I’m all for watching riveting, realistic portrayals of same sex relationships in anime. I’m sure no one sees Black Rock Shooter that way. It’s more of an angsty melodramatic yuri anime except not. It’s not like the subtext has any meaning. They’re just mentally unstable girls who really care about each other, that’s all. Hurrah for friendship!
DON'T STOP ME NOW.
Half way through and we can all agree that out of the bunch, Yomi is the craziest bitch out there. Unless that school counselor can outdo her…
I never imagined I say this but thanks to the amped up drama and consistent whining, BRS has turned out to be one of the more enjoyable shows this season. I mean this without any sarcasm, I go into an episode of BRS expecting the girls to get crazier and crazier. In that aspect, BRS never disappoints.
As a huge Junji Ito fan who’s collected his works over the past few years, I’d say Gyo isn’t necessarily his best work but Uzumaki and Tomie have already gotten their respective live action adaptations so it’s not like ufotable had a choice.
This OVA is one of the worst adaptations I’ve seen of Ito’s works, it completely warped the characters and their personalities. I don’t mind a strong female character in a horror movie, but Kaori here was less interesting than the Kaori in the manga (a neurotic mess of a girl who is sensitive to smells). Tadashi was reduced to some pitiful side character who wasn’t fleshed out well enough for me to feel sorry for him. I’m all for taking liberties when adapting manga, but none of the changes contributed to improving upon the source material. It simply brought it down to a level where the OVA had to rely on shocks, titillation and gross out moments. If you haven’t read the manga just go and read it first. This OVA misrepresents Ito’s work. Ito is hardly ‘underground’ but he’s not exactly well known. He’s been lauded as one of the best Japanese horror manga artists out there and yet not many people into anime or manga have read his works. For some people, this is their first time seeing anything related to Junji Ito, and that’s where ufotable does the manga artist a disservice.
Hachimitsu has officially reached 50,000 since I registered and transferred to this domain. I’ve been meaning to celebrate that, but as you can see certain distractions have led me astray. Winter anime has continued to disappoint (with the exception of around 3 series, and one of them coming from the Fall season– everything just fails to capture my interest) and because of that, I’ve decided not to pick up anything to blog for winter but I will continue to blog Hunter x Hunter every now and then.
To make up for the lack of episodic posts, I’ll be working on writing more editorial posts.
The whole point of this post is to thank you guys though. Thank you for continuously visiting, reading and commenting on this humble blog. I’ve come across amazing people all through out and I’ve learnt a lot of things from other bloggers as well. You guys have made my online life much more vibrant and interesting.
The final show to premiere this season is here, the long awaited Black Rock Shooter! An anime spin off based on a song written by Supercell’s ryo inspired by huke’s enigmatic character art. Oh, Did I mention that the song was sung by none other than our very own virtual idol, Miku Hatsune herself?
Well now you do (and you didn’t even have to search Google)!