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crap! i was responding to your evangelion review. not sure how my comment ended up on your actual page!
i agree w you! i agree w your review. ppl get really worked up about other ppls opinions as if theyre saying their opinion is gospel. i dont believe you were bias in any way. i really liked your review! i appreciate you taking the time to write it and to actually be honest about this series. a lot of ppl will just say itd a masterpiece bc of its mark in the industry. it is a great piece. enjoyable. and flawed. the action is incredible. the rest. lacking. agreed!
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That proves the notion that two different people can see the same thing completely differently. If there were context to any of it, I'd be far more willing to buy Shigurui as an attempt to recreate a dark (and probably somewhat realistic) samurai interpretation. When there is abolutely no substance to show, though, outside the fact that it's got dark themes, it's really hard to sell quality.It reminds me of some network gore flick I saw several years back. A group of city-slicker colleagues go paintballing in the woods and get caught by some crazy, violent cult who want to rape the women so that the cult can have children. Everything about it was awful from the way they tried to "force" character development to the unrealistically stupid presentations of the cultists. The movie's sole selling point was the "shock gore" aspect to it - much the same way I view Shigurui - and I just don't see that as rationale to better a score. In my eyes it's akin to rating a romance anime highly because the characters hold hands at some point. They may have arbitrarily slapped it in the samurai feudal period to give it a bit more believability, sure, but I highly doubt that era suffered from completely one-dimensional people running around engaging in "just because" violence. Recreating the period needs more than just throwing in dark stuff. =P
And yes, the second season was significantly worse than the first. The ending was at least acceptable to me, but I felt a lot of the philosophical banter in the first season forced them in that direction and stripped away a lot of the story's intrigue (it made it way too easy to predict how the heroic spirits would behave). The whole thing with Berserker was especially awful. The only redeeming factors I found were Kiritsugu (they handled him quite well) and a fluid continuity of action scenes, the latter which happened to be the only real reason I was watching the show. ufotable's track record at work, I guess. Still, overall good for an action flick - hence the solid 7.5. Were the story a little better constructed and a number of the characters less whimsically one-dimensional (see: Caster, Berserker, Kirie, the Grail, and others) I'd rate it higher. Mediocre antagonists all around, I guess.
And you'll have to harass a review out of Vivi. She's all into podcasting in her Britspeak these days and less into writing with it.
Totally just added comments into my official Shigurui review in the overall section. I wonder if anybody will read them. =PBy the way, after finishing Fate/Zero a couple months ago: 7.5. Decent action flick with lots of nice animation. If only it weren't followed by Fate/Stay Night.