Episode 11 – KamiKatsu: Working for God in a Godless World

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We’re again from one other surprising break, and the present is now properly and actually over schedule, creeping into subsequent season for its finale. I can solely hope they’re in a position to air that episode subsequent Wednesday as a result of I would love to have this entire expertise in the rearview ASAP. There are solely so many occasions I can speak about this collection being dangerous in the very same manner earlier than my mind begins to soften out of my ears.

Though I’ll say, there have been a couple of moments right here the place I form of loved myself, largely in spite of what I do know to count on from KamiKatsu. First was the automotive chase in the center of the episode, which really had some respectable jokes that had been solely partly ruined by lackluster execution. I’ll all the time chuckle at cartoon vehicles having massive buttons labeled “FAST” and “SUPER FAST” and the random nitro gag was simply absurd sufficient to work. Likewise, the episode ends with the supporting solid on the brink of fight a large monster with the ability of music, and if this had been another present that might have me hyped to hell and again for the conclusion. However, I’ve had 3 months to study I should not count on something from this present, so I’m limiting my hopes to at the least getting to listen to Kana Hanazawa sing a bit in the finale. At this level, I want one thing to stay up for.

Besides that? This episode is a wash like all the opposite plot- and motion-heavy episodes have been. It’s rushed to hell, attempting to cram in a number of episodes of motion and drama, that means nothing lands as a result of it is enjoying in quick-ahead. The motion is atrocious, mixing heady ambition with a totally wrecked manufacturing schedule to ship stuff that may look good if the animators really had time to complete it, however the whole lot finally ends up feeling weightless and disorienting as a result of they could not. We get the mom of all dangerous CG monsters tearing by the display, wanting like one thing that crawled out of a sick cat’s litter field. There’s a prolonged sequence with an earthquake and the one manner they’re able to speaking that’s by shaking the body a bunch – besides for a couple of pictures they appear to have missed – and it is almost headache-inducing.

Yet the worst a part of this episode comes at its finish, because the collection tries futilely to take itself significantly in a manner that it has by no means earned. First is Gaia’s backstory because the daughter of a cult chief who actually turned her physique into a ritual object by carving runes into her pores and skin. That’s an extremely grimdark method to flip her into a darkish mirror of Yukito on the final minute, and it could be hilariously dangerous even when it weren’t, for causes that elude me, revealed whereas the peppy opening theme is enjoying. Like, significantly, why would you try this? If it is alleged to be darkly ironic, it definitely does not learn that manner. It simply comes throughout as uncanny and inept, a choice made with little consideration as a result of there was both no time to consider it or no artistic course for presenting it. So, in the tip, we get some imagery of kid abuse and torture set to upbeat anisong that saps it of any affect or that means. If it is an accident, then it is embarrassing, but when it is intentional it is so poorly thought of and half-assed that it feels insulting.

Perhaps extra insulting, nevertheless, is the limp try to deal with Yukito like a severe, advanced character by stating that he is a manipulative snake-oil salesman who lies for energy. Sorry, present, you aren’t getting to deal with Yukito like a lovable scumbag and mine his blatant manipulations for laughs throughout 10 ½ episodes, then attempt to take it significantly since you want some form of pathos going into the finale. If you wished to make Yukito – or any of the solid, actually – into a compelling properly-rounded character able to inside drama, it is best to have completed it earlier than the literal eleventh hour. As-is, it feels just like the present began writing out its script in massive bubble letters on a piece of poster paper, and has simply now realized there’s not sufficient room to suit the whole lot on one facet, so it is desperately decreased its font and attempting to squeeze in these final couple letters.

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KamiKatsu: Working for God in a Godless World is at present streaming on
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