When the Seagulls Cry #26 — Sparklies?

December 23rd, 2009


I refuse to accept a magical death unless it has blue sparklies.


Well, it was a bit better than I expected it to be, but you know me and recycled footage. Ange’s death scene at the start was particularly godawful. I swear that they just cycled between those same four shots of Beatrice, Lambda/Bern, Ange, and Battler’s face for about two straight minutes, just adding a little more blood to one of them each time. That also certainly didn’t help inject any kind of drama in the scenes either. Nothing like seeing everybody’s face frozen in stone to really get you to empathize with them. Although that may also be the fault of Battler throwing a massive hissy fit every time over the smallest things. That makes him just shrugging his shoulders when people around him die seem a taaaad bit emotionless.Things didn’t really improve too much in the production department in the second half either, but I suppose that’s to be expected. It still would have been nice if they showed what Battler was theorizing instead of just some ugly outline of a person along with a clips show. Or my favorite, their diagrams that probably took them upwards of 30 seconds to make using MSPaint.

I’m not even sure why we’re supposed to buy that Beatrice was doing anything aside from dicking around with Battler at the end either. The last major interaction they had, literally, was her playing him like a fiddle, and pretending to be killed. But this time… this time’s special. Or something. Whatever. We’ve already seen that Battler’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Hell, I think the sporks may have him beat. Speaking of that… despite all the silly spears and KINZO-DRAGONS flying around, the big blue/red showdown seemed a bit aborted. Beatrice undercut approximately one of his umpteen pages worth of blue text and spent the rest of the time going "Wow, you’re awesome. Let’s make out." And being stabbed, but again… that’s how we ended the previous arc too. As highly as I value Battler’s inane bomb theories, it just makes it seem even more likely that Beatrice is screwing with him… only that punchline never comes and then the show ends.

Finalish thoughts at the bottom.

Final Thoughts:

I know that I’m really going out on a limb here, but this just hasn’t been a particularly good show in just about any way. It manages to carry some of the interesting ideas over from the original, but the direction, art, animation, and pacing could probably be described as marginally average at best. Deen further exacerbated this by eschewing the main characters for the previous 20 episodes in the final arc just for one who was machinated out of thin air and now has vanished back into the void. I’m not entirely certain what else to say beyond that, as I doubt anybody is going to be rising up to sing this show’s praises. Admittedly, it certainly could have been worse in a lot of ways, but sometimes… it’s hard exactly to imagine how.

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15 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Serpit says:

    I’m sure you’ve been asked his before, but exactly how familiar are you with the source material?

    I really wonder why some of DEENs decisions don’t even come close to possible making sense in a far off future. Like, putting awesome remixes of 2 of the most awesome songs in the VN on their OST, only to never use them. Oh well, at least they partially got the ending right, although doing the ??? scene after the ED properly would have ended the season on a much, much higher note. Blech.

    • Aroduc says:

      Not terribly, but enough. About as much as I am with most shows. I read a fair bit of the discussion prior to things airing so I have a general idea of what to expect, but especially with this show, that hasn’t actually been particularly useful.

  • Gin says:

    What the hell? A dragon? Are we channeling Fate Stay Night here or something?

    This last episode had way too much to cram in. Maybe they should have spaced it a little more.

  • Phocus says:


    ^This is better than the entire episode.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t think it’s possible for me to be any more disappointed with this show. All the bad things about this episode just feel redundant at this point.

  • Gin says:

    Oh, by the way, Aroduc, who do you think committed the murders in each arc?

    • Aroduc says:

      Personally, I’m guessing it’s going to end up a lot like Curtain, with one mastermind manipulating other people to killing each other. Kanon’s obviously extremely suspicious in nearly every arc, and given the source, Nanjou’s very likely in collusion with the mastermind or murderers. I think right now, my money’s on George. Tends to die late and often lurks in the background without trying to figure things out, but his motives are also a tad too obvious. He’s where I’d put my money right now if I had to though.

  • MuzikalNotes says:

    Doesn’t look like they even tried to adapt the 2nd Tea Party, which had Bernkastel and Lamda discussing the red and blue truths that were shown in the last confrontation and laughing at how Beatrice will not win (“Beatrice will certainly not win. And a miracle will not occur!” in red). The latter’s not that important, but the former should have been adapted.

    And what is the point of remixing the VN OST if you’re not going to put it into the anime itself (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OneH19EzkxE)!? WTF DEEN

    • Anonymous says:

      Adapting the ???? tea party would’ve required them to do the first tea party correctly, which they didn’t.

  • TOP2NE1 says:

    This season’s pretty much all been shit or average.

    The only thing I can still follow without perennial skepticism is Tegami Bachi.

    • Haesslich says:

      And even that’s fillertastic… especially the last few eps to date, since ep 10. And there’s still 5 volumes of story left, so I don’t see the point of the last two eps.