Another #01 — Jedi Mind Tricks

January 9th, 2012

 

…Mondays are not going to be a good day this season, are they?

As I mentioned, this doesn’t actually air until tomorrow (KBS’s site listing it tomorrow too), so… kudos on the schedule awareness there, Crunchyroll. Well, I guess posting shows before they air is slightly better than posting them four days later and calling them simultaneous.

Impressions:

Christ, could this show be trying any harder? I guess they got the music pretty much right, but everything else is so hamhanded that there is no way in hell it can build up ny kind of real atmosphere that shows like this need. "There are dark secrets here." "What are they?" "Well, you see, they’re… DRAMATIC STOP" Seriously? "This school is DEATH." "Huh?" "You will find out… SOON!" Really? "A girl named Misaki died." "I am a girl named Misaki. Where is my missing half?" This is the kind of subtlty I expect from Goosebumps. I feel like I say this a lot, but you don’t just come out and tell the audience how to feel. You are not Jedi. That is only going to work on the simplest minded. …Well, I think I just shot my own argument in the kneecap.

I suppose that they had to tell the audience everything though because the production is pretty piss-poor, which is surprising for PA Works. I think all their money went to backgrounds and music… which admittedly are quite good… but the direction and animation are awful. Use some shading and coloring to set the mood, damn it. No, throwing a couple images up of dolls as a transition does not create atmosphere. It just makes me laugh at you for having no clue what to do and defaulting to "Dolls are creepy, right? How about a doll with its brain exposed? That’ll really scare them." At least be consistent. When the useless lead was introduced to the class, they all just stared at him blankly. Okay, slightly creepy. 15 seconds later, he’s surrounded by what seems like every single one of them chattering brainlessly at him like the room was gassed with nitrous oxide. As for technically production, well… Let’s put it this way. Do you like this shot? I sure hope you do, because it comprises nearly 5% of the episode in a one-minute long still.

So, no. It did not create the atmosphere it was going for and I think it would have given itself a hernia if it was clumsily trying any harder to be creepy. The lead is the usual bland and sickly sack of uselessness that these kinds of shows have for some bizarre reason, so characters sure as hell aren’t a reason to watch it either. I guess at least he doesn’t emit a smell that attracts pedophile werewolves… yet… but I can’t think that would hurt the show. I’m not sure what that leaves though, besides the usual annoying Ali Project OP. I missed not having to hear them.

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Nan says:

    This seems to be one of those series that could be very good with the right writing and a good twist at the end. One of those endings that has you rewatch the series from a different perspective. Without flashbacks and recursive plotwriting. I’m hoping for that, but suspecting it won’t.

    Optimism, optimism, optimism.

  • halflifle says:

    “Nan says:

    This seems to be one of those series that could be very good with the right writing and a good twist at the end. One of those endings that has you rewatch the series from a different perspective. Without flashbacks and recursive plotwriting”

    Like Serial Experiments Lain?
    It had (at least for me) the right writing, good twist and re-watchableness (sp) that you mentioned

  • The Phantom says:

    Rei Ayanami 2.0 with some bizarre settings, is interesting at least, So long the main lead does not degenerate into shinji, god lord I don’t want to see another of those ever again.

  • mousoukyoku says:

    There’s a reason for the dolls that will become clear later. But yeah, production pretty much sucks apart from backgrounds and music and Ito’s designs don’t fit the novel anyway. And the novel is mostly boring even for fans of the author like me…

    seizonsha says:

    Pretty much this…you know why XP
    The series looks nice and all, but they went way obverboard with the whole creepy angle. The novel isn’t even that good and this episode used up most of the atmosphere of the first 200 or so pages except for 1, 2 instances…

    I think the movie this summer will be the best way to watch this story…short and compressed