Friday, July 20, 2012
Things That Should Have Been Left Alone: Ginrei Special
There's been a lot of stuff throughout the years that shouldn't have been made. It happens all the time. It's inevitable in media. How many times is Gainax going to remake Evangelion? Ah, but that's an entirely different story. I'm more so wanting to whine and complain about needless OVAs. If it's a success, odds are good it'll have an OVA--trust me, I'm not complaining! If anything, I generally accept OVAs with open arms, regardless if they are necessary or not. I'm glad there's a bunch of Urusei Yatsura and Project A-Ko OVAs, and especially stuff like the 10 episode Dirty Pair or some extra back story for Armored Trooper Votoms. Hell, it's usually a fan's dream for extra material, right? A lot of times it can feel a bit superfluous, or maybe not as good, but it can still present a bit of extra entertainment and whet your appetite for just a slight bit more of that series you adore so much, right?
But sometimes disaster strikes. You get sick to your stomach. They change the art style, the voices, or even the entire tone of your favorite series. It's usually all to make a quick buck, which is quite obvious. Sure, some may be a love letter to the fans or tie up some loose ends--but really, in this world it usually just boils down to a product on the shelves and a fat ass wallet. Look at the Kimagure Orange Road OVA for example. It's garbage. It's absolutely dreadful. I can't even finish it. Sure, the art style is still there, the characters, the voice acting--what's wrong? It's nothing like the original series. They can get away with more skin now, so of course Madoka Ayukawa is flaunting it. Sexual tension and flirtation was always a central theme, but it's way overdone to a point of promiscuity and needless fan-service. Obviously I have no problem with fan service. I'm a damned self-described otaku with an infatuation for all things Go Nagai and Satoshi Urushihara and figurines of questionable positions. This isn't a damn moral conflict--this is about preserving a character, goddammit! Ruins it, you stupid fat hobbit. The show deals with espers and some silly stuff happens every once and awhile concerning such. That's the extent of it, for the primary theme is that of a love triangle amongst young lovers. First OVA episode they add a ghost story that the characters "remember" during a ski trip. Another episode they go on a vacation and get kidnapped and escape the bad guys. What ever happened to unrequited love and teen romance? Who cares when you can completely change the show and show more teenage cleavage and scary ghosts and adventure! What about the cast of Maison Ikkoku getting stuck on a desert island? Or what happened to the cast of Armored Trooper Votoms 20 years after the series ended? The fans obviously crave nonsensical garbage to soil their favorite show as long as they get some extra screen time, right? I could bitch for hours. And I probably will, but I'll stick to just one show in question. Now that I'm good and pissed, it's time to get to the perpetrator of my 2 o'clock hateful vigil blog: Giant Robo's Ginrei Special. Goddammit.
As I insinuated earlier, I am indeed a pervert and in no way any type of moral authority in the anime world. I knew what I was expecting. I wasn't looking for much. The Ginrei Special OVA seemed like it would be a bit of inane fun and plenty of eye-candy in the form of Ginrei herself. Still, I grew to like the character, so it felt a bit odd that the first shot of the special showed more skin than the entire 650 minutes of Giant Robo. Slightly hypocritical, but I had gained respect for the character and that wasn't her, so it felt kinda weird, regardless of how my male hormones thought. I grew to love her mystical allure and that Chinese dress. I just wanted to see her jump around and go on an adventure and shoot some bad dudes. Maybe show a little leg or somethin', you know--but nothing more. Hell, I was even fine with the cleavage shot at first. And then she got in the shower...
I lie to myself a little bit and say, "Well, that wasn't too bad."
I'm a fucking liar. What little integrity the first episode had the second one vomits the rest out and wallows in its own excrement. Any structure is gone. Every character has reverted to a childlike form. It is a complete parody of itself--and a terribly unfunny one, at that. The characters get drunk--including the child--and they goof off. The enemies have drinking contests. They stumble around and make fools of themselves. They make a giant robot of Ginrei.
Look how wacky he is!!! He's a kid! And he's...drunk!! Oh, the fans are going to think this is hilarious!
It's a boy...in a dress!!!!! That's the wrong gender! Boys can't wear dresses!!!!!! What will they do next?!?!?!
Part one of Ginrei Special is pretty bad, but it's watchable; this, however, is absolutely unbearable. It's quite possibly the most insipid, bland, unfunny, banal trash I've watched in quite awhile. The character design stays the same, yet at times the animation suffers and loses some of its original merit, leaving part two with absolutely nothing redeemable. They even attempt to display gratuitous amounts of Ginrei's sensual body, yet can't even get the proportions right. One would assume the main attempt of such an unnecessary OVA would be for fan-service, yet they can't even animate it right. How perfectly fitting for such a horrid waste of time. One of the first times I've had to fast-forward anything in years.
Conclusively, Ginrei Special has been one of the biggest letdowns I've ever had for something I wasn't even expecting much out of in the first place. I came in expecting just a little bit of fun, but that was obviously too much to ask. If you're in for skin, you certainly see a lot of Ginrei throughout, although it's usually poorly drawn and inconsistent. The entire OVA is completely devoid of any respectable humor, plot and just plain entertainment in general. If you want more Ginrei, just go get the art book. You've been warned.