I can’t help wondering if this was intended to be some oblique tribute to “Thriller.” There’s no funky beat, of course, but somewhere in the staging of zombies, in the Vincent Price-like narration and in Fuu’s repeated shrieking, I started thinking of MJ’s classic video. Hell, the one zombie who gets his arm cut off even looks vaguely like John Landis with his anachronistic glasses and bushy beard. I’m not saying there’s anything explicit, nor meaningful, about such a tribute, but it definitely feels like it’s there.
Hell, maybe this episode was guest directed by John Landis? The freaky, off-kilter tone was definitely already a change of pace. Then, they dealt with some supernatural phenomena and fourth wall breaking that seemed rather removed from the usual level of fantasy that we’ve come to expect from the show. Honestly, I was expecting this whole thing to turn out to be some bad mushroom-induced nightmare that Fuu was experience after her growling gut got her to make a spurious choice in on-the-field cuisine.
I mean, the last scene couldn’t have been real, right? Whether it’s a chillingly prophetic vision of Nagasaki’s fate or not, there’s no way this trio of characters just got nuked in Edo era Japan.
Watch this episode, "Cosmic Collisions” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.
Seriously, what were some of you lunatics thinking? Ganta isn’t whiney. Without any doubt, the kid’s proven himself to be the most assertive teen hero I’ve seen in any of the shows I’ve ever watched for this column. Where, say, Shinji would shrink into a corner about his blood powers, Ganta gets over the weirdness pretty quickly and just owns these freaky abilities. Where Renton would’ve allowed even his friends to push him around, Ganta throws his weight about and tells a dangerous, homicidal convict to stop calling him a kid before subsequently dropping the bastard.
None of that sounds especially whiney to me.
There’s something else to complain about, though. As I alluded to in the last write-up, this show’s attempts at staging so much of its action in the dark has proven to be a really clumsy misfire. There are big chunks of the episode where I honestly can’t tell what’s going on - - and that’s an even bigger drawback during Shiro’s jail break from G Block. Instead of just getting hit with a visceral surprise regarding this girl, I had to sit back and logically suss out how the image of her standing in the fires related to her power levels.
Or is complaining about that a type of whining to you guys?
Watch this episode, “Carnival Corpse” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.