I wrote this a few weeks ago, but I keep forgetting to post it XD In which I babble a metric ton about WK.
We finished watching Weiß Kreuz (Kapitel - the first series) the other night. Man, having a television in the bedroom is the awesomest thing ever! XD Thank you, _melisande_
I had forgotten how absolutely wretched the animation in this series truly is. I can probably count on one hand the scenes where it's clear they said "Okay, let's dedicate three week's budget to this one!" And everything else was done with what was left over. It was so obvious from the wonky faces, the weird coloring, the jerky repetitive movements and extremely blatant attempts to avoid actually animating things - in one scene, a character is vaulting over a high bar in gym class, and all we see are her running sneakers, sky, then a still of her laying on the mat afterwards. Somebody on the production team must've liked Omi, though, because he was certainly the least maimed art-wise. Heh, it doesn't help that we've been watching Moribito and Samurai Champloo lately; Moribito has film-quality art and animation and everybody looks so slick and moves so awesomely in Samurai Champloo.
It goes without saying that WK is a slapdash angst-fest created for the sole purpose of torturing cool-looking bishounen, but I really really love it all the same XD It has such potential
, good lord, although this series rarely taps into that potential. I can't say for Gluhen, because I haven't seen it, and I hear that events in the drama CDs are such that the characters all act completely different afterwards anyway. I'm not sure I'd want to see that ^^;; (Unless it meant Aya being less of a two-dimensional bastard. Sorry, Koyasu.)caitirin
said to me the night we watched the end that it was like the creators just kept saying "Ooh, ooh, wouldn't it be cool if--!" and they piled cool idea on top of cool idea with no regard for whether Cool Idea 254 directly contradicted Cool Idea 17 back in the third episode. I'll discuss the gaping plot holes later, but this is so true, especially considering how the Takatori family was built up as The Ultimate Evil and then virtually disappeared after the middle of the series. (Which was, of course, good for me, as it let Schwarz step into the limelight.) It was like they'd resolve things and then go "Oh crap, what now? We can't let the boys be happy! Hurry, kidnap the sister! Bring back the dead girlfriend and make her evil!"
Anyway, the last two episodes get so close to the above-mentioned potential that it's maddening. They're actually pretty good, comparatively, especially if you're partial to Schwarz. It also seems like at the last minute the production team was all "Okay, what fan contingent haven't we appeased yet? Oh, the slashers! Quick, Omi/Ken! GO!"( Omi/Ken like you wouldn't believe. )( Now, onto the important stuff: Schwarz. )