Watch enough of this stuff and you start fixating on the minutest qualities that link or differentiate a couple given shows. Having only just recently been informed (or simply just realized) that animators from FLCL are working on this, I can’t help but see similarities now between the swelling transformations of our sadomasochistic friend and the various protuberances that popped out of the head of that show’s lead.
It’s amusing to think there was animator at Gainax who was known as “that guy…”
While we’re making super-specific comparisons to previous Gainax shows, I hate to say it, but the show slightly veers off into over-general, shapeless philosophical monologues at points in this episode. What I appreciated about GURREN LAGANN was that its themes focused on very concrete terms that you could relate to real life experience. The episodes doesn’t get totally bogged down in this stuff, there are definitely moments where the gimp’s ongoing monologue devolves into a bunch of gibberish.
Luckily, the show shakes that all off by the time Ryoko’s zeros in for one of the more creative “deathblows” I’ve seen in a while. It honestly gets kind of gross when her fight with this guy gets so… close, but again, it actually does the show a favor by turning the T&A into just one part of an overall “refined bad taste” experience (instead of letting Ryoko’s dress be the sole prurient element).
To make one final comparison, the manic comedic timing of this definitely recalls PANTY & STOCKING and ABENONBASHI at points. I got a big ol’ chuckle over Ryoko being forced to abide by a very strict appointment for her duel with the bad guys, and it’s a joke that’d fit right in with either of those shows.
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