June 26, 2016

Haifuri -- ep 12

I watched the first three episodes of this series and decided it was idiocy and dropped it. What I read about it later did nothing to disabuse me of that impression. Zombie Apocalypse caused by mutant psychic gerbils? Please.

So the 12th and final episode just ran and I decided it wouldn't be fair to write a scathing review of the whole thing without watching it.

And you know what? It was stupid but it was fun. Maybe the biowarfare part of the story got explained earlier; in any case it didn't sink (heh) the final episode.

It took mammoth suspension of disbelief but a degree of Rule of Cool helped a lot. The main disbelief was that with all this firepower going on, apparently no one got injured let alone killed. (Given how many zombified crew there were on Musashi, it's hard to believe no one died there, but they kind of airbrushed all of that. We only saw them once, for about one second, during the boarding action.)

I'm still not sure I could manage to get through watching the whole series, because that would mean fully embracing the stupid, and there was a lot of stupid. Maybe I'll go back and read RandomC's episode reviews for them all.

But the last episode really was pretty awesome. I think I'll watch it again.

UPDATE: It wasn't as good the second time; too many "Wait a minute" moments. Sometimes a show improves on second watching (like the Girls und Panzer movie) but sometimes they get worse.

I want to know the back story about the zombie plague but I'm not sure I'm willing to invest several hours and a lot of brain cells I can't spare in order to find out.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 02:54 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I made it seven episodes in, then downloaded the eighth... and never watched it.  I haven't felt the lack, either.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 26, 2016 06:31 PM (Hdexn)


Just now I started watching beginning with episode 8, and it wasn't terrible. For one thing, that's arguably when the final plot arc begins. For another, it explained the zombie plague. Not very well, of course, but it's at least an explanation. And there was a lot of good action, handled well. Finally, at that point Harekaze was no longer considered to be in mutiny. (I assume that happened earlier.)

No one is going to claim that this ranks up there with GuP, but it isn't quite the horror I thought it would be.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 26, 2016 06:34 PM (+rSRq)

3 Everything being relative, it ranks higher than most of this past season.

I have to give Bakuon!! a watch, since you seem to rate it fairly well.

Posted by: topmaker at June 26, 2016 07:24 PM (6stZH)

4 The thing I enjoyed (practically the ONLY thing I enjoyed) about this show was that the "physics" of the ship movements seemed very realistic, including the firing of the cannons. I thought they did a good job with the sound effects too. The CGI animation was well done.
But the suspension of disbelief required by the storyline was just toooooo much. 

Posted by: Tex Lovera at June 29, 2016 08:11 PM (2lQRS)

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