What the F@#$ Did I Just Watch?! WHEN THEY CRY Episode #1

Topic started by No_name_here on March 29, 2010. Last post by sotyfan16 4 years, 11 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11

The genuine “What the f@#$ did I just watch?!” moments experience throughout this column are increasing in frequency. In this case, it’s WHEN THEY CRY as whole that so confounds me rather than any single moment in it. Honestly, I’m seriously questioning if this was actually a nightmare I had while watching the first episode of CLANNAD. You have ever a dream that’s largely bright and sunny - - perhaps it’s you having an adventure in your favorite TV show - - and then genuinely horrific elements slither into it, like ink seeking into the edges of a white cloth? That’s really the best way I can describe this show.

See, this shares a lot of commonalities with CLANNAD, as I see it. The setting’s a school attended by all sorts of quirky, spunky girls with brightly colored hair. There’s just one guy amongst them and, even though he’s the big man on campus, he’s got some issues. Playing cards (not tarot) even factor into a scene that foretells a lot about the characters. The two key differences is that WHEN THEY CRY really isn’t funny when it’s trying to be and when it does venture into darker territory, it gets REALLY dark.

Seriously, what is this trying to convey? One scene has light-hearted school hijinks with spontaneously-appearing cartoony expressions to genuinely.   The next scene has a creepy interlude where these kids investigate a junkyard where a hacked-up body is hidden somewhere, and this ominous drone of cicadas buzzes throughout the background. It’s like the whole thing suddenly turned into a David Lynch movie.  Maybe I’m missing something here, but I found the whole thing kind of vexing.  Really the only thing I could compare this to is the American comic the UNFUNNIES which purposely juxtaposed carefree children’s cartoons with disturbing social issues by having funny animals getting busted for kiddy porn, turning to prostitution and later being executed in electric chairs.  Is that what this show is going for?

Anyway, thanks again to Outlaw_Spike for this unusual recommendation. Check out the episode and get creeped out on your own, then recommend some more shows for me to check out.

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

Post by chellysaidwhat (9 posts) See mini bio Level 3
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
This show will goes farther I'm sure then that silly American comic(in terms of violence). Higurashi(particularly season1) FTW!
Post by Outlaw_Spike (21 posts) See mini bio Level 4
I'd recommend watching at least the rest of the first arc if you have time. It gets pretty intense and is just really fun to watch.
If you're looking for something else, that's about as literally a "complete change of pace" as possible, how about Ouran High School Host Club?
Post by metalsnakezero (695 posts) See mini bio Level 16
It gets pretty creepy the more you watch it which is why I like it but there is a little too much moe. Next anime I recommend is Spice and Wolf.
Post by Sonata (36,201 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Loved it definitely one of my All-time favesXD
Post by MoonStorm (360 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I've got to say this is one of my all anime. It like a bad psychedelic drug trip of highs and lows. Seeing the characters lighter side of things really makes you like the characters and brakes up some of the darker parts into manageable doses. Each arc resets the world and allows the characters to die in new and horrifying ways.    
Post by ThePsychoGamer (1,835 posts) See mini bio Level 10
The first episode is miss leading 

  -- ThePsychogamer is the writer of promotion parodies like this on Animevice. Watch out for more of these and preorder my nonexistence book at notreal.fake, now available in imaginary hardcover
Post by zaldar (1,338 posts) See mini bio Level 15
I recommend now and then here and there though you would have to watch all of it to get the full effect.  Do you ever watch more of the shows you talk about here than the first one?
Post by Liminality (173 posts) See mini bio Level 5
I saw the first season and it's one of the few animes that I do not like.
Post by vedicardi (17 posts) See mini bio Level 2
Watch until episode 4 and that's all you need to know
Post by MegaDaffy (6 posts) See mini bio Level 5
I share the opinion you and this guy has :
 What I've seen of this is just disturbing!
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20

I watched the whole series and I have to say it was a waste of time. Same story over and over until the end and everything seems to be sporadic. The animation is fine and indeed blood is beautiful but this could have been so much better.

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