Out of all the shows I’ve watched for this column, I feel that DISGAEA is, unequivocally, the one I’m least qualified to review. Oh, I feel that in my bones, because this is so far off from my “demo” that it might as well come from another planet. And I’m sure that’d still be the case even if I played any of the video games the cover so proudly declares this to be based on.
I don’t know… criticizing anything really seems unfair. The dialogue was more on-the-nose a blackhead, the discussions of love and the value of emotions were obvious on to the point of being pedestrian and by the time the space man, his girlfriend and the robot from LOST IN SPACE showed up, I had pretty much checked out. This isn’t all-ages, it’s kids-only and I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but it also makes any review I try to write feel like writing a discourse about a picture book.
Technically feasible? Sure. Worthwhile, maybe not so much.
In lieu of getting an deeper into DISGAEA (because, I promise you, I won’t be,) I suppose this would be a good time to take stock of all the pilot episodes I’ve watched out of the DVDs Funimation sent me. So far, I’ve reviewed the first shots of…
- INITIAL D: SECOND STAGE (which I’m not continuing, for damn sure.)
- GANTZ (which intrigued me, despite the consensus that the manga’s better.)
- SACRED BLACKSMITH (which I’m eager to get into since it’s a short OVA)
- TSUBASA: TOKYO REVELATIONS (which is too far along to properly get into)
- REQUIEM FOR THE PHANTOM (which might be the cleanest show to follow)
And then there was a random episode of the highly-controversial, ONE PIECE, which was really just more of curiosity to check since that's Godlen’s area. I’ve got one more show to watch, and then I’ll pick up one of these based on the vote of you lunatics. Considering that DARKER THAN BLACK won second place for the last vote, I might watch that once I’m done with BROTHERHOOD. How do you lunatics feel?Anyway, watch the first episode of this show below and keep your eyes peeled for the DVD of the complete series that Funimation's putting out...