Change of pace, lunatics. We’ll be taking a break from EUREKA SEVEN and YU YU HAKUSHO for a week or so to catch up with a number of fine, new Funimation titles that have come to my doorstep. Read my thoughts on…
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One of the few reliable rules in the universe - - the more grammatically complex a band’s name is, the more likely they’ll suck. The band's misplacing precious creativity and wordplay that should go into their music, instead. It’s a grimly dependable rule. Having watched enough of these, it’s gotten clear that the rule applies to anime just as handily. Chäos;HEAd features a wholly superfluous semi-colon like STEINS;GATE, but then escalates the needlessness with mixed-case letters and an umlaut to make absolutely certain that nobody’s going to confuse it with CHAOS HEAD, CHAOS;HEAD or cHäoS;hEaD.
This is a show where you actually wish it could just tie off at an early point and let the characters enjoy a happy ending instead of rolling through a whole season of complication and conflict. Specifically, there’s the point where our hermitic lead somehow gets this cute girl to come into his man cave (which, inexplicably, is a freighter on an urban rooftop) and he finds out that - - twist of twists - - she shares his frenzied otaku habits. Could it just end there? Can we just walk away assuming they develop a long, happy and healthy relationship as she pulls him gently out of his shell? Can we forget about all the nonsense about serial killers and ghosts in the internet? Please?
As the semi-colon threatened, this was just a messy, messy pilot that squished a lot of popular-but-disparate elements into something messier than this man-child’s bedroom. There’s a fun angle of this figurine girl being a savvier ghost/devil on this kid’s shoulder who’s guiding him to some benefit even as you’re pretty sure it’s unhealthy that she’s even around. But then the cross-shaped knives start showing up, and the kid struggles to keep his hallucinations private at school (it’s another one of those situations,) and this wish swirls up to let my own ending exist in my head.
Watch this episode, "Boot Up" below and decide for yourself.