Twin Star Exorcists #01 — Magical Girl Transformation Sequence

April 6th, 2016


We all played Persona 3. Get over it.


A rule of thumb I like to think about when it comes to these kinds of things is how much effort they spent actually being cool versus how much they spent trying to posture about being cool. I really dislike it when an assload more effort is spent on throwing out poses, grunting, and magical girl transformation sequences than actually fighting whatever they're supposed to be fighting. And then, when it's finally time for action, what do we get? Some blurring around the screen and then about ten stills while they shake the camera. Obviously, there's the announcement that she's fast too. Nothing gets by our idiot lead, and understanding that we're in a different medium that no longer needs that described? What are we, Post-Doctorate level Adapting? Then the big boss appears and they're just like… "Animate? Naw, man. Throw up some speedlines, cover the screen in sparks, and let's go home early." The more I think about it, the more it annoys me.

But there's also the obnoxious 'humor' that is the traditional Japanese comedy comprised of screaming out a description of what is happening. "I said I'd buy one thing for you, but you bought a lot!" "You are currently growling at me!" Hilarious jokes padding out the time, on top of the utterly bizarre introduction to the male lead which is just a couple characters going "You suck and are awful," and he goes "Gee, I guess I am," but that's completely forgotten approximately two picoseconds later. I guess at least the bloody otherworld is sort of creepy looking, even if they do absolutely nothing with that. Yeah, guys. I played Persona 3 too. And am aware of at least a fraction of the other fortyfive hundred games, LN, and anime that did the exact same thing. Are we just repeating that because we thought it looked cool? Because that's how it comes off.

So no, I'm not feeling particularly charitable towards it even though it's certainly four or five notches above things like Endride in the production department. So much more effort is spent on the foreplay and pretending like it's going to be all that, and then when the big moment comes, it farts out stills. It's as cliche an introductory episode to this kind of thing as there comes which I feel like I've seen a hundred thousand times before. It thankfully skipped some of the needless exposition about itself, but what's left is some random gimmicks that it doesn't even commit to and getting blueballed on the action. And obnoxious yelling. Obviously that.

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7 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • wey says:

    Normal shounen meets a magical girlfriend and obtains superpowersm AGAIN.

  • AfroSquirrel says:

    Is that the SAVIOR OF HUMANITY I see?

  • Dave Baranyi says:

    Well, you’ve got to remember that this is a Combo From Shounen Hell – a Jump SQ story adapted for TV Tokyo…

  • Sanjuro says:

    You know its so so curaaazy cause he has shark teeth.