So I just finished watching a series of the Japanese animation variety; one I probably should have watched a number of years ago, but such as is the way of things I never saw it until some time at the start of this year. Took a bit of a break, then finished the rest of it off over the past few days. Do I think it was worth watching? Yes. Am I going to say as to what show it was? No.
I’m going to try and talk about the show as well as I can given the amount of words I have available to me in this current moment, but I’m not going to say as to what show it was as I’m trying to work out if I am going to write about it in full or not. Probably will, but don’t know if I can really add anything to the conversation about it. However, I will say that the show in particular is not Neon Genesis Evangelion, nor is it related to Neon Genesis Evangelion (as far as I’m aware). Anyway, here goes.
A well-crafted show that managed to make good use of its limitations to create something that was not restricted by them, if that makes sense. Moved quickly, knew when to push and when to hold back. Knew what moments worked best as serious stuff vs. what worked best silly. Had a great cast. Despite a fantastic setting, felt quite real and grounded. Did not feel like it was pushing for the fantastic, even in its fantastic moments. It didn’t dwell long on those either. Often situations that presented themselves as fantastic were still dealt with within the limitations of the man cast.
Character development was a thing and it often moved quite well. Somewhat-subtle, somewhat open and noticeable. It was well-handled. The characters started off from a base position as is the case of many shows and they changed and developed into a stronger cast by the end despite not being tied down by that growth, so to speak. They still were the same characters that they were when the show started but they became much more than just those base characterisations.
There was action and there was music. There was a lot of stuff going on but it concluded in the way the show could only conclude. Had another ending occurred and it quite possibly would’ve harmed the overall thing, rendering everything that happened quite superfluous. When I say this I am referring to the overarching plot, as there were plenty of moments that were (kind of) adventure of the week, albeit with something that added to the rest of the series whether that be subtle or overt.
Anyway, I recommend the show I’m talking about (in what is a rather surface manner) but not mentioning by name. It is a well-made package that delivers far more than it initially implies.
Oh yeah: the soundtrack was easily one of the best I’ve heard.
The time it took to write five-hundred words: 11:20:33
So this is sort of a review. Maybe if I do write about the show in full I’ll use this as the basis for a first draft. It’s really rough but would work well for starting notes, I think.
Thought I’d be able to get this written faster, but I guess I was wrong. Oh well.
Written at home.