Its sorta hard to predict how any anime by Studio Bones is going to turn out. Sometimes they could end up being rather passable, or even incredibly memorable and well written (i.e Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Darker than Black). On the other hand, they could end up being complete and utter failures (i.e Zetsuen no Tempest). Noragami fits nicely between the two; a mediator amidst the good and the bad.
Warning! Proceed with caution ole curious traveller for this critique contains spoilers! Yea no, I’m not kidding. There are spoilers here…
Sicario was a bit of an odd duck back in 2015. It didn’t feel like most action films released during that time, what with its unique direction, nihilistic touches and disturbing content. Quite frankly, you could almost label it an “anti-blockbuster.” Whereas flicks like the Bond movies, the Mission Impossible series and even r rated instalments such as Dredd and Mad Max Fury Road, aimed to satisfy audiences with adrenaline filled action and death defying stunts, this wasn’t necessarily the case with the first entry in the aptly named “Sicario Saga.” Here, violence was dirty, consequential, demoralizing. It never glorified it, even when it came to showcasing gang members being peppered with bullets. As cliché as it sounds, I remember it like it was yesterday. Swaths of movie goers sat there shocked and silent as they were exposed to its nihilistic portrayal of cartels and warfare.
It’s been a while since we’ve got an anime that veers away from the usual cliches and tropes found in nearly every single show nowadays. I’m talking about the endless sea of moe chicks, pointless infodumps, girls getting their clothes ripped to shreds, spiky haired caricatures screaming their lungs out and so on. Therefore, it’s refreshing to see a show that tries to veer away from its roots and gather its inspiration from another medium instead: gangster films.
Recently I stumbled across a horror flick that seemed to garner a lot of polarizing opinions regarding its overall quality. That film was “It Comes at Night.” Directed by Trey Edward Shults, it’s a thriller exploring the human condition during an apocalyptic scenario.