February 16, 2011
Perhaps most remarkable of all, Hakuoro is a very likable, ethical, AND SMART person. This rare combination of traits is found in most of the shows other protagonists as well. The men in the cast are generally strong, ethical adults and as such are the antithesis of the nebbish whiny brats or hotheaded punks that seem to be the norm of late (well, there is a hotheaded teen punk, but he's a foil and he advances the plot). This is not to say that the leading women are overshadowed by the guys...they more than hold their own.
Do NOT make fun of the trenchcoat
The show is exceedingly well paced and has a very humanistic streak. It doesn't pull its punches (characters die) but it is at times a downright inspiring show.
Utewarerumono contains 19 episodes of the some of the most satisfying adventure anime I have ever seen.
Unfortunately it is a 26 episode series.
GAINAX call your office...Mary Sue broke in and stole one of your endings.
The last 7 episodes of this show form a bone crushingly painful cascade of stupidity wrapped in schizophrenia and bound together with a truly impressive level of contempt for the audience.
I cannot type enough swear words do justice to the ending of this show. Frankly about the time the mechs show up (yes...the mechs) I had real difficulty following it. The story got disjointed nonsensical and downright hateful.
...but wait there is more...
It tried to weave together 2 separate, out of order, quite dystopic flashbacks into the story.
Here is a semi-coherent overview of the flashbacks which I knicked from the Wikipedia entry.
If you did not read that , you are likely still sane.
Note that that only covers the flashback portions of the plot...the "present" plot has the previously wise cast becoming mind numbingly stupid...before the whole insipid mess just collapses under its own incoherence.
I know these writers can write...they wrote the first 19 episodes, so unless they switched writing teams 3/4s of the way through
this isn't likely incompetence. I think it could be sadism.
Or perhaps this was made for the American market and this is one of those cruel jokes they play on foreigners...like natto.
Which, come to think of it, brings us back to sadism.
I'm going to refrain from recommending this series...but if anyone's interested I have a complete set right here.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Feb 16 12:15:17 2011 (+rSRq)
And no, this wasn't ginned up for the American market, it's based on a Sakura Wars-esque wargame-cum-eroge. Which is apparently divergent enough that there are some spoilers out there about the trap nature of a couple of the secondary characters which are *incorrect* because they got retconned into women for the anime.
Of course, keep in mind that I'm apparently one of the few viewers who honestly doesn't get what's so horrible about the Mahoromatic second season ending.
Posted by: Mitch H. at Wed Feb 16 12:23:20 2011 (jwKxK)
Utawanai (neg with wa)
Utawareru (is sung, passive)
Utawareru Mono (thing that is sung)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed Feb 16 16:37:06 2011 (9KseV)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Feb 16 23:43:58 2011 (EJaOX)
...And no, this wasn't ginned up for the American market, it's based on a Sakura Wars-esque wargame-cum-eroge.
Thanks, I did NOT realize it was an eroge.
(I was just joking about the natto BTW)
In looking up stuff for the post, I'd had gotten that it was based on a game, but I was wondering if the anime was aimed at overseas sales. The ending was so incongruous and felt so tacked on that I thought they might have changed it to go for the VIOLENCE! audience . Certainly the attention to logistics, tactics and strategy make sense if it was a tactics game.
I certainly did NOT realize it was an tactics/eroge, but that actually makes sense in hindsight. The women in this show are all very impressive in various ways, but towards the end most start acting dumb and almost co-dependant. The hero, presumably the player, is just living a power fantasy... which even being royalty doesn't satisfy. And then at the end
Thazz juss wrawng...
The scene where Karura the gladiator offers herself up to Hakuro was a bit surprising in the anime, and actually reflected well on both of them. But...I can certainly see how that was likely just another encounter in the game.
My main problem was that the show that it started out so good, with the Heros using wits and common sense,and being very decent people as opposed to being cynical jerks using super powers or the sort of pathetic cyphers one often finds in a harem show. Hell, by about the midpoint they had this almost Arthurian thing going on and then...ghaa!
Your comments on the CGI effects are well taken, they didn't bother me too much but they were quite obvious.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Feb 17 00:22:42 2011 (EJaOX)
Played the game some. Not superb but not too bad; suffers from being a lot older than most of the similar games that I could be playing. The ero aspect was... not terribly well-realized, to be honest. Frankly, I enjoyed the anime Hakuoro considerably more. (Look, okay, Karura and Eruru are fine and I'll give an exception for busty lolis. But Aruru is just out of bounds!)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Sun Feb 20 00:51:00 2011 (pWQz4)
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