Let’s clean this up.
Think this going to be the last one of these. Big Order isn’t for another week or so, I refuse to watch either Super Lovers or Bakuon, and I doubt I’ll have much to say about Tonkatsu DJ tomorrow. I will watch Big Order when it airs, but I doubt I’ll write about it until it comes time for an actual review.
My Name Is Sakamoto
Apparently, the original manga has won multiple awards and is well-loved by many of my colleagues. And after reading the thing and watching the first episode, all I can say is “why?”. Not only did I not laugh once, but the concept is utterly retarded and inherently unfunny to begin with. One look at my favorite comedies list would cause people to realize that I only enjoy humor when the lead characters suffer and/or cause suffering to people who deserve it. Even if it’s good-natured in the end (Great Teacher Onizuka anyone?), the characters still have to go through hell. Sakamoto, by contrast, is about a guy who’s perfect at everything and causes his fans/enemies to see his way through his constant perfection! How is it possible to wring any sort of humor out of that, let alone not get old after the first eleven minutes to the point that I kept pausing the video to do other stuff?! Especially when the only suffering these characters ultimately go through is mild humiliation that nobody really gives two shits about?
Review-worthy? I’ll probably stick with this due to its popularity at the very least.
Review-worthy? I’m pretty sure me doing so would be the equivalent of setting kittens on fire.
There wasn’t actually much plot in this first episode, but story-wise, Kiznaiver is off to a decent start. Whilst the Okada angst is definitely there and her shows have a tendency to train wreck regardless if it’s the angst’s fault or not, Kiznaiver definitely has a lot of potential if it doesn’t end up sucking. The visual style is cool, the characters have baggage without being obnoxious about it (well, the flighty girl who talks like a little kid is a bit annoying), and the Sense 8-like connection these six share has a lot of potential in regards to giving an insight on teenage issues. Could have done without the bullies, but if Kiznaiver can follow up on this start in a mature enough way, I’ll be quite impressed.
Review-worthy? This one’s a keeper for better or worse
I’m not actually going to keep up with this since I hate using illegal subs. Instead, I’ll wait for Netflix to release their version sometime in the future (incidentally, Ajin will be out in two days) and watch that. Having said that, this was really boring. The director’s visual talent is certainly there, but as is also usual for his shows, the writing ultimately lets him down. Kurumukuro feels like PA Works is trying to combine their cute girl slice-of-life with this little thing we humans call the mecha genre, and neither side has any inspiration to begin with, so combining them pretty much resulted in a big ball of indifference from me. The only recommendation I can give is that there’s a certain absurd humor to the show going to great lengths to cover up the male lead’s privates when he shows up, but that’s it.
Yeah, how long is this show going to be exactly? Because I’m not sure if I’m up for marathoning it if it goes on for two cours.
Review-worthy? We’ll check back in a few months.
Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song
While pretty much anything can happen in the future, this episode gave me full confidence that Concrete Revolutio’s second half will build up on everything the first one gave in an outstanding manner and I fully expect this show to be in my top 10 – maybe 5 – anime of all-time when it finishes. I’ve heard complaints about the style being changed, but I honestly don’t see anything all that different here, and the writing is still great, so who cares? The first episode alone follows up on a few story lines from the last season whilst injecting in a powerful dose of political themes, multi-faceted characters, and an interesting take on robots with respect to Raito. What do you do when your programming prevents you from taking the morally ambiguous side? Do you just try to fight everyone like Earth-chan? Or do you shoot the motherfucker and take his programming so that you’re allowed to be morally ambiguous?
The only problem (well, it’s a positive in my eyes, but most of you guys will probably disagree) I really have with this show is that it’s raising the bar so high in terms of what you can do with anime cliches (mecha, moe, magical girls, etc.) as well as what you can accomplish in terms of character studies and animated storytelling that it’s causing me to raise my standards regarding what I expect from anime from now on. Now don’t get me wrong, I still like Ping Pong, Terror in Resonance, Kill la Kill, Kaiba, what Rakugo represents, and all that. And Ushio to Tora/Space Patrol Luluco are fun. But let’s just say there’s a reason Bantorra, Kino’s Journey, Samurai Champloo, and a few others I’m forgetting at the moment aren’t on my favorites list anymore. Yeah, I love this show that much.
- Just to be sure, I rewatched a little of Sakamoto’s first episode before finishing this post and…yeah once you get past the initial shock of the premise and direction, what little humor there was stops working.
- I also rewatched the first episode of Last Song and it was just as awesome as it was the first time.
- Whilst the comedic direction is generally decent, I have it on good authority that those Jojo-like captions whenever somebody does something “cool” has never added anything worthwhile to a scene, let alone humor.