I’m a benevolent and tolerant guy. However, there are three things I simply cannot stand. People who order me around, people who oppose me, and how Unbreakable Machine-Doll turned out.
Facing “Machine-Doll Review” I
Irori: We were important, right? Komurasaki: I had like one episode of screen time! Shouko: Just give me more alcohol.
I may be a first-class Metanorn writer, but even I am not without flaws. If I were to name a defect of mine, it would be the fact that I decided to pick up this show. I’m a benevolent and tolerant guy. However, there are three things I simply cannot stand. People who order me around, people who oppose me, and the way the characters keep repeating the same lines over and over as if it’ll eventually start sounding cool or somehow witty. It does not. Unbreakable Machine-Doll may be the first adaptation by Lerche, but even it is not without flaws. If I were to name a defect of it, it would be the disappointing lack of coherent and interesting story in all three arcs presented. The show seemed to believe that it could pull off repeatedly introducing some sort of political intrigue, with each arc not even being connected to the next. And that it would be OK for Raishin to play the role of righteous justice swooping in to save the damsel of the day from the evil clutches of unscrupulous villains at the near-death expense of breaking his bones each time. But in unsuccessfully pursuing these various plots thanks to a lack of investment from the audience and repetitious developments, the show unfortunately let go of the one interesting bit of story telling it ever had. Precious little progress was made on the front of Raishin’s drive for vengeance and his relationship with Shouko. What should have been a straight shot of him making his way to the top of the Evening Party to fight his brother while Shouko and the Setsugetsuka are elaborated upon on the side is instead bogged down with the unecessary baggage of said political scandals, which didn’t even help immerse us in the Machine-Doll universe that much.
Facing “Machine-Doll Review” II
Yaya reveals her second stage!
I’m a benevolent and tolderant guy. However, there are three things I simply cannot stand. People who order me around, people who oppose me, and Machine-Doll’s horribly lacking story telling and bland characters. Sorry, that was actually four things. But then I wouldn’t be able to repeat myself. I may be a first-class Metanorn writer, but even I am not without flaws. If I were to name a defect of mine, it would be my inability to keep up this satirical farce poking fun at said flat characters. What the show should have done was give them real depth and meaning beyond spouting cheesy lines repeatedly repetitiously as if repeating the repeated would repeat peat eat. But at least by the end we find out Raishin is actually a man-whore who sold his body to Shouko so that maybe she can make her own perfect Machine-Doll for reasons still unexplained. And we do also learn a little sliver of his past, which can be summed up in this one sentence as follows: there once was a loser named Raishin whose brother killed his entire family including their cute little sister so that he might make a perfect being known as a Machine-Doll. If you can sum up the driving plot of the show (again the entire rest of Machine-Doll might as well be excess filler) in one sentence give or take proper grammar, you know something is wrong with said show. Also note that half of that sentence was only just revealed in the last episode. I may be a first-class Metanorn writer, but even I am not without flaws. If I were to name a defect of mine, it would be making this post longer than it needs to be for a show of this quality. So I will stop now.
Phew. That was quite the rant. If you couldn’t tell, Unbreakable Machine-Doll left nothing but a bitter taste in my mouth beyond the first arc. Not a very good sign for Lerche as this is their first formal work, but perhaps the blame lies upon the source material and there is hope for the studio yet. But in any case, all I can say is thank you for sticking with me through what turned out to be a rather lame and unentertaining ride. If nothing else, let us look fondly back upon the show by recalling its only redeeming factor: the catchy ED. Oh, and don’t forget those shockingly creative episode titles.