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Asobi ni Iku Yo! Episode 12 – A Wreck

I don’t think it’s any great secret that I think Asobi ni Iku Yo! is a crap show with about three good episodes. But the one thing it has managed to do is have a ton of different story threads going on at once, usually to the detriment of every other story thread.

As the show comes to a close, though, it becomes obvious just how few of those it’s going to tie up. Like so many other shows based on long-running series, this is a show content to finish nothing in order to leave the hope of a sequel alive.

Imagine this times three. Then no one ever speaks of it again. That's all you get

Perhaps the lamest resolution is that of the most interesting plot-line: the 4-way love tetrahedron that developed between Kio and the three main girls. This is resolved in the most hackneyed way possible for a harem show: by Eris saying that they can all love Kio, and all three of them making out in turns with him in space.

I don’t think I’d have any problems with a relationship like that being depicted in an anime, but it’d have to treat such an unconventional grouping with a modicum of seriousness. As it stands, this is just a resolution that doesn’t actually resolve anything. The confrontation between Manami and Eris that triggers this scene just kind of fizzles. No one takes Eris’ suggestion seriously, and it doesn’t get brought up again. End result: unresolved dramatic tension.

At some point, somebody just stopped caring. The end result is this. Go ahead and try to figure out what it is

Now, even if the rest of this episode was competent, I’d be frustrated enough from the non-resolution of the love quadrangle to be pretty irked. However, the rest of this episode isn’t competent. It’s the usual half-finished mish-mash of ideas that aren’t given enough screen time to develop into something interesting. The end result is that pretty much everything feels like filler.

I’m sure they meant it to seem dramatic, a resolution to all the plot they’ve crammed into three arduous episodes, but here the unstable foundation they’ve built over the course of the series comes crashing down.

I don't think causing helicopter crashes is significantly less violent than just blowing them up. Aren

Sure, there’s a climatic battle scene on Earth, but the stakes are zero because the rocket has already taken off. And it’s involving the obnoxious rich girl and her stupid maids, none of whom I give a damn about. End result: no dramatic tension.

There’s another battle scene in space, with the girls inexplicably donning suits straight out of 80s action team shows like Voltron to shoot lasers at UFOs in order to buy Kio time to get to the Cathian ship, but the show only devotes like five shots to it and if you’ve seen any 80s action team show (or played a video game in the last 20 years), you know that killing the mooks spawns the boss, which the hero defeats. The end. End result: no time for dramatic tension.

Yeah, I don't have any idea either

And then for some reason, a satellite starts falling into space, and Aoi and Manami risk their lives to keep it from falling into Japan. Such a move is clearly suicide, the show tells us repeatedly. There’s no way out.

Except you’ve surely figured out by now that the heroes can’t die in a story like this: how could they continue their wacky adventures? How could they sell more novels and DVDs and figurines and whatever other garbage the media companies peddle to otaku to keep them from pondering their pathetic existences?

Oh look, someone came to rescue the main characters after their suicidal descent. I am shocked!

You’ve realized that status quo is God, and that nothing ever changes, because change is scary. It forces fans outside of the carefully constructed world of pure nothingness that has been carefully built up over the course of 12 episodes. It might cause the characters (and thus the viewer) to think new things, or become interested in something other than watching Asobi ni Iku Yo! and purchasing Asobi ni Iku Yo!-related merchandise.

It might cause a fan backlash, upsetting people that their carefully constructed fantasy world has changed. They might get so angry that they stop watching Asobi ni Iku Yo! and purchasing Asobi ni Iku Yo!-related merchandise (although they’ll probably be content to just complain on the Internet).

So you become numb to any suggestion that something substantial might change. When Kio is forced to turn himself into a Cathian (catboy?) to save the ship, you don’t even bat an eye. Yep, there’s Eris in the next scene, commenting that Kio can reverse the process of fundamentally altering his entire genetic code, although she doesn’t know why he wouldn’t want ears and a tail.

I wish someone would give me a space elevator for Christmas. Even one that looks ridiculously like a Christmas tree

And then you realize that what you are watching isn’t entertainment: it’s a cynical marketing scheme concocted by clueless businessmen afraid of change, and perpetuated by immature losers with nothing better to do with their time and money but waste it on the garbage that will enable the businessmen to turn a profit, continuing the cycle.

I’d get angry at having wasted so much of my time on this worthless load of dreck, at having ever thought it showed any promise at all, but it honestly doesn’t deserve any kind of emotional reaction from me.

So, tune in next time, when I take a look at what happens when the immature losers who watch this crap realize exactly what they’re doing, but still try to justify it, both to themselves and to others.

You can watch this episode here, although I don’t recommend it.

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  1. thatguyoverthere
    April 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    im not gonna try and argue with you to say your wrong, because that is your opinion. im just stating my opinion when i say, i loved this anime, even though it didnt tie up ANY loose ends.

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