I’m glad I’m halfway done, because I’m starting to run out of patience with some of these shows.
Good god, the Kotomi arc is so overwrought. I was able to enjoy parts of Fuko’s story, but this one is trying way too hard. I just can’t take it seriously, and as a result I don’t have any emotional response whatsoever. There’s no better example of this issue than her tragic backstory.
When Kotomi was a child, her parents had to go on a last-minute business trip, so they couldn’t attend her birthday. Sure, that’s a bit sad, but it’s been done a hundred times before. We have to take it further. So on top of that, no one else showed up on her birthday either. Her housemaid even happened to be sick so she was completely alone. Pretty sad, right? But maybe piling it up a little too high. Well guess what? Her parents also died in a plane crash on that same birthday. Oh yeah, and a research associate of her parents came to her house and told her, and then immediately started asking about a paper her father was working on. What the hell? Couldn’t that wait?
Oh and that same guy is still hanging around and stalking her, many years later. I don’t think ‘stalking’ is exactly what the writer intended for him to be doing, but we have to create mysterious dramatic situations so he just accosts her on the street at night.
And I didn’t even mention that Tomoya actually knew her as a kid, and was one of the people who didn’t show up to her birthday party. In fact, he was the only kid invited since she had no other friends. It hasn’t explain yet why he wasn’t there, but at this point I assume his mother also died on the same day.
Now this is the kind of Key bullshit I was expecting. And it’s not even over yet.
Seirei no Moribito
Moribito has settled into an episodic routine. These last four episodes were still pretty decent, but you could skip all of them without losing much.
Something has struck me though, and that’s Chagum’s personality. This is a young boy, who used to be an imperial prince but who suddenly had to leave the palace and start living like a commoner. You’d probably expect him to be a whiny brat complaining about all the comforts he’s missing, or at least be unwilling to do actual work. But Chagum is the opposite. He’s taking the situation in stride, he’s willing to learn and help around the house, and is grateful to the people taking care of him. The only thing that betrays his origin is his pompous way of speaking. It’s a little weird, because on one hand I’m glad it’s not doing the obvious and making him (initially) unlikable, but on the other hand it feels like there’s character development that should be happening at this moment, but isn’t because the character doesn’t need it.
Even when there’s legitimately things happening, and they’re fighting actual people, Strikers is just so boring. I guess it’s because they’re still not fighting for any real purpose. They’re just doing their job. Gotta stop the bad guys from taking this box that they need for unknown reasons.
There’s also still a lot of unnecessary exposition that sucks the life out of everything. Before Hayate was allowed to blast some drones out of the sky we first had to sit through an explanation on limiters and how they could only unlock S-Rank powers and not SS-Rank. Riveting stuff.
There’s not a whole lot to say about StrikerS. It’s just very bland.