Until last night I hadn’t watched any Ideon for roughly two years and ten months. Too long, I think.
The adventurousness of it all is what’s pleasing me most. I feel like the screen’s sending me messages along the lines of
- Cheer! As giant war machines clash in the depths of hyperspace!
- Gasp! At the grotesque lifeforms of a crystal world!
- Weep! For the champion killed by unthinking beasts!
There’s a lot here that comes across as pretty odd, though. For example— well, Zeta Gundam is noted for all the personal violence between characters, and that’s absurd, sure. But there’s a scene in the tenth episode of Ideon in which two characters exchange at least seven slaps to the face mechanically, like puppets. (I say ‘at least’ because it’s implied they continue after we leave the scene.)