2021-02-22: Leda: The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko
This anime is a very interesting case because of its plot, which is usually not the most important thing I care about. The whole movie takes only 70 minutes but manages to tell a lot of things and does it in a very interesting way. Compare this to First of the North Star, for example, which is longer than Your Name but tells you jack shit. To pull off this kind of thing, the anime has a very, and I mean very, self-contained story, which I’m usually a fan of. Not a lot of background information is given about the world, but the one that is still manages to kind of impress you. The story itself is sort of interesting but not crazy enough for my tastes. Apart from the story, the film was also pretty good - the visuals are neat and the music isn’t annoying. Overall, a pretty good watch.
2021-03-02: One Punch Man
Overall, it was not a bad show. The idea to make a show about a literal undefeatable hero that destroys everyone with a single punch sounds risky to me, but the way it was implemented here is pretty good. The whole thing is pretty epic, but it’s quite far from the most epic thing I’ve seen. One problem is that I feel like it lacks soul behind it, and I’m not sure how to describe it.
The “guy does good things but doesn’t get credited for it” trope here needs a separate mention. I understand that it’s essential to the whole show and that without it wouldn’t work, but I just can’t stand it. It makes me actually feel something, which is a good thing, but at the same time it makes me hate watching it. The show just treats you like a complete fucking idiot that can believe something like it. I mean come on, even crowds in real life are not that stupid.
What I’m now afraid of is watching the sequel. The whole thing is pretty self contained, and I feel like continuing this story is nearly impossible to do properly. Well, we’ll see.