In a sickening, twisted way, Le Fruit de la Grisaia was my favorite anime of 2014. I know, I know, that statement will cause you to vomit blood. But while Le Fruit de la Grisaia is morally wrong and incredibly awfully written and generally painful, it was a lot of fun, to the extent a godawful thing can be fun. I didn’t want to look at it, yet I couldn’t bear to not watch it. It was like The Room, but with grenades and snipers.
Le Fruit de la Grisaia just escalated and escalated in… quality (?), for lack of a better term. Its commitment to cut the viewer with its edge was downright adorable more often than not, and ultimately, it was a lot of things, very few of them positive, but boring was not was of the things it was.
Did Le Labyrinthe de la Grisaia deliver the same… uh… “quality” as Fruit? Oh yes. Oh hell yes it did.
Well, that’s because 1. I decided to include shows in the seasons they ended, rather than the one they started in and 2. winter 2015 sux. So, let’s get this Top 5 (and miscellaneous awards) started, shall we?
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 →