Going Down The List: Zankyou no Terror

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Like most, if not all, of the shows Shinichiro Watanabe has been involved in, Zankyou no Terror has an air of quality and refinement to it that to some extent sets it apart from other shows, and definitely from most of the other shows airing in the same season that ZnT aired in (Summer 2014) – I’m looking at you Aldnoah.Zero. To use some ambiguous terminology that I’m not overly fond of, I’d say that Zankyou no Terror looked more “adult” than most anime nowadays.

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Going Down The List: Suisei no Gargantia

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Suisei no Gargantia was one of the first anime that I watched weekly from start to finish while it was airing. It was also my first mecha show. I’ll fully admit that I picked it up only because I heard Gen Urobuchi was working on it (I had recently watched Madoka for the first time), as I wasn’t really interested in mecha or sci-fi in general at the time. The show quickly charmed me with its cast of characters and the visuals of the setting, though, so I forgot about the story kind of quickly.

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Going Down The List: Ga-Rei Zero

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I’ve already written about this show before, but it was so long ago that I might as well expand on those thoughts in light of the shows I’ve seen since then. First of all, I’m no longer as ecstatic about Ga-Rei Zero, and the director Ei Aoki in general(probably due to Aldnoah Zero), as I once was. That doesn’t mean that I’ve suddenly started disliking the show, it just doesn’t compare that well to other shows I’ve seen since then. I also now think that the show lacks focus for the most part. Sure, the facts that the show is a prequel and that the viewer knows what’s going to happen make it look like it’s a focused show, but not much really happens in it.

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Going Down The List: Aldnoah.Zero

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To give credit where it’s due, Aldnoah.Zero did have a nice final scene in the first episode. It was a good way to set the tone for the series, even though the tone wasn’t entirely convincing. The tone wasn’t the worst thing about the show, though. Actually, I can’t tell what the worst thing about the show was, because it felt like such a total train wreck to me. The main character’s stoicism quickly got so extreme that it was impossible for me to relate to him. The conflict between worlds was interesting as a premise, but the character writing on the side of the Martians was absurdly obviously meant to make them look like the villains, which undermined any ideas of moral ambiguity. Ok, ok, but “what if it wasn’t about moral ambiguity?”, you ask. What if it was an underdog story? Well, in that case, it took all of, what, 3 episodes to establish that the main character was going to be able to defeat anyone in single combat. Which he eventually effectively did.

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