Intro intro intro intro…you know, I never know what to write for these things. One of my favourite things about having editing powers over these group posts is I get to change all of Shinmaru and Inushinde’s “color” and “favorite” to “colour” and “favourite”. Gotta wield those admin powers somehow.
That episode 0 is a really poor representation of the show. Please heed my words if you’re feeling unsure after watching that and just start with episode 1. Kyosogiga is a really wonderful show about family and loss all portrayed through this kinetic, colourful world full of ridiculous eccentric characters. There’s such love put into these characters. The creators have given a lot of thought to what each character’s hopes, dreams, fears and their full personality is. Every episode has cycled through each of the key characters so far, revealing their full personality and character. This is all told without ever losing its energy or sense of humour. Considering the show comes from some people desperate to stretch their creative energy after working on endless Precure series, the fact that it’s a pure labour of love from the creators really shines through.
Shinmaru: Samurai Flamenco
Part of what I love so much about Samurai Flamenco is that it’s so matter of fact about a ridiculous subject: normal people who want to be superheroes. In most cases, I’d probably irritated by such a cheap looking show with a muted colour palette, but here it at least plays into the tone Samurai Flamenco is going for. It is getting just a bit more ridiculous with the latest episode, which features Masayoshi taking a step up in the world of crime fighting and teaming up with an enthusiastic gal who is REALLY into stomping dudes in the junk. (This is definitely one of the few times ball stomping has made me laugh rather than cringe.) And her magical girl wand, which features gas, a mace, and a taser? Good lord, girl! I’m loving the laughs Samurai Flamenco dishes out each week, though I am a bit wary about the future and curious about how the show will grow. There are more elements added by the week — will it go somewhere with all of them, or juggle them and hope for the best? We’ll see. For now, I would just like more ball stomping.
Inushinde: Non Non Biyori
I was originally going to join Scamp in extolling the virtues of Kyosogiga, but I’ve been doing that already in my posts, and I don’t think people want me drooling over it THAT much. Non Non Biyori has been quietly doing well in its own way, making the inconvenience of clean country seem far preferable to choking down smog in a big, mugger-filled city. It’s consistently low-key and organic in execution, with no particular aspect feeling forced, and it damn well deserves recognition for making a slow-zoom into a little girl’s crying face one of the most heartbreaking moments of the season.
What’s not so Hot
Scamp: Pokemon: The Origin
Perhaps I’m being a little bit mean here, but from the way people were talking about Pokemon the Origin you’d swear the original Pokemon games were storytelling masterpieces. I am the target audience for Pokemon The Origin. I’ve played every generation of Pokemon as they came out, and yes this did bring back memories of my original game. It reminded me how irritating the battle music was playing the same beedly bee loop over and over again. It reminded me how well the Pokemon TV series did in giving the characters personality. Compare Ash Ketchum to durrr I go get badges now Red. More subtlety but more importantly, compare how each Pokemon in the TV series had a personality versus the blank obeying battle chickens on Origin, which makes the whole love your pokemon story fall flat. As a nostalgia piece sure, Pokemon the Origin reminds you of that original game. Don’t mistake that for it being ‘good’ though, you slaves to memory. Admit it, the best part of Pokemon the Origin was Mega Charizard, the one thing that wasn’t from the original games. How’s that for stomping on your precious nostalgia.
Per usual, I didn’t watch enough of something I ha– wait, a second? I actually watched a few episodes of something I disliked enough to write about it here? Well, how about that! Coppelion’s debut is OK; it didn’t totally grab me, but it at least sets up elements that could be interesting (the genetically engineered girls, the world ravaged by radiation, etc.). Everything after that? Ugh. I don’t have problems with shows going for strong emotion, but Coppelion’s second episode tries for WAY too much before I even had a chance to care deeply about the characters and the situation. Instead of being emotional and heartfelt, it comes off as corny. The third episode is mostly silly. I didn’t have as big a problem with the stealth bomber thing as a lot of people did, but it’s still pretty dumb nonetheless. The bigger problem for me is that three episodes in I still didn’t care about the characters or world at all — not even enough to poke fun every week. Dropped with extreme prejudice.
Inushinde: Kyoukai no Kanata
A girl barely scraping together a living by slaying demons should, in theory, make for an interesting show. It’s when her personality veers schizophrenically between determined hypercompetence and complete ineptitude that the illusion begins to unravel. Despite being the most appealing part of KnK, Mirai absolutely kills the show, and she isn’t helped by a lacklustre supporting cast that spends more time sitting around vomiting attempted witticisms than anything of value. It all contributes to a directionless approach that does little to sell what the series is about; hell, I had to wrack my brain to even get the dimmest idea of what it’s trying. It even does the impossible of making a girl fighting spirits with a sword made from her own blood completely boring. Kyoukai no Kanata sucks.