I downloaded and watched the first two episodes of æ’²æ®ºå¤©ä½¿ãƒ‰ã‚¯ãƒã¡ã‚ƒã‚“ to see what it looked like.
The write-up seemed interesting. But it wasn’t too long into the first episode that I decided it was not for me.
It reminded me of the Sam Peckinpah sketch from Monty Python.
The one were an idylic middle-England scene of women in summer dresses and men playing cricket suddenly descends into a bloodbath. [A sketch that I personally hate. Although I love almost everything else by them.]
The premise of the anime is relatively conventional.
An angel from the future is sent back in time by god to kill a boy in high-school because he will be the person who discovers imortality.
But she changes her mind, and decides that she can change the future without killing him.
The only thing is that she has a short temper and so kills him anyway. But because she is an angel she can bring him back-to-life.
The death scenes, and there are lots of them per episode, involve huge amounts of gushing blood, and brain matter flying about.
Very much like the anime sequence in Kill Bill: Volume 1. [Which was done by the famous Production I.G. that also does my favourite anime series æ”»æ®»æ©Ÿå‹•éšŠ STAND ALONE COMPLEX. That is far more realistic in its portrayals of bleeding. This Anime is not done by them.]
The animation style is pretty interesting. It mixes three distinct anime styles.
The conventional cutesy magical girl style anime, with the tradional SD-esque style for humorous cut-scenes [As described in the previous post], and also the vibrant line drawing/action style of anime such as FLCL.
The combination of styles, although intriguing for me is not enough to get past the unnecessary stylized gore quotient of the anime. [I didn’t like groundbreaking FLCL either for a similar reason]
Violence is all good and well for me, but only if it advances, or adds to, the narative.
And this is not just a western p.o.v. thing either. It is more one of personal taste.
I don’t like a lot of western movies for similar reasons.
Gore can be overused.
And it definetly is in this anime.