September 14, 2008
Like volume, one volume 2 is a very reasonably priced 2 disc set containing 9 episodes. Unlike volume one however, the marketing department very sensibly put teh Yoko on the cover of volume 2.
I had been quite taken by the first volume and was looking forward to 9 episodes of teh Yoko, giant fighting robots, adventure and teh Yoko...
What I got was 8 episodes of satisfying giant robot battles, a goofy albino Moe Maiden, adventure, heroism, a basically satisfying wrap-up of most plot threads and not quite enough of teh Yoko.
Oh, and one episode of patented Gainax Gut Punchery....
My biggest problem with the show is the crass stupidity and pig headedness of a lot of the cast, which frequently leads to seemingly unnecessary plot complications this is not as annoying as it could be due in part to the fact that said problems are usually resolved by thoroughly amusing giant robot battles. I should mention that the bombastic character Kamina comes off much better in this volume than he did in the first disc
image via Concrete Badger
The goofball nature of the series combined with the genuine drama and pathos is an odd mix that has rarely been pulled off, being reminiscent of Van Dread in a way. All in all it was a very satisfying and quite enjoyable 8 episodes. I was impressed.
Then suddenly... I was reminded this was a Gainax show...and the show began chanelling Josh Wheadon.
There is a clifhanger.
We'll leave it at that....
...while we contemplate the obligatory beach episode...and teh Yoko
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Sep 14 15:00:39 2008 (+rSRq)
From one spoiler that I read (that may or may not have been in jest), I would gather that she survives, though some other characters may not.
The way they did the story arcs, it's almost impossible to talk about the series to someone who hasn't seen the end of the previous arc, much less someone like yourself that is two arcs back. They certainly like to end things on dramatic notes.
Posted by: David at Mon Sep 15 22:34:49 2008 (UpR/+)
Posted by: David at Mon Sep 15 22:37:06 2008 (UpR/+)
BTW, the "girl as a pet" remark is one that's (perhaps apocryphally) attributed to Hayao Miyazaki...
Posted by: pulpjunkie at Tue Sep 16 10:50:38 2008 (LWa3I)
BTW, is that shot a screencap, or fan-art? I don't remember that scene.
No that's official Gainax art. In the actual beach episode teh Yoko's swimsuit covered about 5 times as much surface area as her normal outfit (and actually looked better).
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Sep 18 03:13:45 2008 (73lWn)
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