October 01, 2004

Chrono Crusade Episode 20

Chrono Crusade

"Temptation - Poison"

For a few seconds there, I thought that I had totally missed something with Remington, but hmmmm.

Spoilers can be inferred below. In fact, spoilers can be inferred from the fact that I am telling you that there's something about this episode that spoilers can be inferred from.

etc.

This episode had a moment that should have been very emotional. Somehow, though, I feel like the ball was completely dropped, and I really didn't care. I mean, I do care, but not because the show is telling me that I should, I just feel a little bummed out, which is not something you want to happen when something so earth-shattering happens in a show.

There are also a lot of big revelations (like the previous episode), that went over my head a bit. I get what's going on, but it's spelled out in that great "you've been through twenty episodes, now here's the story from the beginning of time to the present" way that anime tends to employ.

Nothing much is going right for the good guys right now, so I can't help but wonder how they're going to pull themselves out of this hole.

Considering how important this episode was, I'm really disappointed I don't care more.

Rating: B-

Posted by Kei at 08:33 PM | Comments (0)

Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi Episode 08

Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi

"Fish and Water"

The first half of this episode is miserable. Throw it away. Especially the last minute, where Tina goes into a fit of prepubescent breast grabbing. Let me restart this review.

"Fish and Water" (Part 2)

Hey, a training montage. Love those. Wrong music though.

So, during this episode, Tina talks about how she wished she could have gone to school in Japan. Being like everyone else, she thinks she'd have liked that better. That's an interesting bit of character development, sure, but it seems completely out of character. Tina doesn't act like everyone else, she's a total individual. Being forced into uniformity seems like it would have killed her.

So, Aoi and Kaoru combine for less than ten lines in this episode, which is really stupid.

Back to what the episode was about though, I feel like this episode was so stupid it offended by intelligence. I don't understand why they would make a show based around an adult relationship (Aoi and Kaoru) then have an entire episode around the youngest member (plus two additional young members) of the show.

Rating: D

Posted by Kei at 10:02 PM | Comments (0)

October 02, 2004

Chrono Crusade Episode 21

Chrono Crusade

"Mary Magdalene - Magdalena"

Hey, well that explains everything, doesn't it?

I'm pretty glad for it, too, because if it hadn't happened, I was really wondering if they'd really be willing to just toss off the really important thing that seems logical that will have to happen at the end of this show.

So more revelations in this episode, mostly about Chrono's past, and what caused him to split up with Aion (friends always split up over women).

Three episodes to go, and Aion's plan seems to be going pretty well. Just a few more loose ends to wrap up before the end.

Rating: B+

Posted by Kei at 11:14 AM | Comments (1)

Chrono Crusade Episode 22

Chrono Crusade

"Sayonara - Goodbye"

Spoilers!

Well, judging from the title of the episode, you know someone's leaving. I'll make it easy for you: Chrono and Rosette aren't done yet, and Azmaria's too cute to kill off. (And killing off a bad guy doesn't get you into a title like that, usually.)

So this is the end of Satella's story. It's sad, in the end, but it's also kind of cheap. Apparently Satella has this extremely useful jewel summoning move, but she has to hold Fiore in place and trick her into staying there as she impales them both. Obviously the creators of the show liked the idea of Satella sacrificing her life to save and stop her sister, but end up doing the deed in a fairly unconvincing way. On the one hand, I can see how she needed to catch Fiore off guard, on the other hand... come on. I'm sure Satella can materialize that thing anywhere she wants. She can probably guess.

But that's a nitpick, and most shows would fall into the same trap (which doesn't make it okay, but makes it understandable).

Since she's gone, I guess it's time to look at Satella as a character. She was useful mainly for getting the kids out of jams early in the show, and then her money gave them access to various necesseties later on. She's pretty much the same character: perhaps a little less selfish and self-centered, and certainly more tolerant of "good" demons like Chrono (of course, that's almost there immediately... who couldn't like Chrono?). Considering she's one of the main characters of the show, her arc is pretty blah. At least Steiner won't have the mansion all to himself.

The other stuff that happened in the episode, I liked a lot better. It's about time someone noticed that the Magdalan Order has a demon in its ranks, and the mob reaction you'd expect pretty much plays out.

The showdown should be just around the corner, and I'm ready to see the sparks fly.

Rating: B+

Posted by Kei at 11:53 PM | Comments (0)

October 08, 2004

Chrono Crusade Episode 23

Chrono Crusade

"The Noise"

Here in the penultimate episode of Chrono Crusade, everything's finally come to a head.

One thing that's been kind of lacking from Chrono Crusade, in general, is a lack of tension. Sure there's bad stuff happening, but it doesn't really connect to the viewer. Even when terrible things are happening to the main characters, it feels somewhat unreal, or that I haven't gotten attached and involved enough with what's going on to really care.

Part of this is probably because Aion does so much. The characters dance to his strings, or react to things he does. Rosette and Chrono and Azmaria just go with the flow, like anyone watching.

I'd say the contest of religious rambling to stuff happening in the episode is a little too far weighted towards the former.

Rating: A-

Posted by Kei at 09:00 PM | Comments (3)

October 11, 2004

Chrono Crusade Episode 24

Chrono Crusade

"Chrono"

Here we are, at the end of the road. Major spoilers, probably.

Given that the final battle between Chrono and Aion really comes down to about three seconds on the screen (there's the posturing, first, but everyone knows that's not going to lead to a victor), I suppose it's not too surprising that only half an episode is given over to finishing the relationship between Chrono and Rosette (Azmaria, who must be the fan favorite of the show, gets the other half).

I finally realized the extent of the mispronunciation of "solitaire" in the closing credits.

So here we are, at the end of the road, with Rosette's life all but spent, as she spends her last moments in the company of Chrono. Which leads me to one of my big problems with their relationship, and how the show hinges upon it.

Chrono and Rosette obviously love each other, but they never vocalize it. You might say that this is just the way they are, but with Rosette the way she is, I'd expect her to need affirmation of this relationship, to verbalize and vocalize it. Instead, it's more of an "understood" relationship, and (all but one) most of the times their love is referred to, it's always other characters talking to Chrono or Rosette about it, or to someone else entirely.

So in the end, when Rosette screams that she doesn't want to die, it's more the fear of death than that she wants to be with Chrono more. Of course, that's what she means, but it's not real enough, not big enough.

And then the perfect ending is missed for another 15 minutes of Azmaria, when that could easily have been the first half, and Chrono and Rosette's end at the very end.

All in all, this was an entertaining show, but it should have had less filler and more Chrono and Rosette, the two characters that absolutely make the show.

Rating: A-

Posted by Kei at 03:49 PM | Comments (18)

October 20, 2004

Get Backers Episode 03

Get Backers

"Operation: Recover the Platinum!"

So far, the best part of Get Backers (with the exception of the opening theme, which I seem to like disproportionately to the timbre of the vocals) has to be the various Ginji and Ban superdeformed interactions. They're so shameless, energetic, frenetic and crazy it's almost impossible not to.

The Get Backers are off on another recovery mission, with nothing really out of the ordinary, other than the first hints of character backstory. I'd try to write more about this episode and the show in general, but right now we're in formula-establishment-mode, so it's just a lot of the same.

This is a fun show. It doesn't take itself very seriously, and it's very colorful and energetic. It ain't Shakespeare, but it's enjoyable.

Rating: B

Posted by Kei at 05:10 PM | Comments (0)