Alice to Zouroku
(Half of one episode watched):|
As I racked my brains to think of the best way to explain to others why this show left me feeling the way it did, it occurred to me that what I should do was ask a question: what was unique and original about this show? And the answer, as far as I could tell, was nothing. Magic seems to play a major part, but anime with magic are dime-a-dozen. It might be unique in the real world, but not in anime. Magic is often an excuse for things not making sense and nobody even trying to make them sensible. Another problem was that we never really get to know the female protagonist, so we are never really persuaded why we should root for her. Just the fact that she is a little girl who is being manipulated by a big, shady organization is supposed to convince us to like her, apparently. Likewise, the fact that the old man male protagonist stands up (sort of) to the yakuza is apparently supposed to convince us that he's a good guy who we should support. The message seems to be that the girl and the old man are good because they defy people who are bad; do the people who made this show really think our opinions can be shaped as easily as that? Another thing which annoyed me was that the old man hardly seemed to be fazed by mind-blowing things like people disappearing into thin air. AtZ will employ magic, but won't take the trouble to have the characters react to it in a realistic manner. This show never grabbed my attention and I was soon feeling bored with it. It felt like a halfhearted attempt to tell a story. I resolved to struggle through one episode, but when it became clear that this episode was going to be more than 23 minutes long, I quit.
Last updated Tuesday, April 04 2017. Created Tuesday, April 04 2017.