Alright, let’s finish this up.
Mob Psycho 101
My face mostly resembled Mob’s during the majority of this first episode’s run. It never made me laugh and the episodic conflict in this premiere was so throwaway and tension-less that it basically resembled Bungo Stray Dogs except with a more interesting visual style. The action tries too hard to be cool, the bad guys are lame jokes, and the less said about Mob’s boss, the better. Why am I not surprised that this is one of the most popular anime airing right now? Just please tell me this thing gets an actual plot later on, because twelve episodes is a long time to watch a show just for the visuals and there’s absolutely zero chance I’m ever going to find this show funny. I’ll take The Loud House any day over Mob Psycho.
So I never bothered with the Independence Day sequel (on a side note, thank god it bombed at the box office), but I’d be surprised if it was more dull than this “military vs aliens” bore fest. I mean my god, this show has less imagination than Taboo Tattoo. The fact that the military fighting these invaders are composed of nothing but high school students is bad enough, but we don’t even get to see the invaders beyond a bunch of nameless ships, and sometimes we don’t even see said ships when the characters start blasting super moves at them, setting the tension levels into the negatives. It’s like A-1 couldn’t even be bothered to make this light novel adaptation interesting because they know the hardcore fans would eat it up anyways and that’s all they need. Well fuck you too, you shitty studio.
Active Raid 2
I don’t understand why Active Raid decided the best way to introduce its second half would be with another throwaway conflict whose sole purpose was to reintroduce us to its craziness. It hasn’t exactly been that long since the first one concluded, and even if it was, that’s still no excuse for the fact that nothing fucking happened this week. In fact, it was so boring that I don’t even know what to say other than the new Danganronpa shows started off better.
Danganronpa 3: The Final Arc — Future
And it’s not like these series are high-art or anything. But y’know, I didn’t think the first Danganronpa adaptation was that bad. At least it had energy the entire way through and Monobear was cute. Sure, the plot is pretty dumb when you’re not actually playing it and this sequel isn’t really an improvement on that front (or anything else from the first series for that matter). Still, I think these anime are “just” stupid enough regarding the tone, atmosphere, characters, and overall story to be watchable. Nothing more than that, but given Seiji Kishi’s resume, watchable is the best we can expect from him at this point.
Danganronpa 3: The Final Arc — Despair
Didn’t actually watch this one, as I’ve been wanting to play the original games ever since they came out on Steam and I don’t want to spoil the events of the second installment – which I know nothing about – in the process of watching the third, which I’ve been informed will happen if I continue with these shows. It’s just on here so that you guys know that I’ll be going back to it on a later date. The same applies to the Future installment as well. On-hold until I fully integrated myself into the Danganronpa cult.
What the hell was that? This anime started off on the right foot with its neat melancholic direction and establishing the main character as a skilled pitcher, but about halfway through, I realized the episode wasn’t taking that start anywhere close to a story and got bored pretty quickly. There’s no urgency, what the show tells me about baseball isn’t anything anyone over the age of ten wouldn’t know, and the characters aren’t properly fleshed out. I don’t know anything about the main character besides the fact that he’s a bit of an arrogant player, which makes it hard to sympathize with him. Hopefully next week has an actual plot start, because I don’t want to sit through another mood piece that never tells me anything interesting.
- To be fair, Mob Psycho’s initial MAL ranking isn’t as high as I thought it’d be. On the other hand, the new Danganronpa is a lot higher than initial expectations would lead me to believe given how many people didn’t like the first adaptation…oh wait.
- My tags are going to be more normal from here on out because I want to get more of the casual WordPress Reader crowd interested in my stuff. Kinda disappointing, but at least I don’t have to think too hard about what I fill in for those anymore.