A-kon was cool. But who cares about that? Let’s talk about anime, as well as some non-anime shows.
Ushio & Tora
It’s kind of funny how this unlikeable actress/mother has more character development in half an episode than most anime characters get in one series. When we’re first introduced to her, we learn that she dismisses her daughter and drinks away her problems – not helped by the fact that her husband was one of the many casualties on the island explosion a few episodes back – to the point that it’s a wonder her dear daughter still likes her. Then when the monster battles move into her backyard and she starts freaking out, the show somehow manages to make me care for her by tying in her situation to Hyou’s, which admittedly only works because Hyou himself has been developed previously. Still, nothing wrong with using another character as a crutch for your own development as long as said crutch is stable.
I wish this arc would move on from portraying Subaru as some martyr who loves everyone and their dog so we can focus on a story that’s actually interesting. I mean let’s think about this logically for a minute. Say Subaru actually does save everyone at the end of the day, what happens then? What would come from it as a result besides more plot elements that serve no purpose other than to “look cool”? Will any actual character arcs form, let alone end? Will Subaru actually go back to the real world? Will we get some context for him besides the fact that he’s a hikkomori with a bad sense of humor? Also, how many times is this show going to make me watch Subaru get turned into a human chew toy?
My Hero Academia
Just to show that my bias is not strictly contained to just light novel anime, Hero Academia has been boring me as of late for similar reasons to Re:Zero: a lack of personal stakes in what’s been happening. Deku hasn’t had much to do ever since his latest training arc, and we don’t know anything about the other characters so they can’t pick up the slack when the show isn’t focusing on him. All-Might comes close, but he’s nothing more than a supporting character at best. Even when the action films of the 80s and 90s were all about being manly, they (well, the good ones) always kept things personal as teeth flew. Most shonen action anime suck because they don’t do that, and whilst no super moves have been shown yet, Academia is starting to slip into their territory.
Game of Thrones
Every time I watch an episode of this show, I immediately forget about half the subplots. I know it’s epic fantasy and all, but the problem I’ve always had with Game of Thrones is that it spends way too much time on exposition and setup in regards to a story that isn’t really that complicated. And now that we’re on the sixth season, it’s just getting wearisome.
I’m not really sure how it was possible to make game-changing twists like the one in this week’s Joker Game completely boring, but lo and behold the show found a way.
A lot of people say this is one of the best shows on TV, as well as basically being Breaking Bad if it was more underrated. I guess there are some similarities to the latter, even if The Americans is more about the protagonists wrestling with whether they’re doing the right thing as opposed to getting worse as time goes on – which incidentally is why I prefer it. Still, whilst I enjoy when Paige has to deal with the realization that her parents can kill people with little hesitation and all that, I don’t understand what’s so amazing about it.
While certainly not the worst example out there, Kiznaiver’s execution is very awkward. The show still can’t keep a consistent tone. Like most people, I don’t buy Nico’s attraction to Tenga since it was never hinted at till now, despite what the other characters say. The big reveal regarding Katsuhira’s and Sonozaki’s relationship was both extremely predictable and doesn’t really further any of the character’s development so much as gives an excuse for them to wind up as a big mess in the rain. And most of all, nothing all that interesting is resulting from this Kizna experiment but typical teenage angst except dialed up to cartoonish proportions. I’m sorry, but I (and most of the world) have seen Inside Out. It may have been one of Pixar’s weaker films, but it still made a mature point regarding what teens go through and it made it well. You need to be at that level, Kiznaiver.
This show feels like one big advertisement for the manga rather than something that can stand on its own. I just recently saw the new Ninja Turtles movie and Big Order has most of the same problems: crowbarred-in humor that isn’t funny, keeping the energy high and constant to overcome its lack of an engaging end-goal, rushing through a lot of crazy plot points without clarifying anything, and reminding me of much better products (in this anime’s case, Ajin) in the process. The fact that it only got saddled with ten episodes didn’t help, although that’s probably a blessing for most of you guys.
I don’t understand what is up with people not being able to remember the characters or wanting them to get more developed. First off, if you can’t remember the big cast, that’s your fault. Was it really that hard to remember the brother/sister robots who combine from Episode 3 aka the episode that caused me to take this show seriously? Second, why is it so important that all these characters get more personal story/individual moments if it doesn’t add anything to the overall narrative? I didn’t care for Jiro’s realization that he was a raging hypocrite this week because it finally put a stop sign on how one-sided his morality was starting to get, Okabe from Steins;Gate-style (well, not just because of that anyways). I cared about it because it furthered the story regarding him being the atomic bomb and how justice is a very complicated term. For all you people crying about how Emi hasn’t gotten developed, please inform me why the show should go out of the way to do that for a supporting character who’s main role is to further Jiro’s development, and how you can do that without pausing the story? A story that only has two more episodes left to tell it, I should point out – bar the news I’ve read of its length being a lie.
Also, the mecha fights in this episode ruled.
- My APR this week:
- 1. Concrete Revolutio
- 2. Ushio and Tora
- 3. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
- 4. Nothing
- 5. Nothing