I find myself in a bind as I watch the drama that unfolds in this anime. I think that ACCA‘s plot and philosophy are told brilliantly, and is very much relevant to the political climate we face today. However, I also have to admit that I am siding with the police, an entity that I strongly distrust. A very fictitious police, but police nonetheless. It’s too bad that I feel that way, because I really like this anime.
Before I get into this review, I need to set some limitations:
The time travel. The murder mystery. The unflinching domestic violence. The reference to the Tale of the Spider’s Thread. The determined mother. The humanized criminal. The nihilistic plot. The town superhero. There are a lot of things to talk about in this series, but there is one theme I want to focus on for this review: the will of the artist.
Why? Because somehow I feel like only the artist (which I will keep ambiguous) could possibly coast us along and weave together every last detail of this series and make sense of all of it, from the protagonist’s struggle to the words from the pizza girl. And also, it’s the main reason I consider this a great series, despite the fact that (here we go) I found this anime to be annoying.
That’s not to say that I didn’t like it. I just… as a critic… look, do I really have to spell out how overly idealistic this series about an unlikely superhero is?
Contrary to popular belief, the sakura (cherry tree) does not bloom out of anticipation of change in spring. That is a modern interpretation. According to one Japanese myth, the origin of the sakura comes out of tragedy. Long story short, the sakura weeps as soon as it blooms every spring because an old man’s loyal dog is buried beneath its roots.
At the heart of a Japanese narrative, sakura may be a beautiful spring tree, but it is also associated with life and death. Sakuras are known to wilt as quickly as they bloom at the beginning of spring, symbolizing a short existence. Thus like the sakura, our very existence is rather short when you compare it to the span of all time. This is the lesson that one might learn from the sakura, and it is also the lesson one might learn from this series.
But that’s enough about existentialist theory for now. I will be getting into some heavier stuff as we go along, but this is an anime review. So I will be focusing on the waifu — I-I mean, Sakurako! And nothing puts a smile on her face quite like finding a fresh pile of bones of a human being!
I am very pleased to announce that MICHI— the music artist behind some of the theme songs of this series –will be performing at Anime Expo this year! And so in that spirit, I will be talking about the anime that helped put her on the map, so to speak!
I may be a little biased. This is a beautifully drawn series animation wise. The vibrant colors, unique character designs, the well-rendered battle scenes, and a lot of influences from Meso-American culture, it’s sometimes hard to believe that it came from a Japanese light novel series. So in light of some of the best visual displays of TV anime these days, let’s dive into this wonderfully made…
Damn it! We have to talk about THAT too!
About two years ago, I reviewed Hamatora’s first season in preparation for the second season that aired soon after. Several seasons and conventions later, I’m finally getting around to talk about that sequel! And it’s about time, because my Ratio cosplay is slowly becoming less recognizable, seeing how I might be planning to wear it again… for the third time!
Harley Quinn (cosplayer: Lando Clarissian) and I, hanging out at Cal State LA Eagle Con 2016!
With the anime and manga officially complete, I think it’s time for me to revive this recent gem, in case you missed it. But this time, I do suggest that you read my first review or just complete the series before reading on. There will be SPOILERS!