Dennou Coil – Fucking Brilliant.

Dennou Coil is one of the shows that I’ve known I had to watch for a long time and there was absolutely no reason not to, but I just never got around to it. If you look back into my blog, I did a post on the first ep last year declaring it one of the best first eps I’d ever seen (it remains so) and all the cool kids who watched it seemed to enjoy it a lot. Even Shinsen (you know, that guy who was supposed to be my partner and only did one post?) was talking about how great it was. Plus I’ve managed to accrue a decent amount of
yuri porn from this show so I needed to see it. What finally pushed me to do so was insane boredom and a recommendation from /a/. I love you anon.

Now, allow me to refer to another one of my old blog posts, ‘perfection vs. brilliance’. Dennou Coil isn’t perfect, but it sure as fuck is brilliant. This show does an inhuman number of things right, especially at the beginning and the end. The first 8 or 9 episodes have insanely fast pacing, lots of door-opening, tons of fun, a cast with a good variety of personality, and some good ol character development. There was quite a bit of childishness to it (makes sense, it was a kids show) but like fellow kids show Gurren Lagann (yes people, DC is like fucking Gurren Lagann, taken a hint now?) it managed to be surprisingly dark and deep. I was easily enthralled. There was, unfortunately, a point around halfway where things felt a little off. Right after Isako has just gotten uber god-mod powers and the mystery is running thicker than ever, the show takes a little 4-ep break to do some hardcore exposition on the technological backdrop — via some utterly hilarious and over-the-top comedy.

There were three short story eps in regards to the Illegal creatures in the DC world. One ep was massively epic and very FLCL reminiscent, one was miniature epic and one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen (yet strangely deeper than any other ep. It almost qualifies as a desert island ep – it might on rewatching, since I was just a little offput on how the plot had seemed to fade into the background when I was watching). And the las was a more somber tale. Then there was one more exposition thingy and the plot came back full force.

I can’t really consider the second plot-heavy portion of the show better or worse than the first because they were so different it was almost like 2 different shows. The hyperactivity that kept me glued to the screen before is replaced with truly well-done suspense that drew me in even more. As the conspiracies grow and the mysteries are solved, everything comes together in such a way that I ended up totally swept into it – the last show to do this with such skill was Gankutsuou, but I’d go so far as to say DC beats out Gankutsuou in that through it all, it still managed to have deep characters and intense plot twists.

And if the character development and engrossing plot weren’t enough for you (hey, they can fail sometimes. 12K and all that.) Or if pure, awesome fun still doesn’t have you convinced, Dennou Coil also has some truly unique concepts (think Lain in laymans terms, or .hack that’s actually probable/explained). the world was rich, interesting, and most importantly it’s different. It’s the kind of show that an infinity of spin-offs and fanfiction could spring from. Plus, I’m a huge sucker for urban fantasy (that’s how I ended up liking Shana ;_;), so that was a big plus. It’s also one of those shows (you know the ones) where the animation, sound, and directing all just fit together perfectly (there seen to be at least one of these per season, I’d say. Currently = Kurenai) and all are top-notch.

In my favorites list, the shows that have the most significance to me in terms of emotion and beliefs usually take top spots, pushing the generally good-ass but not-quite-powerful shows down, however Dennou Coil has easily broken it’s way into my top 10 as a totally unexpected contender. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have IsakoxYasako doujins to oogle >_>

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