Just so’s no one can accuse me of burying the headline, I’m dropping it.
For now, at least. But given how much virtual ink I’ve spilled over Shigatsu’s first four eps, I didn’t think it was right to do so without at least a final summation.
In short, if you’ve read my posts over the past month, there shouldn’t be much of a need for explanation. All of the stuff I said – that’s why. I find myself getting irritated with the show every time it trips one of those switches, and that’s a downward spiral from which there’s rarely an escape.
I’m as bummed at this as I have been over giving up on any series in a long time. I had such high hopes for Shigatsu – it’s a NoitaminA show and there’s so little new anime this year that really seemed to have potential to be special. This is a loss that really hurts. But after five episodes I’ve decided that this series’ worldview is just too fucked up for me. It’s a bizarro world except one that’s not played for absurdity – all the terrible ideas are great ideas, blame is cast in exactly the wrong places and the worst behavior is glorified as the best. And it takes that which should be complex and difficult and paints it in darkest black and whitest white.
And it’s not funny – not even remotely. Which is a problem, as it clearly thinks it is.
I am going to keep watching for now (though I had to regroup a couple of times in order to get through this episode) just in case, miraculously, there’s some kind of depth or even basic common sense in Shigatsu that hasn’t revealed itself yet. And because for all that I hate about it, in the first two episodes (and even occasionally afterwards) it delivered some of the most powerful moments of the season. I may even blog about an episode, if that or something similarly unexpected happens – I already have a label for it after all (that’ll teach me to jump the gun). But for now, I’m done – as depressed as that makes me.