July 27th, 2014
Good god. Shut the hell up.
That was tremendously disappointing, and my expectations weren’t not what I’d call high to begin with. So much for an antagonist. I guess it was more effort than last week’s godawful date episode, but the ‘highlight’ of the episode was one of Japan’s infamous ‘action’ scenes that consisted of about 80% exposition, 10% speedlines, and 5% stills… and lasted nearly ten goddamned minutes. …Coming after a first half that was 95% exposition and 5% comic relief. They did put some effort into Akame’s flurry with him, but that was after 90 seconds of posturing and about 6 minutes of speedlines and stills, so far too little, far too late, and went right back to expositing all over itself moments later.
At least there wasn’t any slapstick in the middle of the fight, but removing awful things isn’t the same as making what remains good. It’s surprising these dumbasses don’t go hoarse with the way they can’t shut the hell up. “I will now be attacking you with my signature attack!” “This is how it will affect you!” “You have overcome my attack!?” Maybe it’s some form of Japan-specific Tourettes that forces them to announce literally every single thing that they do. The only way they could have made that more lazy and insulting to the audience is if they had someone spend a chunk of time grunting with constipated power level syndrome.
Scissors girl episode.