April 8th, 2017
Well, technically, just the one screams. But they're all imbeciles.
Anime Strike, Amazon's new streaming service, decided to post this yesterday, approximately 24 hours before it's actually broadcast in Japan. Great job right out of the gate, Amazon. It remains to be seen whether they're going to continue posting it early every week or not. I doubt it though.
Well, it's certainly full of stripes of Aldonoah.Zero, this staff/studio's last show. Specifically in that it took approximately three minutes before I hated the entire cast, and ten minutes before I despised them. And it's full of ugly CGI. Mostly though, it's the unbelievably awful protagonist who spends the entire thing screaming "I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON." Fifteen goddamned minutes of plaintive wailing and whimpering. And when he's not, he's delivering aimless, meandering, pretentious as all goddamned hell narration about how this story is going to be a story, and as protagonist, he's going to be the protagonist. It almost makes me want it to go right back to the minute of random shots of trains and advertisements.
It's hard to get into the action too when so much of it is "CGI swords flying around randomly," and that's when they don't stop to have long segments of exposition over shots of scenery. In the middle of 'fights.' It's not so much choreographed as slapped on to make the haphazard flying about seem not so stupid looking. Even the action-deliverers which are no doubt suppoesd to be the stars of the show are lame. The heroine exists just to be a second person to go "I don't know what's going on," but with less whimpering, and the antagonist spends her entire time dropping buzzwords and going "I'll explain it all… LATER!" You might almost think that the buzzword dump crap was some kind of bite at light novels for that garbage, especially the way that he gets dropped into the world where they do nothing but yell about pseudo-Germanic words at each other, but that's ascribing way more understanding and competence to the writing than anything else in this show comes anywhere close to.