January 13th, 2011
What a pussy.
Yamakan delivers a tour de…
Damn, I couln’t even finish a single sarcastic sentence. While this show certainly isn’t lacking in visuals, great production for an A-1 show which then plummet to absolute garbage immediately was practically their calling card in their disasterious little Anime no Chikara nonsense. Of course, like most noitaminA stuff, it was also two minutes shorter than most other shows. Cutting out 10% of the show has to have a beneficial effect on the production, right? It’s definitely trying to be very theatric with orchestral scoring as well, but they’re really biting off a lot more than they can chew, especially when they had violins going full blast as the keystone cops were doing bad schtick before comically blasting off. And these are the antagonists hunting Sans Clothing.
Ahem. The bigger issue is that the show has absolutely no kind of hook or factor that makes it interesting in the slightest. It’s trying to sell itself on setting alone. Hell… the first five minutes have Crane sitting there, listening to his iPod tell him about the world while he goes, "wow, this world." Crane himself also doesn’t help matters. In a season full of spineless male leads made of sponge, he distinguishes himself by screaming like a moron every time he sees anything more than erotic than a bare ankle. I’d like to pin the blame on him for making the show so dull, but the direction does a very good job of that too. I’m sure some people will love to toss around "atmospheric" or "calming" and saying that I don’t get the show. Here’s my response. Go listen to your "sounds of the ocean" CD and get a haircut, you damn hippies! Atmosphere is only one part of presentation. If the content is little more than a kid twiddling his thumbs about having a girl (a girl!) within five feet of him, or listening to a book on tape, no amount of atmosphere is going to matter, unless there’s enough kg/cm2 to crush his head like a grape.
So anyway. Blah blah blah, make your own arguments about it being artistic or atmospheric all you want. Visual were good, music was… needlessly orchestral…, but if not for Crane occasionally screaming in terror about seeing female skin, the content would put you to sleep better than bull tranquilizers. Another noitaminA classique!
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