Thursday, October 17, 2013

[New][October 2013] Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

Summary: During the early 20th century, along with technological advancements, scientists were able to develop sophisticated magic. The combination of science and sorcery was Machinart, circuits made from spells that were put into objects to bring them to life and even gain a personality. It was developed as a military weapon and has now spread throughout the world. Akabane Raishin is now attending the Royal Academy to become the best in the world.

First Impression: Action Drama. Clean cut. Maybe there will be some romance in it as a spice, but the core is obviously going to be Action, and Drama.

First Opinion: Did I mention I hate some websites summaries? I hate some websites summaries. They are so bland and worthless, and sometimes they don't even make sense. These summaries I give you people? I make them from bits and pieces of several places summaries, after I watch the first episode, to make sure it's at least helpful. The first summary I read of this anime was so garbage, it made the anime seem worse than garbage. I feel really bad for thinking that of it.

Back on topic, there's nothing here spectacularly above the diagonal. I thought from the first impression I got about this anime (seriously to hell with some summaries out there), was that it was going to be another contrived romance between a 'synthetic human' and normal human. I've had it up to the roots of my hair with that plot type. Not so much for having seen a lot of them, but because there isn't a lot you can do with it. The story always resorts to either contriving up a way to make the synthetic a little less synthetic, or they dance down some merry rainbow-happy-road of borderline delusional denial and evasion of serious discussion. I don't understand, personally, the idea of intentionally choosing a controversial thing, and then being paranoid about it. You bloody chose to have the controversy.
Instead, this show not only throws that plot type right out the window, it spits on it in mid-air, with the two main characters literally stopping to stand still and talk it away. I found that in good taste, but hey, maybe someone out there was looking for the contrived synthetic romance plot again.

My present decision for this one is to keep it and file it into action, but I don't really have high hopes for it. The blunt rejection of a plot type was novel, but not remarkable these days, it's being done more frequently it seems. Other than that, I don't see much especially unique, although several things are a tiny bit original.

1 comment:

The Evil Cat said...

I am a big fan of the manga, but I have to say the anime is far less than the ideal adaptation. For one the art work makes me want to kill its art director, on top of that, Yaya was cute and funny in the manga, but I find her just down right annoying in the anime. On top of that, they completely changed the circumstances of the first fight between Raishin and Charlotte which in my opinion could disrupt the flow of the story down the road.