Okay so I decided to take a look at two anime shows of this season that have both been causing some controversy. The first is Date A Live, a show that takes a large helping of various tropes but doesn’t deliver on a single one. I really can’t stand shows that can’t decide what genre they are or if they’re meant to be serious or comedic. On paper I should have enjoyed this, it has mecha musume that are reminiscent of last year’s excellent Busou Shinki but unlike that show this its half assed and thrown in for no reason. The plot itself make no sense. At least there’s a cute glasses wearing teacher in it I liked.
The other show ooooooohhhhhhh boy, is Flowers of Evil. Quite possibly one of the most pretentious piles of rancid shit I’ve seen in years. I know using the word pretentious has lost all meaning on the internet but this show truly warrants that label. It really thinks it’s being deep and edgy but it’s mostly a haze of horrible boredom. The art is the most egregious thing about it. While the backgrounds are well detailed (approach Kyoani’s level of attention for realism in their backgrounds) the characters themselves are an awful use of rotoscoped mush. At one point have no detail on their faces until they walk up close and then OH MY GOD the horror which at that point they might as well have made the thing actually live action, at least the uncanny valley wouldn’t have been apparent. I seriously hope this just cancelled before finishing its 13 episode run.
So while both are bad shows, their bad for different reasons. If I was strapped to a chair and forced to watch one over the other, Date A LIve would have to be it cause at least there’s that cute teacher, although the other show may provide many lulz at how atrociously awful it is.