June 30, 2009

Kaze No Yojimbo #9: The 15-Year Truth

2001 episode
directed by Hayato Date
written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa, Akatsuki Yamatoya, Daisuke Yajima, Michiko Yokote, Satoru Nishizono
based on the film YOJIMBO by Akira Kurosawa and Ryuzo Kikushima

(1961 film)


While roaming the town one evening with a boisterous Raccoon, George comes across the body of a dead man lying outside a church. In the time it takes for him to fetch Raccoon and put in a call to the police, the body is strung up from the bell tower, setting in motion a rather sucky mystery.

The first tick against it is that moving of the body. George took his eyes off it for all of 5-6 seconds, and in that time we're supposed to believe someone roped up the ankles and hauled it about 4-5 stories? I'm sorry, but no. And then there's ridiculous things like a blindness tied to a guilty conscience that conveniently fades once the statute of limitations for a past crime passes, or the visual style that's become such a consistent element of pain, with gimmicky uses of closeups, silhouettes, and superimposition failing to cover the minuscule animation budget.

But the biggest problem is that there wasn't any murder! Well, yes, there was a body fished out of the lake in the beginning, but that's the end of an earlier thread. No, this guy strung from the bell tower died purely because he caught his foot on a crack in the stone. And that's not even a big revelation, it's something we see right up front! So we're supposed to believe that these people were so desperate to cover up a crime which didn't happen that they'd reposition the body in a way that guarantees it'll trigger an investigation? Fuck you, creative team, for thinking we're all such morons.

This was a bad, worthless wreck of an episode. And why was it even here? What does it have to do with the broader story? Not a damn thing.

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