Man… after this episode, I’m getting even more of a “Lupin III in the future” vibe for this show, because Spike has got serious slapstick physicality. The whole chase with the cute lil' corgi through the pet shop and the canals was pure Buster Keaton. There’s enough drama and action to take this seriously, sure, but I’m pretty sure this is being played mostly for light laughs. I mean, the dude’s got green hair! Then again, maybe he borrowed my dye. Actually, to draw another comparison, the combination of physical comedy, wacky chases and the told-in-one nature of this episode reminded me a lot of that one vignette in MEMORIES. I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me, but it was about the pharmacist who becomes a walking stink bomb.
And while I’m piling the comparisons on, WarlordPayne’s note about this being from the same people who did ESCAFLOWNE is eye-opening. Definitely one of those “AH-HA!” discoveries. See, I was thinking to myself when I watched the first episode, “Wow… this definitely has the signature 90s anime style, between the character designs, the color palette, the angles and so on…” I realize now that I was only partially right. It’s not a period-specific style, it’s studio-specific style.
The more I get into these shows, the more aware I am of each studios’ stylistic signature. Gainax has the boob bounce and the curvilinear perspective, among other things. Sunrise has pointed noses and Dutch angles with strong diagonals, among other things. Actually, if any of you Anime Vice lunatics know more about the two studios, I’d definitely appreciate a rundown of their differences. I’m sure you all have stronger, and more well-informed, opinions about the subject than I do. So educate me!
Do you agree? Disagree? Read my comments on the previous episode here.