I’m getting ENTANGLED with old shows..

Zegapain

Right after rewatching the entirety of Utawarerumono in all its 1080p glory (good start, enjoyable middle, terrible ending, Karura was the best thing of the show), I’m embarking on another 2006 show, Zegapain. As to why do I always do this whenever I have a upcoming dateline for my assignments, I probably have a good idea why but will never admit to it fully.

I wonder how many people still remember this show. Sunrise show nonetheless, it was truly one of the best shows I watched that year. Hey maybe I might make another 2 or maybe 3, and god forbid it, FOUR more people watch that show, with this post of mine, har har.

Well, there’s a ton of reasons why you should watch the show really, for instance, Ayako Kawasumi’s engaging performance as Misaki Shizuno (god, I love it when she plays this type of roles) as well as the seiyuu debut of Kana Hanazawa as Ryoko Kaminagi. Too bad her talents have been pretty wasted so far. None of them have the prominence of the character she played during this show.

Another good reason to watch the show is also how it slowly starts out in a “normal” world, but scatters many hints on the true nature of it that is slowly but surely revealed before the first half of the episode ends. It’s still pretty awesome how they reveal to Kyo and the viewers that the Earth has been conquered by the Gardsorm and all humans have been essentially wiped out, and everyone in Maihama city is actually quantum data bodies stored inside quantum servers. The interesting usage of quantum physics theory also makes Zegapain a fun watch for sci-fi fans.

Of course, this show is one of the last good shows made by Sunrise before they succumbed to the marketing monster that is Code Geass. Probably one of the last shows that Sunrise managed to crank out before the Bandai marketing executives fully took over Sunrise’s creative department and forced the continuation of the farcical writing that was Gundam SEED Destiny to extend to Code Geass R2, wwwwwwwww. (OK, I actually meant this joke. Not the quality of the animation or whatever. I wasn’t being totally clear here earlier, so gomen~)

P.S. WTF <span class = “class”> CSS text styles don’t work in my blog!

18 Comments

  1. DiGiKerot Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 12:57 am

    I have the last of the R1 DVD volumes of Zegapain lying around waiting to be watched. I’d kind of been putting it off, knowing that there’s no more to follow afterwards…

    >> “Of course, this show is one of the last good shows made by Sunrise before they succumbed to the marketing monster that is Code Geass.”

    I maintain that Xenoglossia was a good show.

  2. Camario Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 1:11 am

    Just for the record…I maintain that even R2 is better overall than Destiny, and different enough despite some similarities people exaggerate to massive proportions.

    Not that saying this will give me any “online cred” points, but then again…who needs those?

  3. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 1:20 am

    Gravity Accelerated System Powered Railgun ready for firing.

  4. shoroi Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 1:29 am

    Utawarerumono was an enjoyable show,never watch Zegapain before.And meh,at least Code Geass was graphically nicer than GS Destiny…….but it’s 1.30am here in Malaysia.Don’t you guys need to sleep?

    just asking…=x

  5. wildarmsheero Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 2:08 am

    >>I maintain that even R2 is better overall than Destiny

    Yeah, Code Geass actually has animation.

    Zegapain was ok. It suffered from budget problems and spots of poor writing.

  6. Ryan A Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 2:36 am

    Too bad her talents have been pretty wasted so far. None of them have the prominence of the character she played during this show.

    That’s soo true. Loved the VAing for Ryoko.

  7. Avisch Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 3:00 am

    2006 is when I actually first really got into anime and such (making it also the year I found this blog). Among other reasons it remains a big year to me.

    Utwarerumono was my favorite show for a while.

  8. RockhardJohnson Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 3:06 am

    Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files (Good OVA), Gundam 00 (Nothing like Seed), Gintama (Funny as hell) are all pretty good. I don’t see what’s so bad about Code Geass R2 either since it’s still too early to judge it It’s not even over yet. It doesn’t remind me of Gundam Seed Destiny’s stock footage and go nowhere based storyline either. I think Camario’s on to something. I think this blogger is trying to get some online cred with the blogging crowd. Either that or he’s been reading Derailed By Darry too much. lol

  9. Hinano Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 3:56 am

    If you’re embarking on old Sunrise shows I recommend Infinite Ryvius and Brigadoon Marin x Melan.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 4:03 am

    Gundam 00 was acceptable enough, Gintama still remains a good watch but you can still feel the marketing “taint” on it. As for Armored Trooper Votoms, I have to say I’ve not watched it yet, so I can’t comment so much about it.

    Actually what I meant with the “farce” is the joke that the Bandai marketing dept. executives have been “barging” in to the creative department of Sunrise, causing them to go nonsensical on the plots at times. I must have been not clear about it, but I’m not actually insinuating that Geass R2 is as bad as GSD was.

    Anyways, misunderstandings have been made, so I hope this clears it up. And no, I’m not out for “online cred” among the blogging crowd. What I type here is mainly my own opinions.

    (Personally though, if I were to gain “online cred”, I’d be taking the Sankaku Complex way and start posting my doujin collections online rather than the DrmChsr0/mike/Lolikit way of trolling everyone.)

    @Hinano: Oh yeah, Infinite Ryvius. I haven’t watched that. Thanks for the heads up.

  11. Kaito Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 4:06 am

    No offence, but I’d be pretty wary of the credibility of a person who thinks Gundam 00 was an example of a good series. Despite having watched it out of pure gundam-fandom, it was by far one of the worst gundam series to-date besides Seed Destiny.

    R2 has begun to show signs of poor plot development now that these so-called plot twists aren’t even surprising anymore. Characters are often dismissed (read: killed) before the viewer can even develop any kind of emotional attachment to them. Not that R2 isn’t entertaining, but there seems to be wasted potential.

    Point being, Sunrise needs fewer sequels and more quality, original ideas.

  12. RockhardJohnson Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 4:29 am

    @Kaito

    The whole anime industry needs fewer sequels and adaptations and more quality original ideas, but I’d say Sunrise is one of the least guilty parties among it’s peers for this. Most of their shows still come from in studio ideas after all. I mean they aren’t great at everything and have some issues with biting off more then they can chew, but they’re out there doing more for originality then companies like J.C Staff, Kyoani and Toei to name a few. All of those companies also seem to have what Kurogane describes as “market taint” on their products. The whole anime industry is pretty much a product of marketing desires I would say.

    Anyway, I know a lot of people hated Xenoglossia (which Digikerot brought up), but that’s an example of some creative licence in an industry that seems like it’s increasingly trying to play it safe. I can’t think of another company who would be so bold as to turn a game about happy singing and dancing into a melodramatic mecha series. Again not the greatest stuff in the world, but at least they’re sort of trying new ideas.

    Though I would like to see the Mai franchise come to a swift end. Enough is enough….

  13. Camario Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 5:02 am

    To clear things up: While I was a bit cynical, I didn’t mean that Kuroagane criticizes R2 for “online cred” alone, not at all when there’s plenty to criticize…or mock, to be more blunt. Just pointing out that, even so, I’m still in the “R2′s not as bad as GSD” camp, in reference to the original statement posted.

    Actually on-topic, I haven’t seen Zegapain but it’s on my to-watch list. I’ll get around to it eventually. Same goes for VOTOMS and its offspring.

    Infinite Ryvius is a pretty good series, if still full of certain Taniguchi quirks you can continue to detect throughout his later work.

  14. T_I Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 5:41 am

    funny, I was just thinking about Zegapain

    anyway,

    ryoko kaminagi == ranka
    shizuno == sheryl

  15. Myssa Rei Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 8:45 am

    I found Zegapain VERY enjoyable on the first run, and I’m glad that Kuro is giving the series the chance. I came in for the Kawasumi Ayako performance at first, but I warmed to Ryoko very quickly — despite ‘damaging’ her on her first outing in the real world.

  16. Shin_Getter Said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

    Seen it a while back while looking for stuff to watch.

    kaminagi is win.

  17. Sheba Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 3:17 am

    >> Anyway, I know a lot of people hated Xenoglossia (which Digikerot brought up), but that’s an example of some creative licence in an industry that seems like it’s increasingly trying to play it safe.

    Yea, because adding mech in a show to cater to the mecha crowd and toy collectors is so ‘daring’. Come on, it’s playing it safe too.

  18. Sheba Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 3:19 am

    And I’ll add that I’ll never entrust a Dune adaptation to Sunrise. Nippon Animation, sure. But definitely not Sunrise.

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