The show that most came to mind with this prompt was 11Eyes.
The main plot is very interesting. A group of teenagers are suddenly thrust into an alternate version of their world that is signified by a blood red sky and blackened moon. They never know when they’ll be shifted into the Red Night or brought back home. It happens randomly.
In this reality, they realize that they each have strange powers. One of them can summon and utilize a variety of different swords, another controls fire, another has a sociopathic superhuman fighting machine alter ego, etc. They soon encounter the Black Knights who similarly have powers and want to kill the group. Mysteries surround the Red Night, including the introduction of a girl who looks nearly identical to the main character, Kakeru’s, deceased sister, and an imprisoned girl named Lisellotte who begs to be freed.
The premise looked very intriguing to me, and the first few episodes had me locked in…..but wow did that go downhill fast. Many elements of the show really aren’t that bad, and I quite enjoyed many characters such as Takahisa, Yukiko and Misuzu, and the battle between Misuzu and one of the black knights, Superbia, was quite memorable, even if Misuzu went through a period of useless lumpness near the tail end of the series.
Yuka and the ending demolished this entire series for me, though.
Yuka is Kakeru’s childhood friend who obviously has a crush on him and clings to him like a small child with a teddy bear. Since Yuka’s powers are not shown until the very end, she’s essentially an entirely useless character outside of being damsel in distress bait for a majority of the series. But she’s a main character! What do!?
I know! Let’s have her be a crazy psychotic jealous bitch out of nowhere!
Kakeru and Misuzu start getting closer because she’s trying to train him to fight and utilize his powers, and Yuka doesn’t like that. She starts getting insanely jealous and goes off the deep end fast. And when I say she goes off the deep end I mean she licks blood off of Misuzu because she saw Kakeru do it, not knowing what they were doing, starts talking to a stuffed penguin like it’s Kakeru, gives zero shits about the safety of anyone else but Kakeru (Not reading into it. She says it straight out) and there was that little instance of attempted murder when she sneaks a RAZOR BLADE INTO MISUZU’S TEA!
Fans of the show seem to justify her insane and terrible behavior by saying Kakeru’s all she has left in the world and she felt like he was abandoning her, but screw you, no. Her being upset and jealous at believing she’s losing Kakeru to Misuzu, understandable. Her even going a little nutso because of it and talking to stuffed penguins, fine. Being an obsessed, uncaring, psychopathic attempted murdering bitch because of it? No.
Did I mention that Lisellotte’s the main villain and Yuka frees her from her prison for absolutely no reason whatsoever? Because there’s that too.
And for those believing Kakeru is indeed an ass because of this, he’s really not. Even after Yuka’s seemingly dead, he refuses to let himself get emotionally close to Misuzu because he believes it’s a betrayal to Yuka. Iffy physical stuff happens between them, but it’s basically ‘the plot said so’ because it’s stuff meant to make him stronger…..even if one of those things is just flatout sex…..This is show is dumb. Good premise. Dumb execution.
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Great premise, dumb execution. I hate when that happens. Also Yuka sounds unbearable.
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She’s one of my most hated anime characters ever. She’s useless, is doing terrible things when she’s actually active and is still treated like ‘aw poor baby, she’s such a wounded angel’
If she was gone from the series, it would be 1000x better. The ending would still be dumb and cheap, but at least the series as a whole would be better written and more enjoyable. Plus Kakeru and Misuzu just work a lot better as a couple, and they’re not that ‘we’re a couple because we’re close childhood friends’ trope.
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Horrible people being treated with kid gloves annoy me so much! Let them experience the consequences of their actions and don’t baby them.
Well, at least you know who you can add for Day 7 or 12
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Have you ever considered writing an 11Eyes canon rewrite fanfic without Yuka?
Also, how does Yuka compare to Miaka? Or that girl in some anime you reviewed (can’t find it) who was in a new life every day and was, according to you, less interesting than cardboard?
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I’d consider doing that, but I haven’t wrote fanfiction in over a decade and I was never really good at it lol. I’d be willing to read one like that, though.
Miaka is really just annoying. I can’t think of many instances where she does stuff that is really bad, per se. She always tends to have good intentions, even during that one time where she was going to sleep with Nakago (an enemy), her intentions were good as she believed she had to do that due to being tricked by him.
She can be brave and noble sometimes, but more often than not this bravery and nobility end up in a need for rescue, making her a really annoying damsel in distress with a whole reverse harem of guys to constantly come to her rescue.
Heroine from Amnesia? Rrrgh, they’re both similar levels of frustrating. Again, at least I can say Heroine never does anything malicious or even bad….but that’s only because she never does ANYTHING.
She’s definitely more useless than Yuka. At least Yuka has powers and does things, but if she were ever in a room with them I could put a lampshade on Heroine’s head and pretend she’s not there.
Yuka, on the other hand, I’d feel the urge to punch. I believe Heroine gets on my nerves more because I honestly can’t even look at her on screen without getting agitated, but Yuka’s more hateworthy.
I can definitely see why you would feel that way even though I haven’t seen that particular series. Some anime I can think of that I wanted to like, but couldn’t stand would be Saikano or some of the GITS: Arise prequels.
Saikano has a great concept, but Chise cries EVERY SINGLE EPISODE and the ending doesn’t help. Even freaking Usagi Tsukino wasn’t THAT much of a crybaby! This was also one of the worst roles for Fumiko Orikasa (Hikari from Haibane Renmei and Rukia from Bleach). I know a lot of people liked that anime, but I wasn’t as much of a fan I also had the problem with the character designs. It’s one thing to go for more of a simplistic edge, but the guys look like they’re in their late 20s and 30s while the girls look like they’re still in elementary school which really skeeved me out when it came to the art style.
GITS: Arise does have some good films in that series, but the quality is quite variable and nowhere near as good as the original film or Stand Alone Complex. I think the 3rd or 4th film has a plot point where there are cybernetic legs that were for sale and some got smuggled. The company in universe was called Mermaid’s Leg or something like that. One of their products was known as the Ariel unit which made me facepalm. An anime series that has referenced classic literature and philosophers just resorted to Disney references and not even a clever one! What a poor unfortunate choice of naming things…
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