Another continues to blow my mind with it’s Horror-Mystery done right. It’s a nice proper mix of the genres, direction, and writing that gives a nice thrilling product. It’s also the most consistent of all the currently-airing series in terms of Audio-Visual presentation. Mouretsu Pirates is slowly losing it’s consistency — visual presentation-wise, that is. I’ve read the manga adaptation recently, and I can say the anime adaptation excellently adapts the main idea of the story. SPOILER WARNING: Succeeding paragraphs may contain unintended or inexcusable spoilers. Proceed reading at your own risk.
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On the first part of the Thought Digest for this series, I’ve put-up a couple of questions about the series and its plot. Thankfully, most of them had been answered and these keys provide more interesting questions about what would happen in the next few episodes. It turned out that Misaki Mei is chosen as the ‘sacrifice’ against the curse on Class 3. It also turns out that Misaki is just aloof and Kouichi’s classmates are having a problem on how to explain the scenario to him on why Misaki “does not exist.” The succeeding sudden and tragic deaths further jacks up the mystery.
The deaths are animated bloodily and freakishly (pun not intended.) P.A.Works’ art and animation maybe tasty and pleasing to your eye but the deaths are plain wicked. It’s also puzzling how and why these deaths happen. Is it because of Kouichi? We still don’t know why and how but the reason is the curse that started after the class 3 of 26 years ago didn’t accept (or recognise) the death of Misaki Yomiyama.
Writing and direction of each episode makes the transition from each events feel and look seamless. If there’s something that other anime should beat, it would be the direction on this series. I have personal note on the writing. Did the producers really intended details or hints of (future) romance between Kouichi & Mei? This is supposed to be a mystery anime and NOT a romance anime. Recall that I dropped Gosick due to the same reason of suddenly inserting romance in an already good mystery theme! I wish that it was only placed because of the Valentine’s season. Oh well…
Like what was said, it also has the finest art and animation. Too bad, there are hiccups on the animation. Why do some scenes lack lighting? I get it, it should have a dark aura, but it doesn’t allow full appreciation of the details! This is obviously a ploy for the viewers to cash-in home video releases?
The upcoming episodes would still continue the same formula that was started, I hope. It’s already showing us that it’s a Thriller that’s hard to miss.
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