A few shows wrapped up this week. Did they end well? Did they…I’m not British enough to pull the word “bollocks” off.
Boku no Hero Academia
This episode was an improvement over the last few because it actually gave the characters something to do, even if the stylization of their introductions was kinda corny and not really worth the buildup it took to get there. We’ll have to wait and see whether a sequel is announced sometime down the road, but as is, this show isn’t getting anything but an “average” score from me. Which is fine in a way. Noragami’s first season was only average and when it came back, it came back pretty big. There’s definitely plenty of things about this show that are still keeping my attention, so whilst I can’t quite say I like Academia as of yet, I’m going to miss it when it ends. Sort of.
I’ll give Big Order some credit in that despite the production team being saddled with a bad deal combined with their lackluster anime-making skills, they at least tried to make this lame finale interesting. The whole grainy black-and-white thing did a good job at compensating for the limited animation and almost made me forget that everything was being resolved with lame “power-of-friendship” crap up until the last few minutes revealed that nothing important happened as a result of all this “destroy the world” nonsense other than Eiji getting a bunch of females lusting after him. Very disappointingly simple resolution, I must say. Anyways, the show wasn’t good, but I don’t understand why people hate this (and Future Diary for that matter) so much. I’ve seen way worse.
The Lost Village
Like this. Dear god was this anime a boring sack of shit. It wasn’t scary. It wasn’t funny. The CG monsters are horrendous. The characters are forgettable. No one died. The mystery behind the village was an anticlimactic load of balls. Is there anyone who thought this show was worth watching that didn’t know beforehand who the writer/director was? Because quite frankly, the reaction this show got makes me want to never look up the staff to an anime beforehand ever again. Enough with judging an anime by the people who made it, guys. Judge it for what it actually is.
For example, my judgment of Kiznaiver based solely on what I’m seeing is that it sucks. At this point, my heart is closed to this show’s frankly ludicrous plotting to tug at the viewer’s emotional heartstrings, and no amount of Trigger’s great visual direction is going to re-open it. This whole final arc reminds me of the structure of Haibane Renmei’s last few episodes with its focus away from the main group and onto the “caretaker” whose arc was sort of hinted at through everything that came before, except it’s being executed like the last few episodes of Anohana or Kuragehime because Noriko’s issues are not substantial enough for my taste and they’re barely connected to what’s happened previously to begin with. Yes, I understand the Kizna experiment was meant to connect humans and that Noriko is an unfortunate product of what happens when said experiment goes horribly wrong and all that, but what exactly does that have to do with all the teenage stuff that came beforehand? When did the show suddenly turn into a cheap sci-fi thriller?
And as I said before, the answers we’re learning as a result of this Kizna experiment aren’t satisfying me because it’s typical “power of friendship” stuff except rushed and with a little angst to it. Even real-life medical professionals would have a hard time diagnosing these characters’ issues.
JJBA: Diamond is Unbreakable
It was a slow Friday last week, so out of curiosity I watched the latest episode of Diamond is Unbreakable to see what all the hubbub was about. As someone who knows nothing about this iteration of Jojo apart from my online friends telling me it’s the best yet whilst my real life friends say it has even less stakes than Stardust Crusaders because there’s no main villain or real reason for the characters to be on whatever journey they’re currently on right now, I couldn’t tell you how this episode benefitted the plot. Come to think of, I don’t even know what the story of DiU is. All the praise I notice is centered on the fights and the animation style.
As for the episode itself, all I understood was that the yellow Stand who had his dick removed is named Chili Pepper and his user is Demyx from Kingdom Hearts II. Fundamentally, nothing’s changed about the series. It’s still a bunch of muscle men (and a little kid) shouting out the obvious, saying lines that are probably cooler in your head than they are out of your mouth (“I was going to punch both of you. I’m not that smart”), and action that was as lame as this week’s Ushio & Tora. Meh.
Ushio & Tora
Speaking of Ushio & Tora, whilst the narrative remains fine shonen action camp, the lack of actual animation in the action during the penultimate episode annoyed me. Just a bunch of quick cuts to the results of the blows without actually showing said blows. Lame.
Bungo Stray Dogs
But even that’s preferable to the action in Bungo Stray Dogs. Seriously, I haven’t seen gun-play action this bad since Jormungand. The characters just stood still from twenty feet away and shot about three-hundred rounds of machine gun fire with each other, and it’s only after three seconds of this that someone actually hits. And there’s no fucking way you’d only get away with a shoulder wound from that. The rest of the episode wasn’t very good either as it fell back on Bungo’s usual problem of pausing the plot to focus on characterization that doesn’t really add to anything. No, I don’t care about Kenji and how he’s basically Shizuo from Durarara when he’s hungry.
Wait a fucking minute! You’re telling me that Roswaal could have just barbecued the entire mess away this whole time, but you never thought to ask him for help? I don’t care if he was away on business. He never went away during the previous timelines, so I think he could have easily scheduled a rain check from whatever he was doing to help out if you had just informed him that his precious maids were being threatened. Anyways, I’ve been told the show gets more violent (and repetitive) from here and all I can think is “oh boy, it’s Now and Then, Here and There all over again, isn’t it?”
And don’t kid yourselves, guys. Now and Then, Here and There is utter shit.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
No! Not the fat kid! He was my favorite character!
Okay not really, but I was saddened that he took one for the team.
Still not paying attention to the reception this episode got and still don’t care. It had its faults, but a finale that’s missing a few details is much more preferable to a finale that just flat-out went in a bad direction. Overall, I’d say this second season is on par with the first in terms of quality, which is a bit of a shame since I wanted it to be better. Still though, this final episode really stuck with me and I’m going to be thinking about it for a long time.
- My top five episodes of the week:
- 1. Concrete Revolutio
- 2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
- 3. Ushio & Tora
- 4. Boku no Hero Academia
- 5. Nothing
- So what Spring anime should I review first?