In 2030, people in Japan are turning into different forms of monsters based on their age, sex and race. The illness is named ‘Gibia’ - after being rich in variety like gibier. A pair of samurai and ninja appear in the blighted wasteland of Japan. They both travelled from the early Edo period, fighting together with help from a doctor who tries to find a cure for Gibia. Facing ceaseless attacks from Gibia, and outlaws that attack travelers for food, they start the dangerous journey with enemies all around.
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I like making fun of overrated shows that are not nearly as well written as their dumb fans claim they are, but let me show you what it’s like to talk about badly written shows nobody’s defending. Summer of 2020 glorious dumpster fire was Gibiate. The very first thing we are shown is the main chick, naked in the bathtub. It’s supposed to make us feel sorry for her because she is sad, but without any context, this is just pornification. 3 seconds in and you are already told to start jerking off. The next scene is a terrible excuse for an infodump, where she tells in a camera what is going on with the world. There is no good reason for saying any of that, since everybody knows them from where she’s standing, and the fact that she points out she is 18 years old is just another excuse for the weeaboos to jerk off without feeling ashamed of her being underage. Also her claims of finding a cure for the disease while she is dressed like a punk rock slut is not making her believable in the least. And then the scene changes and we get something completely different that has absolutely no relation with the buildup thus far, which makes you eye roll with how it came out of left field. We go centuries in the past, where samurai are infodumping their own stories in a most awkward way. And then for seemingly no given reason they teleport to the present and they fight CGI monsters with really crappy animation. Then the pornified chick from before takes them along. They say they are time traveling samurai and she’s perfectly fine with it. She just accepts it like it’s the most normal thing in the world. Then the samurai say if they had a plain old sword they can defeat these awful CGI monsters that not even the entirety of the world’s advanced weaponry could stop. And she’s like ‘Okay I believe you, that will actually happen’. So this old man leaves the car they are using for fetching a sword from his home. But they are not waiting for him to return. They abandon him and keep driving, so he has to return on foot inside a monster infested city. What the hell, didn’t you say you can beat the monsters with a sword? Where are you going unarmed instead of following the old man? Then they go to this military base for even more awkward infodumps. The funniest part is when the mother of the chick accepts everything the samurai are telling her right away, and that is explained by her daughter as being mentally disturbed so she believes everything she is told. Yes, because her thinking she can find a cure by being a pornified waifu that believes in time traveling samurai who can save the world with a common sword is not mental at all. Then the supposed heroine challenges the samurai to a duel for making sure he is as strong as he claims to be. That’s right, she doubts his claims after she instantly accepted his claim of coming from the past and bringing him to the military base and introducing him to everybody there as the savior of mankind. Once she did all that, then she doubts him. But it’s okay because he easily defeats her in the duel, thus she is now sure of his skills. Because if a grown man with some sword skills can overpower a frail girl, it clearly means he can defeat billions of monsters with a common sword. That’s what they tell you and that’s what you are supposed to believe. Then our noble heroes change clothes and hair colors. How will that help them defeat the monsters? It won’t. It’s just something to make them look cool. That is what the heroine said one episode after she proclaims in a serious tone to find a cure for the pandemic that is destroying the world. And she’s going to achieve that with style by making the time traveling samurais she just accepted out of nowhere to look really fashionable with black leather.Meanwhile the grandpa they abandoned in the middle of a monster infested city so they can go play dress up, risks his life numerous times before eventually getting hurt and infected by the monsters. Something that could have been avoided if the noble heroes and the heroine who cares more about black leather, hadn’t abandoned him for trying to bring them a weapon for saving the world. But it’s not like anyone cares about that since they never bring it up. And because they don’t acknowledge it, we are not supposed to do it either.Anyways, the noble samurai, now dressed in black leather and holding a common sword, starts fighting the monsters and defeats them all. Or that’s what I think he does, because I have no idea what is going on. The animation is horrible, the directing is baffling, and the choreography is laughable. They just tell you there was an epic fight and you are supposed to accept it. After the battle, the grandpa who sacrificed himself so that the samurai can look cool in black leather, asks of him to be killed before he turns to a monster. It’s supposed to be a sad moment where you are not supposed to think of how none of that would have happened if they hadn’t abandoned him to go play dress up. But they don’t mention that, so you are not supposed to ask question either.The new mission is about securing enough research material that can lead to a cure for the disease that turns people to monsters. So the retrieval mission includes a man who is a scientist and is therefore useful, four men with weapons who can defeat the monsters and are therefore useful, and two airhead bimbos who don’t know shit about the cure, can’t fight, and should have stayed in the kitchen making sandwiches for the men. I mean, seriously, why are they there? They offer nothing besides more instances of bad writing. The teenage airhead is doing nothing but filming herself and the men, saying a whole bunch of nothing that are supposed to be fleshing them out as characters. In reality it’s worthless information with zero relevance to the plot and should have been shown in the plot instead of being forcefully infodumped like that. Basically, the writer had no way of making you care for the characters and just had them infodumping shit in front of a camera. Try to care about them. I dare you! There are flashbacks to feudal Japan from where the time traveling dudes came from. They exist for fleshing them out, but again, they have no connection to what is going on in the present. It’s like you are watching a period drama when the series is supposed to be a zombie apocalypse thriller. And then there’s the mother who exists solely for infodumping random bits of information when someone asks something. She is a walking Wikipedia that blabbers lore and geography that, again, have no effect on the plot. And it’s even more ridiculous when she’s used for captain obvious moments. Such as, hey look at this huge building in front of us that for some reason only I can see and you can only notice if I point my finger at it. Said building is a museum that happens to have legendary weapons for the time traveling warriors to use. They just happened to be there, all at once, and they conveniently gave them all a power up. Because training is overrated and so are machineguns which for some reason are not as effective as clubs and swords. Also that means the sacrifice of that old man from before was pointless, because he was abandoned to go fetch a common sword that led to his death and which instantly became worthless the moment they found the museum. After that, they travel around and pick more allies along the way, just for all of them to be killed in really dumb ways in the finale, during a baffling last moment revelation. The scientist who was developing the antidote was an alien and the disease came from another planet. He came to earth for finding a cure for his wife, but then the samurai killed her because she was a mindless creature. How nice of you to reveal that, one episode before the finale, and after the wife was dead so there is nothing anyone could do to prevent it. Also, how smart of you not to tell the audience about it so they will care about the wife and the scientist long before she dies. Also, aliens! Because the show wasn’t absurd enough with the time traveling samurai. It needed aliens on top of that!And there is more! The reason the samurai traveled in time is because the blond bimbo made a wish to a falling star for them to come. Said star was in reality the alien spaceship. Yes, that is literally the only explanation they give you for how the time traveling samurai and the alien pandemic are related.And there is more! The blond bimbo realizes that she is responsible for the deaths of the samurai she brought to her present. And she sounds really depressed about it, although she and the rest of humanity would be dead if she hadn’t done it. And it’s extra funny to see her trying to feel responsible in the final episode, while having spent the entire show in not giving a damn about the grampa she killed by abandoning him when he went to take the sword for their sake. Hilarious. The finale is completely forgettable and doesn’t even feel like it solved anything. There whole trip was a waste of time, and so was the time I wasted on watching this disaster.
After Gibiate, Mars of Destruction looks like a solid 10/10.2030, a not-so-distant future, but a story that can easily become a reality in 10 years. The whole world is infected with a virus that depending on your sex, age and race, turns you into a monstrosity. The story takes place in Japan, where a group of people are fighting the infected monstrosities and are trying to find a cure for the virus.Do you remember the low budget sci-fi movies from the 1980s? They are trying so hard to touch upon some interesting topics, however, all the philosophy they have is hardly discussion-worthy, the horror elements will barely scare a kid, and scarcely anyone will find the action scenes spectacular. This is what Gibiate is. Indeed, I would love to stop my review on the fact that the animation is horrible and that is the reason for you to never watch this anime, but I will not do it. Story wise, while it does offer the viewer a grain of uniqueness, it just fails if you try to analyze it. Sanada Kenroku and Kanzaki Sensui are the two warriors from the past, who are later joined by another warrior, but it is not what I am trying to stress here. They somehow find themselves in the future and all the people that see them can say is that there is hardly anything strange about this whole situation. ‘After all, we live in the times, when the virus is about to destroy the humanity. I do not have the time to spare to think about a monk, a samurai and a ninja that somehow travelled from the past.’I mean, freak out for a second. You see people, who are supposed to be dead already. Forget about that, you see the people that forged the history of your country. Show some emotions, will you? Instead of it, the anime series decides that the two warriors look lame and they should look like ‘some parents of the kids that like metal and want to look like their children, but they fail miserably.’ And this is still not the main problem of the storyline. The worst thing about it is that it is extremely easy to guess what is going to happen: a man runs from a monster, plays some mediocre OST to make it even more of a forced drama than it is and, at this point, I cannot imagine a person that will not understand what is about to happen to this man; he dies, of course.Animation wise, while the anime does use the old 90-ish character designs, which quite match the overall tone of Gibiate, it becomes too much of a problem for me to ignore. Gibiate declares to be action/sci-fi orientated type of an anime, so it is supposed to make you a little bit scared, or maybe just a bit uncomfortable, thinking what if this were real. However, Gibiate hardly has anything to offer in that regard. I mean, I understand that Gibiate does not have a budget to boast about. Why would not they make one type of monsters that is well-animated, instead of trying to show different types of monsters.Gibiate does not want its viewers to approach the show with logic, reason, or even the slightest ability to think. It is, just like one of many of these low-budget sci-fi series, where you should only care about 1 hero singlehandedly saving the whole humanity. The characters do not even try to show some development: a samurai that finds himself in the future, but he no longer can serve his lord. He finds out that his lord died the most dishonorable death possible… It should be painful? Such a samurai would have just committed a seppuku. In addition to this, people are hardly astounded by the fact that they, for some completely unknown to them reason, can see historical figures that are supposed to be dead long time ago. Instead of it, they always say something like ‘there is nothing surprising about it. After all, we are going through some tough times.’ And it is always the same bloody explanation.Unfortunately, I failed to find anything good about this anime. Even the OST does not fit the series and makes it more annoying, maybe even ridiculous and funny. Gibiate does not have anything good to offer for its viewer, however, if you want to enjoy it, you will need to stop thinking completely, that way you might find it enjoyable. Yet, if you think that you will find some sense about Gibiate, I am sorry to say that, but I would highly recommend you to avoid this series. In the end, it is up to you to decide.
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