He knew. He knew from the very beginning.
You know, I don’t even especially feel like writing this. I expected the moment at which I could make fun of KyoAni’s inevitable blunders to be a glorious one, but I only feel dull and somewhat sad. All things considered, Chuu2 wasn’t exactly KyoAni at their best.
My DEAD DAD DRAMA face.
In most regards Chuu2 reminds me of the impressions I had on Tari Tari – it looks nice, the characters are good, and the comedy side is working. Yet it never really got anywhere, and the drama slapped the viewer in the face like a wet sock from around the corner. Also, the characters were only getting worse as they were developed instead of the other way around. Add to the equation the last two episodes that were about as subtle as this:
I didn’t consider Hyouka a masterpiece or the pinnacle of KyoAni’s prowess, but if anything it did extremely good work at handling all the subtleties. Hell, the finale was pulled off so finely and with such taste that I can barely believe such a thing is possible as far as Japanese animation goes. You just don’t see that happen. And while the comparison isn’t entirely fair, Chuu2 was like the polar opposite with its quickly escalating yet predictable and lazy drama that hastily climaxes in the standard fashion with the textbook tricks like sex with a 10-dollar secretary.
Long story short, KyoAni produced the show exactly the same way as any other studio would have done. It isn’t a bad series, but from around the halfway onwards only the graphical splendor sets it aside from the mass. If Garupan was the biggest positive surprise, then Chuu2 is the biggest letdown. Like Tari Tari, it has its merits but on average is a superficial and forgettable experience.
Guess what’s up next? Oh yes, it’s the K-ON!! season 3!
[00:58] <@Kurogane> also Yuuta rejected Inschuu2tality
[00:58] <@Kurogane> fuck him