Musings and Reflections – Winter 2020 Week 3

One phrase impressions

Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! (Ep. 3) – Three episode rule survived, obviously.
Dorohedoro (Ep. 2) – Weird, again.

Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! (Ep. 3)

  • I guess my prediction about a possible antagonist emerging was wrong. Maybe next time?

  • The first half cooled my enthusiasm a bit, as the girls spent all their time fooling around without much to comment about. Still, behind the scenes character building as well as some moments to enhance chemistry were to be expected. I’m glad the idea to keep the girls’ imagination running wild persisted, in this case the shabby roof becoming a spaceship. Not too amusing or impressive, but good enough.

  • However, once the trio started working for real, everything got far more interesting. If Shirobako sometimes seemed like a meta-joke (Hideaki Anno giving advice and stuff), I don’t even know how to call this. It’s simply a full package: beautiful animation, insights into how the stuff is made, and amusing moments when the animated characters try to “animate” stuff and behave like real animators while actually being animated themselves. It was also great to see that when the girls talked about various effects that could be used, the same effects were used on the girls themselves. The show’s like one big meta-hole, and I particularly enjoy that.

  • I don’t know if it was intentional but this animation fest and the more or less nonsensical mini-story (a jumping girl fights a tank) reminded me strongly of those classic Daicon specials (OVAs?), made by good old Gainax. Well, in essence it’s the same thing – few passionate people try to do what they love, only this time the people are anime girls.

  • It was apparent in previous episodes as well, but it definitely must be noted that various sound effects are provided by Asakusa, making the experience so much more immersive.

Dorohedoro (Ep. 2)

  • How weird can it get? I don’t know if there’s a limit. And I don’t know if I really like this weirdness. It’s still kinda interesting, but not as much as I had hoped. I’m definitely not bored, since the episode passed surprisingly quickly, but I can’t say there’s an engaging story going on. Just think about what really happened in the episode. Uhm… We got some new characters? More? Uhm… I guess… just stuff happening? People meeting, people talking, people travelling… And, of course, that one brief fight scene, about which I have only one complaint – it was too short. The fight direction made the scene seem like it was animated using less cuts than is usually accustomed in the industry, thus making the actions of the characters more fluid and grounded. Cool.

  • I got constantly reminded about many other shows that share some qualities with Dorohedoro. Bizarreness of En’s party seemed like something from Madoka Magica (Gekidan Inu Curry stuff), and even more from Fate/Extra Last Encore due to the same Gekidan Inu Curry but more because of its incomprehensibility. Golden Kamuy was another show that seemed similar – violence in an almost comical but not really (at least to me) context is prevalent as well as that strange weirdness that somehow seems both almost off-putting and very intriguing.

  • CG certainly doesn’t make everything look any better. It’s more a distraction than a valid substitute for a conventional 2D animation.

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  1. Yeah, I thought of the short they are working on as a Daicon sort of thing too. It seemed to fit into that mold a lot.

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    • With this one and that obvious nod to Future Boy Conan (and probably more references that I missed) it seems like there will be even more references as the show continues.

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