This season has apparently been designed specifically to torture me, considering the release times of this and Kyoukai no Kanata. But that’s cool. Wait’s over. The Gainax Second Wave’s long-awaited full-length creation is upon us. Let’s have some stupid, glorious fun.
0:00 – Incidentally, there’s a non-zero percent chance any notes about this show will take the form of “whoa!” or “sweet!” or “look at that!” Bear with me
0:00 – One more fun fact: when it comes to Imaishi’s hot-blooded influences (Go Nagai etc), I am pretty much completely illiterate. So feel free to point out all the references and concepts I don’t have a clue about. I like history lessons!
0:08 – Nazis in the first ten seconds. Good deal
0:16 – Okay, it’s already looking like this show is going to be so pretty I can’t really do my thing
0:43 – Oh my god yes
3:09 – I like how in contrast to Kyoukai no Kanata’s graceful exposition-hiding, this show is all FUCK YOU WE WILL EXPOSIT AND WE WILL DO IT AT FULL VOLUME
3:15 – Love this trick of visual design. Like they painted over the initial image with the sunbeams
4:00 – This soundtrack is great, these titles are great. They’ve also followed up that fascism lesson with Student Council President’s overtly Orwell-cribbing speech
4:23 – Yeaaah I just might not be able to cover this. The pacing is so fun and deliberate, I just want to let it go
4:32 – What a lovely background
5:31 – Love how expressive the characters are. Love pretty much everything, actually – it’s almost frustrating to see something that shows how many other ways the medium could be interpreted, even if it is still in the visual lineage of FLCL/Gurren Lagann. More of this, please!
6:55 – Holy shit Trigger
7:30 – I like how the show sort of intentionally draws attention to the fact that it’s a series of 2D objects arranged at various “distances” – the way perspective shifts as the shot zooms here past the hand, the fact that her title appeared on a specific plane of the classroom, the shots as she stared down the four kids earlier – the various ways this show is sort of formally not taking itself seriously (or at least enjoying the arbitrary construction of an anime frame) are really great
8:08 – Those giant chains are incredibly suspicious. Watchu gonna transform into, school?
9:50 – Striking shots all day
11:15 – Etc
12:03 – Did you not… didn’t you see…
Actually love how they’re not at all grounding the “kids get murdered all the time” thing, and even giving the usual student a “wait, you’ll miss study hall!”-esque line after Ryuuko almost gets killed
12:29 – More of these sweet filters over the frames. They definitely draw attention to the frame-ness of the image, but I’m still surprised more shows don’t use that trick. I guess they’re best used for something like this, which is so deliberately and consciously saying “THIS IS ANIME!” all the time
14:07 – Love these shots. Three-second backstory!
14:34 – More great visual effects
15:32 – He makes a compelling argument
16:06 – Great shots r us
16:52 – The CG clashes so aggressively. It’s a really interesting stylistic choice to make everything so deliberately artificial, and certainly one solution to the problem of CG integration
17:22 – Oh my god this show
18:02 – So great. Screw it, why pretend this ain’t a cartoon?
18:45 – The most anime of anime
20:33 – You’d think it’d have a number of structural weaknesses, but apparently not!
22:06 – Oh no she didn’t
Yep. All the dials on 11… or 17… or something. Goddamn. Can’t really get more capital-A Anime than that.
Dunno if this is really coverable, actually. Mainly just pure, manic entertainment. Also totally in love with the medium visually, with all those great tricks of depth and filters and whatnot. But mainly just fun. Just a whole lot of fun.
Yeah, this one might beat me, guys.