“[…]the predilection for stringing together unpredictable compositions in a way that some might say distracts from the story but to me enhances it.[…]the locus of excitment in [Shinbo’s] directing is the space between the shots and the compositions.[…]” – Ben at Anipages Daily

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Why am I still watching Maria†Holic? Is it the comedy? Kinky premise? The guitar maid? Ever since falling in love with the brilliance that was Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, I always wanted to at some point explore Akiyuki Shinbo‘s visceral style of direction, which definitely carries over to Maria†Holic. So here it is! I first want to go over what Deleuze called “irrational cut”, and hopefully I can relate that to appreciating the genius of Akiyuki Shinbo in a different light. Feel free to skip the below paragraph if you don’t feel like too much reading.

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Chance encounters. A past remembered. A reunion surrounded by memories. Feelings that reach, and feelings that don’t. Can you hear it? The true melody.

Chance encounters. A past remembered. A reunion surrounded by memories. Feelings that reach, and feelings that don’t. Can you hear it? The true melody. - Akira, The Nihon Review

So I just watched the last episode yesterday. Akira‘s review here pretty much sums up how I felt about the series and to put it bluntly, it was above average. What was potentially an amazing story with genuinely dramatic moments and great visual/aural aesthetics, devolved into an increasingly forced and shallow drama of cliches and a bad attempt at avant-garde towards the second half. Such harsh words warrant further justifications on my part but I honestly don’t feel like more criticising. The fact still remains that I was emotionally disconnected to the characters’ plights and their melodies fell deaf to my ears towards the end.

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