I was pretty shocked to find that there wasn’t a Neo Yokio thread here on the forums!
I’m really curious what all the waypointers think of it. I’ve just finished watching the second half of the series and really can’t figure out what to say about it or how I come down on it. For context, this is the first anime I’ve watched (other than a Ghibli film) since watching plenty of Dragonball Z, Pokemon and the occasional gundam movie as a kid.
It’s funny, absolutely, but those funny moments are exactly the screencaps everyone has seen at this point. The art, the soundtrack, is really lovely. But there’s plenty I’m mixed on. The pace is kind of janky and halting, for example.
Or more seriously, I can’t figure out how Neo Yokio feels about itself. Kaz is clearly meant to be endearing, but also compromisingly flawed. He has a gentle arc through the series, but he’s also frequently a real arse (especially regarding his treatment of women in Episode 4, where he’s clearly shown to be in the wrong but also doesn’t perceptively learn or apologise for anything?)
Ezra Koening has said the show “isn’t trying to drag anyone except maybe late capitalism” (paraphrasing), and I’m not so sure if it succeeds. Trying to defend, say, fashion in the face of Helena’s activism and clunky (to my UK eyes) ideas like Queens Walled City is a fine line to tread and I don’t know if they pull it off.