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…
- SENGOKU BASARA: SAMURAI KINGS *** YAMADA'S FIRST TIME *** DRAGONBALL Z KAI
- CHAOS HEAD *** BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 *** HETALIA: AXIS POWERS
- ONE PIECE
As far as I can recall, they don’t ever specify what the ages of these characters are, so I’ll just go ahead and assume they’re all seniors and feel safe that this isn’t tricky.
Once again, this show demonstrates how it really all comes down to execution. The notion of a school for monsters isn’t all too innovative. I’m pretty sure there was even a SCOOBY DOO special with the exact same premise. And this show is probably guilty of many of the same T&A excess that… *AHEM *… rub me the wrong way on other shows. But the difference, yet again, is that this has an amused self-awareness about all of that… and that self-awareness manifests in a fashion that’s actually funny.
Like the whole gag with this vampire girl sucking this dude’s life blood with what essentially works out to be a really rough hickey. That played well precisely because it knew how ridiculous the gooey-eyed heart fest was getting at the moment. It was able to have its red velvet cake and eat it, as it were.
So a fun way to kill a half hour. I don’t know if I’d be motivated to go out and kill another half hour this way, but that doesn’t diminish the moment. Perhaps it’s akin to making out with some random girl at a party, if you want to take it there.
Maybe this says more about my own, um, obsessions than anything, but I did have a lot of fun pretending this vampire girl was actually Lilith from DARKSTALKERS. I suppose only Japan has this uniquely sort of vampire who manages to be the girly girl and the hyper sexualized seductress at the same time.
Watch this episode, "New Life and a Vampire" and decide for yourself.