Stepping back some, I realize that this sampling of shows might as well have been an experiment specifically designed to test the width of my open mind. I’m sorry. I’m sure this show’s all honky-dorry for the kids it was intended for. I’m sure great, unexpected depths of drama, theme and character await in the later episodes. But I’m not going to watch a whole series about a kid who goes to the same hair-dresser as Yu-Gi-Oh and competes in intense board game matches with a three-hundred-year-old ghost coaching him. There’s just no doing there.
Maybe it was a little educational to learn a little about the rules of go, here, but still, as an arena for intense, dramatic confrontations with all sorts of zooming, speed-lined close-ups, a Go board is maybe only slightly less lame choice than a chess or Stratego board. I will say that I got some oddly-sadistic, maybe even bullying, enjoyment out of seeing little Akira’s balloon get popped with his defeat. For some reason, he reminds me of some really pretentious kids I knew back in first or second grade. Come on, you just knew he challenged Hiraku so he could school the kid and rub in it in the novice’s face. Serves him right that it just blew up in his face like that.
I’m going to presume that Hikaru’s going to go on SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER journey after this where he’ll get catapulted to Go superstardom as everybody marvels at this prodigy. I guess the question is whether that ghost will ever play enough games to be satisfied and rest in peace, or if his appetite for Go is so bottomless that he’ll just never, ever be satisfied. If the latter proves to be the case, it reminds me of something a kid in high school said about the rumors our campus was haunted. “Of all the places to haunt, they come back to a high school. Those are the dorkiest ghosts in history.” Well, I figure a spirit who came back to play a board game, after committing suicide over it, would have to be dorkier.
Watch this episode "Eternal Rivals" below and decide for yourself.
Check out my thoughts on the other shows I've sampled below...
- GUNSLINGER GIRL
- FULL METAL PANIC!
- SCHOOL DAYS
- OTOME YOKAI ZAKURO
- GIANT KILLING
- HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD
- PANTY & STOCKING
- GUIN SAGA
- PRINCESS TUTU
- TATAMI GALAXY