Absolute Duo (Winter 2015) – A Blazer Take

I could learn a lot before times eat me. I could learn anthropology, Russian culture, or atheism. There is so much time before this world comes to an end. There are so many things I could do besides staring directly at the wall. I could create works of art, learn about abstract art, and post-modernism ideology. Instead, I spent my times with this show. This was one of my guilty pleasures anime. I remember I had an obsession with this one. And for some reason, I fell in love with this anime. To clarify, it’s magnificent.

Imagine all you can get in this world, the rabbit hole, the deepest rabbit hole ever. You found the worst one but there’s more. You dive deeper but you find the worst. It happens and happens again, you have arrived in this anime. If you don’t know, I can explain it with one of each word. Okay, here we go: school? Pussy protagonist? Unnecessary fanservice? Unnecessary romance? Females involve the protagonist easily? Unnecessary supporting male character? Unique superpower that leads to one of the most powerful? Misunderstanding moment? The power of love? Yes, yes, and yes.

“Absolute Duo” is, well, a work of art. It’s a static art and it respects any of the literary works in any medium. It’s one of the most ambiguous works, you can’t learn it even for decades or centuries. If you think a work of fanfiction from the internet, you are wrong. The story of this show is just a flat. It seems like it’s much longer and deeper than any show. The universe of this show set in a kinds-of dystopian future. It’s a story where teens and their abilities allow them to create a sense of vulnerability. As for the premise, it’s about the protagonist against the world, faction, government or whatever.

Don’t forget you also get enough backstory about the protagonist, not other supporting characters. Yet, is this also one of the anime where the second season needs to exist? I don’t know if I am but is there a fan out there waiting for the second season of this show? There are thousands of questions coming straight into my head. I can’t answer one by one. When I managed to answer one question, there is another one comes into my mind. Wait, is this supposed to be a psychological anime? Does this show tell about a cycle of life? It’s constantly spinning so we know how our fate is at the end of the tunnel. Yeah, it was.

The artwork is solid and flat badly. It’s like a patch from a lot of beta characters in a video game. Certainly, I can describe it in one way. Take one example in “Kill la Kill”, when one character avoids uniquely an enemy projectile. One character transforms into a 2D cardboard, self-aware to the anime because it’s a cartoon, I mean, anime. It’s a meta-joke and intended for puns only. That’s the explanation I can. Instead, the design characters are just joking with so much lack of color. There is no passion, expression, and gesture to that except the generic action sequence.

You could take as many cliches as in this anime. You could take everything but don’t know how to execute it attractively. I mean, if it couldn’t be more interesting, at least is there. It doesn’t work in so many ways, doesn’t work in the romance genre, action, supernatural, harem, whatever. “Absolute Duo” isn’t absolute garbage but it’s a wrecking ball it comes right in the rabbit hole. Above all, it’s a learning and a quick mistake of how anime is a part of an “entertainment”. A quick impression of how far we can go from here.

2 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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