18if #02 — Murder Porn

July 14th, 2017

 

At least this gave something to comment on.

I just picked up a puppy (while telling myself "No more puppies, never again"), so posting may be a little later than usual for at least a few weeks since it takes priority. Also, Made in Abyss's second episode contained literally no abyss, and 100% puttering around town. Thrilling. I could watch Virgin Soul for that. And speaking of which, its episode was bumming around the heavenly city, Jeanne/Nina reuniting with Whose-His-Face, and culminating with Whose-His-Face getting delusions of grandeur. That's it. That's all. Another twenty minutes of the protagonists doing jack as the plot inches along. I'm done. I'm out.

Impressions:

Not that I'm sold on this either, and this episode puts it pretty close to the edge. I have a hard time getting into this episode's headspace, let alone understanding what they were going for. A revenge-driven killer wants to kill a bunch of unrepentant killers who killed her family, and the protagonist is just like "Wow, neat. Brutal murder seems fun." There's some really flimsy crap about how she's supposedly strong, and that the trio are all extra super duper mega psychopaths, which makes it all good, but I don't buy it in the slightest. At best, the protagonist still comes off as just going right along with the flow of everything until he decides he wants to gruesomely kill someone too, just to say that he has, apparently. And nobody bats an eye.

Perhaps he's meant to be more of an antihero? I have a hard time swallowing that too though since he's mostly just apathetic to everything, and especially what the director thought was worth focusing on wasn't the girl or anything like that, but the grisly way she executed her victims. It could also be that the writing is still fairly insane, and is probably a step or two over the line of lunatic-fringe teenage power fantasy. It's totally oblivious that it's glorifying the exact behavior that it's celebrating executing people for, and my favorite… There's this bit where he notices that her arm is covered in scars from attempted suicides and remarks that therefore, she must be really strong like this is obviously self-evident. Like trying to kill yourself just makes you harder to kill the next time. I think they learned physiology from Dragon Ball.

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9 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • elior1 says:

    about mad in abyss. choose her own doughter over make her guild rich is very noble

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    v1cious says:

    Heh, Keep watching Made In Abyss. If they follow the manga, that show’s gonna get crazy good.

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  • kenuran says:

    Man this season is really bugging the hell out of me with how much deadspace its creating for the Monday to Friday part of the week. I just dropped Virgin Soul as well and am just gonna watch Magical Circle just so I’m watching something at least one day outside of the weekend.

    Well the 3rd Season of Star Vs starts tomorrow. You wanna cover it?

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    Aroduc says:

    Possibly. I’ve tried covering Western shows in the past, but it tends not to work well because their schedules are beyond chaotic. It’ll be randomly off for weeks or months, and then 3-4 episodes will air in a day, etc.

    I have planned on saying something about the movie, and the series in general, perhaps packaged with some stuff on other western shows, but it may end up not being until Tuesday or Wednesday.

    This is looking like it’d be a very good season for using the mid-week to fill in on stuff like Rick and Morty or Star Vs though.

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    Opulent Rag says:

    How about Castlevania on Netflix? Something just to breeze through.

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    elior1 says:

    true star vs had some very good moments not forced romance and pretty funny villains

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  • Anonymous says:

    How many damn dogs do you have

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  • Phillip says:

    When a major character is a dude with a cat head, any attempts at seriousness should be taken as the pile of half-digested puke it most certainly is.

    Congrats on the puppy!

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