Fourteen Sick #12 — Flashbacks! Flashbacks! Flashbacks!

December 19th, 2012


Things were more meaningful in the past, after all.


At least it didn’t surprise me by doing anything good with the ending. Hell, Rikka wasn’t even bloody involved with it really. Wet Blanket came to the realization thanks to all his friends about her and went leaping off on his bike over hills against the backdrop of city lights and flashbacks. And oh, the flashbacks. So many flashbacks. Then he declared himself to be the Dark Flame Master and they rode off, hugged with a solar flare in the background and screen spinning, and went out to look over the ocean. There wasn’t even any catharsis for her. Anything really. She just had a bunch of flashbacks and then decided to stop being sad because Yuuta showed up and said "stop being sad." The end. Fantastic.


Final Thoughts:

This really had the same problem from start to finish; it was heavy handed as hell. Of course, it took a journey from attempted to be a cutesy comedy to romance to melodrama, slowly excising anything and everything that could even be construed as vaguely fun as the weeks went on. Not that I’d say the early parts were all that fun either, what with the director standing with his bullhorn just off screen screaming "DO YOU FIND THIS CUTE!? IS THIS CUTE ENOUGH FOR YOU!? CUUUUUUUUUUUTE!" but at least it had some flashy action sequences to make up for it. Not enough to make up for the wet blanket of a protagonist complaining about them, but if you closed your eyes and blocked him out, you could at least enjoy the flash and style.

Of course, vacuous flash and style blasted in your face have a very different standard for appeal than wailing violins and melodrama. The characters were nowhere near developed enough for how heavy it tried to be (or rather, were developed as joke for half the series instead) nor did anything important enough happen to justify literally an entire third of the show dedicated to just flat out being sad because being sad means the characters are… complex or something? The only things it was missing was someone standing in the rain and looking out over a lake meaningfully oh wait, they got that last one in the final episode. And when the writers realized that they didn’t have the characters to support this, they just went to the laziest standbys possible; rewriting half and making the other half cry.

I can take bad. Enjoy it even. What I cannot stand is something trying to be emotionally manipulating and doing it with the grace and subtlety of a three-legged hippopotamus on rollerblades. It was tolerable when it was just trying to be silly and had the slickest action sequences this season as random interstitials. Sadly, that dried up about halfway through for a director with a fistful of sad piano music in one hand and by the deftness that he used it, I’m guess a rusty hook for the other.

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14 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Kitsu says:

    Awesome ending from awesome show. KyoAny sure finds away.
    I hope next season they continue with this fantastic quality.
    I can´t wait for the future

  • RaiKitsune says:

    Anime is all the same now. Every couple of years we get something great but the rest of it is just so blah it is not even worth watching.

    • Baby Choo Choo says:

      I feel like you could say this about a lot of music, movies, television, video games, and pretty much any media lol but, regardless, I agree 100%.

      The amount of shamelessly copied and pasted harem (just using harem shows as an example) shows out there is mindblowing. Dear god, each and every ****ING one of those shows is about a group of girls (each of whom fulfills some weird, specific fetish) completely obsessed with a guy who is obviously attracted to the opposite sex, but for some reason refuses to make a move on any of them.

      Not all these copied/pasted shows are terrible, mind you. It’s just the fact they’re so blatantly uninspired that bothers me. I just don’t see how you sit down in a room and essentially create the same show where the only difference is the names of all the characters.

      A paycheck is a paycheck I suppose and people got bills to pay, but damn, the least they could do is act like they’re trying…

  • Kefit says:

    These final thoughts are how I feel about almost all KyoAni shows. They eschew decently written characters – that is, characters with some degree of dimensionality and agency – in favor of cloying mimetic blobs completely enslaved by the wiles of the writer and director “trying to be emotionally manipulating and doing it with the grace and subtlety of a three-legged hippopotamus on rollerblades.”

    I wish KyoAni would throw their immense visual prowess behind projects with a larger variety of writing, directing, and visual styles, but I’m not exactly holding my breath. After all, if mimetic writing sells then why change it?

    • algorithm says:

      Compared to their previous works, Kyoani’s sales dropped a lot with their most recent shows.

  • algorithm says:

    So uh, congrats on your first Kyoani? How does that feel? Ready to face Tamako Fagget?

    And all those Kokoro Connect reviews you never did. That was a whole other level.

  • Jinzilla says:

    It was a fun show……until halfway. :(

    • anise_punter says:

      This guy knows what’s up. “Let’s go with heavy-handed drama instead of having fun with it like we did in the first half!”

      show: *craters*

  • rufe says:

    Well…The ending was disappointing. I think that was what they were building toward the entire show, but they just vomited it out at the end. The sudden narration was just terrible.

    There were some nice elements to this last episode such as chu-ni Sanae and normal Dekkomori (and eye candy). Also the Mayan apocalypse =P

    I think it could have worked if they had paced themselves better. It was never going to be subtle show to begin with…

  • Dr. Dust Cell says:

    The ending wasn’t as good as I hoped, but it was still had a better overall (and lasting) impact than the second novel’s.