The Third Secret Santa Post: Terribad Edition

Standing outside waiting for someone who would never come can be a good thing on Christmas Eve. Trust me

Standing outside waiting for someone who would never come can be a good thing on Christmas Eve. Trust me

By now, I think a number of you would know about the Reverse Thieves Secret Santa game. For those who don’t, a bunch of writers nominate a group of three shows of 26 episodes or fewer and/or movies that can be reviewed on their respective blogs. In the past 2 years, I had written on all three, but for whatever reason someone thought they could just recommend 25 episodes of Shugo Chara and have it count. No, that doesn’t work. Sorry.

The first one I chose to watch was World Destruction. This was a title I had dropped after all of 1 episode over 4 years ago. I remember at the time that for a title like World Destruction, there was not a whole lot of destruction of worlds. So in effect it was boring enough for me to drop it.

This show has lots of violent women. Kobayashi Yuu was well cast here.

This show has lots of violent women. Kobayashi Yuu was well cast here.

Now back to the present and an afternoon spent marathoning this show. The first episode where the main characters of Morte and Kyrie were introduced was indeed boring. After that, it deviated into a combination of poorly written comedy and an attempt to provide some social commentary as they traveled around trying to find the key to destroying the world along with Toppi, a small bear creature who ends all of his sentences with -kuma.

With the latter part, the setting of this show is a world where normal humans are persecuted by the more powerful beastmen. I guess you could say it’s a fantasy version of Gurren Lagann in that sense. So the story revolves around Morte’s attempt to destroy a world that is broken in her eyes using the destruction code she obtained from her dying brother.

As always in shows like this, the weakest character ends up being stupidly all-powerful in the end.

As always in shows like this, the weakest character ends up being stupidly all-powerful in the end.

At the same time, they are being chased by Naja and Lia who are trying to prevent the world from being destroyed. They provide much of the attempts at comedy in World Destruction. Naja is the calm intellectual who is pretty much right about everything, while Lia is a hot-headed girl who changes partly into a dragon when she isn’t pulling out the pair of guns she wields. Also, she has a completely unexplained crush on Kyrie.

For most of the series, the action is pretty episodic as they travel between continents that are named after the seasons. So each of the three gets an episode about their past that comes up, or there is another episode about relations between beasts and humans. There’s really only two serious episodes in the whole bunch. Fortunately, one is at the very end of the series.

Now my main problem can be summed up by a joke that was made in an episode 2/3rds of the way through the series. Earlier there had been an episode which was about a trio impersonating the protagonists and causing chaos where ever they went. That episode had a running joke about a tear in Morte’s clothing, but I digress. The joke in the later episode was that a group of robot guards had been trying to find the impersonators. That’s it. They wrote an entire standalone episode with the whole purpose of getting a joke in

Morte is powerful enough as to be feared like this.

Morte is powerful enough as to be feared like this.

later.

That isn’t to say that World Destruction is terrible by any measure. It at least attempts to try to create an interesting world. The characters have enough depth that I cared about them a little by the end. The writing was average at best. So overall it wasn’t bad. (71.64/100)

So you probably saw the title and were a little stunned that I gave one of the shows I watched roughly a 7 out of 10. Now I have something a little different. Yami no Matsuei

That's exactly what you think is happening

That’s exactly what you think is happening

When I saw the plot synopsis of this show, I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into. Lots and lots of attractive looking men doing mysterious things with nary a woman to get involved in the action. Yes, someone had recommended terrible BL to me. Why? (Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question.)

The one thing I found remarkable about this is that it somehow manages to be more boring than the synopsis on ANN:

Even after death, life is full of paperwork and criminals. Tsuzuki Asato is a 26 year old, happy-go-lucky, and dorky shinigami (god of death) whose job is to makes sure that those who are dead remain dead and stay in their proper realms. Even though he’s had this job for over 70 years, he is in the worst division with horrible pay. He also has a knack for not keeping partners (since shinigami work in pairs), but now he seems to have one that will stick around; stubborn, smart-mouthed, serious and defensive 16 year old, Kurosaki Hisoka. With each case they investigate, they come closer to the conspiracies of the serial killer Dr. Muraki Kazutaka. Tsuzuki’s relationship with Hisoka is growing stronger and closer…but there is a dark past to how Tsuzuki died that will not give him peace.

I would have taken a story of mysterious shinigami doing office paperwork over what I saw here. Instead, it ended up just being a bunch of stock stories of people being killed and then having to solve the mystery behind it. Then as I was trying to avoid slipping into a coma by the final arc, Tsuzuki’s origin story is brought up and resolved.

Don’t think for a second that the story is why the target audience would be watching this show to begin with. No, it would be because every time there are two men on screen you can just feel it is choreographed to where they would know which character is the seme and the uke. I know way too much about this now that I think about it, but I digress.

This captures the series better than I can

This captures the series better than I can

In that sense, I can actually say this was well-directed in delivering what the audience would want. Sadly (or thankfully in my case), this was aired on TV, so they couldn’t go the whole way and have sex scenes. Ultimately, this made it rather commercial for a BL series, and I can’t in good conscience reward that with a good score. It isn’t the worst BL I’ve seen by a mile, but like even 90% of the “good” ones it isn’t actually very good. (52.5/100)

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