I’m actually a little staggered by Dai Shogun. This is an anime with big name talents behind it with as the writer of Cowboy Bebop Dai Sato. It has character designs that have clearly had effort put into it. It has an actual animation studio that can do animation on it with JC Staff. OK sure I think all JC Staff anime suck, but not like this. This is different. Something is going on behind the scenes at Dai Shogun. You don’t make an anime this bad and put it out thinking “yup, I did a good job there”.
Even leaving aside the animation for one second, the writing is atrocious. It’s jokes about boobs and more boobs but played in an oddly serious manner at times. The women are all sex charged loonies and all the men shout all their lines. It’s stupid and unfunny and also vaguely offensive. The animation though looks like flash animation. You know those ones where everyone looks like they’ve held characters up on sticks and waved them around for movement? That is everything in Dai Shogun. Except even in flash animation they seem to usually be in on the joke. Inferno Cop is animated like this and that’s clearly done in a humorous fashion. The tragic thing is I don’t think Dai Shogun’s animation is intended to be laughed at.
It’s like they did out the storyboards and then just forgot to hire animators or something. Nothing moves. The mouths move (incidentally not in time with the spoken dialogue). There’s some highly dodgy CG animation at some points, mostly in the OP, which somehow look even worse than your usual highly dodgy anime CG. It’s like they’re trying to hide the lack of movement with shaky cameras, which only serve to highlight it even further. On the very, very, very rare occasion they try some actual animation animation, it’s clunky and full of missing frames and makes you wish they went back to just shaking the pieces around on sticks.
Dai Shogun would be a very bad anime even with normal animation. It’s evidentally had no effort put into anything apart from maybe the character designs. But as it is, with that animation, it reaches a whole new plane of existence. It is not as bad as Mushashi Gundoh. None of the character designs have jpeg artefacts. But it’s on a similar level. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Dai Shogun was just a front for some yakuza operation. If this isn’t cancelled before the end of the month, I’m going to assume it is a yazuka front. You don’t put something like this on TV as an actual anime. Something is going on here.