Juuni Taisen — First Impressions

Zodiac animals murder each other for no good reason.

I felt like this was just kind of sick and gratuitous. People volunteer to go into a 12 way battle royale where only one person / animal is left standing. Normally in deathmatch anime (yes, I can’t believe that’s a genre…) the characters are at least nominally forced to kill people against their will, so you can root for somebody / everybody to survive. Here it’s clear that everyone is a sack of shit, since they all signed up to murder each other. So why should I care who lives and who dies? I won’t be particularly upset if they all die. Based on what we’ve seen so far, it looks like the rest of the world would be much better off without these people anyway.

I think I’ll pass.

7 thoughts on “Juuni Taisen — First Impressions

  1. Uh, I’m surprised, I thought you’d enjoy something this trashy. It’s ridiculously over the top and full of terrible people (well, for now – I imagine one or two might get a treatment where we find out they have serious motives for being here. There IS a magically granted wish as a reward after all), but how can one not be enthralled by the image of a crazy necromancer wearing a mankini, using two machetes and sporting a fluffy bunny tail as big as him?

    1. I wondered when the Killer Rabbit from Monty Python & the Holy Grail got an image upgrade.
      “That’s no ordinary rabbit! That’s the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!”

    2. It was ridiculous, and I feel like I should enjoy this too… I’m going to give it another shot next weekend. I don’t know, the first episode just didn’t click with me. I do like crazy characters, but I need some reason to be invested in them or at least in somebody in the show. These ones are, so far, just crazy for the sake of being crazy.

  2. Well, it IS based on a Nisioisin novel.
    Designs are interesting though – it’s by the mangaka who did Arakawa Under the Bridge and Saint Young Men.

    1. Huh. I guess I should have a bit more faith in it… probably the other characters have to be more interesting than the one who died this week. This week’s person was just wtf, what an ass. Oh she died? Great!

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