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.
Is Eren a human? Or is he a Titan? There really doesn’t seem to be any answer. Maybe he is both! Oh what a lovely logical compromise that would be. If Eren thought he had the odds stacked against him before, he has to now face the wrath of those he is trying to protect. What will become of our fantastic trio of heroes? Only time will tell! Until then let’s see what the Twitterverse has to say!
@Ilinox: omfg Eren… I haven’t said this enough. THE ULTIMATE BADASS OF BADASSES #shingeki
Eren is truly a badass. He not only survived the stomach of a Titan, he took a cannon in face for his friends. I wonder if Chuck Norris would do the same.
@SashaBlaus: everyone needs to have a #shingeki icon uwu
I don’t take anything from Sasha Blaus’ Twitter seriously. Though if she wants to make me a Twitter icon, I would be more than happy to accept.
@MiroLaaksonen: I have a feeling that Levi and Eren will get along quite well 😛 #Shingeki
I think Levi is a fantastically balanced character. As much as he hates the Titans, he has compassion for his fellow humans. At first blush, he seems like the type that would be cold toward the weak because he’s so strong himself. But in fact he’s the exact opposite. He believes his strength is an onus of responsibility to those around him. Looks like he’ll be a fantastic leader and a man that has much to teach to both the young Mikasa and Eren. Maybe Armin could glean a thing or two from him.
@ryjonka: IDKY I hate Bertholt so much. Get the hell out of here. #shingeki
It’s Bertholt’s voice! I mean he gets all whiny when he’s either nervous or being a dick. He also yells treason for no apparent reason. Who died and made him king. From a narrative perspective he’s important though. He’s a personification of humanity’s fear. His actions, while selfish, represent the anguish everyone feels in the face of the Titans. He’s usually powerless but will take an easy victory to allieve some of his terror.
@ErosThanatus: Another excellent episode! They always know how to end them, too. Need mooore. #shingeki
Seeing the flesh melted off Eren’s Titan face isn’t really that pleasing. I don’t need more of that, thank you very much.
@Game8910: AHAHAHAHA OH GOD I LITERALLY JUST BUST OUT LAUGHING! #shingeki
What the hell is this person laughing at? Hmm… must have a terribly sick sense of humor.
Oh my the mystery of Eren’s key finally comes to the forefront. What exactly is locked in that basement? Could it save humanity? What I find Shingeki no Kyojin is exceptionally good at doing is hitting you with a barrage of different emotions that compel you as a viewer to watch the show. Some weeks it might be the sadness of melodrama, others it might be the thrill of action, this week it was the intrigue of mystery. This eclectic mix of genres have been seamlessly blended together over the course of this series.
I’m glad that this show has another cour to go. It’s been an exciting and fun run even though the gore has been a bit too much sometime. But hey not everything can perfectly fit your tastes right?