Here’s the other show you lunatics picked in the poll and it also happens to be a little harder to cover than usual. First, as far as I know, it’s not streaming anywhere online (legally, at least,) so I guess you’re going to have to call on your rosy memories while I watch. Second, it’s more than 100 episodes long. If the chances of me reaching EUREKA SEVEN’s final (50th?) episode are dicey, they're flat-out non-existent here. So, once more, we’ll just have to see how long this lasts for.
Again, I’m getting a whole mess of nostalgic feelings watching this and, again, that’s perhaps a little funny given how I’d never actually seen an episode of this until recently. Flat colors and VHS-style artifacting will just transport me back to the early 90s. Although, the “retro” feel applies as much to the plot and its execution as it does to the visual aesthetics.
I said the first episode reminded me a lot of BEETLEJUICE and, while that connection continues, the superheroic treatment of the afterlife makes me think of ECTOKID. For those unfamiliar (and that’s very likely, as it’s a very obscure title,) ECTOKID was a short-lived comic from Clive Barker’s “Razorline” about the bastard son of a ghost and a living woman who could jump back and forth between the worlds of the dead and the living if he switched his eye-patch (Fun fact: that title is actually where the Wachowskis got their start as writers.)
I’d say there’s also a bit of LITTLE NEMO, here -- especially in the all-too-brief exploration of the afterlife castle. And that makes sense (as far as my associations again,) considering how the anime version came out a few years before this.
Anyway, Yusuke possessing his old foe made from titter-inducing fun in this episode, even if I do seriously question if his friend would really ever let him cop a feel like that, regardless of the body he’s in. Then again, it’s Japan, and I’ve come to understand that sexual politics are different there.
On to episode #3!
See my thoughts on the previous episode here.