Maybe this post will finally earn me a name change.
I’m glad a lot of people are getting a chance to check the show out for themselves.
If ever there was a crew that could talk me into enjoying media from a new perspective, it’s Waypoint.
sigh Alright… how you gunna sell this garba- classic.
I want to preface everything to follow with a statement.
I know a ton of people for whom the show is extremely important, and something they love. I think that’s awesome, and I’m happy for them. I wish them the best. I can’t watch this show anymore. I’m going to stop trying to appreciate it for myself, as it requires too much emotional energy, and reinvigorates a lot of trauma pretty regularly.
Why I don’t like it, in fairly vague terms. I’ll try to avoid any sort of specific spoilers, but also, if you love the show, you don’t have to read this. I encourage you not to, in fact, as I have absolutely no desire to talk anybody out of enjoying something.
I’ve really disliked this show since I first watched it. It makes me uncomfortable, sad, angry, resentful, etc. with characters, I ha- Listen… I’ve got some history with some of the subject matter that might just be a forever sticking point for me. Specifically adult/children/parent/children relationships, which may have gotten in the way of me giving a single shit about the show.
I have watched it, and I also thought it was hot garbage for other reasons.
I have to assume, charitably, that it’s intended as a meta take-down of dumb anime tropes, wherein the final act just crawls so deep up its own asshole with metaphor that no aspect of the story mattered at any point? The problem is, it isn’t examined. It’s just left. So if it’s mocking something, it missed the mark of satire, or criticism, and just did the dang thing.
I hate that the entire female cast is basically defined by how sexually available, specifically to Shinji, they are, and/or which man they’re sleeping with, or how they’re being used by men. (With… a couple counter examples, but there’s still- the presentation of it will always be something I take umbrage with I suspect. FLCL handled jealousy in interesting ways.)
I find the mecha combat vaguely defined in terms of rules/mechanics. Inconsistent feels charitable.
I dislike a lot of the specifics of how good pilots are, or can be. The idea that hard work doesn’t always pay off, and maybe you’re just born with the ability is half of an interesting idea. (The half about hard work, not the half about magical boy prowess.)
I think it’s well timed, and has some really solid compositions on some shots and scenes, but nothing super remarkable? I’m sort of trying to grasp at straws and under-play my dislike for a lot of stuff by keeping it short, but…
So, this is where I’m coming into this episode…
…well, here’s to hearing Austin out. Earbuds in.
(I’m also prepared to pass the mantle of Anime on to a more worthy successor.)
(Apologies for the multi-spoiler, for whatever reason, a multi-paragraph spoiler wasn’t working.)