Magic Knight Rayearth II Review

This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.

Introduction
Years ago, I watched the first part of this anime series, and I loved it. I thought it had a great balance of humour/drama, had the whole travel to another world plotline, had awesome primary and secondary characters, and it was generally fun! Sometime last year or the one before, I finally decided to get the second season DVD set. I finally got off my lazy arse and watched it yesterday and today.

The Goods
* Lantis, Eagle, Geo, Zazu, and big!Ascot are LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. Especially Ascot! And Eagle. *swoons* Oh and add Clef to the list. Only he’d be cooler if he was big!Clef like Ascot. :D And while I would add Ferio and Lafarga to the list, those two didn’t really strike me as OMG, I LOVE THEM type.
* Those boys I mentioned previously? Now do some mixing and matching with any of the boys, and you will get some wonderful yaoi pairing opportunities. XD Especially Lantis/Eagle and Geo/Eagle.
* Lady Aska and Sanyun were really adorable!
* Mokona is still the most awesome little fluffball in the world. He’s way cooler and better than Mashimaro, who I think is just a rip-off of Mokona.
* I actually liked the character portrayals and the interaction amongst the secondary characters in this season.
* The fact that the series did pick up at the end of the first season excited me.
* Giant Sanyun! I want one of those as a plushie. :D

The Bads
* This season was indeed darker than the first. While I thought the first season had a nice balance of humour/drama, this one was mostly 15% humour 85% angst/drama/BLAHGARONIs.
* Those, er, genie dudes that made Umi and Lady Aska sick? I still don’t see what was so sick about them? I mean, yes, they were . . . not appealing, but they could have been more disgusting!
* Eagle’s aftermath . . . let’s just say I am not happy. GRRRRRR.
* The opening/ending theme songs didn’t do anything for me. The ones they used for the first season were much better.
* I WANTED MORE ASCOT, DAMMIT! He needed more screen time!

The Uglies
* ARGH! The pacing, the effing pacing of this season was a killer. I don’t know why, but I felt like most of the parts were dragged out unnecessarily or cut too sudden to the point I’m scratching my head going, WTF?
* All the flashbacks of the first season and the recap at the beginning of each episode also probably ruined the pacing for me.
* Nova and Hikaru. Those two characters pissed me off the most throughout the series. Nova’s action drove me nuts. Talk about one crazy, bi-polar girl.
* The romance. Oh, Gods. No. I can see Ferio and Fuu, but . . . Hikaru and her main love interest made no sense to me. And Umi’s? Well, her romance with Mr. Shortie made no sense to me either! The big dude, I can see, though!

Conclusion
I’ll take the first season in terms of plot, pacing, and the humour/drama balance. The second is great in the bishounen department, at least, but I’ll take the first any day. Actually, I’ll take the second for a couple of things: Eagle and Ascot. *DROOLS* But I’d rather gorge my eyes than watch it again any time soon. If I have to see another pink or red-haired chick in the next two months, I’ll puke.

Speaking of pink-haired chick . . . was it me or does Utena look sort of like a creepy copycat of Nova? Perhaps it’s just me.

Comments

  1. I didn’t know they had a second season. Man, I’m so out of the loop…

  2. Leanne on

    Kimchi Grandma is the name of Korean Restaurant. HAHAH~

    I haven’t started watching any new Anime recently… I have been very loyal to Naruto, hahaha

  3. I read the first season of the MKR manga… ages and ages ago. I used to really like CLAMP, heh. But based on your review, and especially the pacing part, I will probably not see the anime. Also, I do not have time! Oops.

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