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12 Days of Anime #8: Spinzaku


Perhaps I may or may not possibly at some point have implied that I could maybe might like Code Geass. I still don’t know what could have given it away. It’s not like I named the entire blog after it or anything. It’s hugely charismatic and massively entertaining with a strong focus on a handful of themes and that same appealingly slapdash approach to storytelling that Future Diary has, in that it feels logic  is a disposable component if it would allow the story to move quicker. This trait, along with its natural extravagance and desire to keep one-upping itself, means that there are a lot of silly things that happen in Code Geass.

Nunnally in Wonderland is Code Geass taking out all these components, framing them on the mantelpiece, then pointing and laughing at them.


Which is the best moment from Nunnally in Wonderland? Norio Wakamoto in his marvellous hat? The fact that the entire thing was made because Lelouch used the geass on the production staff? The Special Administrated Zone of Croquet? The mockery of pretentious monologues using Geass’s own dramatic music from the final episode? Norio Wakamoto in his marvellous hat? No, it has to be the moment Suzaku appeared. Not only do they have a go at the OVA’s own noticeably total lack of budget and its existence as little more than a picture drama, they re-imagine Suzaku’s signature spinning kick in the form of barely functional puppets spinning wildly like an inexperienced player on a foosball table.


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  1. TheVoid
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I can totally see Suzaku floating in the air and spinning like that in the actual show itself since he has unexplained superhuman abilities.

  2. gw_kimmy
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    suzaku ftw. i need to watch this ova eventually.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      Yes. Yes you do

      • shytende
        Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

        I need to rewatch it.

    • gw_kimmy
      Posted December 19, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

      btw congrats on that article on the sidebar there where you’re grouped with tumblr and twilight fangirls and–



  3. Fumoffu!!
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I personally loved the FLEIJA pancakes or whatever. That’s a sign of good cooking, it’d be like trying to make an omelette and creating a nuke.

  4. Moomba
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    You like Code Geass? I never would’ve guessed.

    Spinzaku is mesmerising. Actually, staring at this gif right now, I realise he’d make a magnificent clock. The sword could be the hour hand and his body the minute hand. Why doesn’t this exist?

  5. XXL
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    “logic is a disposable component if it would allow the story to move quicker.”

    Ah, the fundamental difference between Scamp’s and my anime-watching philosophies. I hate it when a work starts bullshitting out of its ass all in the name of “entertainment”.

    That said, SPINZAKU FTW

    I never realized that OVA was so… balls off the walls crazy. Maybe I’ll track it down one of these days.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      People who demand logic over story are the cancer that are killing anime. You are the reason stuff like the Fate/Zero walking in circles thing exists. I speeeet on your kind

    • Maximillian
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

      Well, it’s basically like this:

      Some shows try to be incredibly realistic. That demands having a very clear use of logic and maintaining overall plausibility. Sometimes even too much adherence to logic can turn out to be artificial, however, as if humans beings were all acting like robots who must explain everything upon request. In any event, the creators spent a lot of time trying to keep all the steps of the process straight.

      Other shows don’t try to do that. Realism isn’t the point. Emotion is often more important than logic. If there is any logic it has more to do with the themes of the story or the relationships between the characters and their mindsets. It really doesn’t matter how someone pulled off this or that ridiculous stunt, but only the fact that he did, and whatever consequences that has for him and the other fellows around him in a certain context. The exact steps of the process are of limited importance, in and of themselves, and can even be impossible to replicate in real life.

      Both approaches can work in fiction. It’s not exclusively about entertainment, per se, but certainly different viewers will focus on different elements. I can easily go from one extreme to the other, depending on the situation.

  6. Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Yes. This OVA is WAY more entertaining than I thought it would be. I could watch that .gif all day!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

      It is rather mesmerising, isn’t it

  7. luffyluffy
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    This just in, Suzaku in the top picture looks just like an Ingram from Patlabor.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if that’s on purpose. I don’t remember seeing any Patlabor references in Geass, but I suppose I hadn’t seen Patlabor then

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