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I'd decided tonight to watch one more episode of Monochrome Factor before deciding whether I wanted to continue watching or drop it... Unfortunately I picked a bad episode as it was easily the worst of the lot so far, and the previous episode had already been pretty awful. I had actually been enjoying the series early on, the first three episodes were entertaining enough, and I liked the humour a lot, heavy-handed as it may be. But from the fourth episode onwards it just got increasingly formulaic and predictable... to the point where I literally knew exactly how episode 8 would play out just minutes in.
I don't mind a series being episodic when it works, but with this genre it just doesn't sit right at all, the situations demand some kind of story progression, which this show was sorely lacking. There's only so many times I can read " Well, I don't really understand the situation, but we'd better fight them!" without thinking to myself "that's all well and good for you, but understanding the situation is what I'm bloody here for!"
I wouldn't even mind so much if it were at least a pretty series, with eye-popping fight scenes, but it is neither of these things. The character design is completely standard, and the quality of the animation is pretty poor, with fight scenes ending up being completely dull. As it stands the humour wore thin at around episode 5 and I refuse to sit through anymore of this to see if a plot ever materialises. So I guess I'll never know... Frankly I think I can live with that.