Musings and Reflections – Winter 2020 Week 5

One phrase impressions

Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! (Ep. 5) – Suddenly, mecha.
Dorohedoro (Ep. 4) – Long-lost cousin of Golden Kamuy, right?

Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! (Ep. 5)

  • I have to admit the OP is damn catchy.

  • It seems that once the source of financing was secured last time, the girls instantly took a huge break and stopped their project. New ideas, giant robots and more money sounds fun, but how about the katana girl short? Shouldn’t the girls try to expand and improve that rather than pursue something else? I get that the animators can’t get too attached to their creations and simply must pursue new projects once the old ones are finished, but in this case the short wasn’t really completed, was it?

  • Today I learned: “crabtle” can be a useful word.

  • That was more a Swiss army knife than a practical robot. Oh well.

  • I think the “wow” factor that was so strong in the first episodes of Eizouken has worn out a bit. Sure, new collaborations are fine, attempt to revive mecha is also commendable, but that’s about it. In essence the episode follows an already proven pattern – the girls fool around for some time, then start to get creative, then travel to their imaginary world and finally bring their collective creation to life. Yeah, it’s creative, yeah, it’s cool, but the same ideas don’t feel particularly novel after some time. When the girls had to continuously stretch their creativity and physical resources in order to show off before the student council, it felt like a normal mini-arc with it’s own introduction, development and timely culmination. This episode makes it look like none of that really mattered – the girls still play around in their club and start a new project essentially in the same way as they did with their last one. Well, maybe I’m reading too much into this. Maybe it’s only the start of a new  fascinating adventure that’s not as impressive as I would’ve liked. Hopefully.

Dorohedoro (Ep. 4)

  • So many similarities with Golden Kamuy! That show was head over heels for cooking, especially cooking with a weird spin. Cooking dolls that look exactly like humans? Nothing out of the range of Golden Kamuy. Paying special attention to ingredients like it’s a gourmet show? Check. Having a dude who’s obsessed with extra-weird headwear (actually, a multitude of dudes)? Just like Golden Kamuy. Violent characters and harsh reality also counts. Later, the chicken-head dude instantly reminded me about that guy who made lots of masks (and just clothes) out of human skin in the same Golden Kamuy. He’d be just crazy enough for Dorohedoro.

  • Unexpectedly, the episode turned out to be quite interesting. What is funny though, is the fact that the good guys (at least I can call them the main guys, that being Caiman and Nikaidou) weren’t involved in that. From last episode Nikaidou wasn’t developed at all, only her shady past was once again mentioned. Caiman himself hasn’t moved from his initial character image (introduced in the Ep. 1) altogether. While I kind of want to know more about Nikaidou, frankly, I didn’t miss Caiman at all, as strange as it may be.

  • It can be argued that Caiman is an interesting character after all, because his past is so mysterious. That may be true, but I’d say that present Caiman and a person that became Caiman are not one and the same. After all, the story can be interesting using Caiman as an object of interest, something that catalyzes narrative progression, without actually making him an entertaining guy.  And that has been the case so far. I’m far more invested in the lives of Shin, Noi and Ebisu than in anyone else’s. En also seems like a guy who can move the plot quite a lot. His intentions remain pretty shady, but this time I really enjoyed the mystery that involved reanimating the dude residing in Caiman’s mouth and watching him do stuff. I’m not sure everything we see now will make sense eventually, but I think I already grew more or less accustomed to the weirdness of Dorohedoro, and it seems quite compelling.

  • By the way, the OST adds much to the charm of the show. That weird and clunky sound, coming as if from an old and half-broken music box, is something. It’s something similar to Paprika, only more crazy (if that’s possible) and grim compared to stuff Susumu Hirasawa has created.

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