Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Moustache Mountain.
Just caught up with One Punch Season Two. Whether intended or not OPM 2 managed to do this sort of... weird reverse marketing. They knew people would watch OPM 2 regardless after the first season was such a huge hit but rather than dropping a trailer that would entice new fans, they instead set the expectation of the people who would watch anyway so low that they were perfectly primed to come out of the other side of OPM 2 saying “hey it wasn't THAT bad” rather than wallowing in what a huge step down this actually is. It is a shadow of season one, a mostly mediocre anime that has clear budget cuts in every frame but it was never the train wreck I was positioned to expect from the trailer. So I guess... success?
I will probably stick with this as OPM just does its whole gig so well but I will also probably start reading the manga as well while we sit around and hope if a third season happens it'll be done better. I mean just take the latest episode, it is so stupid that one of the “S Class” heroes is a delinquent with a metal baseball bat but due to the presentation in OPM he is just a total badass that defies the limitations of his own inherent silliness which is a great representation of what makes this show so great as a whole. Even Garo, what a simple but genius motivation he is. So fed up of underdeveloped monsters only there to job to the hero each week, Garo decides he'll become a monster himself and be the protagonist of his story and beat the heroes. Just awesome.
I cannot help but mourn that so much cool material isn't being captured to the level that it was in the first season. We've had some really awesome on paper fights already with the likes of Genos v Sonic, Garo vs the entire Tank Top group and this Metal Bat showcase episode but the ideas are so good here they almost manage to transcend the really mediocre animation.
I hear the production on this was super troubled, I don't know how long this season is meant to be but I am assuming we have at least half a dozen episodes more for this thing to either completely fall off of a cliff or start to improve.
I finished watching Killing Bites on Prime over the weekend. It is absolute rubbish and complete nonsense but also pretty fun, too. Sometimes you just want something you can throw on after you finish work to allow your brain to relax. It is all gore and fanservice. It sometimes tries to have a story and its attempts are always unintentionally hilarious. It has cool characters, even if they are mostly just archetypes, and through this show I learnt loads about animals weirdly enough. This show can turn the most innocuous member of the animal kingdom into a total badass in their own unique way.
Dunno whether I recommend it really but Prime is becoming this weird treasure trove of anime I've never heard of, with weird concepts that turn out way better than their premises sound. The next show I am watching through them is Karakuri Circus, it feels like it was made in the early 90s and then lost to time and suddenly turned up again. It is super weird with its giant marionette battles and weird nervous system diseases but has actually been pretty great so far.
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