Every now and then I get this unaccountable urge to mention anime that is actually still airing, so here’s a remark on the unremarkable Asura Cryin’.
If you want to watch anime — not to watch a particular kind or quality of anime, but simply to sit and think ‘Yes, I am most certainly consuming Japanese cartoons’ — then I must recommend Asura Cryin’, the meze of the current season. It presents a wide selection of the things I associate with anime: a sprinkling of mechanical war machines, the odd magical superpower, a dash of conspiracy, a mild case of amnesia, brief moments of fanservice, a threat to the very existence of the world, an incipient harem (seasoned, naturally, with a pinch of moe) and the inevitable school (I’m sure I’ve travelled, nonplussed, through far more fictional Japanese schools than real British ones). It’s quite entertaining.
So, if you’re busy but not picky, save yourself some time and just watch this. Mediocrity can epitomise an industry just as well as — perhaps better than — excellence, and Asura Cryin’ covers everything else that’s airing quite well. Except for the new Mazinger, of course, but that doesn’t so much ‘air’ as ‘rampage out from the television screen in a pyroclastic flow of sublimity’.