My almighty empress Drossel. She has returned! Now with considerable more
meat metal in those calves and bearing a hair style that is less the twin-tailed Hatsune Miku of yesteryear and now more like Jesse from Team Rocket.
The original Fireball is a 13 episode series produced by Japanese Disney of all people. The entire show is done with 3D style animation, which for a change actually works because the only 2 characters in the show are robots. Each episode is only 2 minutes long and the shows only real purpose is to sell figurines of the stylish robot empress Drossel. It’s pretty funny to watch the show through those eyes, because it becomes clear that Drossel’s tendency to switch from dramatic stance to pensive stance between the conversation with her robot butler Gedächtnis is basically the show telling you that hey look, you can put your Drossel figurine in this pose and this pose and even this pose! She’ll even pause in each pose for long enough so you can imprint the stance in your memory before moving onto the next one. This tactic obviously worked, otherwise they wouldn’t have made a new season.
And I’m delighted that those figurines sold because Fireball is brilliant. That is to say, it’s about as good as a series of 2 minute long shorts can be, which is rather limited, but still pretty awesome. Drossel and Gedächtnis conversations have these great millisecond pauses where several lines of dialogue would have gone but both characters are able to make the leaps in logic without spelling them out with words, leaving the final line of the dialogue simply being a seemingly disconnected “so that’s how it is” type of line. What’s more is they play with your knowledge that they’re doing that. In the first episode of Fireball Charming, Drossel reading from her exalted Dad’s Book of Knowledge about human speech, remarks that the frog was actually a beautiful prince all along. Was this her elaborate metaphor for human speech? Nope, Gedächtnis simply gave her the wrong book.
As I said before, Drossel’s character design has changed from the first season. Good or bad? I like it myself, although I probably marginally prefer the first season’s design. The reason she’s been redesigned is the same reason mecha anime keep having technology creep. So people will buy the new version of the old mecha! I’d buy the new Drossel figurine design if that meant they kept making new seasons of Fireball. Heck, I went looking to buy the old version of Drossel when I finished the first season but they were all sold out, and I’ve never owned any anime figurine apart from my Mudkip toy. For one, the original Drossel actually has ball joints in her character design, so the figurine itself won’t look so weird.
I kinda want to blog Fireball Charming. It may be a series of shorts, but I did blog Hetalia so it’s not unprecedented. hmmm…