|I’ve beat around the bush long enough. So let’s finish off the series, and start the new year over with a clean slate.|
So yeah, I’ve slapped about three drafts down for this (you’ll be getting grabs and stabs from all of them) ranging from a complete burial of the show, to the hang it, let’s just cheer for it no matter what. The third was a grandish appeal to the almost universal fanblogger hand wringing of, “never has such a series done this to this in this way before”; then I proceeded to complain about nearly everything and add how self-entitled I am to deserve better, and so on and so forth. So yeah, saying goodbye to that and coming clean as best I can on Brave Witches. It was mediocre, and now it’s over. Later folks! See you in the Winter season!
Well I think I might owe the show, and you, a bit more than that. At it’s heart the Witches franchise isn’t that difficult a set of shoes to fill. It’s pretty obvious that two types of fanservice are being administered to from the get-go, and in that context, Brave, follows through with aplomb. Now one type of service, the obvious kind, can be subject to all sorts of arguments one way or another, and it’s not my aim to rehash any of them here; but comments are yours so feel free, keep it civil. The other type of service is the military kind; I’m not at all qualified, or even desiring, to speak at any lengths about that. But it’s there, and I’m sure it’s important to the creators of the franchise, and of equal importance to the those segment of fans.
But after so many installments, I felt that a natural progression of, not only the timeline and the war is in order, but also the method of storytelling. This is the weakest aspect of Brave, and perhaps the most contentious. Overall I felt this show took it safe and merely repeated aspects of the previous shows, and matched those structures point for point. They played it pretty safe, and much like warfare being repetitious, so are the underpinnings of mediocrity. It wasn’t so much the Kanno is Perriene and Hikari is Miyafuji match in character types that made it samey, but it was the overall samnesss of that structure. This Neuroi nest was no different, the progression of discovery, build up, goal making, goal seeking, and resolution were the same as well. I would have loved them to take the less is more approach and only focus on a few characters and keep the rest in the deeper background. As it stood they took a very limited two dimensional approach to most of the characters outside of the Break Witches characters, so not too much would have been lost had they worked with a more limited palette. As it was, this felt like a dump on the previous characters in the franchise; as if they admitted that those ones outstayed a welcome of sorts. Honestly, the merch would have sold well either way, limited or full, new characters or previous…
Well, as has become my normal approach to this show, short order bush beating; the quarry has flown, and there ain’t anything left to shoot at…I enjoyed the show for what it was worth, which was a very bare bones, had limited budget, and was a beat for beat repeat of older material, and I would have wished it would have been more whether I blogged it or not, Of course I had some favorite scenes and character points here and there, but they ended up being few and far between. They didn’t end up making the show memorable, so much as, the best I could get with what I was given. But as for blogging it? Yeah, that was something I didn’t care to do to often, only so much negativity, and sameness thereof, I can dish on a week to week basis; and it’s mediocrity was done in obvious ways, so picking on that would have been more of the same. But thanks for following my rather stunted schedule all the same. So this time, for real, see you for the Winter shows!