There is much I could say in praise of Eureka Seven. I have already covered it from an allegorical angle, but what about the experience? How good is it as a show?
There again, it does not disappoint.
The first episode of Asura Cryin’ is incredibly dense in terms of material. It’s got childhood trauma, self-sacrifice, silly friend antics, social commentary, ghost haunting, high school romantic comedy, family drama, magical girls, split personalities, underground societies, potential harem, and mecha all rolled into one. Did I miss anything?
The story begins with a scene of ruin. The protagonist, Tomo, suffered serious injuries in an accident, and a mysterious magical girlfriend from the Goddess Agency – no, wait, that’s not quite it. A mysterious girl reassured him that he would live, as he lay on a hospital bed. Flash forward to the present. It’s clear that he’s now trying to live a normal life, just as it’s clear that the accident is of great importance and that something mysterious happened. This entire setup happens in under a minute. Asura Cryin’ is efficient.
Darker than Black begins with a placid and yet inauspicious scene. A girl stands before a majestic night sky, as stars fall down. The quiet piano notes that accompany it hint of the beauty, wonder, and terror to come. We are then thrown, as is so often the case, in media res. A man evades his pursuers. His desperation is evident in the speed with which he hurtles down narrow walkways and leaps across rooftop gaps.
Immediately something is amiss, even if we can’t put our finger on it. Why would a man hunted by the police run in the same direction that police cars were traveling? Even if he was confident in his ability to escape capture by drawing upon his contract, why would he reveal this power to them? He doesn’t seem to thrill in fights or thumbing his nose; his demeanor remains serious throughout. In this manner, Darker than Black builds up many puzzles over the course of its story, lending to the mystery of the series. Continue reading Darker than Black: Anime Noir – Decompresed Review