Disclaimer: I'm an anime only fan, so I will not bring in any light novel comparisons or manga. I will rate the anime on its own merits in my own opinion. Just letting you know if you are looking for a different review with a particular emphasis.
I find the 3rd anime confusing. This is why I'm hesitant to review the anime as I did reviews for the previous seasons
Here's my attempt since I don't think anyone else in Anime Vice will review it. We have a small group of folks reviewing anime. As you get more seasons for a franchise, it takes a person to invest in a lot of time.
I did wish I rewatch the previous seasons just to refresh my memory and keep track of the characters. I don't think it made much difference as it was hard to keep track of the massive cast, various groups and alliances, and jargon. This franchise - it's hard to distinguish between magic and science when magic is mostly rooted in religious cults.
To summarize season 3, here's a table of the main characters whom I believe were the main focus: the three male characters and their main heroines/love interests/person they want to protect if it's arguably platonic. While their heroines especially Index has less spotlight and character development, the male characters: Touma, Accelerator, and Shiage had development over the arcs in Academy City before going to the countries: England and Russia. Shiage is the only one who didn't go to England. Accelerator and Shiage had an interesting evolution in which they switch "methods". Accelerator didn't accept being a hero but he eventually accept being a hero, his black wings became white. Shiage who wanted to protect Rikou and became a target by Aleister used more and more violent methods in the end such as shooting the men dead and torturing a woman.
Summary of my thoughts: Pacing and Characterization Issues
All studios have a lot of anime on their plate. The franchise's light novel original source material is difficult to adapt. You could go slow or fast, expand or condense/cut an arc. No matter what the pacing was, you had to make sure the content was going to accommodate the pacing. For me, the anime was fast and pack a lot of things into its arcs which made it hard for me to sympathize with the characters. They name every Tom, Dick, and Harry character who were going to die and give them short bios like Bleach's issues. The villains are hard for me to connect if their motives and backstories weren't convincing for me. Example would be Fiamma's motive which was just ecoterrorism and church cult brainwash. It didn't match his character or made it compelling enough to fit in the world. There were many factions with goals of their own. Fiamma's lofty goal feels off.
Saturation in the Franchise
Accelerator has his own anime and same goes for Misaka, yet it was odd Accelerator has a lot of presence compared to Misaka who didn't do much just like Index. I know titular characters aren't always main characters. Index is someone Touma wants to protect, so she can't be just reduced to a damsel in distress. The franchise itself has an opportunity to expand on characters in its mythos with spin off series on different characters. For Index III, it's confusing. Who are you focusing on? I thought it was Touma and Index.
For the battles, I felt it was emotionless and a lot of jargon so I can't really enjoy it. Animation has a lot of CG and photoshop textures. Marshal Victory told me about the backseat. I know folks hate friendship and nakama talks, but the franchise uses it but doesn't execute it right. It serves as the driving fuel for the main characters especiall Accelerator whose battles often win by just overpowering the enemy (or it could be Kanzaki, the swordswoman who defeated Acqua with the power of her friends). Touma just punches his enemies. I could be exaggerating how bad the battles are due to my memory isn't fresh and I'm not a fan of the battles. There could been strategy or something, but it was all lost on me trying to figure out their "science" and "magic."
With a massive cast, it will hard to balance characters. I think the French side in magic and religion were the least developed group. There wasn't much problem with science. I think Index favors science even though Railgun and Accelerator should be science based.
Despite all the problems, I still like the season and like the franchise. It will have an effect on Accelerator and Railgun anime. The anime often helps to get money for the franchise and its staff. Not really sure about the manga and light novel. They won't benefit if the anime doesn't do well.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT