+5000 Honorary XP points to Zaldar for bringing this show to my attention. Wow... you want to talk about something that just feels so new and hot that it’s practically burning off your monitor. I’ve been idly wondering when we’d ever see a story interpret the current economic miasma into some evocative fantasy metaphor. Oh sure, you can expect there to be plenty of closer-to-Earth comedies or dramas that’ll address the thing on surface level. I’m talking about something that tackles the almost metaphysical qualities the recession took on - - how it became some catch-all cause of anything and everything that could go wrong. It felt like some kind of boogey man or demon that would break the reliable old machines and make tomorrow’s sunrise unguaranteed.
That’s how it felt to me, at least.
It least seems like [C] – CONTROL could be going in a similar thematic direction with this Faustian fusion of TRON and WALL STREET about white collar gladiators who have to fight in a digital arena because they’ve maxed out their credit cards. Sometime after watching TRON LEGACY and SUMMER WARS, I commented that it’d be hard to find any further new angles on cyberspace. I’d seen the absurd, the sleek and the mundane and everything in between. Yet here came this show with one of the most terrifying and dizzying visualizations of a computer world that I’ve ever seen. This feels like an all-surrounding occult ritual that’s been accelerated by a fast modem; a ghoulish dreamscape of rapidly-pixelating phantasmorgia; a neon nightmare where credit cards are akin to Tarot cards.
And I want back in. Now.
I’ll give kudos to the translation staff or the original writers for a sub script that feels tighter than any other I’ve watched as of yet. For all its fantasia, this feels so real that your suspension of disbelief isn’t just easy, it’s thoroughly involving. You can get behind the kid’s frustrations about his overwork. You can believe he’d tell the demon ringmaster to piss off, because that’s what you do. You don’t feel like that demon’s a trite cartoon of a seducer, because he’s a charismatic salesmen who makes a hell of a persuasive argument. You can buy the bait of a relationship with the girl as the chip that drops the scale because she’s so cute, caring, independent and out-of-reach that you can’t help but recall the unattainable girls in your life.
I need to stop, now. I could just keep rambling. Man, I really want to continue this show, but there are only three episodes up so far. Who knows if the streaming will ever be dropped from underneath like a trap door?
Watch this episode "Complication" below and decide for yourself.
Read my thoughts on the previous series I've watched for this extended sampling...
- GUNSLINGER GIRL
- FULL METAL PANIC!
- SCHOOL DAYS
- OTOME YOKAI ZAKURO
- GIANT KILLING
- HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD
- PANTY & STOCKING
- GUIN SAGA
- PRINCESS TUTU
- TATAMI GALAXY
- HIKARU NO GO
- HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER