Punch Line, From the New World

Punch Line

Punch Line is a comedy show about seeing lots of panties. Unfortunately, it isn’t very funny, and there aren’t many panties.

It tries to emulate the frenetic style of FLCL, and it certainly does in the first episode. After that, things slow way, way down until they nearly screech to a halt.

The main character is a kid who lives as a ghost. His spirit inhabits a — I don’t know what, halfway house, I guess — that is populated by several cute, busty chicks. One of them turns out to be a robot for some reason. One is a huge pop-star (and moonlights as a super hero), but lives in this dump with a bunch of other losers.

Any time one of these hot chicks flashes her panties, the kid gets excited, his nose squirts blood, and the world explodes. Fortunately, the world is reset, otherwise, it would be a pretty short anime.

Despite a unique and crazy premise, they don’t do anything with it. Instead of zany antics set in a Groundhog Day-style world, they have the kid fucking around with cinnamon, avoiding looking at panties (huge mistake for a panties show), and fretting over stupid shit. And one of the girls owns a pet bear. WTF, guys?

Verdict: Shitty

From the New World

I really wanted to like this. Really. I did. But I didn’t. Because it sucked.

I had read nothing but praise for From the New World. But it’s the kind of show that doesn’t know what the fuck it wants to be about.

It starts out in this weirdo version of the future where there is no technology, everyone has psychic powers, and, for some reason, everyone lives a lifestyle not unlike that of feudal Japan. Only the Japanese would be narcissistic enough to think that the people of the future would live like they did in feudal Japan.

Anyway, we follow a bunch of children (naturally) who have psychic powers. They begin to investigate the disappearance of their classmates. When children go missing, suddenly no one remembers them. There is some mind-control shit going on. Their investigation leads them to find some “lost technology” which is an AI library shaped like a translucent pig (facepalm).

The kids quickly forget all about their missing classmates and get involved in a conflict between factions of giant sentient rats. Fast forward several years, and the kids are grown up (12 years old – that’s grown up in Japan) and investigating another mystery. They forget about that one, too. Fast forward a few more years (now they are ancient adults, like 20 years old or something) and all of society goes to war with the giant rats.

A bunch of characters die, but it’s impossible to care. That’s really the underlying problem with this series. None of the characters give you any reason to care about them. As much as I wanted to care about them, they gave me nothing to work with. They are lifeless husks moving a disjointed story along. There is nothing to latch onto to make you emotionally invested.

Plus, they start and stop a bunch of plotlines that go nowhere.

Verdict: Shitty

10 Responses to “Punch Line, From the New World”

  1. 1 RogerSmith2004
    February 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I’ve never seen Shinsekai Yori, but from what I know, people praise the show for its themes and story, not for its characters.

    I did watch Punch Line, though, and that crap was utterly convoluted. I appreciated the show for trying to do more than just be an ecchi show, but it pulled a really bad bait-and-switch. The whole body swap thing made no sense, and the show just wasn’t good.

    • February 8, 2016 at 10:40 am

      The story is part of the problem. There is no consistent through-line for the entire series. Storylines start and stop, and only the final one has any sort of resolution. Even then, it was pretty cheesy.

  2. 3 Star Fox
    February 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    You REALLY ought to watch Steven Universe by now. It’s got great characters, and while episodic, its story gets deeper the longer you stick with it. It’s a million times better than Shin Sekai Yori. In fact, SU is getting WAY more attention than SSY now.

    • 4 Mega Man
      February 8, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      I totally agree with Fox McCloud here. SU and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are both getting another season of pure awesomeness! When’s the last time ANYONE saw a new episode of Shin Sekai Yori?

      • 7 Star Fox
        February 9, 2016 at 2:09 pm

        Yup. Steven lives with the awesome Crystal Gems, who always save the day. And if you think they can’t, they always find a way! That’s why the people of this world believe in Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. And STEVEN! A single Gem has more depth than the entire SSY cast put together.

  3. February 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    These are manga, right? Or anime? You know, I’ve never been able to tell the difference, or been interested enough to even care. One day I hope to have my outlook on Japanimation shifted enough to watch some of these movies and shows.

    • February 9, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Easy way to tell the difference: anime is a cartoon, manga is a comic book.

      If you ever want some easy, gateway anime films let me know, I know of several I think you would enjoy.

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