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Z/X IGNITION #1 -- Special Review

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Good lord. I had myself such a gut laugh after seeing that title card above. I didn’t stop for the entire episode. Maybe any show is going to look better when you’re watching it through eyes that’ve tear-ed up from laughter (intentionally caused, or otherwise), but I ended up giving this show a pass for a lot of things that I would’ve poo-pooed other shows for doing.

It’s a weird dichotomy. This felt like the most Jack Kirby of any anime I’ve ever watched. And no, I’m not talking the early Marvel stuff you’re all aware of. I’m talking about the just patently bizarre stuff he did towards the end of his run at Marvel, and the beginning of his stint at DC. You know, wackiness like DEVIL DINOSAUR & MOON BOY and the FOREVER PEOPLE. This show actually does have a red dinosaur (duh!), but what fits the most is that the show’s named for an indistinct horde of creatures literally referred to as “Zillions of Enemy X.”

Obviously, that’s the Engrish, but it also totally sounds like something Kirby would’ve cooked up.

What about the other half of that dichotomy, though? Well, this show still hits plenty of marks of Stereotypical Anime, so it’s crossing a lot of sensory wires for me. I honestly couldn’t decide what to think or feel when Z/X was throwing all this batshit absurdity at the screen while still insisting on this dour tone and gloomy color palette. It was almost like watching DEAD LEAVES as remade by the director of TEXHNOLYZE.

So, I don’t know… this pilot is an undeniable mess. Another first step that’s buckling under the weight of its own frontloading. But, still… I enjoyed it for the sheer, mad novelty. How'd your mileage vary?

Watch “Phase 1” and decide for yourself.

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Marshal Victoryon Jan. 28, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.

Its second episode should have been its 1st. Not that great of a show for me even at 3. But i must say..

"This felt like the most Jack Kirby of any anime I’ve ever watched. And no, I’m not talking the early Marvel stuff you’re all aware of. I’m talking about the just patently bizarre stuff he did towards the end of his run at Marvel, and the beginning of his stint at DC. You know, wackiness like DEVIL DINOSAUR & MOON BOY and the FOREVER PEOPLE. This show actually does have a red dinosaur (duh!), but what fits the most is that the show’s namedfor an indistinct horde of card-based evil creatures literally referred to as “Zillions of Enemy X.”

Thats just dead on. Even throw in "spot on" ,tho I think dead on ranks higher. The winged panter pokey-digomonish-thing felt so much like his stuff .Good call on that. Keept thinking that seemed familar.

sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 28, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.
I honestly couldn’t decide what to think or feel when Z/X was throwing all this batshit absurdity at the screen while still insisting on this dour tone and gloomy color palette. It was almost like watching DEAD LEAVES as remade by the director of TEXHNOLYZE.

Hmmm, might have to check this out.

*edit* Then I clicked on the AnimeVice page rather than the Crunchyroll link and saw the art... I'm out.

zaldaron Jan. 29, 2014 at 6:56 a.m.

Well art didn't turn me off (why did it turn you off sickVisionz?) and anything that is remeniscent of texhnolyze is interesting so may have to check this out. Though lord if the art is like dead leaves...I don't know that might be even to different for me...one thing anime does well is mix styles (dour and crazy) but TOO crazy might be a bit much to mix with dour.

zaldaron Feb. 25, 2014 at 6:21 p.m.

Soooo....after the first five minutes - WTF IS THIS? Dour Dour world being invaded (why are people always stupid enough not to run in these situations?) MOE GIRL RIDING A BIG RED TRANSFORMER DINOSAUR....and the z/x look like they come with cards so is the yugio now?

For all your trouble with tonal problems in kill la kill good lord does this take the cake. WTF is this...oh and our protag is a pretty boy in a restaurant ok done.

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