Twenty-two shows entered, six shows left. After a rough first week, only a handful of opening episodes left me interested enough to continue. Now that the second week has come and gone, and it’s time to see if anything lived up to its meager potential.
Game of Laplace
This show is so bizarre, I don’t even know what to think. It’s technically about a brutal serial killer who turned his victims into furniture, but everyone is incredibly blase about all the horrible stuff. This episode also gets bonus points for the amazing line “If I become his chair, I can be with him forever”. So far, Laplace is easily the most interesting show of the season. The parts that are supposed to be dark are made light of, and the parts that are some kind of wacky anime comedy are so weirdly out of place it has to be intentional.
Current rating: 7.5
Keep watching? Yes
Wakako eats fried chicken and it’s delicious. That’s still about as much as happened in 20 minutes of Overlord, so for a two minute show it’s pretty good. It’s just short enough to be entertaining.
Current rating: 7.5 (+0.5)
Keep watching? Come on, it’s two minutes.
Rokka no Yuusha
Rokka is happily plodding along, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. The best parts are not as good as episode 1’s, but the worst parts are better. We find out a little more about the two main characters, they save some people from monsters, and two other chosen heroes show up. Sure, one of them is called “Fremy Speeddraw” and wears a ridiculous outfit, but overall this episode was pretty decent. Also, Adlet is going to run out of fighting tricks in three episodes at this rate.
I’m not completely convinced yet that it’s not going to devolve into a bunch of light novel tropes, but I’m mildly optimistic. I’ll have to see more to make up my mind.
Current rating: 7 (-)
Keep watching? I guess.
Yep, pretty much the same thing as the first episode. Some one-dimensional assholes cause trouble, Nico and Worick solve it by beating them up with minimal effort. It’s a shame too, because I actually like the two main characters. It’s just that everything that happens is so boring. And it’s not going to catch my attention by introducing power levels or mysterious shadowy bosses.
Current rating: 6.5 (-0.5)
Keep watching? Ehhh…
Why is the dog part of the cast now? Why is Miki in the group from the start? Why is it awkwardly making references to Miki’s past that make no sense if you haven’t read the manga? Why is everything padded with more jokes? Why is one of these jokes “I can see your panties?” Sure, I could keep watching a mediocre mashed-up adaptation… orrrr I could just keep reading the manga instead.
Current rating: 6.5 (+1.5)
Keep watching? Nah.
I kept watching Gate to see how bad it would get. Apparently the answer is ‘very bad’. Not only did it get worse, but it got worse in different ways. The first episode was mostly just insufferable because Itami couldn’t shut up about anime in the middle of an extradimensional invasion. The second episode, on the other hand, offers us a wide variety of awful bullshit.
There are so many good moments in this episode, I can’t decide which one was best. So I’ll just list all of them:
- A hilarious caricature of a US president laments the JSDF’s hesitance to bomb all of fantasy land into oblivion, and salivates at the prospect of finding oil.
- The Japanese army has about as much discipline as a high school club, and Itami responds to his superior’s orders with “Eh, do I have to?”, and ultimately “Okay, fine then”. I mean, whatever, it’s not like this is a genuine wartime situation.
- Some gung-ho fantasy generals rush into battle and have their legions vaporized by artillery, losing 40,000 men in the blink of an eye. The remaining general picks up a bow and, amidst heavy machine gun fire, fires a single arrow at the Japanese lines. I think this is supposed to poignant, or tragic. I can’t imagine it was meant to be funny. And yet it is.
- The big bad Roman Emperor’s convoluted plan is to let his allies throw themselves at the Japanese guns to weaken their armies, so he can take over their land. He does not seem to be at all worried about the fact that he would be the JSDF’s next target.
- The reason he’s not worried is because he believes he can halt the JSDF’s advance through scorched earth tactics. Unconventionally, they scorch the earth with people still on it. This is because they have to be cartoonishly evil to make the JSDF look like the good guys (this still does not succeed). This plan is also not very likely to succeed since the Japanese army has, like, all of Japan right behind the gate to resupply them.
- Itami and his otaku buddy sing anime theme songs on their truck’s speaker. One of the girls in his unit cringed almost as much as I did at this, but she will probably come around eventually and learn the wonders of anime fandom.
- The people in the towns they visit welcome them with open arms. They don’t seem to be scared of these other-dimensional people with weapons of mass destruction. They’re also not mad at them for eradicating the entire adult male population of all towns in a 100km radius. This seems to be a way of portraying the JSDF as the good guys, without needing them to actually do any good things. Then again, the Polish welcomed the Soviet troops at the end of WW2 because at least they weren’t Nazis.
- As far as we know, no one on either side has made any attempt at diplomacy, or finding out what the other actually wants.
This show is amazing, in all the wrong ways.
Current rating: 2 (-)
Keep watching? How can I stop at this point?