December 27th, 2012
The proper way to end any action show, obviously.
You know when the perfect time for a secondary character to have an origin story flashback is? If you’re K’s writers, then you think that it’s at the start of the last episode. At least it was short. Just like the big end of show fights! Hell, the big showdown between Shiro and Captain Eyeweasels was naked hugs with himself. As if the show wasn’t fruity enough already. The insert song at the ED also added a couple extra exclaimation points to the questions about this show’s sexuality.
At least Shiro’s own Gollum act right before he played the part of a funeral pyre/sacrificial lamb was kind of amusing. Interrupting someone else’s fight to argue with yourself is a step up from most of the rest of the writing in this episode/show.I’m actually kind of surprised that they didn’t show the little body hopper living on in some way, even as a subtle nod to the audience. It seems really bizarre to ‘end’ (sequel announcement notwithstanding) Shiro’s plotline on Kitty crying over him and go from there to everyone’s red marks flying up into the sky to form a ‘beautiful’ giant phallus as they all gaze in wonderment. Of course, sequel announcement. And it’s not like the writing was even competent or sensical to begin with. I still don’t think it’s too much to ask to at least keep the focus on Shiro at the end instead of having the entire cast ignore him entirely save one anthropomorphic cat sobbing over his umbrella.
Next Season Preview:
Everything’s in sepia and mostly from the previous season.
Pretty much the same as the initial thoughts. The show has style and to spare, but it has no idea what it’s doing with it. Even that trails off pretty badly around the halfway point as the budget takes a nosedive and entire episodes are made up of nothing but talking heads leading to… really nothing. That’s really the show’s biggest issue. There’s so much time and space simple squandered for nothing. Both on the high level (pretty much the entire Red/Blue plot) and even on the minute level (long drifting shots of scenerio).
Focusing in on the main characters and the single Shiro-centric plot would’ve done a world of good too. They were ridiculous and inconsistent, but at least they were generally in motion and easy on the eyes, unlike the parade of moody talking heads in the other half of th show. Hell, the entire Red/Blue subplot could’ve more or less not existed or been reduced to just two gangs fighting it out and little of the show would’ve changed. They tried to add import by having talking heads repeat over and over again how important it was because of fate and whatnot, but that’s not an effective way to add tension or depth.
I guess we’ll see if they learned anything when the show continues, but I’m not going to be waiting with bated breath to find out.