Damn it if this doesn’t feel like what some far-out deconstructionist take on POKEMON would look like. What with the grim prologue about an underground society that makes monsters cockfight in a subterranean arena and everything. It’s like somebody saw that POKEPOCALYPE fan trailer from a couple years back and got hit with inspiration that steadily mutated into what's playing on my screen.
The lead even feels like an Ash Ketchum type - - through a dark lens, of course. Deconstructionists’ habit of dropping scary adult issues into all-ages-entertainment heroes’ lives would certainly be in line with the trickiness this kid encounters at the end of this episode. Look, I’m not going to focus on this topic again. I’ve already been made well-aware that social mores concerning the age of consent are different in Japan. Hell, it’s even a little touching to see this surrogate mother-son bond form between these two who’ve lost their respective loved ones…
…but it’s still freaking weird to see a grown woman bathing with a 10-year-old boy she’s picked up off the street.
I feel like this show started a while back, sometime around one of my previous attempts to keep up with fresh-over-the-ocean anime. Maybe it was a previous iteration of the series? As much I like it when shows skip over the boring set-up, this episode still felt more like a second season pick-up than a cold pilot for the number of allusions it made to assorted characters’ back stories. The intro makes it seems like it’s a KAMEN RIDER-style show so - - if I were to hazard I guess - - the premise is that some dangerous superhero’s been banished into the body of this young to a learn a THOR-style lesson in humility after his follies in the previous season. Am I warm here?
On account of that, I’m intrigued enough to check out another episode or two (if only to see if I’m right.)
Watch this episode, "Untaught Emotions” here and decide for yourself.