Sunday, April 6, 2008

Dragonaut: (Ended) Mediocre

After seeing the end of Dragonaut, I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping Gonzo would play out some of the tragic potential of this series, but they didn't. However, I wouldn't hold that against this them for the quality of the anime.

Overall, I think one of my biggest problems with this series is the lack of intensity. Sure there are ups and downs throughout the series, but there's almost never a moment made me hold my breath to see what's coming next. When there's no such a moment, the series tend not to leave a lasting impression for me.

On a separate note, I admint that Gonzo is the master of creating dramas. However, as I said in an earlier entry, they seemed to "over-used" this talent. If you plot a curve with view's satisfaction and the degree of dramatic effect, there would be a point increased dramatization causes negative satisfactions for the views. I think Dragonaut ran a bit too far crossed that point.

Final Scoreboard (of 5):

Drama: 4 (I think they over did it a little)
Comedy: N/A
Action: 3 (Most are ok, but there are some quite cheesy ones)
Art/Animation: 3 (I don't like this style. I think bit over simplified)
Sound/Music: 3.5 (Not bad, but nothing exceptional)
Character: 3.75 (Asides from the main pair, there aren't really much development on others)
Plot: 3.5 (I think there aren't enough ups and downs)
Ending: 3 (Flat, not interesting)

Re-watch value: 2 (I doubt anybody would want to watch it again)

Overall (not average): 3.25 (This one sucks consider Gonzo's standard level)

Recommendation: I wouldn't recommend it, unless by some odd chance, you liked Speed Grapher and Witchblade very much. Then, you might actually like this one, at least the art.

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