「裸の王様」 (Hadaka no Oosama)
“A Naked King”
I’m not going to make this a long post, for one simple reason. If I still have to explain why I’m dropping this show after the past five write-ups, something is seriously wrong. Honestly this week was pretty much the drop-dead moment, the last chance for the series to pull back from the gaping maw of infuriating preposterousness. Clearly, that did not happen – it took the course I feared it would rather than the one I’d hoped. And my experience in cases like this is screaming loud and clear – nothing good can come from dragging this out any further, so get out now.
This I will say – losing Kaze ga Tsuyoku hurts. A lot. There have not been a couple of shows this year that were in my top tier of expectations that have been flame-outs for me, and as the schedule gets more and more generic and predictable and truly notable series fewer and farther between, those hurt all the more. There’s not much margin for error for me in an average anime season these days – the pool of potentially elite shows is so shallow that every one of them has to pan out for the season to be a decent one. Like every season Fall 2018 has some decent series and even a couple really good ones, but it could ill afford to have a Production I.G. adaptation of a novel by Miura Shion have feet of clay.
Dammit, King – you were my last hope. It wasn’t much of a hope, I admit, but I clung to it – perhaps someone in this series would finally give Haiji the reckoning he deserves and wipe the slate clean. Didn’t happen, and Miura made it unmistakable clear where she stands on Haiji with this episode’s events. Truthfully, I haven’t been this annoyed by a series’ skewed perspective since Shigatsu – I suppose it’s only the shows that have the potentially to be so much more that have the power to annoy and disappoint us in that particular way. It is what it is – there’s always next season (which this series will be a part of, of course) – and hopefully the series at the top of the expectations pile actually justify those expectations.