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Houseki No Kuni is one of those shows with a fantastic premise, but which takes forever to unwind while only one character in the cast ever undergoes any character development. Each episode is semi-autonomous in that few characters return from episode to episode, so even at the end of twelve episodes, you know very little of the characters. I’ve never seen something quite as frustrating. It begins with heaps of promise and it ends with heaps of promise, but no delivery.

It’s so static that it’s bewildering. Large spans of time are covered and yet the obvious questions that the audience has are never asked by the characters. Ideas are introduced in an episode which are never explored. Plot threads never connect.

Here’s an example — Rutile, the doctor, has been working to restore a character to life. She has been working on this for 321 years. This fact is only mentioned in episode 11. So for 10 episodes, you have one impression of Rutile, then you have a completely different impression after this episode, again, not because something happens to her, but rather an important fact about her was hidden until nearly the end of the season.

If this was based on a manga, did they leave so much out to focus on the simple plot? Was there just not enough there? If this is an original effort, there’s so many things wrong that I can’t imagine how it go through editing. Sentai Filmworks aren’t newbies either, so what happened guys? This is a fail on four cylinders.

Why did I watch it this long? The old familiar reason — I kept hoping it would turn the corner. It wasn’t trashy. Great premise. It just went nowhere, and really, although episode 12 is no ending, I don’t care what happens next because ep 12 was such a ridiculous and unnecessary cliffhanger. The soup is too thin, guys; you’ve stretched it and my patience, long enough. So even if you’re enchanted by the premise, there’s nothing for you there after twelve episodes.

Welcome to the graveyard, Houseki no Kuni.

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While I was never a huge fan of K-On!, I did enjoy most of season one. Some episodes were good, others were lame, and there was a subplot that I hated (you can guess which one), but on the whole, the series worked. There was something endearing in the struggles of a group of high-school girls learning music, even if the music aspect took a back-burner too often. Probably the best episode of that season was the special after-season one, where the girls performed live at a get-together with other bands.

Season two is nothing like season one. I can say this after three episodes because it’s that bad. Here’s how they killed K-On:

  1. Reduce the mentality of the series from high school to junior high. K-On now is Pretty Cure.
  2. Shrink the size of the characters, which de-emphasizes their physically distinguishing characteristics. Everyone looks the same now.
  3. Remove all personality from the characters, so they all ACT like each other, too. Ritsu’s edge is gone. Mio’s shyness is history. Asan-yan’s respect for Ritsu as senpai is forgotten. It’s basically pod people city.
  4. Slow the pace to glacial and get rid of all plot. This is a big one, because K-ON! didn’t have much to sacrifice in the plot department and now that’s gone, too.
  5. Amp up the super-cuteness and bleed out the touches of intelligent humor. There’s still humor. It’s just weak, unfunny, flat and dead.

Was this simply rushed to capitalize on the popularity of the franchise? It sure feels like it. All they had to do to make it successful was keep things going as they were. Instead they dumbed it down, sparkled it up, and made it as generic as possible.

Welcome to the graveyard, K-On!

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The more I hang around the anime` world, the more that the crazy stuff jumps out at me. At first, everything was crazy in a different way, in a cool “ohmigosh I’ve never seen anything like it” way, but I don’t mean crazy like that. I mean crazy like senseless. Here’s what I mean:

  • Fansub Group Fail. I don’t care if a FSG doesn’t complete a series or puts in snarky comments from time to time, but purposefully submitting fake subs is FSG Fail. Coalguys takes the cake for this one. See this post.
  • Anime` Fail. I’ve talked about how anime`s will often break apart like a cheap spaceship upon reentry so many times that it makes my fingers hurt just thinking about it.
  • Torrent Fail. This is a new one that I’m seeing more and more often. While I recognize that most people have 100-mb DSL/Cable, I’m at loss to explain the necessity or even the usefulness of mondo torrent files. I’m talking 1 GB at a minimum, and I’ve seen up to 20 GB. In my lifetime, I’ve downloaded one such file, which was the early episodes of D-Gray Man, and I think it took me a week to complete. If it was 20 GB, I’d probably still be downloading it. Why people, why? Do you really have a T3 piped into your home? Not everyone lives in the big state college computer lab, you know!

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