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  • [Winter 2015] Yatterman Night

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    A show about the exploits of a sympathetic Team Rocket-esque gang

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    Airs: January 11

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    Episode 1

    Well that certainly wasn't anything like what I was expecting. I thought it'd be a bit more explosive so I wasn't really expecting this kind of origin story but it's a pretty good one. It's a pretty clever subversion in some aspects and I'm curious to see if the Yattermen actually turn out as evil as Leopard thinks they are. Also got a good chuckle out of the costumes. Definitely watching more of this one
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    • #3
      Re: Episode 1

      I guess I probably would've gotten more out of that if I had any prior experience with Yatterman. Once they mentioned being descendents of these classic characters, I figured the mom would die shortly so that there would only be one member of each lineage. Still have roughly no idea what the whole story is as a result of not having seen any original Yatterman. No idea what to expect and not too into it yet, but I guess maybe it has a chance depending on where it goes from here?
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      • #4
        Episode 2

        That was...really depressing. Like watching a Team Rocket plan get played out seriously. Hopefully things get better for those three, and I'm wondering what the deal is with the Yattermen being robots
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        • #5
          Re: Episode 2

          Man, this show is weird. Again, I'm totally out of my element, but I feel like the bizarre "good guys fulfilling villain roles" and "weird robots representing the original heroes" plots are relatively straightforward. It's too silly to take seriously most of the time, but then it shifts to attempts at pathos that I want to appreciate as sincere but just don't feel justified with how they emerge from the total opposite.
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          • #6
            Re: Episode 1

            Without any familiarity with the franchise, I think this did a pretty good job acclimating someone like me into the setting and mood. It helps that it's a straightforward and familiar concept: the simple idea that the victor writes the history; the hero's legacy becoming corrupted with power, or built on a false foundation of continued repression of a minority or outsiders; the former enemy, now neutered and repressed, rising, Robin Hood-fashion, to set things right. That's as classic and time-honored a story as you can get, and it can be pretty fun when packaged in the kind of style this seems to be.

            I like the main writer, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, on this mostly original work for a past variety of pretty quirky material, which bodes well to me (even if some of that past work is hit or miss) for how the characterization in this will at least be handled. He re-teams here with director Tatsuya Yoshihara from Muromi-san--which, admittedly, I didn't get too into, but I can see the style.

            Eri Kitamuri was liable to drive me nuts, however, if that younger voice for Leopard remained. Nothing like a parent's death to darken the mood (and the voice) a bit.
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            • #7
              Re: Episode 1

              The roles have reversed.

              Many years ago, Yatterman was a hero while Leopard's descendants were thieves. Now, it's the other way around as Yatterman has become corrupted and instead of helping Leopard's mother they get shot down for getting near the gates. And thus, they become the next generation of Dorobow, this time playing the role of hero. That story was pretty remarkable seeing that now, Dorobow is the hero and Yatterman is the villain when in its previous incarnation the roles were reversed. Well, I was just planning to give this show a courtesy viewing seeing that I can't see myself getting into this show, so I'm not going to bother with this.
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              • #8
                Re: Episode 2

                I don't know what to think about this show, but I am enjoying it. The old-school cartoony bits, throwbacks to the time period of the original Yatterman (haven't seen any of the "remake" material, from 2008 on, to know what that does), blended with gestures to contemporary action-drama material more present in the second half of this episode, doesn't feel off or surreal. But it is odd. It feels, from a first impression, weirdly European. Like the bleak futurism of Truffaut's bleak and stark Fahrenheit 451, actually, as the trio escapes into a countryside marked by human decline and natural revival--all the animation-saving shots of insects and animals. Bizarre reference, I know, but that's how it felt. It's an interesting turn, though, Dorobow actually getting in, so soon, to Yatterman territory, and finding it not any different than where they came from. So a corrupted tradition it is, with Yatterman's legacy.

                Takes things quickly away from a "Yatterman attack of the week" format, at least; a given with the 12-episode run. This is fun. Weird, sort of. But fun.
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