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Saturday, 9 September 2017

What We're Watching 9/9/17

What We're Watching


Re:Creators has effectively finished its main plot now, closing things off with an emotional episode hinging entirely on the relationship between Altair and Setsuna -- a relationship we've actually never seen in the story before.

Surprisingly, it works. It works really well. There's an honesty to the writing that tugged at my heartstrings some, and the relatively quiet end to Altair's reign of terror is -- while not unexpected -- pulled off remarkably well. I know some fans are disappointed that it didn't end with a huge battle, but honestly, they kind of have themselves to blame for that: It was pretty thoroughly telegraphed that this is how things would end.

We have one more episode left, presumably to wrap up what's going to happen to the remaining Creations, and then this series (which has been one of the standout shows of the year) will be over for good. That's a shame, somewhat, but hey, Troyca can always rake in some cash by doing Elemental Symphony Vogelchevalier, Alicetaria of the Scarlet, Infinite Divine Machine Mono Magia, Lockout Ward Underground, and Code Babylon.

My Hero Academia.

My Hero Academia, another standout anime this year, is approaching the end of its second series, with an arc about pairs of students taking on their teachers. So far, it's a lot of fun, and I'm quite happily watching all the different pairings struggle on their tests -- all of which, of course, is building up to Bakugou and Deku versus All Might.

I've enjoyed watching this show so far, so I do hope that it gets renewed for a third series in short order, and all indications suggest that it probably will be.

Seriously, though, people can stop talking about how great a villain Stain was, now. He wasn't that great. He was just some guy with knives and subpar reddit-y talking points.

Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu.

I feel like this show has a bit of a tone problem. It really wants to be a dark, thought-provoking show about history, and regret, and duty -- and in its more understated moments, it sometimes even manages to somewhat achieve that.

But then you have plotlines like Horikawa's defection, which just feel painfully forced. I don't feel like the show has earned this plotline, or that it has any particular emotional weight attached to it. It just feels like a rather shallow attempt at adding drama and pathos to a show that doesn't have any.

It doesn't help that, eleven episodes into the show, everything the characters do just feels weirdly pointless. We still have no idea what the Retrograde Army are or what they want, apart from vague notions about changing history, so the struggle to keep history intact feels wholly empty. That's a big problem when you're hinging emotional plot points on the idea that preserving history is somehow important.

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