Previously, I’ve invoked the rather handy Wolpaw’s Law for the times when I’ve gotten halfway through a pilot and deemed that to be enough viewing time to understand what I disliked about the show. Since the term arose for video game reviews, I think it’d be appropriate to coin something additional here that could correspond to the “rage quit” in gaming.
It would be for the instances where you not only feel compelled to drop out early, but also frustrated enough with the show that you want to chuck your laptop at the wall.
I’m trying to sample as many current series as I can for these special reviews. And, at this point, if anybody at a party ever casually asked me about what’s currently popular in anime, I would furrow my brow a bit, groan a little, and begrudgingly admit that it’s “MMO’s getting’ real.” It might be followed by a little sigh as I wistfully pined for the days when amnesiac child assassins seemed like the worst trope to be found in this arena.
As I’ve said repeatedly, this is a yet-to-be-properly-named sub-genre of sword & sorcery which every third or fourth pilot seems to fall under, lately. Why do these irk me so? Well, the disenchantment is on two levels...
First, these shows are paying homage to a genre of sword & sorcery storytelling that's usually concocted by people without much knowledge of sword & sorcery fiction; let alone the real history that inspired that fiction.
Then, these shows take the already-drab experience of watching somebody else play a video game and make it even less exciting by taking away any remaining shred of interactivity. The experience winds up as unprofound as listening to somebody read aloud an argument from the talkback of a YouTube video showing somebody else's walk-through of one of these aforementioned games.
So, how does XION SAGA – DT differentiate itself from the other bugs in this particular nest? Well, instead of linking to the game, the main character literally drops into the world of his favorite MMO, rolling chair and all. So, there you go…
…and there I went.
Watch this episode, "DT” here and decide for yourself.