Watch & Learn: [C] - CONTROL #2

Topic started by No_name_here on June 21, 2011. Last post by zaldar 3 years, 4 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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The streets will run red... with pixels.
The streets will run red... with pixels.

And now we’re returning to another show that so notably captured my imagination during that long sampling period from a month or two a back. [C] – CONTROL is a first for this column by virtue of how its paint hasn’t even dried yet (so to speak.) It’s only up to the ninth episode in Japan, so we’re talking about a show that’s still coming out spongy fresh from the oven. I actually delayed getting back into it because, eventually, I’m going to catch up to the latest episode and then, I don’t know, this may have to become a weekly feature. Logistics be damned, though, we’ll be picking it up today. No living for tomorrow!

Some of you lunatics have likened this to a more mature take on DIGIMON and I can see where that comparison’s coming from - - I can even get behind it. I don’t share Sora’s fond feelings for that show, but I like a good fantastical riff on gladiatorial bouts. RUNNING MAN, TRON, DEATH RACE 2000, et al. They’ve put a couple of interesting angles on it by making the combatants more like weekend warriors and having a hierarchy of attacks where bigger cash buys nastier weapons. It’s kind-of like playing paintball against those really hardcore tools who’ve invested in high-powered guns and color-coordinated armor.

I don’t know how it works out that devil girl is Yoga’s “asset.” I figure that would refer to his winnings or maybe all the decals of whatever skin he ended up choosing in the online world. She’s actually more like a proxy or an avatar - - though I can imagine why they’d be reluctant to use the latTer term. That aside, I’m genuinely intrigued to discover how this world works. For one, I feel like there’s a lot more to those black bills than them simply being a “variant edition” of your regular tender.

As amazing as the electric fantasia gets, what’s really got me hooked on this show is the authenticity of the characters’ logic and feelings. Most “deals with the devil” shows trying to make a point about greed inevitability force people to act in ways they never realistically would so as to convey a point. Not so, here. Yoga has concern about his asset and he checks up on her, because she looks like a real human being. He’s careful to spend too much of his winnings yet because he’s still adjusting to this head trip. Even Masakaki manages not to BS with Yoga with any of this, even while he’s still having as much fun with his corruptor role as you or I would have.

Just like I said about TATAMI GALAXY, I feel like this show’s just a dub and a timeslot away from breaking out stateside.

Watch this episode “Coincidence" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
I made it to either episode 5 or 4 last time i got around to this. I really should get back into it. It's a good show. But i need to say that what happened to Yoga's teacher is one of the damn creepiest things i've ever seen on screen.
Post by zaldar (1,292 posts) See mini bio Level 15
oh yes and it gets worse from there.  The creepy factor gets amazing.  What did you think of the animation on this one?  I remember this episode as having a couple minutes of absolutely terrible animation.  Terrible enough for me to actually care about it which says a lot.  Some of your questions about the asset will be answered but not nearly all.  I was afraid this was going to become a kind of battle of the week show when it started out but seems not to have.  It also doesn't seem to have gone the capitalism is evil route I was afraid it was going to go down.  Will have to see how it ends to make a final determination but like Steins Gate (which you really should watch to and would give you at least two a week) it seems to be only getting better and better. 
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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Some of you lunatics have likened this to a more mature take on DIGIMON and I can see where that comparison’s coming from - - I can even get behind it. I don’t share Sora’s fond feelings for that show, but I like a good fantastical riff on gladiatorial bouts.

That might be why I am enjoying [C] so much! I think this anime is the combination of the best parts of Digimon, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh.

Post by Lurkero (415 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Aw man, I was hoping Claymore would make it through.
 
If you are going to do currently running shows on Hulu, you can check out Tiger and Bunny. It has 12 episodes so far but your interest in superheroes and increasing interest in anime should mix well with the show.
 
By the way Tom, have you thought about turning Watch & Learn into a column for weekly shows? You can do a few shows a week and have a different show every time instead of the same couple of shows every other day. Just a suggestion.
 
I couldn't stay with C Control. I stopped after the 2nd episode because for me there was more surreality than substance. I can rewatch Digimon Tamers if I wanted something like this. The financial aspect didn't grab me either.
Post by zaldar (1,292 posts) See mini bio Level 15
you should give it a couple more episodes lurkero there is substance.  It is in the financial stuff but it is there.  I would have stopped watching it if it was just a battle of the week.
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@ninjadude853 said:

But i need to say that what happened to Yoga's teacher is one of the damn creepiest things i've ever seen on screen.

Cue ominous music.

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@zaldar said:

What did you think of the animation on this one? I remember this episode as having a couple minutes of absolutely terrible animation. Terrible enough for me to actually care about it which says a lot.

I can't I noticed any drop in quality?

It also doesn't seem to have gone the capitalism is evil route I was afraid it was going to go down.

Yeah, like I said, I'm glad it's not taking any predictable angles.

Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@sora_thekey said:

Some of you lunatics have likened this to a more mature take on DIGIMON and I can see where that comparison’s coming from - - I can even get behind it. I don’t share Sora’s fond feelings for that show, but I like a good fantastical riff on gladiatorial bouts.

That might be why I am enjoying [C] so much! I think this anime is the combination of the best parts of Digimon, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh.

If you squeezed them all in the sauna.

Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@lurkero said:

Aw man, I was hoping Claymore would make it through.

I'll get back to it eventually. Don't worry.

If you are going to do currently running shows on Hulu, you can check out Tiger and Bunny. It has 12 episodes so far but your interest in superheroes and increasing interest in anime should mix well with the show.

I feel like I saw some really cheesy trailer for that in front of a recent DVD or ad, but maybe I'll check it out.

By the way Tom, have you thought about turning Watch & Learn into a column for weekly shows? You can do a few shows a week and have a different show every time instead of the same couple of shows every other day. Just a suggestion.

That's a really good idea actually. I'll look into that once I wrap up MUSHI-SHI and after I scope out new material at AX.

Post by Rxanadu (83 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@zaldar: I'm not sure if it's "getting better and better" for me in the same way it is for you; it's still a bit interesting where it went with the plot.  Unfortunately, it looks like it's going down that road where the protagonist is just fighting against his foil's ideals.  It made me groan in every JRPG I've seen it in (i.e. nearly every Tales game).  The worst thing about this time is that it doesn't seem like Yoga really cares about fighting Mikuni (sp?) at all; he just wants him to stop his plans.   
 
As for the animation, it's still not as jarring as the second half of the second season of Birdy the Mighty.  It gets to the point where you're left wondering if the studio just used the storyboard for the rest of the fight scenes.  It's even worse when you take into account the absolutely brilliant animation in the first season.   
 
This may be beside the point, but doesn't anyone else think it a bit odd that Yoga isn't working at a fitness gym somewhere (or at least extremely flexible)?  
Post by zaldar (1,292 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@rxanadu: Not sure who you mean by yoga, so can't answer that one.  I see it more than he is just fighting against his foils ideas for the sake of it rather than he is finding his own ideals and discovering what he believes.  Really we don't know what we believe until we are faced with the opposite and can so no I don't believe that.  Especially about the time of college which unless you have a very cosmopolitan upbringing is the first time you see VERY different points of view than your own this happens.  His character development is really interesting to watch and especially in the later episodes the pace and the stakes get raised quite a bit. 
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