I am pissed off.
I am bloody pissed off.
I am downright PISSED OFF.
WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BLOODY SPECIAL A? Instead of seeing something like Ouran, I get an Ass-ran filled with Naruto tards trying to act Japanese. I wanted to see something that resembles a decent comedy with a group of likable characters. I got more. I got a grating mixture of excellent comedy that continues to impress me. Oh, I mean impress as in “how the hell did they make an above average manga be absolute shit in anime form”. I am so impressed with the ABSOLUTE COMEDY.
I will try to keep myself from too much anger, lest I feel like tearing the ridiculous skull of the Gonzo director working on this abomination. I will want to eat my words later in the series, and oh please, let me eat my words. I will thank the gods for giving me justified deliverance for a thousand years of pain. I really cannot see it owning my ass (pun strictly not intended).
What went terribly wrong for Special A? What made it so bad that it does not EVEN become good?
The character designs
I was initially fine with the character design. I mean, I am used to CLAMP designs with long legs and slim beautiful figures. Screw them for making Barbie-shaped dolls out of anime characters, but at least it felt right in the series. However, it just didn’t work out for me this time. The legs are not only very long, but it feels like really out of proportion. It’s like someone in Gonzo decided that it is time to combine anime with his pet, the daddy long legs. The fusion of anime character and
insectarachnid just does not equate to Spiderman awesomeness.
It does not work. Serious. Mind you, I love spiders.
The voices, my god
You can say that voices complement or pull down an anime. I have complained about this since the first episode. Despite my appreciation of Yuko Goto’s efforts as Mikuru (which is not saying much), it is clear that they have casted the absolute wrong person to voice Hikari. Yes, she is definitely trying her best and Yuko Goto is a very talented seiyuu. However, her voice absolutely fails. Before you go on Goto-sama on me, think properly before you respond.
If you do not know it’s Yuko Goto, will you think that Hikari’s voice was fitted for her character. It’s like Goto does all right in normal lines but when it is time to hit spunky levels, she just does not generate that raw power that is required of Hikari. It’s like anticipating a mega orgasm at a hot chick, only to realize that you have been viewing ladyboy porn.
In fact, the last thing that broke my back was Kei father’s voice. Yes, I am a camel because I feel so abused and weighted by this anime. Yes, he is supposed to be young, but I do not remember that he has to sound like a total faggot. If Gonzo’s aim is to make him so annoying that even gays will run away from him, then they have succeeded.
What else, how about the OP and Gonzo-modifications
I know I am no musician like David Byrne. However, I can definitely tell that an OP is sang by someone who cannot bloody sing! In addition, it is so easy to blame Gonzo for adapting and screwing it up. I have resisted all attempts to do that, and in fact has fought others about the adjustments done to Bokurano before. However, Gonzo, you are on your own.
You have annoyed a nice guy who usually is too happy to lavish praise on shoujo series by screwing it up so massively with stupid changes that you think might impress the audience. Rather than doing it, I come out watching every episode feeling like “what the hell happened to the feelings of joy and happiness”. Before you hit me straight as the “manga whiner”, you can go take a look at my sparkling reviews of Vampire Knight, a SHOUJO SERIES MIND YOU, where changing the canon material made it even more awesome.
Sorry, Gonzo, Special A never truly had a plot. However, you even lost the script. You even lost the pet dog that is supposed to send the China-imitation script over. Good job, good bye and good riddance.