January 10, 2009
Strangely, one of his friends, a cute genki-girl-type named Risa, sees her doppleganger at a concert... and is killed in an incident the next day. Weird.
As she argues with her dog over a piece of meat in the ramen, Barry, finished with his warmup swings, approaches from behind and...
...who is not pleased that her meal ticket has just ended up in McCovey Cove.
Barry realizes that he might have a problem.
1) Nice block.
2) She's not wearing pants. I just wanted to mention that.
1) Why isn't she dead?
2) Why aren't I bleeding from the mouth?
3) She's not wearing pants.
4) I picked a bad day to quit sniffing glue.
The next morning? He's walking downtown and Mei-chan, the little girl who lives next door, sneaks up on him. They chat for a second or two, and she crosses the street...
I'm pleasantly surprised by Kurokami. By the end of the episode, you get the distinct impression that any of the characters could die at any time, and that's just drummed home by Mei being turned into a bloody streak on the street. The fight scene was beautiful, one of the best I've ever seen. Art and animation quality is top-notch; it feels like what you'd get if KyoAni did a fighting anime.
There is a plot here, we just don't really know what it is yet. Who is the mystery girl, what's with all the doppeliners showing up now and dying rapidly, and what tie does Keita have to them? Or is meeting him just really unlucky for you? And what the heck is going on with Barry and M.G.?
For all that, this show is NOT for everyone. The violence is, as mentioned, brutal and unrestrained. When Mystery Girl and Barry fight, there's no question but that they're trying to kill each other, no holds barred (at one point, Barry is behind M.G., choking her with his bat, and he HEADBUTTS her). It's intense, and so far Kurokami hasn't had much in the way of "make you smile" moments. It isn't lighthearted.
The first episode, though, is more than good enough to keep me watching.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 11, 2009 01:30 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 11, 2009 01:55 AM (sh9fy)
Posted by: Andrew F. at January 11, 2009 03:20 PM (uN3cC)
Posted by: arson55 at January 11, 2009 05:07 PM (i4N0z)
Anything else good this winter? I was thinking of giving White Album a shot but I haven't seen any opinions yet good or bad.
Posted by: astro at January 11, 2009 07:20 PM (OFLem)
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 11, 2009 10:13 PM (sh9fy)
Posted by: Andrew F. at January 12, 2009 07:59 PM (uN3cC)
Agree fully on Black God. It was brutal, an adjective I've used only for the vampire kids' arc in Second Barrage. (Although that one was horribly nihilistic as well, so it still has the edge.) It's obvious that Keita is still traumatized by his mother's death, and it's why he refuses to get close to anyone. Now in short order, he's had two people he knows as well as he knows anyone die -- one right in front of him.
The set-up was classic -- the rule of threes is in effect, so you know she's doomed the moment the light changes and she runs out... yet it's handled so violently it's still shocking when it happens.
I note that it has little or nothing to do with the description I read at Aroudoc's place, although the flashback sequence from the beginning makes me think there might be a time-skip of a couple years coming up. That's just crazy speculation though.
Posted by: ubu at January 13, 2009 01:41 PM (i7ZAU)
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