3S review no.29 (short, simple and salty/sweet/spicy)
Oh boy is this show a treat for the eyes and… well, that’s about that. Underneath the beautiful surface this show is a steamy hot pile of shit.
(there will be minor spoilers in this review but you don’t have to view them as such, just think of them as a good reason to not watch this shitshow now that I spoiled it for you)
So, you sit down, load the first episode and hit play. Then you are like yeah, this is my jam. It’s gorgeous, its mysterious, it touches mature and dark themes, it’s allegorical, this is gonna be a journey. And what a journey this turns out to be! A fuckin trip in the land of stupid, pretentious, nonsensical writing that wants to be deep and mature. You see there is a neat idea behind the show, the initial spark is great, but this is a prime example of writer’s idea, that he didn’t know where to go about, how to explore it properly, how to make shit happen. People often think that the spark, the idea, the concept of a great creation is the hardest part, then it all comes together, im sorry friends, but is the easiest part. What follows is the hardest part, taking that little seed and making something out of it.
In case you don’t already know, story follows a little girl and three other friends she makes along the way, when they fall asleep they get into this fantasy world, they then are breaking an egg that they get from a gatcha machine, out of the egg comes another young girl, who has committed suicide for one reason or another, and then the girls fight a symbolic monster made out of what was the reason of the girl’s suicide. And the result of that successful fight means… absolutely nothing. Supposedly there is saving the girl from their issue, but the girl is actually dead already… so they are doing to save another girl, the girl that was the reason they actually got into that dream world in the first place (a different girl for each of the four protagonists) but then again that girl is already dead… so they are saving no one… or so you think until you find out that the girls they were saving were from parallel universes so yeah… if that is not wholesome I don’t know what it is. Now, hypothetically lets say that those girls are indeed saved, how does actually beating the shit out of an imaginary representation did save them? Well I ain’t got a clue, apparently psychological problems are that easily resolved. Anyway, that doesn’t matter much because it’s an allegory right, everything is metaphorical, symbolical right? Well slap me on the ass and call me Suzy cause it is not. There is actually this artificial girl those two scientists created that in order to get back at them started somehow invading the subconsciousness of girls with psychological issues and makes them suicide, Never mind the fact that the first girl that died, the scientist's daughter was completely happy and had no issues whatsoever. So what we thought was a show exploring young girl’s psychology, irl problems and suicide, is actually a show about an AI being murdering young girls for revenge. And I am not even joking, you manage to somehow stick through the show to find out how the premise is gonna evolve, and that’s what you get, everything gets progressively worse and worse, more stupid and more nonsensical, and way way more boring with every episode passing. About half way through the 2nd episode I started getting bored, by the end of the 3rd episode I completely lost interest but I just stuck with it just because I was curious to find out how the fuck are they gonna tie this up. Gotta say, I was expecting to get very disappointed and yet somehow it managed to disappoint me more than that. Because in the end, it doesn’t even lead anywhere, story is left fuckin incomplete, oh boy isn’t that great or what?
Anyway, let’s talk about characters. We have a girl with eterochromia, who likes her teacher, her teacher happens to bang her mom and she also suspects that he had to do something with her friend’s suicide. We have a tube born genius girl that’s the head of a company, a girl that is a young female Bon Jovie who doesn’t know who her father is cause her mom is a drunk slut. Last but not least we have a young girl that is really cute but because she is not very feminine she is getting hit by lesbian girls, and homosexual boys that think she is a boy. Now tell me with your hand on your heart that it is not the easiest thing in the world to empathize with this characters? I mean what are you implying? That these are characters that are there just for DIVERISTY??? No way in hell right? Anyway, never mind their background, what about development? Well they develop a bunch on an artificial level, on an actual level though? Well aside from four cute girls, becoming friends and doing girl things, I saw no other development.
Presentation-wise though, the show is great. Animation is excellent, aesthetics are great, sound, sounde effects and voice acting is great, opening and ending is great, everything fits. It’s a treat, it’s well made, its the best aspect of the show but it is also the saddest part of the show, because amazing production values and artistry are getting wasted on a hot pile of garbage writing nonsense.
So, is it worth a watch? NO FUCKIN WAY it is. It is nothing but golden laced shit. Infuriatingly bad story that leads nowhere and is left incomplete on top of that, deep and mature themes explored in the worst possible way in the sake of just being catchy and sellable (they are basically exploited, not explored), completely uninteresting and unrelatable characters for the sake of diversity. But hey, the visuals are great and that’s totally enough to keep you watching the show. No they are not and you’ll probably end up having suicidal thoughts yourself if you sit through this boring ass lame excuse of a mature show. And if you think I’m the only one that got bored from watching this think again, cause in a 12 episode show, the 8th episode was a fuckin RECAP. You know why? Cause they knew that everyone watching this had already lost interest, stop giving a shit about what happened and probably already forgot about everything that happened to episodes 2 through 7. Anyway, you can watch the first episode to admire the presentation, but know well that you are doing this on your won risk of being mesmerized by it and actually getting trapped in watching the rest of this shit hoping that it will lead somewhere decent.
P.S. If you wanna watch something decent that relates to this show, first things that come to mind is Lain, and Paprika. Not exactly similar, but as I said, first thing that comes to mind.