Cop Craft #03 — To Be Finished By DVD Release

July 22nd, 2019


Everyone involved in the production of this episode should feel embarrassed.


This episode just straight up went into crazytown about six minutes into the episode and somehow managed to get worse by the second once there. The real antagonist is the police chief, who's going to hold Kei at gunpoint for five straight minutes while he explains that he was behind everything. Why? Well, he just loves terrorism that much. The real real antagonist? The wizard? Well, out of goddamned nowhere, he drops the reveal "Hey, you know that massacre during the war you were in? Well, it was me!" First, dude, I'm pretty sure this is the first we've heard of a massacre. Hell, I'm pretty certain at no point was the existence of a war ever brought up. But this is I guess how they make it personal, because it wasn't personal before with the killing of his partner. Why did they even drag her to their secret base in the first place? And leave her to just cast a little fire spell that apparently torched the whole place in about two minutes? Couldn't invest in a single extinguisher? And then reveal that they knew all along that they were about to be raided by the cops but I guess decided to hang around anyway? Is this a parody? Am I being pranked? People were paid to write this.

But that's just the writing and directing. The animation… good god, the animation of this episode. If this was made by Shaft, it would have just had a bunch of "to be finished" cards every time there was an action scene. Instead, we got about 10 seconds of that weird-ass overly fluid animation where everything is animation-smeared… except with half the frames dropped, across about 20 seconds of fights. The other 10 seconds were all stills. Seriously, at best, it was all about one to two seconds of smeary janky movement, then a still. Still after still after still after still. The animation budget must have completely bottomed out. So much for any hope of the flair promised by the OP. Good god, the best thing this episode and show does is make me feel guilty for ragging on Mappa's scripts and production.

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6 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anise_punter says:

    If this were SHAFT people would be falling all over themselves to tell you how unique and artsy this was instead of accurately describing it as “bad” like it should be.

  • Aroduc says:

    It feels like it’s been forever since I watched a proper Shaft show.

    Probably because they’ve been doing nothing but making *gatari OVAs for the last five or so years, so I’m likely dating myself.

  • residentgrigo says:

    I was surprised how the people behind a bunch of moe-tennis-trash, Berserk 2016/17 and the worst Queen´s Blade managed to put together the semi-competent pilot but then came the 2nd half of ep.2 and the trash fire. And now I know. They put at least 80% of the budget and all of the talent into one episode. How embarrassing.

  • NeclordX says:

    What happened this season? Suddenly every show seems to be done with the budged of a Coke and some fries. Did the industry go bankrupt and there is no money to produce shows or they just realized it doesn’t matter anyway since the objectvide is sell the source material?

  • Tiresias says:

    Holy shit that QUALITY

  • jgoi says:

    Both most likely. A handful of anime this season are using CG models with 2D layers to fake high quality animation.

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