Musaigen no Phantom World – 07

pw71

Aaaaaand I think I’ve about had my fill of Phantom World! It’s a show with lush visuals beyond reproach that for some reason seems intent on out-twee-ing and out-moe-ing itself with each passing week. This week, which opens with the seventeen-millionth adoption of Schrodinger’s Cat in an anime (and presented as if it’s being used for the first time), and devolves from there, was the breaking point.

pw72

When the kitten of one of Kurumi’s friends goes missing, everyone at school starts acting like, then slowly transforming into, cats. Due to Haruhiko’s pre-OP explanation, we knew this was what was happening, but it still takes the crew, including Haruhiko himself, one entire half of the episode to figure it out.

pw73

Look, the sight of a whole school of students curling up and napping, or Mai and Reina stretching like felines, or getting excited by fish or toys is cute and all, but there isn’t any substance to any of it. It’s just pure eye candy, and the characters are just along for the ride. I frankly just couldn’t roll with it this time.

pw74

Their investigations, if you want to call it that, lead them to a bizarrely abandoned mansion near the school (why?) and the gang ends up hopelessly lost, their senses inundated with confusingly trippy scenes. These visuals would be a lot more engaging if there was anything profound behind them, but it seems the artists just wanted to draw cool stuff, and stuffed it all into this episode with a cat theme slapped on.

pw75

They finally determine the entire mansion is a giant cat-house phantom, which is manifested in a form lifted straight out of Howl’s Moving Castle. How does the lost and quickly catifying group overcome this phantom? All too easily and neatly, unfortunately. Kurumi literally meows at it to give up the kitten in drew in, and the phantom just kinda vanishes, apparently satisfied…for some reason. It sure went through a lot of trouble only to fold like a cheap catsuit!

This was a mansion owned by a wealthy couple that loved cats, and after they died, you expect me to believe their valuable property was simply left to rot? Why wasn’t the building inherited by someone, or fall into public trust or something? How is it they’re able to clean the place up so quickly, when it had sat abandoned and dilapidated for years? You expect me to believe some mops and elbow grease will fix the foundation, wiring, plumbing, etc.?

You see, I’m so disenchanted with this show, I’m resorting to bestowing unfairly lofty expectations of practical logic on it. Definitely time to say so long and thanks for all the fish.

5_mag

Advertisements

Author: magicalchurlsukui

Preston Yamazuka is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

5 thoughts on “Musaigen no Phantom World – 07”

  1. It’s funny that this episode really grinds my gears because I’m in the home remodeling business hahaha. One does not simply fix up a house like that! It takes work and expertise.

    1. I could buy smaller-scale cleanups in Howl’s Moving Castle or Kiki’s Delivery Service, but not in this case. I hope Kurumi got her tetanus booster!

  2. I wish this blog would match its numerical ratings to the tone and content of its articles. Is there really anything ‘fine’ about this episode? Either I’m not supposed to believe you hate it as much as you do in the content of the review, or I have to accept that such a rating is meant to signify a lower score than it states.

    Either option makes for an impression of laziness and the anime blogosphere’s silly mode of thinking where ‘fine’ equals ‘bad’.

    1. In retrospect, “Fine” is too generous for this episode, especially considering the tone of my article. Rather, this was more of an average episode. Technically it’s as tight and ambitious as it’s been thorughout the run. The animation was great, the music was good, the voice acting was fine. Everything else about it was either average or bad. So I feel a 5 or “average” is a fair compromise.

      Fine is a strange word. If you’re talking about fine china, fine means high quality. If you’re talking about your day, fine is typically only a little better than average. Our “fine”, which we lifted from MyAnimeList, is tied to the latter definition. But you are correct that “fine” rarely means “bad”, and it was not my intent to imply that with my initial rating.

      As for the impression of laziness, well, I cannot plead innocence on that point. I write reviews for fun, in my spare time. It is by definition leisure to me, not work. Sometimes I know the rating of an episode before the halfway point, sometimes I don’t know it until I’m done writing the review. I also take into consideration how I rated previous episodes, so there are times when shows are rated on a curve. There’s a lot more gut than math in the process.

      However, while this is just for fun, I still try to do a good job. When I feel it’s simply time to say adios to a show, it can be particularly hard to write about, since I’ve kinda just checked out on it. But effort is still needed. As the seasons progress, I am always striving to put more thought into ratings as they relate to the words written above them, and I regret any confusion or diminished enjoyment from reading my reviews as a result of my failure to reconcile the two.

      Thanks for your thoughts!

      1. Thanks for the reply, and the amendment. I think ‘average’, despite being an on-the-fence position, carries with it a tone of negativity that now really fits the article. We never want our entertainment to be average, and indeed, a lot of the things that could make (and sometimes have made ) Myriad Colours great that remained this week are shallow without substance of plot to prop them up, making for a very ‘meh’ experience.

Comments are closed.