I haven’t been watching Blassreiter for a while. I think my favorite character died early on. The fact that I don’t recall should be a warning sign of low-quality writing. It makes me feel that I should have watched Kamen Rider before starting Blassreiter because the later show is probably ripping off the earlier show with the similar premise.
Episode 12 gave us old-fashioned manly heroics, lots of horrible death, lots of suffering that didn’t defeat heroic resolve. It was silly in an action-movie sort of way. It is the kind of manly silliness that anime needs more of.
Blassreiter is not a terribly well-written show. It relies heavily on spectacular action sequences that don’t mesh well with its ridiculously syrupy characterization. The first season of Garo was similar in tone but somewhat more watchable because the characters were halfway believable. Blassreiter drags, in part because it gets distracted with syrupy cringe about immigrants. It’s not as bad as Now and Then, Here and There, but damn, it’s trying hard to get to the bottom of that barrel and start scraping.
Apparently the writers of the show love immigrants and believe that all immigrants in Germany are blond-haired, big-eyed, defenseless children. They give blond kids Arab names like “Malek” and assume that the target audience won’t notice. (Japs are oblivious, but are they really THAT oblivious? Was this show written and produced by embittered Korean immigrants to Japan?)
Meanwhile, back in reality:
The globalist politicians want to wipe out ethnic unity because they believe a mongrel populace will be easier to dominate. The immigrants are told that they are morally superior. The immigrants are smart enough to see that they have friends in high places – and currently immigrants in Europe are pushing as hard as they can to get whatever they can.
They might succeed in the short run, by wiping out the European gene pool, but that’s a topic for another time.
So it looks like one of the wimpy, less-like-able characters is going to be an incompetent protagonist.
I understand that we don’t always want super-competent heroes. If every good guy were as staunch as Captain Harlock or Black Jack, anime would be a lot more boring for grown-ups. But this guy gets beaten up an awful lot, and his reaction is to cry about how much he loves his friends but doesn’t have the power to protect them. Apparently lots of viewers were writing in suggesting that he commit seppuku, because in this episode we learn why he continues to struggle for survival, even though he’s disgusting and pathetic.
At least the syrupy cringe leads to a “moral of the story.” I love stories that are coherent enough to argue for some kind of lesson, even if the lesson is a stupid Space Whale Aesop. Here, the moral of the story appears to be relevant, although not good enough to justify this horrible episode.
I like the fact that the heroic figure has feet of clay. I like the fact that he wasn’t always a superhero, and he has some horrible psychological issues to work through. But he really needs to power up, or level up, or man up, or something. The second half of this series had better have him learning to accept his inner badass, or else this show is going to suck. I am pretty sure I can see where they are going with all of this. The love interest is going to fix his broken heart, and the immigrants will get a happy ending. That would be the cliche way to write it, and the writers appear to lack talent, so they will probably go for cliche. (Even Episode 12, which was good, was a fairly standard zombie action movie cliches mixed with some war movie tropes.)