Join us as we view new pilots this season. See where they fit on the highly-scientific Rock-or-Suck Scale… FAIRY TAIL SEASON 2 -- BLACK BULLET -- THE COMIC ARTIST & HIS ASSISTANTS -- ONE WEEK FRIENDS -- MUSHI-SHI: THE NEXT CHAPTER -- BRYNHILDR IN THE DARKNESS
The ‘Gundo,’ or whatever it was, might be one of the stupider items of Stereotypical Anime. It’s almost like the creators stumbled across the original DJANJO movie and thought the whole gunslinger-dragging-a-gattling-gun-along-in-a-coffin gimmick could be so much better. What if it were a high-caliber, magic-enabled sniper rifle that can blow a rabid unicorn apart into a graphic pile of guts?
It just… doesn’t… fit in this world. At all. And that’s a bit of stumbling block, because the world of this show’s actually a pretty good one.
Sometimes, I wonder if the humanity in the voice performances, or the body language of the character animation, really go a lot farther in determining whether I’ll like a given series. When outré ideas become as cheap a currency as they are in anime, it really is the emotional stuff that carries the value. Our n’er-do-well rogue might have had some of the most on-the-nose lines, and everything about Chaika is Stereotypical Anime at its most grating, but I still wanted to follow them from their respective intros onward. There’s… just… chemistry there? Or an X-Factor?
Whatever it is, this has been the most promising pilot of the season, so far. It might be a whole universe away from PRINCESS MONONOKE but, nevertheless, that was the best comparator I could think of while watching. We get dropped right into an immersive fantasy world, our leads are quickly established as imperfect, and dire stakes are established that immediately need to be taken care.The show even establishes this great group dynamic between Chaika, the thief and his sister in the space of one episode. Most other shows take five episodes to do that. I call that a successful pilot.
I just hope we have more duels with invisible swordsmen next episode, and less mantra-enabled killshots.
Watch "The Girl Who Bears the Coffin" and decide for yourself.
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