Posted by psgels on 16 July 2013 with categories: Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

Okay, at this point I’m pretty sure which series I’m going to blog this season. But first a few short comments about the ones I’m not going to blog:
– Free is well made for a bishie series but I don’t trust the creators to actually use the characters well enough.
– Gifuu Doudou hilariously camp, but ultimately a one-trick pony
– Inu to Hasami is badly produced
– Servant X Service is great, but I already know that I don’t have inspiration to write full entries about it.
– Dagan Ronpa… I’m going to decide whether to blog that one after episode 3 where I can see how the creators handle the detective part, because I don’t trust that yet (this also depends on how fast I can catch up to Uchuu Kyoudai…).
– Fantasista Doll is oddly interesting, but I don’t have enough inspiration to write about its bland parts.
– Stella is just entertainment, not really the right show to blog every week.
– Blood Lad is fun, but I miss substance which will make it a bit hard to write about.
– Gen’Ei is too bland and tries too hard.
– Watamote seems like too much of a one-trick pony, which is not good to write about every week.
– Kimi no Iru Machi is together with Dagan Ronpa the one that I’m the most doubtful about. Both have the potential to become really good, or really, really bad. Do I want to watch enough to find out about that?

In the meantime, this is the third Kamisama-series that I’ve blogged, and the fifth Kamisama-series that I’m going to watch, after Kamisama Dolls, Hajimemashita, Kazoku and no Memo-Chou. And that’s a good way to describe this series: a mix between stuff that has been done before, together with new and fresh stuff.

Let me get back on Gen’Ei wo Kakeru Taiyou in particular, because it does bear some similarities with Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi, in the way that it puts a little girl and forces these very dramatic things upon her. In this show it works, in Gen’Ei, it doesn’t. Why is that, even though both are pretty dramatic and use their protagonist being young as shock factor.

When I looked beyond, I realized the difference is that in comparison, Gen’Ei is bland. On one hand you have a young girl who grew up in the middle of zombies and has taken the task upon herself to become a respectable undertaker. On the other you have a high school girl who finds a bunch of girls who fight for her and that pretty much all look the same. Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi spices up its story: it comes up with creative twists and sides to both the setting and the characters, and that actually makes it very interesting, whereas Gen’Ei to mee seems to rely just too much on its shock factor without making the rest likable. Shock factor is supposed to be used as a condiment, not the main course.

I often go on about series repeating themselves too much, but there is also such a thing as “stealing well”. And to me, that goes to this series. The idea of there not being children? Been done before. Old guy (32!?!) travelling together with young girl? Been done before. Zombies? Been there, done that. However the way in which this show uses these themes is new, and it doesn’t feel like it copied these things out of laziness, but rather because it was a good way to get to the ideas it wanted to explore. I mean the concept of God just saying “screw it” and refusing to kill people. That’s pretty damn interesting!

This show does have flaws so far. The biggest so far is that a lot of the characters seem just devices to tell the story; their acting still feels wooden and they are used A LOT for exposition. That needs to improve, this series needs a bit more of “show, don’t tell”. The big challenge for this series will be to correctly explore its themes throughout its limited airtime. Create interesting stories around this setting, instead of just randomly filling up time.
Rating: 4,5/8 (Good)

3 Responses

  1. someloser says:

    man I remember reading the manga about this, and I remember being utterly clueless. One moment it was cutesy wootsy peaceful, next moment everyone’s dying and our mc was being raped by accelerater and one chapters later they team up against another edgy dick that appears out of nowhere. hopefully the anime of this would make more sense.

  2. KaZuHiRo says:

    Did you do a review for Kamisama Kazoku? I must have missed it.

  3. Kaja Rainbow says:

    Watamote is good, but I can see why you wouldn’t feel like it’d give you much to write about. It’s pretty much the same theme but repeated in many permutations. I don’t know how exactly the anime will develop, but the manga is essentially a story of someone caught in a stagnant state who nevertheless shows signs of hope now and then. It’s actually semi-autobiographical, so it doesn’t surprise me that much like real life change takes a long time.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:58 AM)
    Ultimately I just did not have enough exploration and time with these characters , at 22 episodes it could have been so much more.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:55 AM)
    But I digress. Personal resonance eh? lol. Oh yeah I like Tokyo Ghoul, helps that the MC stopped being a bitch. In fact, they made a good case for personal change.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:54 AM)
    even the white haired bitch had a point. The last survivor just wanted her life to mean something. She new she was dying but died reaching for what she wanted until the very end. Where she basically obtained it. On her own terms. Thats why she blew herself up instead of dying like she was going to.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:53 AM)
    on the other hand the 2 wanting revenge actually decided to do something about it. And largely suceed. They break the cycle of victem. They take power into their own hands. It’s nice. It’s fun. The girl is a nice touch.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:53 AM)
    Another thing I really saw and another reason I really enjoyed about the tokyo ghoul anime more than the manga is that the presence of a film director and playwright working on it real shone through.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:52 AM)
    The girl was lost in a world of emptiness (and still struggles with) it. That vast incompleteness. Probably in part because of her mother. Stuck in the loop of life like that. But one day the loop breaks. It’s what everyone who’s ever wanted to escape dreams of.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:51 AM)
    To appreciate terror I think you really need to appreciate the context. We start off with two people who were fucked over by the world and a girl still trapped in it. The two decided to get revenge, while the girl caught up in them, manages to escape because of a helping hand.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:50 AM)
    Oh reaper, I do like it when an anime doesn’t spoonfeed the viewer and tries to be subtle, but that doesn’t really change my view on terror.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:49 AM)
    Pass was shit. Gargantia was a fail. And yeah, I’ve always been like that. I don’t feel the way about created works that most do. Anyways I love when i completely lose sight of who I am. So lost in something. It’s probably the same thing when you see an anime character spaz out on something they think is beautiful “ahhhh amazing, tres bein” that sort of thing, just less insane.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:45 AM)
    You know I’ve been thinking about it, Gen also writes some stuff in genres I could not give a toss about actually which is probably another reason , phantom had the gangsters element, Psycho pass was a cop show in some regards and gargantia and aldnoah are mainstream mecha.

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