On the first draft of my post, I said something about Cross Ange resembling an exploitation film, I decided to scrap that post because while that is true…that’s just part of what makes Cross Ange the controversial show that it is.
I’ve seen five episodes and don’t get me wrong, it’s still as trashy as ever but it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than that. The show is all about pushing buttons and yes, it does take it too far. So much that I almost wanted to drop this show from the first episode alone. This is coming from the girl who laughed at Dio (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) making a woman eat her own baby.
And yet, here I am. It’s been five weeks and I still haven’t dropped Cross Ange. Why?
Because stuff like this keeps happening.
At the very least, I can commend Cross Ange for not coddling the audience. I just doesn’t care. It has the audacity to repeatedly humiliate its protagonist in the most dehumanizing ways and kills its characters as brutally as possible. If Cross Ange were a person, it’d be the guy who tells a dead baby joke during someone’s baby shower. The joke itself isn’t funny, but the callousness itself is so shocking that you just can’t fathom why someone would do that.
Every season, we get a whole bunch of cookie cutter shows filled with nothing but tripe. These shows lack ambition or any sort of conviction. We also get shows that are nothing but con artists. They’re excellent at pretending to be something they aren’t, but once you look into them, you realize that they’re filled with vile undertones and unearned smugness.
While Cross Ange might be the nasty and shameless show that it is, it’s doesn’t belong to the two categories I mentioned just now. Every week, I keep wondering if there’s a way for the show to top itself. It just keeps catching me off guard. It draws a response out of me.
And it has an angry pilot dog for God’s sake!
It’s upfront about its true nature and that’s why I can easily buy into whatever scenario they decide to throw at me. Does that necessarily make it good? Well, no. Not really. Up until now, I wouldn’t dare call Cross Ange ‘good’. However, as bad as it is, it doesn’t quite upset me like– Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. But that’s another tale for another day.
Cross Ange is a fine enough time killer if you really want to see a show push the envelope in the worst ways imaginable. I think for that alone, it’s worth a watch.