Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace – Ep 4-11 Final Impressions

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Well that was bad. Yep, after my strange optimism after the first three episodes of Ranpo Kitan, I can now safely say that this show is really just plain awful. Sure it has a few good moments, I mean when your stories are based off the works of Edogawa Ranpo you at least have a few good moments here and there, but overall this show is incompetent in a surprising amount of ways. Now, while I would love to spout out the same information I said in my last post, that would be pretty boring and frankly lazy. So instead I’m going to shake things up and take on these final episodes case by case. Not only will this help me really dive into the nitty gritty of each individual arc, but it will just show the many different ways Ranpo Kitan consistently screws itself over due to lackluster execution in both its writing and direction. And with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s dive on into the madness that is Seiji Keishi and noitamina’s daring mystery project. Continue reading

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace – Ep 1-3 Impressions

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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace is a strange creation. Based off the work of famous Japanese author Edogawa Rampo (Yes, that is how Americans spell his last name. It goes against the title of the show, I know) and airing on the high profile Noitamina block on Fuji TV, this show’s concept and ideas seem to scream out that it’s a passion project. After all, that’s what most Noitamina shows are: high concept works made by experimental creators. However, one look at the staff and that image will be immediately wiped from your mind. Seiji Kishi as director? Makoto Uezu on series composition? Now, while I think these two get a lot more flack than they deserve, I think it’s still pretty safe to say their output has been mixed in quality (Humanity has Declined, Danganronpa). Still, I kept my hopes up and went in optimistic, and came out pretty torn on what to think. Ranpo Kitan may not be the trainwreck I was dreading it to be, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a few very crippling flaws. Continue reading