I don’t know how the cringeworthy writing of El Cazador de la Bruja happened. Maybe the writers were female feminists. Maybe they were male feminists. However, their bad writing is an indictment of heavy-handed feminist fantasy politicizing. Typically I would complain that this killed the pacing and excitement and plot, but honestly, this show didn’t have much excitement and suffered from slow pacing anyway. It was too slow moving to be an adventure story and too violent to be a slice-of-life drama.
The show had some decent mechanical designs, but they didn’t get enough screen time.
You have to watch it all the way to the end to see the pseudo-Aztec stuff. You might decide that it’s not worth the bother.
Yes, I finished watching El Cazador de la Bruja.
Was it worth those few hours of my life?
I stopped watching in 2014, and finished at the very end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019. So it is not a show that motivated me to come back at least once a week to see what would happen next.
Most of the show used very minimal, low-fantasy “magic” but the ending pulled the stops out. It became evident that the writers had no grand ideas about how their “magic” worked.
The writers earned my hatred by underusing a very promising character: L.A.
I will dump some spoilers so don’t read further if that is a problem for you.
Episode 14 has a small, not unfixable plot hole.
We have a girl who is being kept prisoner, and has been a prisoner since she was a baby. She gets one day in which she goes to the outside world for the first time. She presumably doesn’t have any pocket money with which to get wrapping paper.
Nonetheless, she presents her beloved caregiver with a wrapped present. Even if she didn’t have to buy anything – even if the contents were leaves and rocks gathered from the yard – where did she get the wrapping paper?
That being said, this episode has a lot of good quotes, such as the one below.
The stereotypical gas-mask-wearing mooks are a little bit ridiculous. Continue reading
Space Dandy Episode 5 is there to tell us that Dandy is a lousy warrior, a lousy adventurer, but a decent guy who would make a good father.
The ending credits of El Cazador de la Bruja have a cat with a sniper rifle.
Maybe he might wink.
I have a limited amount of engagement with Michiko to Hatchin. For the most part it strikes me as an exercise in Sledgehammer Wangst.
One of Kurt Vonnegut’s rules of writing is that every character should want something, even if it’s only something as simple as a glass of water.
Ellis, the blonde girl in El Cazador de la Bruja, has a profoundly bland personality because she was raised in isolation. So far as the audience can tell, Ellis doesn’t want much of anything.
Ellis, the blonde girl in the pic, is a main character, and the viewer might be excused for ignoring her bland personality. So in Episode 9, the writers decide to hit the viewers over the head with some blunt characterization about goals.
I’m getting chased, and I don’t really like getting chased. Those guys behind me have guns…
When most people think “bounty hunter,” they might think of Faye Valentine:
But in fact, it’s surprisingly easy to over-use the “bounty hunter” trope, because it imposes very few restrictions on the writers.