January 7th, 2011
I don’t understand how violence works in this show.
This was a lot darker than I was expecting. Not the blood and psychopath academy. I mean that it has lighting problems like you wouldn’t believe. I’m not sure whether I prefer the "so dark you can’t really see what’s going on" or the "so bright that with all that radiation, it’s no wonder Kazuya has severe brain damage." Let’s start with him then because he’s terrible. Actually, that’s about all of it. He sees Bridget, has a delusion of his sister, tackles her, and keeps rubbing his head in her breasts until
she has a Freezingasm the girl she was fighting stabs her in the eye. That was only slightly less creepy then when he stuffed his face into his sister’s crotch in the flashback and proceeded to rub himself vigorously against it. At least this Kazuya is entertainingly terrible. And his sister is apparently permanently radioactive because every shot of her has her glowing white.
Oh yeah, that’s another thing, this show is bizarrely bloody. Nonsensically even. Apparently throat slashing and wrist breaking are required parts of training for fighting giant monster. I’d have thought they’d emphasize combat tactics useful for… fighting giant monsters, but apparently no. This is an academy for the cultivation of post traumatic stress disorder. Production was mostly okay outside of the lighting issues. The art does feel a little bit aged and washed out though. I’m not sure if it’s laziness or if they were going for some kind of retro feel. Probably the latter. I’ve already forgotten the music entirely, so uh, I guess it wasn’t terrible. It dragged pretty badly through the middle as they were going over all the technobabble, Ereinber Set, Anti-Freezing UnRestricted Restriction Limiter Zones of Restriction Limiting and whatnot, but at least the start and end were amusingly bloody. They also got around my dislike of Mamiko Noto by only giving her about three lines. I wonder if they can keep that up the entire show. Hopefully she’ll be using her real VA voice instead of breathy wallflower role #124442 anyway.
I’m probably giving off the wrong impression since this was more fun to write about than it was to actually watch. The action at the start and end was really the only decent thing about it and even that made little sense. I guess it could be an okay action show, but I wouldn’t hedge my bets. There was a lot of setup and bluster without actually going anywhere and the only introduction to the main characters was Kazuya rubbing his face on lady parts and Bridget stripping and/or slashing necks and/or having her eyes gouged out. It was watchable, but unless you’re a T&A action junkie, I’m not sure that I’d recommend it.
I already like the girl that backhanded Kazuya in the preview.