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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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