Posted by psgels on 4 September 2009 with categories: Basquash!



Okay, I admit. This episode was pretty much fun to watch. The plot still is one big failure and mish-mash of clichés, but I don’t think anyone cares at this point about whether or not Dan is going to succeed in saving the world.

For an episode with such a cheesy premise, I really enjoyed this episode much more than I thought I would. In any other anime, an episode in which the male lead finds out that his love interest has had her mind wiped, and manages to get her memory back through the power of love, it would have been an incredibly cliché bore-fest. But with Basquash, in the end I couldn’t really expect anything else. The same goes for the climax of this episode in which the creators try to be smart and seemingly “kill off” Dan. Sorry Kawamori, but after Macross Frontier I’m not buying that anymore.

And granted, it seemed to have been the entire plan of the bad guys to have Dan come, play Basquash with Rouge and then trigger the events for the apocalypse, or whatever is similar to that, so I guess that this show is excused at this point. In any case, this episode finally had another fun basketball match again, and in combination with the concert, it delivered for me. It’s also good to see this series briefly return to its themes on fandom, which is something I remember praising this series for before it jumped the shark and somehow completely abandoned these themes.

Just one thing: something really weird is going to happen for me to blog Kawamori’s next series…
Rating: * (Good)

One Response

  1. PL says:

    The thing about this show is that it has to have all those cliches because it is a show about fandom and entertainment, and while the premise, like everything else about the show, is ridiculously over-the-top, it is also one of the most unique premises I’ve seen in anime. Basketball-playing-mechas that look like cars on legs and save the world by emulating the sports that the gods played to create the universe…also, the cool thing about the cliches is that they somehow always do it in an original way, yes, rouge had her memories wiped and brought back by the power of love, but not the power of her love for dan, it was actually the power of her love for basquash that allowed her to remember her love for dan…anyways, I wish they’d never changed the staff around on this show, because the original crew did bring a sense of realism in the way the characters lived and breathed within this world that is so totally unreal, and it made suspension of disbelief a little easier, but, that doesn’t discount the fact that a whole lot of what made this an amazing series isn’t still amazing. I will say this, I’m always held captive through every episode, and I always end the episode with a good feeling in my chest and a smile on my face.

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    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 05:34 PM)
    Okay I’ll try parasyte
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 05:28 PM)
    Parasyte it is then!
  • SomeAnonGuy
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 05:28 PM)
    sup
  • Aries
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 05:20 PM)
    Is anyone reviewing Tribe Cool Crew lol? I know it’s a kid show but I kinda like the vibe of it.
  • Aries
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 05:19 PM)
    Also I don’t care for log horizon, I saw a bit of the first season but eh not my thing.
  • Aries
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 05:18 PM)
    Emma! :) and yeah I watched the first episode yesterday of Bahamut and I totally have seen this formula run into the ground. It may be good, I’m just not interested and that stuff anymore. Like nanatsu no taizai would probably be more up my alley if I wanted shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 04:54 PM)
    @Aries: I feel like recommending log horizon but I don’t know if you saw the first season, then again you hated sword art and those who didn’t like sword at tend to end up liking log horizon.
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    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 04:52 PM)
    *bad music
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 04:52 PM)
    @Aries: Coin toss between Bahamut, log horizon fate bladeworks or parasyte. Although I’ve a feeling you might find Bahamut too shounen for your tastes, parasyte if you could get past the music and violence you might like.
  • Aries
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 04:38 PM)
    guys I really don’t want to sift through this season, just tell me what is the most agreed upon best anime airing right now?

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