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12 Days of Anime #5: The Most Disappointing Hype Train

Moyashimon Returns

Of all this year’s letdowns, none have stung so much as Moyashimon Returns, the sequel to the pretty good, but not quite great Moyashimon that aired five years prior. The anticipation was such that damn near everyone who was asked about what they anticipated from the summer season said Moyashimon Returns without missing a beat, though given the lack of quality across the board for that particular season, I can’t say I blame them for jettisoning their hopes into the thermosphere. And of course, like all objects not lighter than air or aerodynamically designed, everyone’s expectations of the show came crashing back to Earth’s surface, scalding hot with disappointment.

Quite a few of the complaints about the sequel make sense; the charming, quirky aesthetic that made the first series so endearing was hidden under the sheen of generic character designs and a somehow more generic opening that failed to match the first season’s. Coupled with horrid pacing and character development being substituted for microbes lecturing about booze, it’s nowhere near as distinctive or dramatically coherent as its predecessor. Hell, after five years, expecting more than what actually came was perfectly reasonable. I’m coming across as harsher than I intend to be on what the show offered. I don’t think it did a particularly lackluster job, the first three episodes aside, keeping itself from becoming as regrettable a hype machine as Guilty Crown. Of course, “not as bad as Guilty Crown” is a pretty low bar, but it wasn’t an irredeemable disaster by itself, retaining its place as one of my most anticipated series week to week.

Moyashimon Returns 02

Of all the anime that’s graced our torrents this year, Moyashimon Returns is hardly the most noteworthy. At best, it recaptures the frenzy of the first series’ laudable school festival arc for all of a single episode, at worst languishing in a brewery for a span of several episodes accomplishing fuck all. In the end, it falls somewhere in the middle of this year’s moderate string of watchable series. However, it’s representative of how deceptive the hype train can be, something that we’d all do well to remember in order to avoid accidentally stringing up our expectations until they hang lifeless from disappointment’s shoddily-made gallows.

In retrospect the massive expectation deflation was kind of hilarious, and only one of three things worth discussing about the summer season. Coming up next will be another of those three shows that kept the summer as a whole from being kind of forgettable shit.

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  1. Nebulous
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Read the title on the RSS feed and thought; “Guilty Crown, for sure”. Am surprised anyone hyped up Moyashimon is very niche at best.

  2. Posted December 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Seriously? Moyashimon Returns was hyped up? I’m pretty more people were hyped up with SAO the most in the summer season. But then again maybe Moyashimon Returns was the most hyped show by eliti- I mean anime bloggers. Oh well fuck who cares Moyashimon wasn’t that good.

    • Inushinde
      Posted December 23, 2012 at 2:23 am | Permalink

      Sword Art Online was hyped up on an entirely different level. That was a hype space shuttle made entirely of papier mache. This was a hype train that got derailed when nobody noticed that there were a few boulders on the otherwise pristine tracks. Hype.

  3. Lanf
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Yeah after such an unexpected return, it was rather disappointing. Oddly though, they managed to make a trip to france interesting, which is the part where I thought the second season stood out, as they’re casually ripping on french culture.

    I really didn’t like the start though, the first season informed us just a bit more than needed in order to make sense, this season gave us entire damn lectures. Still, compared to things like SAO and Muv-luv, I got a fair bit of enjoyment out of it; the only thing I massively hyped during summer was Jintai and that, for me, delivered.

  4. rubberluffy
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I felt like something was off right when I started watching episode 1 and saw the new character designs. I mentioned how much I preferred the S1 designs on a forum I frequent and found I was pretty much in the minority, which I found mind-boggling.

    I really like season 1 and I haven’t watched past episode 3 of season 2 because it’s just doesn’t feel as charming or interesting.

  5. Mormegil
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    As soon as I saw the new character design I knew it was going to be shit.

  6. Posted December 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    After you hype something up, to the extent Moyashimon was hyped up, it will always fall short of expectations… That’s a given!

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