Deca-Dence #08 — Messiah Complex

August 26th, 2020


Boy, has the writing on this show gone from lazy to… what's beyond lazy?


There's a lot to unpack in the opening infodump, and none of it good. I could probably do at least three paragraphs just on the inconsistencies and never even get to the random walking deus ex machina woman. In any case, they go to lengths to explain how only a special person who was outside the system could possibly access the final boss area. So they must be talking about the girl who this entire thing has been about, who is ostensibly central to the story, right? No, of course not. The logic then winds around to that the most famous dude in the entire world is also now apparently a massive glitch in the system and the most special dude in all the world.

All of this is set to prisoners giving a spirited defense of how you CAN'T fight the system. The system is there for our good and the stability of our society! While standing in a literal cesspool, working as slave labor. Later, they're convinced to rebel by learning that reprocessing exists. Boy, are the robots going to be scarred when they learn about fertilizer. This is, I guess, all to set up a new antagonist, a petty, craven, cowardly robot who I don't think even has a name. Cause it's not enough that we have giant monsters and a cold unthinking industrial military complex enslaving people in a hopeless war for its own entertainment. 

Anyway, we then spend about five minutes on a goofy break-in to steal his body, which is to say, restore the status quo, after an episode that would not shut up about how the new avatar was the new him. This reset would be the only time the human side of the show even showed up in the episode, because right after that, it was back to the robots to wring their hands about whether or not to Fight The Man. Good god. Hunger Games and The Purge had better and more convincing reasons for their apocalyptic hellscapes, and spent less time plaintively wailing about the evilness of fighting the system, and didn't do so from atop a pile of corpses and monster dung.


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4 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • The Phantom says:

    This season is such a POS that I am watching re:zero and the final season of Two Chairs, Empty Room, and hell I even think they are good, mostly because there is NOTHING else to watch.

    • Aroduc says:

      I’m apparently just plain hibernating outside Wednesdays. I should probably get started on the next season preview, but that will likely depress me.

  • JCAll says:

    “All of this is set to prisoners giving a spirited defense of how you CAN’T fight the system. The system is there for our good and the stability of our society! While standing in a literal cesspool, working as slave labor.”

    Oh look, an unintentional metaphor for the Japanese animation industry. I always love it when that happens.

  • Ark noir says:

    Kumicho: ” From now on, this is MY fight”.

    Natsume : “No senpai, this is our fight”


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