Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Yoakena: Insane Rant Full of Hatred
About the best thing I can say for Yoakena is that it's over--which is something I don't say about much anime. You can say my standards are low, or what have you, but it takes a lot for me to dislike an anime series. There are types of anime that I don't watch for the most part, like mecha, but if there's even a shred of romance/comedy potential I'll watch it. I'm not proud to admit it, but this season I'm even watching Lovely Idol. Yoakena in some ways was set up to fail the moment I saw the CGs--AugustSoft seems to have an uncanny ability to come up with character designs that are so moe they threaten to make your monitor, yourself, and anything within 100 feet of them spotaneously burst into flames. When I first heard it was being animated, I was excited just because I liked Hanihani, which is also from AugustSoft--Hanihani's plot gets a little out there, but I really liked the characters and was hoping Yoakena's anime could pull the same thing off, or even better. Little did I know...
I could post an endless stream of botched images from the anime (with the exception of episode 1), but I think the 4-koma from danbooru above is all the example I can stomach. Sure, anime artwork is never going to be the same level as a still CG, but it's like they didn't even TRY. When you have a series that let's face it, focuses on bishoujo, it should be common sense not to draw them like you're drawing Hideous Mutant Slugs from the Planet Fugly. I'd rather they'd just panned slowly over the CGs for twenty minutes than watch the eye-searing cross-eyed, square-headed, deformed monstrosities that the cast became. If they didn't have the budget to do a decent job on a 12 episode series, do an OVA instead--sure, short OVAs tend to give side characters the shaft, but you can still come up with a decent story, just look at Mizuiro.
I started Yoakena hoping for decent (Hanihani-level, I wasn't expecting Kyoani) animation, a good story, and a love triangle with at least a little drama--but instead got...a mess. The sad thing is I like the characters enough, that I can't honestly say I hated the anime, overall it was still worth watching. Once.