Moving towards a higher future
|I got an extension on my essay, so I have time to write about anime! Yay! Here’s the last episodic post from me for a while until the new season starts. Well…kinda. I do have one more up my sleeve. But for now, let us focus on our last romp with crazy, rainbow-spewing espers.|
Let me start by saying I was wrong about Hyoubu. I completely and utterly misread him. I never thought he would ever be able to forgive Saotome, or at least get by without wringing his neck like a wet towel. I had assumed that a spin-off series wouldn’t want to take too much liberty with an already existing character of the franchise in case fans whined at inconsistencies. Furthermore, Hyoubu is cast as this badass character who does what he wants to achieve his goals, regardless of how destructive it could be. He hardly budges for anything. I could not see him as the type to forgive anyone for even the slightest evil done against him. In the end, he actually forgave Andy and surprised me. Then he surprised me even more by forgiving Saotome, which is a completely different story.
It’s amazing that he moves on from having a grudge strong enough to raise himself from the dead. I’m impressed that he actually developed as a character by the end of the series. I was expecting a more “Hyoubu is so cool! He kills people and does whatever he wants! He won’t change for ANYONE!” kind of message. Instead, Hyoubu does change. He re-evaluates himself, his morals, and what he thinks of the world. He does a 180 in the last few episodes, yet it’s believable. Kaoru, Andy and Yugiri have been teaching him about trust for the entire series. It only sinks in when push finally comes to shove and Hyoubu is about to die.
He was once haunted by the past, but as he thinks he’s about to die, all he can talk about is the future. He’s finally started to believe in crafting a happy future instead of just avenging his past. His choice to not kill Saotome also shows this quite nicely. He doesn’t forgive him for the horrific things he’s done, but he acts like the bigger person by walking away. …Okay, so he gives him permanent amnesia and ruins his entire life afterwards, but that’s still pretty kind considering what he could have done. This is still Hyoubu here. You can’t expect him not to play the douche card at least a little bit.
I’m really pleased with the direction the series took at the end in order to develop Hyoubu. Even Andy gets some time to shine as he staggers forward to save Hyoubu, rainbow strobe lights going off like they’re in a frenzied night club rave. It’s overdramatic to the point where I wanted to laugh. The changed OP colour sequence wasn’t just a psychedelic experiment, but a nod to how Hyoubu looks when he loses control of his powers. “Rainbow” isn’t exactly the most fearsome combination of colours, you see. I laughed, but at the same time I loved watching Andy and Yugiri try to save him when he lost control.
“Ooooo pretty colours…” “SNAP OUT OF IT, MAN!”
Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of Yugiri’s position in the story. It sounds really dumb that they’d need an esper of such a high ability just to change the future when the act is the same. So they really couldn’t pay some sketchy esper a huge sum of money to assassinate the mayor and just reap the rewards later on? It’s the same event, just caused by different people. Furthermore, Yugiri’s backstory turned out to be incredibly bland. They held off for so long, and now it turns out she didn’t really do much before she met Hyoubu. She just bummed around a bit and then was willingly kidnapped. The mystery of Yugiri was better when it was just a mystery!
Everything else I’d want to be resolved is also resolved. There aren’t many threads left hanging aside from the events in the far future where Kaoru leads an esper rebellion. That…and Hyoubu’s health. Andy may have suppressed his powers, but that’s not gonna fix a heart problem. That’s like putting a bandaid on someone’s leg because they have leg cancer – it ain’t gonna work. Other than that, I’m satisfied with things ending here. Andy will travel the world and figure out his strengths and maybe one day come back to join PANDRA again. As things stand, I’m quite content with the ending.
…and then Hyoubu continued on his journey to capture all 7 magical lolis and beat the final boss
Again, I have to thank Kyokai for suggesting this show to me. The Winter season was so utterly empty that I had no idea what else to blog once I realized Cuticle Detective Inaba was tanking. I didn’t want to just blog Psycho-Pass and nothing else, so I jumped ship to The Unlimited and hoped for the best. I underestimated this show quite heavily. I thought it was a big, dumb action show focusing on a villain who spits one-liners all the time. I got something that was much more than that. Sure, it has a cheesy moment every episode and everyone aside from the core trio are kind of dull, but it’s a well-made show. The fight scenes are GORGEOUS, the character development is great, the music is good, and the pacing was spot-on. Nothing ever felt rushed or dragged out. I feel like pacing is one of the biggest turn-offs for anime sometimes, be it too fast or too slow. A badly paced show can ruin it entirely, even if everything else is wonderful.
…I thought they were going to kiss for a moment because I’m a big, dumb fujoshi.
I may not have watched the original ZKC (nor do I want to), but I’m glad I could still follow the spin-off. It was clever to make sure new fans could jump in to expand the fanbase. I don’t know what ZKC was like in terms of yaoi-baiting either, but wow…The Unlimited was great at subtly throwing bait! It’s the kind of bait normal viewers won’t even pick up on, but girls like me will pounce on instantly thanks to yaoi-tinted goggles. It’s a win-win for everyone. I get to fantasize and you get to roll your eyes at someone interpreting a friendly hand pat as homoeroticism. Ending on that note, thanks for dealing with me all this time and reading my thoughts on the show. It’s been fun!