Deus ex machina count: over 9000!
If you have an issue with the ancient as all hell internet meme, just be happy it didn’t involve Rick Astley. And you can thank my brother for running past me shrieking ‘over 9000!’ about three minutes ago.
If Darker than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini’s copy world crap irritated me, you can only imagine how obnoxious it was in 11eyes. And, not only did we basically end up in a copy world where everyone was a-ok at the end, episode eleven in its entirety was essentially a parallel world type thing. I am convinced the only reason we had this was so that we’d get an h-scene in the show. Amusingly enough, it was just like a horror movie or bad scifi movie – you have sex, you die! Or, uh, Mean Girls.
My question is, though – if they’re in another world at the end and not their own original, what the fuck happened to the versions of themselves in that world? Were they dead or something? But, if so, then why do normal friend female version and normal friend male version know them? And if the normal friends know them, then how come other world’s Takahisa and Yukiko not know them? I get the feeling I’m thinking too deeply about the show…
Overall… hmm. I guess it was an okay show, although the final few episodes were ridiculous, and watching them was like grinding pulverized glass into my eyes.
You know, that really doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, does it?
Look, I can live with a deux ex machina. I can’t deal with forty of them. And 11eyes requires about that many for it to have reached the conclusion it did, e.g. one that was ultimately positive, even if a few people were still dead. 11eyes also ended up becoming much, much more graphic than I was anticipating, furthering the bizarre feeling of a happy-ish ending. I was frankly quite surprised with how violent the show got about halfway through, because, yeah, there was fighting for one’s life in a parallel world from the get-go, but you still had people cheerfully chanting slogans like, “For friendship and for to-morrow!”, so I didn’t think it’d actually get so doom and gloom and violent on us.
So I guess until the very end it was both better and worse than I was expecting, similar to how it was through the halfway mark, but with more bad than good in the second half. Can’t say I recommend since watching the final three or four episodes were like pulling teeth with a screwdriver, though. At least the animation budget went waaaay up during the last episode’s fights?