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Ixion Saga DT episode 1 – Namedropping FF is funny right?

I’m sure someone out there could come up with a reason why anime set inside MMOs have really become a thing recently. Is it really as simple as anime fans also happen to be big MMO players so fellating them with MMO appreciation is exactly the way to get them on your side and to buy your product? I feel like there’s some kind of wider statement you could make about anime Japanese otaku and these kinds of stories. The desire to actually get outside and meet people while still being able to stay within a world they actually understand? I’m probably reading too much into this.

In case you hadn’t figured it out from the opening paragraph, Ixion Saga D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T D-T yeah that opening is rather enthusiastic to keep the letters D-T in our minds. The story is about the same loser nerdy gamer from every anime ever dropping into an MMO and then going around completing quests, doing escort missions with princesses, buying ridiculous clothing in taverns, you know the drill. Where it differs from something like Sword Art Online is that it doesn’t take itself even remotely seriously. It’s all goofy and exaggerated nonsense. The main character defeats the boss by kicking him in the balls with a pair of dragon shoes.

Which I’m totally down for. The more steps anime take away from Sword Art Online the better. Ixion Saga DT would have really helped its case though if it was actually funny. Name dropping Final Fantasy isn’t humour. It’s referencing, the worst excuse for humour. Either that, or it’s the character saying he’s a virgin and it’s funny because it’s about sex. Or how about there’s a TRAP who ensnares the main character and then makes him feel his privates because we all know that’s what trannys do.

Everything in Ixion Saga is campy and colourful, but it’s just pulling off the same tired boring cliches that other fantasy-themed MMO games do. Ironically rolling your eyes at them makes you self-aware, but that doesn’t change that these kinds of things are boring in the first place. I genuinely like this director a lot. He directed some of my all-time favourite comedy anime like School Rumble, Gintama and Daily Lives of Highschool Boys. But in those 3 cases, he was just adapting strong source material. When left to make something original (Ixion Saga does have a game, but this story has nothing to do with it), he’s left found sorely wanting.

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  1. Posted October 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    One FF reference and it’s already making the headlines? You make it look like this episode was all about referencing which wasn’t the case.

    Besides, don’t tell me you totally despise referencing. I bet you can’t wait for the next show to warrant yet another Another joke. Hah.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      It was the worst offending joke. Most of it was just “isn’t this just like a fantasy game dohohoho”

  2. Erif
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Hey, at least it’s not another .hack ripoff.

    There haven’t been too many of those lately, right?

  3. Daniel
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Scamp have you watched SOA ep 14? How dare you mock an anime willing to kill off the protagonist.

    Oh so you say he did not really die eh? Well you know what other shows pulled the same trick? Mirai Nikki and Code Geass. Your move.

    • Kiseki
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      I can’t tell if people are sarcastic or not anymore.

      • Daniel
        Posted October 8, 2012 at 4:17 am | Permalink

        Hello Mr.奇跡

        I am writing to protest your most offensive remarks. I am an outstanding internet citizen who would just like a chair. I used to have a chair but some bullies who were up to no good started making trouble in my neighbourhood. And so now I have no chair and urgently await your reply so I am forward the money to your account.

        Dr. ダニエル様 the fifth of Nevada

        PS: I am serious, SOA ep 14 made it all worthwhile.

    • Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:05 am | Permalink

      Oh please tell me you’re trolling.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

      Serious answer: Why the hell would I still be watching SAO? It’s terrible.

      Non-serious answer: Oh well I guess you’re right, Code Geass and Future Diary suck after all

  4. Posted October 8, 2012 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Yeah…I was more disappointed than I thought with Ixion. Then again, even with Takamatsu directing, I didn’t have hopes for the show anyways…

  5. Adrian
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Guilty pleasure of the season. Reminds me of those crappy games I used to develop in RPG Maker XP. If I can still watch SAO (and have fun bashing it), I can watch this too.

  6. SQA
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    The series deserves eternal credit for dropping a chair on a posing Yuki Kaji. I laughed really, really hard at that one.

  7. Kurotachi
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    There is one problem with your review, he is not in an mmo, he is in another world. You need to watch it again. He was just playing Monster Hunter frontier before he was dropped into the other world. After there is no relation to an mmo whatsoever.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 9, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      Didn’t the girl at the start ask to meet up IRL? I suppose they could just be playing some sort of multiplayer where anyone can talk to you…although isn’t that what an MMO is? Also the actual Ixion Saga game by Capcom is classed as an ‘online fantasy action game’ so I think MMO fits the bill

      • Ramsus
        Posted October 12, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

        Ixion Saga is a real game by Capcom, yes. But it doesn’t not mean this story happens to be another [Gamer can’t get out of the game] type. Look at the title again, look at those two big capitals D and T stands for Dimension Transfer (and also abbreviation for virginity in japanese)

        The girl in game asked to meet up IRL, and by that she meant in “Her World”, which is an alternative universe. He was not sucked into MMO, otherwise how do you explain the chair? And how ED lost one of his balls due to that kick in the preview of next episode?

        Seriously… How can anyone misunderstand something THIS simple?

        And I rather watch this than SAO, that’s my personal opinion.

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