The ironically named Lightning Light.

Ginga e Kickoff episode 14 surprised me. Avvesione had some interesting criticism of Jormungand; in a show that features brutal violence and murders in every episode, the show was very poor in showing the consequences of violence, because the viewpoint characters never suffer the consequences. Without seeing the viewpoint characters suffer, the violence has an unreal quality to it, and is a bit difficult to take seriously.

Somehow Ginga e Kickoff, a show with a much lighter tone that is clearly aimed at kids, showed that it can deliver that kind of impact. In a previous episode we learned that the coach had quit soccer, and turned to drink, when a kid on the team he was coaching suffered a brain injury during play. The brilliant thing here was that we got to see that years later the kid is still suffering from serious visual impairment. Consequences are real; they don’t conveniently go away just because we like the characters. Bad things happen … and it sucks, but life does goes on.

How a show arguably pitched at a more mature audience wasn’t able to pull that off, while a show aimed at kids was able to do it, is a bit perplexing.


Futball, Soccer, you've got the idea.

Knight in the Area (Area no Kishi) has developed pretty much as I predicted in my taste test post; the original author, Tadashi Agi is far more interested in plot (event) than he is in characters or interpersonal dynamics. As a result this series can be quite exciting. For those who get most of their enjoyment from getting to know the characters in a show, this probably isn’t for you, because the characters are really character concepts that we never will dig into. However this show always manages to pull some crazy twist (event) out of nowhere, and so I find it a fun show to watch. I’ll explain what I mean about this being an event-focussed show after the jump.

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Aizawa brothers Suguru and Kakeru. Both are on the Soccer team, but in different ways.

This article gives my first impression of Knight in the Area (Area no Kishi) based on episodes 1 through 3. The story is about a boy who is overshadowed by his brother, the Soccer team’s ace. Due to circumstances he is forced to step up and become a great player. Now some people dislike sports shows in general; this show is about Soccer (aka Football), so I don’t expect it to appeal to everybody. I also have one major concern about the source material.

To get to the point, this show hasn’t proven itself yet, although I think it is possible that it will turn out to be a decent watch for some viewers.┬áDespite it’s flaws, Knight in the Area is an interesting show, and I am interested in seeing what Tadashi Agi has in store for us. I’m not a huge sports fan, but I’m not a huge war fan either, and I’ll watch shows about soldiers. The big question is, will this show have a compelling story to tell?

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