Madhouse have been rather quiet this year, at least in comparison to the past 3 years where you could be almost guaranteed of at least one Madhouse show to be worth watching each season. But the last two have only seen them produce Needless and Souten Kouro, neither of which is exactly typical Madhouse quality. So I decided to download the anime that was the precursor to the brilliantly addictive One Outs, that anime being Akagi. When it finished downloading, I decided to give myself a feel for the series by watching the opening and immediately stumbled across a rather large mental barrier to enjoying this series.
The main character’s head looks like a banana.
There is absolutely no way around it. His head is a banana. You can’t pass it off by saying it’s slightly curvy or that this is experimental animating and you are allowed to have unusual character designs. Nor can you say that it was designed to look like a crescent moon. It looks like a banana, plain and simple. The mangaka drew it so it looked like a banana and Madhouse animated it so it looks like a banana.
It’s not like I’m picky with animation quality in general. I’ve never dropped a show before due to its animation quality. Dire animation has certainly been a contributing factor on occasion for a show getting the boot, but never the sole reason. The thing is, I love Madhouse. They will try crazy stuff that no other studio will even dare to try. They churn out some wildly experimental sh*t that turn out amazing, like Kaiba and Casshern Sins. Even Death Note’s style of animation was a bit of a risk considering what the backlash would have been if they made a mess of an already hugely popular manga. Heck, I decided to watch Akagi because people compared it to One Outs and it certainly didn’t have conventional animation either. Tokuchi Toua certainly doesn’t look like a human. However there is a big difference between looking like a chain-smoking, anorexic spawn of Satan and looking like a banana.
The problem is not that the animation style is unusual, but the fact that it is a banana that the character’s design appears to be based upon. The banana is the single least cool thing in the universe. First of all, it is yellow. Yellow is a colour that looks kinda nice if you use it to paint your walls, but you certainly wouldn’t use it to look badass. Secondly, the banana is associated with monkeys and practical jokes, neither of which can be considered cool either. I challenge you to stand in front of a mirror and try look cool while eating a banana. See, you just look ridiculous and nobody could take you seriously. Now I challenge you to try pick up a girl while eating a banana. It can’t be done. I do not actively dislike banana’s, quite the contrary in fact. I think they are very tasty and an excellent snack if you are playing sports. But if Akagi is trying to be as badass as Tokuchi Toua while looking like a banana, I just don’t see how it can be done.
If I am to watch Akagi, I must first convince myself that banana’s are indeed, badass.
Look at how manly that banana looks. Why I dare say he look quite positively badass, maybe even GAR. If Chuck Norris was to eat a banana, this would be it. It’s at time’s like this I wish I had a figurine. This banana could then take my C.C figure and do it from behind, with Major Kusanagi and Hatsune Miku waiting in line. Man, this banana my goddam hero, just look at him. He could just stroll into Morder, whoop Sauron’s ass and walk out while eating a banana. Yes, I combined banana caniballism in there too because that’s just how fucking amazing this banana is. This banana will lead us to victory!
THIS BANANA WILL BE
THE BANANA TO