January 18, 2011

Rio Rainbow Gate! Isn't Even Trying Anymore

Look, lord knows I didn't expect anything from Rio Rainbow Gate!.  If it was lucky, it would just be merely bad.  If it went like I expected, it'd be a massive trainwreck.  If we were truly lucky, it'd go off the rails in some Calvin and Hobbes-style calamity.

Like this one.  Thank you, Mr Watterson, for making life much more fun for a while.
After watching episode 03 of Our Favorite Cardsharp Show, it has become painfully obvious that RRG! has just hit a penny on the rail... and we're all to be Farmer Brown.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Wonderduck's Pond is proud to bring you its first ever fart joke.

Seriously though, RRG! has just completely stopped trying to make any sense whatsoever and is devolving before our very eyes into something completely incomprehensible.

Ella and Illa react when they realize what type of show they've been cast in.
This is actually a good thing... for us, at least.  The disaster that's approaching should be ridiculously entertaining... at least, for anybody that enjoys bad movies or MST3K

That screenshot, right there, pretty much sums up what I think Xebec's attitude is towards both their show and people who voluntarily watching it.  I'm not even going to try to explain what's going on... just sit back and savor the tangy despair.

What might be most frightening for me, however, is the eagerness I feel when I realize that there's a new episode to watch.  It's not the good shows I'm looking forward to, oh no no.  No, it has to be RRG! that gets me to hover over my computer, waiting for the progress bar to fill up so I can watch this miserable stain of an anime.  I could be watching Bamboo Blade, which I got for Xmas.  I could begin my annual viewing of Kanon '06.  I could try to watch Shuffle! for the fifth time (something always makes me stop after one episode).  Yes, I could be doing all of those things and more, but instead some perverse part of myself is making me watch RRG! as soon as it's available.

Very similar to my reaction when I realized that fact.
Ah well... it could be a lot worse.  I could have nobody to inflict it on share it with.  Aren't you lucky?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 11:34 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 I gave up after one ep.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 19, 2011 01:36 AM (+rSRq)

2 I made it halfway through the second.  Do I miss anything remotely important or entertaining if I try episode three?  If three and beyond is even worse than two, I can see where the series might become entertaining again.  Not exactly what I hoped for, but...

Posted by: Ben at January 19, 2011 12:22 PM (gze3w)


Ben, they introduced a new character at the end of Ep03... by dressing her up in a chicken-wing delivery uniform.  Looks like she's a friend/rival of Rio's.

So, no, you haven't missed anything important.  Entertaining?  That's a different question... to continue my Calvin & Hobbes analogy, the show is exactly at the point of the last frame of that cartoon up above.  Everything is in the process of going higgledy-piggledy, but isn't quite there yet.

Much to my surprise, I'm really looking forward to the crash.

Posted by: Wonderduck at January 19, 2011 01:32 PM (OS+Cr)

4 Well, I finished 2 and watched 3.  More than anything, I'm starting to wonder if there is any kind of plan involved.  I figured during the second ep. that we were looking at a weekly boss-fight for the "gates", but now two of the current three episodes are non-gate-related.  Are we going into genre spoofs, now?  All that does is make me think of better programs I could be watching.

I'll try number four.  I'm hoping for an explosion.  Magical Girl/Sports Anime and Genre Spoof are exactly what I *wasn't* expecting for this show.

Posted by: Ben at January 19, 2011 09:03 PM (gze3w)

5 I only saw the first episode, so this is a wild-assed guess, but I think this is a pure fan-service show. There's no plot, there are just situations where they can show us Rio (and other gorgeous babes) in various revealing costumes.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 19, 2011 09:45 PM (+rSRq)

6 That they do, Steven, that they do.  

Posted by: Wonderduck at January 19, 2011 10:17 PM (W8Men)

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