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CAPTAIN EARTH #1 + NO GAME, NO LIFE #1 -- Special Review

Two shows. Lot of flash. Not much substance.

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I opted to group these together because they’re both incredibly pretty shows that don’t offer much of anything to engage me on a story level. At the least, if you’ve got a house party coming up at warehouse, projecting these on the wall would make for great installation art…

Thankfully, the tired premise of MMO’s Getting’ Real hasn’t been flogged as many times this Spring as has been in previous seasons. Presumably, it needs at least some representation, though, so here’s NO GAME, NO LIFE to put a notch on the quota. Stories like this as holding about the same appeal as SECOND LIFE or a paintball simulator to me. Once you start dealing with entire series simulating simulations (of simulations…?) and fetishizing game mechanics, you really start seeing the validity of Miyazaki’s infamous comment about otaku taking over the anime industry.

This show sort-of takes that a step farther by acknowledging that its leads are hideous social recluses... who somehow manage to look like beautiful jeans models. (Introducing the 11-year-old MOE with a low angle on her thong was just charming, I should add).

Amusing allusions to CAPTAIN PLANET aside, CAPTAIN EARTH at least gets a few extra points for being somewhat more earnest. That still doesn’t change the fact that it’s really your paint-by-numbers mecha pilot. Precious kid, whose legendary father disappeared mysteriously, is now suddenly piloting the suit to save the world? Name me ten other shows that start off exactly like that. It shouldn’t be hard.

Again, both shows are exceptionally animated. We’re talking feature-quality rendering here. It’s just a shame to watch all that money burn for something that’s not altogether interesting. Faint praise, but these are the best looking shows in a season that hasn’t been too exceptional, on the large.

Watch CAPTAIN EARTH and NO GAME, NO LIFE and decide for yourself.

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Kino88on April 25, 2014 at 6:32 a.m.
I would totally go to that house party!!,
Destinyheroknighton April 25, 2014 at 1:52 p.m.

No Game, No Life isn't about a MMO. The world they got send to is just a basic fantasy world. But you are right, this show main character yells "live through me", I really don't like the Mary Sue and Gary Stu main characters. They are to perfect and got use to the world way to fast. I also don't like the next episode, I feel so sorry for that princess and the world. Well, at lease it pretty. I think it would be better if the Brother and Sister are the villains

I haven't watch Captain Earth, but I probably will like it more then No Game, No Life

metalsnakezeroon April 25, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.

Liking Captain Earth since it is very earnest. Besides rather have a good show that is by the numbers than one that completely uninteresting.

Lurkeroon April 26, 2014 at 4:51 a.m.

Considering the number of anime released each season there are bound to be several which are extraordinarily generic. Captain Earth has impressive aesthetics, but so much of this is retread that there is little reason to care.

Marshal Victoryon April 26, 2014 at 8:40 a.m.

Yeah as mentioned NO GAME, NO LIFE is not mmo based. But more like Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they? Game based world where war an conflict is solved with games.

CAPTAIN EARTHis nothing new atm .But its well done an not bad over all story wise. Actualy the hook comes by the 3rd episode wich is tad slow but bit unexpected.

takashichea moderator is online on April 27, 2014 at 3:27 p.m.

Captain Earth's pilot is good, but it didn't have a lot of action that pulled me in. Wasn't sure to keep on watching it.

No Game, No Life is pretty much like Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they? series. Both series employ Gary Stu characters, a world where games decide the rules, and fan service galore. If you don't mind overly powerful characters and the heavy pink hued animation, it's a good, entertaining show for you. It's pretty average show for me just to kill time.

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