11eyes #09 — Undirected

December 1st, 2009

 

Do they have chimps on the staff here?

You know… taking a break from final papers and studying for my finals to watch 11eyes of all things just seems wrong.

Impressions:

This episode featured some of the worst pacing and direction that I have ever seen in my life. They truly managed to take what should have been a rather average episode, thanks to godawful blatant animation reuse and a whole bunch of random exposition jammed in various places, and reduce it to a shambling mess. I swear, we must have seen that same shot of Misuzu and Misao at least four times in the second half of the episode. Misao would have also been a lot more threatening if she actually attacked instead of just posed. "Look at me, I can block everything, and break your swords. And make a little whirlwind" And that’s it. Party tricks. She made a single attack, which was blocked by Kakeru, and then ran off.

The direction was where this episode fell to absolute pieces though. Every time something interesting starts happening, the focus leaps from it to something else entirely unrelated. Saiko’s dead? Nobody wants to see what’s up there. Let’s cut to Kakeru dodge a single attack from Shiori then sit through some exposition. Okay, back to Takehisa going berserk… no, on second thought, let’s see what MIsuzu has to think about last week’s episode, complete with flashback. Wait, Superbia’s attacking Kakeru too? Nah, not worth our time, back to Misuzu getting told what happened earlier in the episode. FOCUS HERE, DAMN IT. Takehisa’s final berserk martyrdom and teatime with crazy Yuka were particularly godawful. I seriously cannot believe that they killed a main character after the ED and off screen. If this were a Sunrise series, he’d be back next week in a mask with an anagram of his name. At least he took out a ton of innocent people with him before he had to be put down. Way to go, hero of justice.

I suppose there were various reveals this week. Superbia is indeed Misao. The Black Knights are Allies of Justice (thanks, Kakeru). Misuzu is a weakling compared to Misao.Yuka’s a lunatic, etc. All of these have been pretty obvious for awhile now, so I find it hard to care. Yuka’s clearly gone over the deep end at this point. She didn’t even notice the red world, and was just going to sit in that room until hell froze over because Kakeru told her to, and then when Shiori said Kakeru was okay, she immediately hopped back to cheerful I’m-going-to-stir-this-tea-endlessly mode. Amazingly, at this point, I think that may make her the most interesting character. Or at least, the most likely to slip a knife into Kakeru’s ribs and end thus appropriately.

Preview:

Nice bra.

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10 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Anonymous says:

    So much red and orange.

  • Tensho says:

    Kinda expectable. The surface is close to the game but the details are not. I heard they made this in purpose so the fans of the game still can enjoy their game.

  • Fate says:

    So are you in H.S., college, or grad school that you are doing final exams now?

  • Rawr says:

    Not that I know aroduc, but judging from his writing, any less than grad school would be weird. It’s odd for a collge student in 2009 to be referencing the 80s and 90s as he does imo. His writing is also seething with negativity even on good days. It’s like the man’s an old bitter war veteran or something.

  • Fate says:

    I certainly think he is a grad student (I am one myself) but I was uncertain so I thought I would list all possible worlds. I noticed the negativity immediately and frankly it doesn’t bother me (a lot of people online seem to be very negative about most things). since I know this bias to negativity I get a sense for what is bad about an episode before I see it and the good I just draw from my own experience of the show genre and themes.

  • Anonymous says:

    I thought Aroduc was female.

  • Aroduc says:

    I heard Aroduc once ate a bear.

  • Fate says:

    I’ve had bear before. It is not a very tasty meat. I feel sorry for Aroduc.

  • Reiji says:

    Ah there is so much wasted potential that it could make some people weep
    I would liked to see Takehisa VS Yukiko even with I love you but I have to kill you stuff it would have toped 4 people talking tin the room
    Black Knights are one of the stupidest Allies of Justice I have seen

  • Reiji says:

    I also liked Yukas not careing if everyone but Kukuri died it was a nice counter to “for tomorrow and friendship” bull