Last week, I watched GARO: The Animation thinking that it would be the finest episode there would ever be of this series. I mean, it did some excellent work on León’s character development and had some of the best animation the show’s budget (read: a grilled cheese sandwich per animator) will ever allow.
And of course, the show went and topped itself this week, obviously.
Making a character go through a lot of pain, angst and suffering, by itself, a good story does not make. You need a lot of wit to pull it off in a comedy because a character suffering is not inherently funny, and it doesn’t make your drama more poignant or deep because it needs meaning for it to carry any gravitas.
Suffering and angst is not an end, it’s a means to an end. It’s way too common for bad comedies and trashy dramas to simply put a character to go through a lot of crap with no ultimate conclusion and say it’s some noveau avant-garde croissant limousine shit and pretend that angst is not something that’s been present in stories older than bum itching. Continue reading →
So, this episode continues back where the last left off, with Medieval Korea Dandy (Junichi Suwabe can only be parsed as Space Dandy. No exceptions) having the hots for Hak, because what’s a shoujo harem without some good ol’ homoeroticism. So, he sets off to town, seeking to recruit Hak for some sweet lov- err, for Gigan’s pirate crew. Yeah, let’s roll with that.
And so Winter 2015 wraps up its first month, and it’s already pretty clear who’s shit and who’s not shit. Spoiler alert: it’s mostly shit, as to be expected of a winter season. And as a narcissist asshole who thinks his opinions are worth shit blogger, I have pretty clear opinions by now. Guess who’s my favorite (hint: it named this blog).