I actually put this show on indefinite hold after watching episode 14. Never mind the suddenness of Estrades’ turn to madness, and the idiocy of the Verdhana nobles. It’s Fan Hulic disappearing to yet another soul-searching expedition that did me in. Now Kaioshin Sama is real upset about episode 15, and I don’t blame him. It’s TERRIBLE, perhaps not in an absolute sense, but rather (in my case) a further irreconcilable departure to how I wanted the show to be like.
IN B4 “THIS WASN’T MEANT TO BE ANOTHER LEGEND OF THE GALACTIC HEROES.” Sure, I concede that. Nonetheless, I wanted Tytania to have a similar feel, a dignity about itself that LoGH carried itself with. I’ve little doubt that Tytania wants to take itself seriously, and this is where it fails, because it’s stupid.
Like Kaioshin Sama said in his rant, Bal’ami and Fan both retreated to their caves to be comforted by their lolis in this episode. He denied the episodes very existence. Well, it exists.
Fan Hulic’s fanboys are delusional. This ‘Ph.D’ character is shoehorned in to intellectualize/legitimize the Fan worship among the cast, without Fan having to do anything brilliant really.
Show don’t tell. Fan Hulic’s reputation does more work for him than he actually does himself. After all, Lira still died, and he managed to get that close to Alses because Tytania was/is stupid. And yet, we’ve been consistently fed with how awesome Fan is from almost every character and faction. Characters seem to exist in the text to make Fan look good (gratuitous tennis reference: like Andy Roddick seems to be put on Earth to make Roger Federer look like a genius).
SO DAMN LAME. The Fan and Lira love story’s sauce is so weak enough to begin with, and yet the narrative continues to be shaped by it. No thanks.
But what really brought on this Lira reminiscing and song/dance number? It’s magic pellets and a real singing and dancing loli. After reading a supposedly heart-felt poem left by her mother (which could’ve worked as a dramatic picker-upper), the show squanders the moment anyway. The song and dance itself is nothing to write home about. Re-watch Macross Frontier episode 12 if you want an awesome loli singing and dancing.
I can’t stop anyone from being entertained by this lameness, but I certainly am not.
Kaioshin Sama denied the existence of this episode, stating that Tytania immediately leapt from episode 14 to 16. However, there is something that happened that makes me willing to legitimize the existence of the show. Ariabart acknowledged the status quo use of Tytania’s tactics to preserve its future, and Jouslain acknowledged that ARIABART IS THE PERSON TO LEAD TYTANIA TO THE FUTURE. Yes, this is what I predicted (link: http://ghostlightning.wordpress.com/2008/11/28/tytani/).
If Jouslain proves me right, I will re-watch all 26 episodes from the beginning. I promise.
I’ve dropped this series. Anybody can tell me how wrong I am when the series is done and it actually turned out awesome.