Warning Zone: 18if

20150316chu_18p002_cs1e1_480xThe What:
Boy has ability to get into the dreams of “witches” and convince them to no be so bad? Plot is loose and goosey for the most part…

The Why:
This series has a few very disturbing violent parts halfway in which kept this in a solid YA rating from me for a good portion of the show. Then episode nine happened, containing full frontal nudity, sex jokes, censored cursing (we all know what they said so the censor is rather useless) and the heavy implication of rape. While few details are shown, it’s enough discomfort to land this either a firm WZ or veeeeeery near it. After thinking it over, I decided to tag this show here to be safe, although I do want it noted that had the extreme violence in early episodes not been there, I might have barely squeezed this into a YA rating instead. Why? Well, considering how many series with female frontal nudity get past the WZ around here, often due to it becoming such a common occurrence that I (and many others) are deadened enough to the nudity to not count it as harsh as it really is, I felt it would be unfair to slam the frontal nudity in this title. But with the combination of the male lead’s “little friend” jokes and the violence? WZ seemed the safest bet.

For the record, had the violence alone been the issue, this show still would have come rather close to a WZ. Not due to the visuals, parse, but more due to how the violence is handled in this show. Vengeance and hate play a big role in the “witches” arcs and it’s very, very dark stuff. I give the creator’s full credit for making hate as rightfully disturbing as it should be, but as a result the violence comes off as… heavier than usual.

All that said, again, it took until episode nine before this show’s true colors were revealed. Having watched so much of this show, I hold a rather firm opinion of it overall.

I dislike this show.

All the witches are women. ALL of them. Their “hero?” A guy. Women never save one another. It’s always the male lead being the savior. And while one episode tried to diverge from this and have the lead learn something from the witch… it still managed to come off condescending as everything was, once again, really all about the male character. And before someone tries to jump down my throat for being a feminist, consider this: all they had to do is add a few male witches. Or, better yet, a female “hero” lead that mentors the witches down too. Bam! No more issues. But as the show currently stands at nine episodes? No. This show, yes, has some interesting and engaging ideas. But I for one could never drink those down past the bitter taste of a very masculine viewpoint. So this show is a strong pass from me. If you like thought provoking stuff, try out a classic like Utena. It’s a classic for very good reason, though I fully admit that the learning curve is a bit sharper for it.

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Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

3 thoughts on “Warning Zone: 18if

  1. THe end of the series took a very Adam and Eve look at things with Eve being the one who stuffed everything up so they kind of tried to justify the whole villifying women thing but it didn’t make that aspect of the show any better. While I enjoyed parts of this, ultimately the story failed to really deliver much of anything and it was a lot of build up with a few episodes that outright misfied (ep 9 being a good example) and then it never did much with it.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the series.

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