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Harleyquin



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:57 am Reply with quote
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This arc ends with a reunion with Father Julia and the priests using the fairy tales to get to the bottom of the counterfeiting mystery (whilst saving their lives to boot). As this is an adaptation of an existing manga work, it's clear that the central arc holding these mysteries together is the opposition between the Vatican's examiners and the shadowy Galdouane clan.

Next week ends the adaptation. Not sure if Hiiraga's brother is ailing because of natural causes or due to the machinations of the organisation. It should be a simple one-off episode closing everything off. If the franchise fans buy into this adaptation they'll get the sequel they want, those interested in what happens afterwards can always follow the series in its printed format.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:25 am Reply with quote
#12 End

A connect-the-dots episode for the few scenes shown at the start of the series which didn't really make sense beyond Roberto's reminiscences. Like the one-off episode featuring the man cursed to fulfil his wishes regardless of his intentions, Ryota has a trio of mysterious beings who stalk him and inform him of things he probably wouldn't want to hear.

The episode (and the series in general) is geared towards readers of the source material who took a liking to the characters and the plot settings aired to date. Definitely not to everyone's taste, but the animators have left the door open to future adaptations assuming this series sells well on home release.

Personally I thought some of the mysteries could have been better handled, along with the presentation methods used. Although not what I'd originally expected when I started it, I've stuck to the end. Perhaps it's best to remember the series as light campy entertainment designed not to strain brain cells for viewers watching each episode.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:04 pm Reply with quote
Well that was something. I just can't tell what the point might have been. The end I don't even think managed to be cute as they call it a miracle, which seemed to be a psychopath giving his brother experimental drugs, said that they don't want to sully it by looking into it, and then finish off by thanking god. It felt kind of tone death. Is it just normal that doctors in some famous Belgium hospital to accept drugs from random priests to give to children without any consent from family? Josef expressed how hurt he was that he was not informed about his mother's illness before it was too late, and his brother seemed to take it that he should keep secrets from him? Was Ryouta seeing angels, psychic or largely suffering from delusions that happened to become true?

I really wanted to like this series, for it be an interesting creepy show, but it just ran off the rails. Running off the rails meant starting off with Nazis with HItlers son recovered from his frozen body, then unexplained disease that make monkeys blood turn into rubber, and lastly it was subterranean evil society with the miracle explained as cocaine being a hell of a drug. With side stories of creepy Santa, and homoerotic book club starring kid with brain tumour. Okay, that last bit probably sounds insensitive, and not a nice thing to say. Honestly I actually kind of liked the way too close to be normal priest friendship, with Josef always wanting to eat Roberto's pasta. Is it weird to say it was kind of cute?

But this show was not good, I think it dumped goodwill that anyone could take it seriously after the first arc, barring I would say a couple cool atmosphere or a good jump scare, and I don't think could even pull off mystery well, with weird jumps in logic that audience could not foresee. There was a villain, but he has a really iffy part in the show, in the last arc the main characters tried to explain his actions away that he did not want to hurt them, kid of forgiving him, and the last episode he apparently saves the day. If they wanted him to be some sort of Moriarty, they did not do a very good job.

I made excuses for the show while watching it, and generally it still let me down. I give a rating of Not really good (4/10), yeah I was saying it was bad, but I did not find it a total waste of time, which in ways could just be me.
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