|Space Dandy Season 2|
Space Dandy didn't really land for some people during its first season because of how bizarre some of its episodes were and that it took a large amount of time to get adjusted to the style that the series was going for. That problem does not exist in season 2, with the very first episode being a hilarious genre defying and mentally warped take on the many worlds theory. From there we've had episodes that deal with the justice system of the future, fourth dimensional love, and a philosophical look at the meaning of life and death. All from the show where the very first episode had a Dandy face first in a pair of boobs! I implore all of you to check out some of the episodes from season 2, specifically episodes 14, 21, 25, and 26 being the best in the whole series. Try each episode out to see which one you like, but season 2 was a clear hit this summer for me. Groovy...
To say that this is a bad love story is not too far from the truth, but there's so much more than that. It's that the relationships these characters have don't make sense and half of these characters are awful, awful people. Kakeru is a broody angst filled ass that actively tries to be a jerk to everyone in the group, Sachi manipulates her kinda-sorta boyfriend Hiro into screwing up Toko's relationship with Kakeru because she loves her and doesn't feel anything for Hiro, Toko is just a dumb woman that is an amalgamation of all of the worst high school girl stereotypes, and Yuki is just a tool. All of these characters are flawed and impossible to root for... and yet we're expecting to root for them??? Look, a love story means that we should actively want these characters to fall in love and be happy, but I can't feel that if I don't like any of them.
And then there are the "fantasy" elements of the shows i.e, the visions of the future that Toko and Kakeru see. Yeah, there's no point to them. Visions of the future don't show any relation to what's going on half the time, and when there actually is some connection, the show makes a hard right turn and confuses you even more. Apparently there are alternate dimensions in this show... I think? Nothing in this show is handled well. It's told sloppily. It tries to be more artistic than it actually is and fails hardcore. Yana walks across her house naked for an entire minute for no apparent reason, but it is shot artistically beyond all belief with slow piano music. WHAT IS THIS SERIES TRYING TO EVOKE IN ME??? WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT A WOMAN WALKING ACROSS HER HOUSE NAKED FOR NO REASON???
I follow an anime site called randomc.net, and on that site, they had reviews for every episode of Glasslip. In the comments below and in the review itself, the show was criticized royally and was called one of the most disappointing and worst shows of the season. One user named SBC summarized this show better than I could have ever done so.
"I think we can try and rationalize as much as we want… but ultimately…
…this was a really fucking terrible show."
|Sailor Moon Crystal|
The fact that this show is biweekly is not that big of a concern for me, but what is a concern is that we are six episodes into the series already, and I'm not committed to this show in the slightest. I don't care about the characters or the plot, and all I'm left with is just a show that I watch simply to say that I watched it. Explaining the plot of Sailor Moon is redundant because, well, it's the basis for the magical girl genre of anime. A girl gets magical powers, transforms, then uses said powers to defeat the evil monster of the day and thwart the villain's plans. It's not that the show is bad by any means, but it's the product of its time.
This is a classic 90's anime that has a modern coat of paint on it. Key phrase being "90's anime". When you think of 90's anime, some people have fond memories come into their minds. I will fully admit that there were a ton of great shows that came out in the 90's, but they were products of their time. Sailor Moon could succeed BECAUSE it was released in a time where the magical girl genre wasn't that big or successful, so it became a huge hit when it was released. Now 20 years later, when the show has a new animation style to it, the flaws of the original become more apparent. I plan on sticking with the show, especially now that all of the main Sailors have been introduced, so we'll see where the show goes from here.
|Akame ga Kill!|
|Persona 4 Golden the Animation|