Unidentified and In-Progress #12 — Have More Emotions!

March 26th, 2014


I wish I was watching Maken-ki.


I think this episode might have pulled a muscle in its attempts to dredge out melodrama. There was the empty house with emotional insert song and montage segueing oh so smoothly into freezing to death in a cave for feverish dreams about everyone disappearing into her wandering off a cliff. Then there was a damn spotlight on their big ol’ moment of absolutely nothing. Because truuuu luuuuv needs nothing more than being within the same zip code. And what predicated this bit of stupidity? She didn’t get his text message.

But at least there was some extra extra extra janky animation when Dogboy went running off through the sudden blizzard. I don’t know whether they were trying extra hard for those 2-3 seconds or had just given up entirely, but hey, I felt something for this show for a brief moment for the first time in months. Great work.

Final Thoughts:

I wish I had watched Maken-ki, although there’s a good chance this was more fanservicey than it, what with the grotesque duffel bags of slime that they like to staple to chests and then restrain with dental floss and a rotor. At least that way I could enjoy the braying of the masses about the evils of watching such a show. This one made me miss the terrible melodrama at the start. It was stretched out absurdly, dumb, and ended with introducing the supernatural (and then failing to do absolutely anything with it) and after that, there was just nothing. A bunch of waffling over Kobeni being insecure week in and week out. Always Kobeni, always simpering. The only thing that varied is what caused it, and sometimes, it was basically nothing, and went nowhere, and the only thing that broke that up was squeaky shouting.

The comedy didn’t fare much better for much the same reason. It wasn’t great to begin with, but never reached beyond the first few jokes it had which ran thinner and thinner as the show went on. Even when it finally (finally) introduced a couple new characters, they were just rehashes of the same jokes already done with the generic ones. The OP and the ED about as good as the show gets, for fanservice, melodrama, and comedy. I have no idea what it was really trying to be and it didn’t do a good job at any aspect of it.

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10 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anise_punter says:

    *fires midget little sister into the sun*

  • Kinza Datteri says:

    I’m glad I dropped it after third episode.

  • algorithm says:

    If it’s any consolation Maken-ki took a severe nosedive after the first 4 episodes or so when they obviously started to run out of budget animation and writers (kids, it can always get worse). The teddy bear was the best thing that could happened to it but extras don’t get to renew their contracts after one episode.

  • Kitsu says:

    You overeacted since the melodram it wasnt so melodrama
    It was just few drama to me but I Think because I am stronger than you

  • Sanjuro says:

    Oh boy. I was at the edge of my seat when she got a fever after walking for 5 minutes in the cold. Would she get better on the mountain or would she get better after being taken down the mountain.

    Apart from this stinker of an episode I enjoyed it. Though some parts felt awkward when there wasn’t any BGM. Like there would be comedic scenes and there was only ambient noise in the background.

  • The Phantom says:

    I have no idea how did you finish this bland bland bland show.

  • Mesousa2877 says:

    Maken-Ki only had 10 epiosdes this season.

    And sadly, there was barely any Himegami fanservice.

  • wtfwtf says:

    Was that it? Seriously?

  • arknoir says:

    I’m still stuck on the whole ‘ girlfriend, you got save when you were a kid , now marry/pat this dog and tolerate its little bitch’