It wasn’t enough that BACCANO! gave me a vague ending that resolves maybe only 30% of everything - - it just had to dress that all up with a metafictional wink and nod that's brazen enough to extoll the virtue of leaving things unresolved. Sheesh… that’s like finding out that there isn’t any actual cake underneath all the frosting and the baker tells you, "That’s the point, man."
You know what, to hell with keeping an open mind. I’m going to call bullshit (not baloney) on this show. I’m really not someone who thinks stories have to adhere to three act structure or the Joseph Campbell monomyth to be considered worthwhile. The only story theory I subscribe to is that concerning unities in Aristotle’s POETICS. Put simply, if you’re going to show me a bomb, it ought to blow up sometime. If you’re going to set something up, you damn well ought to resolve it at a point.
This… this is just coy. You’ve got a lot of awesome characters, scenes and ideas that more interesting than most anything I’ve watched lately, but they’re never tied up into something worthwhile. What could’ve been a stellar series that I’d heartily recommend from every soap box is now a curiosity that’s only worthwhile to someone who’s already really, really in to this stuff. This honestly feels more like an artist’s concept book; a bunch of big leads that’ll hopefully inspire somebody else to do something better realized later. It doesn’t really work on its own, though.
I mean, even this episode has some great kernels of seeds. Claire asking for dating advice from the stowaway was absolutely brilliant - - it’s so fascinating to see this self-stylized omnipotent falling prey to the same skittish grooming concerns that any scrub would. Finding out that one of the mobsters was actually the demon all along is similarily intriguing, but it’s revealed in such a confusing way that I don’t know if I want to even bother to go back and figure out what it meant.
The Anime Vice community will find out what the next shows are tomorrow. I’m just hoping for something that just functions as competent story that delivers what it promises. It doesn’t have to blow my mind. It just needs to work.
Watch this episode "Carol Realizes That the Story Cannot Have an Ending" below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.