Posted by meronpan on March 7, 2010
Feeling better, woo!!! Thought I’d do an anime post for a change and since that’s what I’ve been up to. Recently just finished sorakake… trying to figure out what the heck it was all about ^^;; spoilers about, but it finished airing awhile ago, so i assume not an issue for most?
First things first… gotta admit I kinda struggled through this one. Though let me preface this whole rant with the fact that I watch unsubbed raws and my understanding of things may not have been correct. Please point me in the right direction as necessary ^^;;; m(_ _)m
Fans of the series, brace yourselves, this is not a beaming review ^^;;
These navimen? naviman? things? whatever imoko is… are they supposed to be cute? Funny? All I know is that imoko was sorta getting on my nerves…
And then akiha… not really a main character i had much emotional investment in. I mean, yeah ok, she’s supposed to be this “n-th-daughter-of-a-crazy-family-who’s-naive” or what not… which is fine… but… her growth is extremely slow and limited to the end… which left me annoyed with her the whole time so that by the time she decides to get serious I didn’t really believe it/didn’t care.
Which kinda leads me to another gripe… I couldn’t get a feel for how the series wanted to portray itself. Half the time it felt like it was going to be a serious epic story… but then, as pictured above, they felt they had enough time for an omake-ish baseball episode? Well fine, nothing wrong with omake-ish episodes. But the thing is that it totally continued to confuse my understanding of the terrible decisions the characters make.
Like in episode 12… it’s not long after kagura came for hako-chan or what not… and yet no one’s prepared at all for the following invasion. Things like this seemed to happen all the time. Bad guys just waltz in wherever they want to go… security is a joke! It’s like they don’t care! So I subconsciously keep thinking that the story isn’t taking itself seriously… without providing me with characters that amuse me otherwise.
Another example is in episode 18… really great how kagura just takes akiha away with no resistance. I know she’s uber or whatever… but *no* resistance? -_-
Speaking of taking things seriously… they put… boxes on their heads? Then walk around like zombies? Seriously? Did no one take a step back and notice it looks ridiculous? It’s not like I want every show I watch to be super serious the whole time… but when you’re trying to tell a story about powers wrestling for control over humanity and using living humans as parts of a machine… -_-
Because of my frustrations with the good guys I ended up doing what I usually do… cheering for the bad guys ^^; Twin tails to boot, go nami! ^^; Felt like she really got the shaft… some about running away from her modeling career but to me at least it seemed like no one in her family was even trying to provide her the support she needed. So then she gets her hand on some power and goes all murderous… which, ok, fine, is not justifiable… but I just feel like her damn sisters shoulda tried to help her out a bit more…
And this was kagura’s plan for saving nami? “gomen ne?”
My response was the same as nami’s. “haaaa?”
I started out expecting great things… I mean, from trailers and the op and such it looked like the story of some normal girl getting wrapped with with power/control of this super power canon thing… mysterious mecha woman fighting against energy katana girl… maybe end with some power up awesomeness to starsylph to finally take down the bad guy…
But it seemed like it ended up just going halfway with everything. You don’t even have a bad guy to focus on once nerval is good all of a sudden… Felt like in their desire to throw in plot twists they really lost focus…
I think in the end my favorite characters were min and bou ^^; They were my only reliable source of comic relief and the above scene in episode 14 sealed the deal for my sympathy for them ^^;
…as opposed to akiha’s temporary loss of imo-chan. Just when I was finally about to think that the story had decided to get serious/epic…
We find out that no, imo-chan lives after all and akiha suffers no loss.
Alas. Usually I forgive a lot of things that don’t make sense… but that’s when I have some emotional investment in the characters. Wasn’t the case this time so I got all nit-picky ^^;
Wonder what the general consensus was on this one? Will have to search around the blagosphere since I avoid anime posts on series I haven’t seen to stay spoiler free ^^;