40 Seasons in 40 Days: Summer 2002

I probably don't even have to explain what would be going on behind that door.

What better way to mark the halfway point in this decade retrospective than to take a look at a desolate wasteland of a season that pretty much sums up malaise era anime. I’m taking a look at four items today, and it’s bad to the point where I’m going to give a look in to something that is borderline hentai just to make up the numbers and that’s probably not even the worst part.

The first entry today is the .hack//Liminality OVA. Set in the distant future of the year 2007, the game continues to put people into comas as the game’s global footprint expands. For the most part, this OVA does alright in serving its purpose in filling in what is happening outside of the game world. However, I do not think it is enough to hide the flawed premise at the middle of it all.

Next up is another vintage title from Gonzo’s “not mailing it in” phase in Saikano. For the most part, there is almost nothing in this series that will make you think better of humanity. It was an interesting concept when I first began watching it, a love story set around the destruction of the world. However, the many pointless deaths, used to full emotional affect here, along with the increasingly stupid actions of people who are absolutely desperate to live just one more day make this by far the most depressing thing I saw this decade.

Speaking of pointless, its UFO Princess Valkyrie. This is the first season of how ever many shocking incarnations this ended up spawning. I don’t even care enough to look it up. Four…maybe? Anyway, since it is the start of the story, there has to be some emphasis on character development, which is done in the form of pandering its fan-service to as many demographics as possible. The basic premise is unrealistically hot princess crashes into a bathhouse run by a random high school student, she gives him half her soul to keep him alive. The end result is a disturbing love affair between said student and an 8-year-old girl who turns back into the princess when they kiss. There’s other characters and too many cargirl maids for my taste, and I don’t think I’m alone.

Finally, today’s merely making up the numbers series is the sexually obsessed Futari Ecchi. To its credit, the idea behind the whole series is a pretty noble one. It’s basically sex education for adults projected through a married couple just learning about the topic. Where this falls apart is that it tries to appeal to a much large audience by dropping the educational part in its adaptation to anime. The end result is something that is neither educational nor porn, so everyone loses.

Highlights from Unseen or Unfinished Items

This wasn’t a very good season to be honest. Witch Hunter Robin probably represents the best of what is left. Samurai Deeper Kyo looks like it tries far too hard. And that’s about all I can think of today

3 thoughts on “40 Seasons in 40 Days: Summer 2002”

    1. The level of utter depression in Saikano would put a lot of people off, along with other parts as well. I would say that it makes most everything else look absolutely joyful by comparison for a while after watching it.

  1. I think Saikano is a great series, but at the same time, I don’t think I could ever watch it again because it tore me apart. (For whatever reason, I marathoned the final eight episodes, which, uh, I do not recommend doing. lol)

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