This has been a rather weak week for Animation Anonymous. I did not get around to watching anything other than Buddy Complex. Also, I did not see any reason to cram seven or so episodes in on Sunday as I did last week. I will work to avoid this kind of mishap in the future.
Worst Episode of the Week: Buddy Complex
I am that one character with a couple pieces of facial hair so you can tell that I am older.
Buddy Complex is an awful show. If you enjoy Buddy Complex you are an awful person. As an awful person who enjoys Buddy Complex you no doubt consort with other awful people. I suspect that the awful people who you share the company of are in some way associated with the terrorist cell known as Al Qaeda. As you are an awful person who associates with terrorists it is my God fearing duty to let you know you have awful taste in cartoons. May your virgins be your awfully husky and greasy associates.
With that spiel out of the way, Buddy Complex has brought itself to deaths door this week with painstakingly awful performance. Should Buddy Complex fail to rise from the ashes next time around I will be reformatting my hard-drive as to rid my computer of its filth. It goes without saying that this episode bombed harder than the Cygnus in combat against a single overpowered robot. The ending left me with a feeling reminiscent of when the Challenger blew up. Keep in mind, I was not alive at the time.
I am that one character with a couple pieces of facial hair so you can tell that I am older.
I am confused, Sunrise. I was under the impression that this guy was hurt. From the look of things, Mr. Facial Hair has two scratches from when… something happened which, obviously, would cause a scratch so shallow it would not draw blood. Actually, he looks as beat up as Aoba, having been punched once by Dio. I think we may have just stumbled onto something here. Dio must have supernatural strength to have been able inflict an injury of Mr. Facial Hair’s caliber with just his bare-hands. I am definitely going to watch out for any shining or tails next week. We might have a Super Saiyan on our hands. Jokes aside, this entire “You are our savior, Aoba Christ!” scene made me cringe. I want to chalk it up to a mistranslation of “hero”, but looking at the horrendous writing so far I do not think that is the case. What with Pinks identical proclamation, I am worried that we are supposed to see Aoba as some kind of miracle sent to dispatch the evil Zogalian menace. He is one guy. He should not have the abilities to change the course of the war. Of course, he will, though.
Now, maybe in the end Mr. Facial Hair’s injury really was not that bad. My entire rant is completely shot down by how they were actually minor injuries. OK, OK, I can take that. I will back off how horribly written and drawn that “emotionally charged” scene was. Now if that is the case, I have to wonder why Aoba was being such a little bitch, pardon my language, about going back to the Cygnus. “I do not want to hurt anyone else!” he says after the man he got hurt got away with a couple scratches. I mean, when I pushed that boy down the stairs and he broke he broke his leg and dislocated his arm I felt awful, though not as awful as Mr. Aoba Crybaby Christ. What I am trying to say is, part of me understands Aoba’s guilt. After my incident I did not use those stairs for a couple days. I took the extra two minutes to use the ones at the end of the hall. I was really shaken up, just as Aoba was, but that was over a broken spine. I had to live with him being disabled for a couple days before he succumbed to his injuries and died. From the look of things, Mr. Facial Hair was in no such condition. Aoba had no right to be as “broken up” as he was.
Aoba gives her “a hand”.
Now I want to rant very briefly over Aoba’s “emotional” scene outside of the Cygnus. Very brief. To start, it was painful to watch. I could not tell if it was George Clooney hamming it up on the screen or Aoba Christ, though that may have had more to do with the huge shadow that just dropped right on-top of Aoba because. You will notice that Aoba is so shaken by the scratches he gave Mr. Facial Hair that he literally begins to shake uncontrollably. After his little performance he continues to hold the pose until he gets the que from the director to stop looking like such a little bitch, ie. Pink saying one word and him completely regaining all of his composure.
I entirely believe Sunrise just went “Fuck it.” and left him in that pose to save the time it would take to make him not look like a complete child. There was literally no reason to draw him like that unless if they were trying to convey that Aoba was constipated or were trying to hint that Aoba is a compulsive liar and it was all just an act. The latter would be too interesting for Buddy Complex to pull off so we will just have to assume that he was so shy being around Pink that he never had the chance to use the bathroom. That pained expression is him desperately trying to keep the floodgates from bursting. This show truly is disgusting.
Chitose base, seconds away from the airborne battlefield.
Now before I wrap up this simply awful experience, I want to ask why did Chitose not send any support to the attacked civilian vessal? Why are their Zogalian so deep in enemy territory? Considering Buddy Complex is going for the bare minimum of effort, a ship which has more than three robots must be a flagship carrier with an invasion force. So how did they get sneak past the border? Maybe the reason Zogalia is having such an easy time invading everyone around them has less to do with their new technological discovery and more to do with these nations being completely incompetent. I have virtually no expectations for next weeks episode. Wait! I have one expectation, actually. I expect to drop this series after episode five, that is if I do not shoot myself before the credits begin to roll.
When I first heard of Buddy Complex I quickly forgot about it. With a name like that I imagined it would not be worth watching. The few screenshots I caught a glimpse of did little to win me over. In fact, it was not until a couple of days ago that I realized that Buddy Complex was a mecha series. From the title I had assumed it was some kind of romance. Once that misunderstanding had been cleared up I dove head first into the trainwr… err… the series we have come to affectionately call Buddy Complex.
Coincidently, Aoba engages in battle with Hina.
I hate coincidences. I hate it when a character runs around a corner and coincidently knocks into a transfer student who later coincidently transfers into their class. I hate it when a character coincidently walks in on another character talking poorly about them only for drama to ensue. I hate coincidences.
Hina had been out of our minds for just a single episode before she came rocketing back in on a blaze of gunfire. It is such a crazy coincidence that she would be forced to participate in the second retrieval effort because of Aoba managing to turn the tides of battle. I hate it. She could have been reintroduced at any point in the series. We all knew she would be coming back. We were expecting her return, but I doubt any of us expected her to come back in just a single episode. It is as if Sunrise does not understand the meaning of suspense, of mystery. They robbed us of any discussion we might have had over who she might be in this universe by lazily throwing her in our face in just one episodes time.
How am I not dying with my helmet cracked?
Keeping this rant going, how on Earth did Aoba not realize it was Hina when their airborne engagement first began? He said it himself when he first saw his robot, “This is not the same one I came in on.” He had some semblance of an idea of what it looked like. He recognized Hina. Apparently, he remembered everything except what the robot that threw his life into a tizzy looked like.
I was waiting for it. The entire time he was fighting with Hina I was waiting for him to go, “Wait a second, this robot!” Yet it never came. It would have been far more resonable for him to identify Hina through her robot. We know for a fact that enemy combatants can communicate from their robots. Just look at the first episode. What ever happened to sharing all of Dio’s piloting knowledge?
The only reason we had the scene play out this way is Sunrise wanted to have some dramatic reveal for something completely underwhelming. They could have had a dramatic reunion if they had waited longer than one episode to have her reappear. This whole experience has shown me how much I love being dense. At the end of episode two I had no idea that girl was Hina. I had a week longer than most to think about when Hina might show up, to think about who she might be.
Hey there, I have the ability to take down flagships.
Moving on, let me tell you how the worst thing, the absolute worst thing, in a mecha series is when they decide to have something like this robot. The idea that there is some kind of mech with the firepower of a flagship and the mobility of a robot just infuriates me. The reason civilizations stopped building walls is because gunpowder made it easy to bring them toppling down. It became a waste of resources to construct these huge barriers. So let me ask you, if there are suddenly mechs buzzing around with the ability to take down these huge, bulky flagships, why would you keep manufacturing them? It goes without saying that these one-man mechs require far less maintenance and resources to construct. Why would they develop some otherworldly advanced flagship if it can still be taken down by a single mech?
I can understand having a superior mech, but never should it become some ungodly abomination with the power to take down entire fleets. It just ruins the universe. How can there be just one of these flagship fleet destroyers? What sane country – especially an empire with control of close to half the globe – would not produce as many of these bad-boys as they can? Are we really supposed to believe that they can not?
Now, despite all of my bitterness, I hold none of this against the series. Everything I have called stupid I accept. This is an anime. We can not expect things to be logical. It would not be exciting to have a bunch of these things flying around because ultimately that would mean the other side would something that counters them and they would stop being these crazy robots.
This is a load of barnacles.
I could go on about how awful the Buddy Complex universe is, but I can imagine how tired you are of my ranting for the time being. Next week I will be sure to touch up on a couple areas I left out. Look forward to it. Annoyances aside, I am having fun with Buddy Complex. I purposely avoided saying I am enjoying the series. Right now I am far too bitter about what Sunrise is doing wrong, in my opinion, to be enjoying the show.
Right now I am on the fence about this show. I have always loved shows about war. However, when it is just four robots fighting against another four robots it does not feel much like a war is going on. I am hoping we will get back to the kind of chaos we saw with episode two. While there was just as many robots flying around, it seemed far more chaotic. We get back to something like that and all of my complaints will melt away.