Is this a riddle worth figuring out?
Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it my friends. I finally got my drive back. I could sit here and explain to you what happened to me, or why I decided to come back but that is beside the point. I am back for good. But I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear my tales of school, my addiction with Final Fantasy XIV or my girlfriend that keeps me preoccupied most of my free time. What I am going to do is outline the future of this blog and the tentative schedule of thing.
I’ve been getting burned out. With my education and social life colliding with one another, I can’t seem to find room on the tedium of episodic blogging. Yes I said it. Episodic blogging is becoming tedious for me. Every week I write a new post and I find myself saying the same things over and over again… After a few months, I begin to wonder what exactly is the point.
Hello everyone! So a lot of you might be wondering why I haven’t posting for the past couple of weeks. The thing is that I just started my Masters degree and I’ve been getting things in order. After a few more days my schedule should drastically free up and I’ll be returning to my regular blogging schedule.In the next week we’re going to be writing final reviews on that shows that have been covered so far this season as well as putting together a season preview!
Hopefully we can get everything together before the Summer Season 2013 begins! As of right now what I am blogging is TBD, but look forward to around 4 or 5 shows. Also we’ll be hiring writers yet again so look forward to a post about that!
Sometimes when I am looking at Tweets for a certain show I come across a couple that are diametrically opposed in their views. It’s exciting to see this because it creates a point of debate. There are two sides to every story but sometimes one half doesn’t get represented. In Conflicting Opinions, we will be looking at the complete picture. The lines in the battlefield have been drawn and we’re going to figure why exactly both sides have come to war.
Devil Survivor 2 is the perfect show to kick off this article series. While I have shared my disappointment with the series, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad show. It has great music, voice cast and visuals while putting together a logically cohesive and compelling narrative week to week. I can see why people would like it. This week’s tweet exemplefies the opinions of two camps: those who like Devil Survivor 2, and those who do not.
@Nooferdog: That was one of the best #DeSu2 episodes yet. This series has not declined. I am happy.
@appamn: That ending cat really save how terrible the last 3 episodes were. Unfortunately #DeSu2 has been dissapointing
Before we delve into how these two points of view differ, lets see where they agree. They both believe that the show was in some sort of narrative quagmire. There wasn’t much happening that pushed forward the interesting narrative points, such as Ronaldo’s rivalry with Yamato or the relationship between Jungo and Airi. Instead the show wanted to hit the viewer over the head repeatedly with the ideological battle between Yamato and Hibiki.This theme had already been firmly established. There was no need to constantly reiterate the conflict.
Rather than building tension it diluted the development of the characters surround the two. Poor Daichi, who was a wimp in the at the beginning of the apocalypse is still the same boy he was even though he has been literally going through hell. That sort of stuff changes a person! You would have expected him to get his balls together by now and taken some charge. Guess not.
The action, which was pretty well done at the start had also began to wane. These scenes were abrupt and the little that was there wasn’t choreographed that well. Combat and demons were the main reason people flocked to Devil Survivor 2 in the first place. It was a shame to see them take a back seat.
For all these faults it’s easy to say that the show was in decline as @Nooferdog pointed out. The question now is whether or not Episode 10 redeemed the series. In some ways it did. The show took some time to develop Io as a character. Everything that was bottled up inside of her finally came out as she explained her insecurities and fears. While these sentiments could be assumed, its great to see her finally come to terms with them. Daichi finally showed some growth as well. His small rebellion against Yamato was shocking yet pleasing. He’s finally becoming a man. Best of all, the action was back up to snuff. Seeing demons duke it out, spilling their guts, is quite satisfying.
But where did the episode go wrong? Even when it focused on the relationship of Io and Hibiki, it fell back on the narrative of Yamato and the hero. The narrative has hinted that it’s bit more complex than that, considering that have yet to face Polaris, who is technically God. It would make more sense if that sort of being was a more pressing issue than philosophical complexities our heroes face. The show should take some time to build up humanities battle with Polaris, not just Hibiki’s battle with Yamato.
Worse was the scene between Hibiki and Io… It was incredibly cheesy. I’m not too big on heavy handed writing and this moment has pretentious smeared all over it. While I’m glad to see the two get closer, I wish it was done in a much more natural way. Instead of being a very intimate and touching, the few minutes the two spend in the light is a tad bit comical. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the intent.
What’s the final verdict? Was Devil Survivor 2 redeemed by it’s latest entry? The answer of course is a lot more complex than just saying yes or no. This show is trying to build both character and narrative depth and it’s taking steps in the right direction. It hasn’t quite reached their yet but has given us hope that while this might become a good, if not great, show.
After a great episode last week, Henneko takes a step back as it introduces a new character alongside the troubles she brings to our main casts.
A super cute, pink haired girl named Emanuella Pollarola enters the casts and brings with her a small version of the cat statue. Last week, I assumed that she’s the new version of Azuki Azusa since she wished to change herself. But I was proven wrong. Anyway, the very first time I saw her I already felt like she’d only bring trouble to the beautiful start of Youto and Tsukiko’s “closer” relationship. Tsukiko feels the same way towards her as she becomes a new rival towards Youto’s muffled attention.
I would love to study in here
She’s been able to wish for anything at her own convenience from cat statue. The first was to establish her existence as Ponta’s little sister. The second one made Youto a cool prince in the eyes of the whole student body. The third was an Italian inspired school and to change the school’s uniform into swimsuits. It seems like she’s been longing for a “crazy fun” high school life for a long time and Youto’s definition of enjoyment perfectly suits her tastes.
Emi’s identity and motives are still a mystery for all of us. However, we are hinted that she’s somewhat related to Azuki’s wish because she immediately runs off the moment she sees her.
Speaking of Azuki’s wish, I wonder what really happened. She’s been stalking Youto a lot lately and makes the greatest effort to avoid him. Anyway, it seems like she’s the only one who’s not affected by Emi’s wishes.
The plot is becoming more confusing with all the wish-granting and it’s adding up to the mystery of the show. Trying to figure out who wished what or something like that.
Of course as a viewer, we have the advantage to know who the real culprit is. But let’s try to put ourselves in our characters’ shoes. Youto doesn’t remember Emi having the wish. Tsukiko blames Youto about the matter because he’s the one benefiting the most. Tsukushi somehow blames herself because she once wanted to go to Italy.
Let’s not forget Tsukiko’s emotionless “GRRR” and “Kyaaah”
Anyway , I’m quite confused by Youto and Tsukiko’s relationship. They’ve been flirting with one another. I don’t know but they’re like a couple but they aren’t. Unfortunately, Tsukiko doesn’t believe Youto this time. She doesn’t trust him about this whole Swimsuit Instrumentality Project.
Of all the people, Tsukiko’s the one I expected to believe in him but instead, it’s Tsukushi who helps Youto. Plus points to her! She is just so funny and I’m loving her more and more as the show goes on. I mean, she’s so stupid and I never get tired of her Youto’s Little Brother Thingy. All of her angst from the first episode is gone and replaced by a hell of a lot of cuteness. Oh, the vice captain deserves some mention as well. Her strong personality and unique vocabulary never ceases to amuse me. I believe that she deserves more screen time.
Henneko is just so adorable. The eye candy visuals are noteworthy, kudos to JC Staff, and the script is just so funny. Although the plot is becoming a little bit convoluted, I have faith that this show will handle things well. Until next week!
What are your opinions about this episode?