Wow, I don’t post for a week and now I’m going to do my third post. Although my last couple were under the influence of a lack of sleep and caffiene. Oh who am I kidding, this one is too.
So, I recently exchanged a couple of emails with animesophist and he mentioned Fooly Cooly to take my number nine spot. (Go read his review, it’s about as good of a review of the series that you’re going to find.) But that said it raises an interesting point. Why not FLCL? I mean it has everything a discerning anime viewer like me could want: Robots, a fast moving and crazy plot, robots, a crazy interstellar traveller riding a Vespa, more robots, amazing visuals and well… stuff coming out of people’s heads. Thought I was going to say robots, didn’t you?
But it’s really tough for me because FLCL is a good show, but…
Does anyone really understand what’s going on? Because if anyone does could they explain it to me. The problem with shows like FLCL and Lain and Texnolyze is that they get stuck in their own merry-go-round of crazy themes that they really forget simple things like plots. Or rather the plot gets buried under so much other junk that it forgets what the point of a story is.
And that’s to entertain. And to entertain, I have to at least have a basic grasp of the rules of the world. Even in a show like RahXephon (which I finished watching after being up for 24 hours) I understood what was happening at least on a basic level. All of the other connections and conspiracies were icing on the proverbial cake.
On top of that, while animesophist is right, it is a show that defies categorization. It’s also a show that uses and twists all of those categories it touches on. Sometimes it takes it right up to the level of a farce, sometimes it stops just short of it. So it’s hard to take it seriously as a drama. It’s hard to take it as light as a comedy. In fact it just muddles up all of them into one gooey mess, so that when I finished it I knew I’d experienced something. I just wasn’t sure what.
And that’s what lies at the heart of my problem with this kind of show. I can’t connect with it. It’s a good show and an interesting experience, but walking away from it doesn’t leave me wanting to watch it again.
It ends up leaving me looking for something to wash my mouth out with.