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Story (Heavy Spoilers)
Most of my complaints can be lodged in this department. First on the hit list is The earth government. The earth government basically consists of the Prime Minister and a bunch of place holders that want nothing more to do than bet on races and nothing else. I understand he's supposed to be allegorical and all but I can't appreciate any point Leiji is trying to make with him with my seething rage every blinding every second he's on screen There's also the Mazone. They're the main antagonists in the show and it regularly shifts between them being only women, asexual, plant people, snow people, humans and god knows what else. Setting the confusion at their nature, is their motivation. They are supposed to be plant people now, and they want to take over Earth. Earth is a desolate wasteland almost, and at one point the story focuses on this planet they've taken over that is nothing but plants. All plants all the time and it's little more than completely ignored. I don't care if Earth used to be their homeworld. That is just terrible plot. The rest of the plot goes from focusing on characters that no one in their right mind would consider caring about and Harlock being a completely negligent Guardian to his dead friend's daughter. Leiji has absolutely no concept of how space works, at all. There's a lot I could say about how cavalier he is with physics, science, and common sense and general, but the main thing is space travel. There is no attempt whatsoever to explain how the Arcadia gets around. Sometimes it takes a day for the ship to get from Earth to some nebula somewhere, and then when they leave it takes them a week to get back. I guess it's fine not to sweat the details, but I for one expect better structuring out of a Space Opera.
Characters (some spoilers)
Almost no character growth can be seen in this show, and that's bad since most of the characters start off bland. Harlock in particular is a terrible person. The biggest flaw is this subplot with his dead friend's daughter, Mayu. Her dad wanted her to grow up on Earth where it was safe, rather than on the nigh invincible Arcadia where she would be loved by all. She is set up in an orphanage where she is constantly abused and taken advantage of because of her connection to Harlock. Harlock is aware of this, and despite all her desperate pleas he constantly leaves her in the care of her tormentors.
It's pretty good for its time but there is an abnormal amount of cels that are layered incorrectly making quite a few scenes incomprehensible. Leiji has a tendency to draw all women the same, but considering everything else that was disappointing with this show I can let it go.
There is a tremendous amount of completely random noises being flung around in almost every episode. There are also times when say a door opens in one scene there is a specific noise, and in the next scene the same door will open and it will be another noise. You better get used to women screaming and laughing because whenever a Mazone is onscreen regardless if their mouths are open or not that's what they're doing. I used to love Ocarina music until this show, but after Mayu droning the same song over and over on her ocarina I never want to hear a wind instrument again. The voice acting is about the best the sound department gets in this show.
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First off I'd like to comment on the revived story. Its nice to see a lot of the tolerable scenes kept around while a lot of the annoying or confusing scenes were taken away. It certain parts of the movie there are scens that bear no resemblance to their old incarnation, usually better appealing to the fresh audiences, or simply for the sake of the constrained format. Shinji no longer
comes off like the weakest, most annoying character to ever be conceived of. Both he and Rei now benefit from a more healthy emotion set (even though Rei seems only slightly altered), and it looks like they're going to be more maturely fleshed out this time around. This is good because Asuka stands to benefit as much as Shinji does with a more stabalized personality, probably even more considering her poor psych track record.
While I can appreciate the old art style of the anime, this new version manages to use just enough sprucing up with the new animation technology to give it a very refined look. The beam effects now have an ethereal glow, animations are smoother in the higher speed action, characters have a more normalized clean look, and the definition of detail is definitely a few steps up on the original. CG is present with an almost intentionally downplayed role. Very few objects and such bear the obvious mark of CG rendering where most of the time its serving a much more muted role as a scene enhancer, rather then as a dominator. The angels and Evas in particular benefit a lot from the new style. Angels are more animated and complex, where as the Evas have more human characteristics that can be observed about them. Certain aspects of the show, Like Lillim or the the blasted Japan landscape, have a much more 'biblical disaster' feel to them, which only hints at what the story is going to morph into down the line.
The sound is a definite step up from the old days. Weapons fire, creature noises, character foleys, and even the random background noises are much clearer then the original incarnation. Music is definitely the cream of the crop in the sound department here. Some of the tracks are now more quiet then they at one point were, adding an ambiance to scenes where they were desperately needed. During a few of the fight scenes the new tracks that are featured even have some limited vocals which is an appreciated touch in my opinion, again, as it is aiding ambiance. Some of the beam firing effects were a really fun thing to hear this time, which is something I never get tired of hearing. One of the things I'm not happy with is the sounds That Eva 01 made during its berserker charge on Sachiel. I honestly don't know if that's how they were in the initial Japanese series release all those years ago or not, but it definitely sounds out of place.
I have to say with this masterful job of a revival I feel I can believe in Eva again. I'm putting high hopes in this quadrilogy and I'm expecting a more agreeable ending, so heres to hoping for the best for once. God is in his heaven, all is well with the world.
140 of 142 chapters read
The slice of life aspect of this series is sometimes taken to the extreme. Many chapters focus on simple conversations or mundane aspects of life out on the countryside, but manage to never be boring with the endearing characters and whimsical direction of the story. One such chapter focused solely around Alpha trying to decide where in her yard to re-set her weather vane. Many themes found in the manga revolve around flight, the importance of living your life to the fullest, how both people and the planet change over time, and even human nature is explored a bit.
One of the more endearing aspects of Yokohama is the tentative relationship between Alpha and Kokone. The friendship-and-maybe-something-more between them is very sweet and even a little fresh being that they're both very human-like androids.
There's a few supernatural and sci-fi elements mixed in to the bunch that really add a depth to the story. Featured every now and again is the character Misago, a legendary creature that only appears in front of children and never says a word, and a flying fish-like creature called Kamas that people of the day keep as pets. One of the more interesting aspects of the manga was the occasional refference to the various ways that the earth was remembering humans (I won't give the details away), hinting at some profound relationship between the two. Most of the technology side of Yokohama revolves around the androids and the various technology associated with them. One such device is a camera whos pictures can be more deeply experienced by inserting a tube into ones mouth and somehow lets the viewer relive the scenery. Some technology still exists from the past, like scooters, trucks, gas stations, cameras, and radios.
Some unexplained threads remain throughout Yokohama that rather than detract from it, manage to add to the mystery and depth of the series. Alpha's missing owner, and her strange relationship with machines are ongoing plotpoints throughout the story that never see closure.
I'd passed on series like Aria before reading this because I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to get into a pure slice-of-life story, but suprised myself by reading the entire 140 chapters in one sitting. It was literally something I couldn't tear my eyes away from. The story has a somewhat sad undertone due to various problems between the life expectancy of humans versus those of androids, which only adds a bittersweet undertone to the wonderful flavor of Yokohama. Something strange about this manga is that their is absolutely no violence, profanity, 'bad guys', or the like which was a very refreshing and innocent change of pace compared to everything else out on the market.. I recommend this to anyone that likes a more innocent storyor those that enjoy stories for the characters and how they interact. read more
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