What We're Watching
King's Game is putting in a very earnest attempt at being the worst anime of the season, and were it not for Dies Irae, it would be succeeding, even in a season where we have Fate/Apocrypha and Black Clover.
It's rare that you see a show which is this much of a mess: So nonsensical, so poorly structured, so frequently creepy in all the wrong ways, with such an unlikable and unengaging protagonist, feeling so fundamentally low-effort and yet filled with such a smug sense of self-satisfaction.
Honestly, watching it is a highlight of my week at this point, just because it keeps finding new ways to be awful.
.hack//G.U. Last Recode.
So, after ten years of waiting (actually more like eleven years, but who's counting), I'm finally getting to play .hack//G.U., courtesy of its HD re-release, Last Recode, getting a European release. I've got to say, so far I'm really enjoying it: It got off to a rocky start with a fairly insufferable tutorial section, but it pretty quickly got into the swing of things, with player character Haseo being de-leveled to level one by the assault of the mysterious Tri-Edge.
(It was also at this point that I changed the audio from Japanese to English, which made it seem like Haseo had been hit so hard he'd changed languages.)
The graphics are surprisingly good-looking for what is effectively a decade old game, the characters are a lot of fun, the gameplay is smooth and enjoyable even without the RPG elements that will become more important later, and the story is very interesting already. For anyone so inclined, I'll be streaming more tonight.
Kekkai Sensen & Beyond.
Having Kekkai Sensen back is delightful, and several episodes in the show has delivered plenty of variety, with a political thriller comedy episode, a battle action comedy episode, and a heist episode. There's no trace of an overarching plot yet, but that may be for the best: While I personally very much enjoyed the Black and White plot of the first series, it didn't go over quite so well with a lot of other people.
(Although I'm sure we'll see the King of Despair again, sooner or later.)
Most of all, Kekkai Sensen is just fun. It's not deadly serious, it doesn't have any grim or thoughtful messages about the human condition, it's not trying to be a seminal piece of high art: It knows that it wants to be a fun, lively piece of comedy, and it fulfills that role superbly.