Winter 2018 First Impressions: Part 10

Beatless

This show is about a world where there are intelligent robots, hIE, that serve humanity, but almost everyone treats them like inferior beings or mindless machines. Except for the main character, Arato, who treats them like people, or at least mostly (he has nothing against owning one of these robots). Arato meets an “orphan” robot called Lacia, who he promptly takes ownership of. Oh, and there’s a bunch of rogue robots that are causing havoc and destruction in the city, and they may be trying to kill people.

Winter 2018 Beatless

That giant sword gun thing is really cool.

Thus begins what I imagine will be a fairly standard sci-fi romance action light novel adaptation. There will probably be comedic hijinks and a lot of cliches. I’m usually not a big fan of stuff like that, but I didn’t hate this first episode. Some of its action looked pretty cool, and I’m kind of interested in the story. I guess I’ll have to wait and see where it goes, but for now I’m fine with watching it.

Verdict: Not a genre set I’m fan of, but I didn’t dislike it. Continuing.

 


Devilman Crybaby

I should probably have written about this when it came out, because that’s when people were talking about it the most, but I must admit that I didn’t start watching it until a week after it had come out, that is to say last Friday. The reason I put it off was that I knew it would be dense, either thematically or visually. Or both. And I was right, at least in my own opinion. There’s a lot to unpack in Devilman Crybaby, if you want to. If you don’t, it’s still an interesting and unique-looking dark superhero show.

Winter 2018 Devilman Crybaby

Random screenshot because screencapping on Netflix is difficult.

The themes surrounding sex, drugs and (implicit) rock and roll and their effect on youth feel a bit outdated, but other than that it feels like a show with solid ideas and symbols. “Humans are the real demons” is not something I haven’t seen before, of course, but I think it’s always interesting to see, and I particularly like the Angel-Devil pairing of Ryou and Akira, where Ryou is the cold-blooded killer type even though he looks innocent and pure, and Akira is, well, the titular crybaby who shows emotion and compassion. I’m only 4 episodes into the show, so I’m excited to see where it goes with that.

Verdict: It’s really cool. I’ll probably finish it very soon.

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