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Ichiro Inuyashiki is down on his luck. While only 58 years old, his geriatric looks often have him written off as a pathetic old man by the world around him and he's constantly ignored and disrespected by his family despite all that he's done to support them. On top of everything else, his doctor has revealed that he has cancer and it appears that he has little time left in this world. But just when it seems things couldn't get any worse, a blinding light in the night sky strikes the earth where Ichiro stands.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3431#628]
(Three episodes watched):

OK, here is the first anime of the season--the first anime since at least last Spring, actually--that really made me sit up and take notice. A miserable 58 year old man in poor health is given a new lease on life after he is accidentally killed by aliens. They revive him and give him an artificial body which was originally designed for a soldier, apparently. No doubt he will now go and kick some asses since he has essentially been made into a superhero. There was an offhand comment by one of the aliens that what they had done might be bad news for Earth as a whole, but they were in a hurry and were amusingly flippant about the whole affair. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and felt an urge to immediately go and start downloading any additional episodes which had become available. My only qualm is that the violence and sadism could get kind of disturbing at times--it reminded me of Gantz. This is probably not a complete coincidence, since one of the characters has a Gantz poster hanging on the wall of his room. Maybe this violence is necessary. This is without doubt the best show of the season that I have watched so far. In fact, this is the sort of show which, if I had to choose between watching either this show alone or every other show of the season that I liked, I would be tempted to choose this one.

I wanted to watch episode two immediately, but waited until I had watched the first episodes of every Fall anime that was new to me. When I finally did, episode two didn't disappoint. A clever conflict is coming together here: I had figured that Daichiro and the teen who was also killed and revived by the aliens would probably team up to fight injustice together. But no, it looks like they'll be fighting each other. Daichiro feels pity for others and wants to use his weapons to defend the downtrodden, but while the teen (I forgot to note his name) is fiercely loyal to friends and family, he basically doesn't give a damn about anybody else and will even kill strangers himself just for a modest thrill. This is a much more intriguing twist than the situation I had expected. Perhaps the key is to create an unexpected but relatively simple conflict and go with it, expanding on it and developing it, not take the easy way out. Many shows hardly bother to create a fundamental conflict at all. Episode two was violent, just like episode one. But this episode cemented my opinion: if I had to choose between this show and every other one this season, I would choose Inuyashiki.

In episode three Daichiro goes around experimenting with his artificial body to see what he can and can't do. He helps people out (he visits a hospital to see if he can cure chronic illnesses) while the teen is content to murder a few more people.

Last updated Tuesday, November 21 2017. Created Tuesday, October 24 2017.

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