Mekakucity Actors – Creativity just got Shafted


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What a chore it was to sit through this first episode, desperately trying to grasp the slights bit of meaning and enjoyment from an experience that made me wonder if I wasn’t just watching a series from 2010. This remains the general feeling I have when watching anime from Shaft, that studio with an inexplicably large fan base – well, the Monogatari franchise is likely one reason – but has effectively released the same anime every season (at least those they have produced work for) since 2010. Even with this feeling I went into Mekakucity Actors knowing very little about the series, and wanting to enjoy it, wanting to find that one series by Shaft that dispels my worries, my annoyance, and my boredom for good, unfortunately this did not happen. Read more of this post

Shinbo and Nisioisin – Nekomonogatari and a creative dead end


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I deliberately chose these screenshots as I feel they are representative of Nekomonogatari and to a greater or lesser extent the majority of the Monogatari Franchise.

Most should know of Shinbo Akiyuki and Nisoisin, they have both been involved with numerous projects that have been highly successful for one thing, and they are also well known for their particular style in directing and writing. However, over the past couple of years, it has become increasingly obvious that this director and writer seem to have hit a creative dead end, as can be neatly demonstrated in the stupid, pretentious, and downright offensive works that have been released recently. Nekomonogatari in particular neatly demonstrates some of the significant problems that these individuals have come across, while also showing us how little they have really changed despite their success, and arguably because of their success. With Nekomonogatari we are perhaps seeing the inevitable conclusion of their creative vision, a OVA film that lacks any substance and instead focuses entirely on the sexualisation of its female characters, while working under the pretence of a deeper, more complicated story. It is an OVA that helps to demonstrate what is wrong with Nisioisin’s writing style at the moment, while also showing us how little Shinbo has really progressed since his earlier works. Read more of this post