Anime Taste Testing: Gibiate

This one’s gonna be quick and dirty, because to be honest, I didn’t even make it through the whole first episode.

I hesitate to be too down on Gibiate, since it’s not as though I found the anime so offensive that I couldn’t bring myself to get through a full twenty minutes. There was nothing offensive about the anime at all, unless you count the fact that it nearly put me to sleep. Given this is an action/horror/science-fantasy series centered around time-traveling samurai and a virus that apparently turns people into monsters, I can only imagine that wasn’t the intent here. I don’t know, maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood or mindset, maybe I was just tired and out of sorts anyway, maybe a combination of both, but I found this episode incredibly dull, to the point where even when I was still watching (I made it pretty close to the end credits by the way, just a couple of minutes off), my attention was wavering constantly. At one point, I was browsing the internet looking for something better to do and only listening to the dialogue, which should give some indication as to how well the show kept me interested.

Not only did I find the storytelling lackluster and the characters flat, but even the artwork and animation looked and felt bland, not to mention extremely cheap. It’s hard not to notice whenever an anime resorts to still screens in anything action-heavy, and there were a lot thrown in here. Much of the movement was just created using motion lines rather than actually being animated at all, and the character designs were almost just as conspicuously uninspiring. I was surprised to look this up afterwards and see that it was an original series, because the visuals definitely had me thinking it was some game or light novel adaptation from the late 90s.

With the current dearth of shows, let alone good ones, airing this season, I’m sure some people will find something to enjoy in Gibiate, but it’s just not for me.

3 thoughts on “Anime Taste Testing: Gibiate

  1. The first time I tried Gibiate, the player quit on me, and I thought it was a sign, so I decided to just leave it by the road sign. Then there didn’t drop any new anime in a long time and I tried the episode anyway, and I found the episode better than expected, but not by much.

    First, I find the direction has this melodramatic touch to it that I just don’t like. Why did I watch a huntsman spider (?) scuttle away just before seeing a droplet hit a bathetumb in slowmotion? Then the way people reacted to time travelling samurai was oddly flat whether they believed to easiely or came up with what looked more the token tsundere response than any real doubt. None of the emotions seemed earned. (Oddly enough, I liked the main girl’s mum in the one scene she had.) Oh, and the CGI monsters look hideous, but not in the way monsters are supposed to look.

    So in the end, I can’t say my first impression was wrong. So I should probably talk about why the show was better than I expected, but I can’t, because I don’t really know. I might actually get through this show by watching it continually late. This would have been an easy drop in a less busy season. It’s probably still a drop down the line.

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    • I didn’t really like anything here – the overall direction, the art direction, the characterization – it all felt incredibly flat and stale to me, which is definitely not what you want in a first episode. I guess the OP music was fine? That’s honestly about all I’ve got.

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