Here’s a trend in anime – the useless exposition scenes. Yeah we all know these scenes all too well. Whether it be a senpai explaining the whole caste system to their underclassmen, or the enemy suddenly stopping in the middle of a heated battle to explain each and every one of their motives–including their childhood sob story about how they were abandoned on the streets.
But are these really necessary?
As I was watching Kekkai Sensen, there was one reason why people dropped this show. Here it is: the show doesn’t explain anything, I don’t know what’s going on, it’s too fast paced. Kekkai Sensen doesn’t stop to explain every little detail of the world. Sure there are fragments of explanation, those screens of flashing green text that “explain” things. But, really, do you need to know every little detail about the world to get interested in the show? No. Kekkai Sensen utilizes interesting characters and their interactions to get you interested in the show. Not an overly complex world system. People are complaining about how complicated Kekkai Sensen’s world is. It isn’t.
Within watching a couple of shows from this season, I was absolutely bored by the amount of explaining and exposition done in the first episode. This isn’t what the first episode is. I don’t need AP-class level knowledge on your world. I want to be interested by the show. I want to wonder whats going on. Instead, I’m slammed in the face with an essay long explanation on how their world works. It takes all the mystery out.
One of the reasons Angel Beats was engaging is that it doesn’t tell you everything at the beginning. Throughout the show, you follow the characters and discover new things about the world at the same time they do. Same with Shingeki no Kyojin. You watch the show, with the same curiosity that they do. It’s another way to tie you to the characters, story, and world.
Besides, I don’t need 24 minutes of a character blabbing on about how you must obey the rules that they’ve set out only for the main character to be like – I’M BOSS AND I’VE ALREADY REACHED THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF WHATEVER POWER LEVELS THEY ARE within the first 2 episodes.
In the end, we loose the curiosity of wanting to know how the world works, but not quite knowing at the same time. I’m bored instantly by the first episode, and let’s face it, even after you’ve explained it on I still have no idea what’s going on.
That was me…ranting about my probably unpopular opinion.