with.
Except even if you take that into account, what kid would appreciate the sort of topics that Yatterman Night goes into? Dictatorships? Oppression of the weak? Poverty? Crucifixion? This is the sort of stuff I’d expect from Fullmetal Alchemist or Now and Then, Here and There. Not in what’s essentially Pokemon from the 70s. I mean do you think this kind of scene would fly in Pokemon? Yeah, there was that one episode that got banned in America because Team Rocket used actual guns, but my point is this: why is all this heavy stuff in a kids’ show? I’d excuse it if it was doing something interesting with said stuff that’d be useful for kids, but it just has them there as a setting and it’s barely the focus, if at all.
And if it’s for the older audience, not only would the “not using heavy stuff for something interesting” complaint I made still apply, but what sort of person past the age of ten would laugh at any of the humor in this show (remember the guy who peed everywhere last week? Terrible)? More importantly, the humor gets in the way of the plot and it feels like none of the characters are taking anything the least bit seriously – which is damning considering how far this show goes to portray how poverty stricken all the human characters are. Seriously, is there only the one human on the Yatterman side?
I can’t take these Yattermen seriously as villains because they’re too disposable and goofy. The main characters’ ability to summon mecha out of nowhere is jarringly strange given how I don’t see where they got the resources to build those. I definitely can’t take the main villain (so far) seriously because he’s a boring evil asshole dressed like a Power Rangers villain. I can’t even take the dead mother drama seriously because it feels like it belongs in a different show and it’s been milked to the point that I’ve stopped caring (I mean the mother was only on-screen for like one episode, and she wasn’t exactly Trisha Elric. Hell, Trisha Elric wasn’t milked this much). The morality is incredibly simplistic (Doronjo and her gang are good, the Yattermen are bad) and whilst I’m sure there’s a compelling reason for why the Yattermen have become dictators, the show is taking too long to reveal said reason.
The main bad guy as of now just said that the Yattermen saved him once this week and that’s it. How is that a good indicator for why previously established heroes have turned into dicks? And if it’s just that one guy and his army of evil robots who disposed of all the good Yattermen and is using their name to commit evil deeds whilst acting like Dr. Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog, that’d be even worse. Because everyone loved the final plot twist in the first season of Korra where all the moral complexity was revealed to be a bunch of farcical gimmicks covering up a basic good vs. evil story, didn’t they? Plus, I doubt his reason for betraying the teachings of the Yattermen will be interesting.
To my readers who like this show (and I know there are a few of you), why do you enjoy it? Why is there a target audience regarding this 70s revival? It’s not appropriate enough for kids to be simple fun and it’s not “adult” enough for the older audience, so who does that leave? Yatterman fans?
They Flintstones fans sure seemed to enjoy the Flintstones movie just because they were in it and portrayed well by the actors (minus Rosie O’Donnell for Betty, but let’s ignore that). But unlike the Flintstones, I doubt most of you guys watched any of the original show. And even then, it’s been discussed elsewhere that this show isn’t exactly something the average Yatterman fan would like.
Also, please answer in a compelling manner. Saying “because it’s fun” isn’t something I’m going to accept. Saying “it’s well-executed” isn’t a good reason either unless you can debunk the arguments I made above.
Edit: So the homeless guy that Doronjo meets up with dies in the end. Must have missed that somehow. Yeah, actual death. That’s what I want to see in a kids’ show.