I came into this after reading all the good reviews and high MAL score so i thought this would be a good anime to watch with my friends.
I was right but so wrong and we had some of the best laughs yet.
Character motivations are ambiguous at best with our two protagonists putting themselves on the line in unrealistic and unreasonable circumstances. We get to know next to nothing about out generic yandere clingy female and ambitiousless male lead. We get to feel nothing for the charecters who are lost in the hopless edgyness of this anime.
Now, there is no problem with edginess. Elfen Lied,
Higurashi or Shingeki do it well, but this is because they set up a convincing scenario where the gore is justifiable to the message. Denpa Teki makes it just seem so crass and immature. This is in part due to how one dimensional all the charecters are, but also due to how weak the stories are and convoluted the stories are.
Seriously, how can anyone not laugh at the end of OVA 1. it's as if the writter came along and said "we aren't quite being crazy enough so let's just do a complete as pull in the name of gore". Or how about the shear stupidity of the end of OVA 2. What about the constant spoon feeding?
I could honestly put these charecters and story on a Mars of Destruction Tier.
The only saving grace is the art which is well done, but overemphasizing on things which have no value to the plot such as the reacuring statue in OVA 1.
You guys wonder why it wasn't a full anime... well it's obvious to if you look hard enough.
Mar 13, 2013
Many people who go to watch this experimental film are probably expecting an anime. However... This is not an anime... It's a work of abstract art and is in of itself something that you can not get if you don't study art or do not have an avant-garde artistic sense. If you don't understand either of them, don't rate it. It's like trying to get a pop lover to rate the works of Stockhausen. They are two completely different things.
It's obvious that this is very well crafted. People confuse abstract with complicated ideas, but this is a very straight forward portrayal of love ... and the development of that emotion over time.
The fact that someone can grasp that idea or even convey it without dialogue(plus this being 1962) is quite a big feat. Still... no emotional attachment so you can't really call it a good story.
Judging it by today's art or story telling standard is illogical since this work does not go by any conventional standards. However, there really isn't anything special that I can see in the art. Characters are probably representational of something as is set design, but it's too distant too interpret for me. It gets a 5 since I know it exists, but Kuri failed to make it apparent to anyone but himself.
The sound is the most fascinating part(and it was not done by Yoko Onno, but instead the experimental composer Toru Takemitsu). To explain what's so fascinating about the sound track is to explain experimental music altogether(look up musique concrete).
More understandable is the reverb and other effects added to the word Ai. This is very much a representation of the situation that the two "characters" are in and in effect tells the viewer the story and the characters emotions.
This is most subjective, but if you have a minimal interest in avant-garde art a 7 is about right. Hardcore fans will go on to give everything a 10 and most others probably a 1 or a 2.
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