Sekirei (episode 10)
As if I’m going to miss another episode after last week.
I was indeed expecting another nipple cavalcade but apparently Sekirei is going to play the tease card. Which is fine by me because, for once in its lifetime, I actually felt the plot shrugging awake and stumbling along, thanks to Seo who spends over half the episode explaining every detail of Sekrei‘s world for our benefit.
The Cliff’s Notes:
- The capital is separated in four sectors each ruled by a Big Boss. The Big Boss of the North sector is the landlady. Hard to believe, I know… Until you see her spank Tsukiumi.
- Speaking of everyone’s favorite Water Girl: in the world of Sekirei, no one is truly defeated until they are naked as the day they were born. I bet the high school chess club matches must be really intense.
- Why is Sekirei so terrified of resorting to action and fighting? The fight scenes ain’t amazing but they’re still a hundred times better at adrenaline-pumping than the remaining 95% content the show regurgitates every week. Hell, Musubi has a cool ground punch near the end that almost made me mutter “fuck yeah”. Almost.
Code Geass (episode 21)
Incoming wall o’ text. You’ve been warned.
Whenever a show tackles the issue of collective consciousness and a pan-human melding thereof, the comparisons to Neon Genesis Evangelion and its controversial ending arise, with most commentators failing to address the questions that matter the most.
The Emperor’s all-encompassing plan was to use the Sword of Akarakaksha to initiate the Ragnarok Junction, thereby affecting the collective consciousness and forcing it — through the use of two immortal Codes — to revert to a primal, individual-less entity. Individuals are nothing but masks of that collective unconsciousness, C.C. claims, windows into the larger hive mind’s heart and soul, if you will.
In Code Geass it is Lelouch who rises up to reject that decision, and thank God it didn’t take him two drawn-out, poorly-animated black and white introspective episodes to get there, if you know what I mean. And you have to love that Lelouch doesn’t just yell “GARRR!” and punches Daddy’s lights out: no, he argues against his parents’s intellectual position. He believes that the lies and the deception that they disdain so much are tools with no intrinsic moral value whatsoever. You can cheat on your wife and lie, but you can also buy her a sweet gift for her birthday and hide it from her while waiting for the perfect moment to present itself. Removing individuality would remove not just conflicts but all possibility of healthy, caring interactions.
Hokay, enough Heideggering around. This is the kind of episode that makes or breaks a show if it airs too early; in Code Geass‘s case, I doubt many viewers will be put off by the preposterous turn into metaphysics the show took for the week, although it was still a massive disappointment to me. All that build-up over two seasons over the Emperor and his secretive plan? Bam, gone. The Emperor? Gone. Lady Marianne? Gone after a mere two episodes. V.V.? The lil’ bastard is loooong gone. And what in blazes can Schneizel pull out of his ass that’s going to top the Emperor’s plan of forcing the entire species onto a higher plane of consciousness by erasing individuality? Much like a twelve-year-old boy who’s stumbled on his older brother’s Playboy stash, I wonder if Code Geass hasn’t fallen prey to premature climaxing.
And that’s… pretty much it
Uhm, damn. Less overtime, more anime watching. I am hopelessly behind in watching all my favorite series except for those above and Macross Frontier and Koihime Musou. Not only that, but I’m cooking up a “shows I wanna watch” post too, which does not bode well considering my lack of spare of time. Ah, what I wouldn’t give for a Geass that let me forsake sleep entirely…