Anime Review: Blue Submarine No. 6

Zorndyke talking

I hope that everyone is doing well, and getting ready for the upcoming weekend.

Things have been going fairly well here and I can still do the things that I enjoy.

Recently, I went looking through the services that I subscribe to and I found a title that seemed familiar to me from the days when Toonami was big, though I did not remember watching it, so I decided to check it out.

Today, I will be reviewing that series, which is called Blue Submarine No. 6.

bridge overcome by water

In a future era, things have collapses, as the oceans have begun engulfing the land, due to the meddling of a scientist, and people are now at war with the scientist's creations.

Now, mankind is down its last hopes for survival and the only ones that can change things is an international fleet and somebody who was once court martialed.

Captain Iga looking back

I was rather unimpressed with this series.

Most of the time, when I find something that I want to read or watch, I only go in thinking that I would find something interesting and be entertained, as I would be able to talk about the things that were good and bad, thus be able to present things fairly.

However, much like in the past with the Yu Yu Hakusho movie, there are times when things do not go the way that is desired and people like me have to be tough, so I have to regrettably skip right to what I hated.

From the moment that I started watching this show, I never got the feeling that I just had to watch the series.

In fact, I only kept wondering if the whole thing was over yet.

Avid readers and anime fans want an engaging story or series, and that is first by getting the reader or, in this case, the viewer to become absorbed in the world and try to provide some interesting characters, because that is what they desire and it helps in fulfilling the need for a temporary escape from reality.

However, when a person cannot get absorbed into the world, as was the case for me, the viewer will have a hard time immersing themselves and all they will ever see is the bad, which will then lead them to not really caring about anything else the person or company produces and ultimately lead to a loss of profits.

If I had to say why this series failed in this regard, it would have to be because I never felt like I was part of the show.

Anime fans, just like avid readers, tend to really enjoy fictional works when they feel like they are more than just the bystanders that they are, because they feel tension, anxiety, surprise, sadness, and whole bunch of other emotions and the characters themselves, as well as the writing or, in this case, animation style, allows the immersion to happen.

One of the best examples of this is also one of my most hated anime, Attack on Titan.

While Attack on Titan was not that remarkable of a series, the way the staff at Wit Studio animated things in a way that I was being taken for a ride, even though the characters were not really that deep or interesting, and I was able to immerse enough to see how people could enjoy it.

Here, however, there was nothing like that and I felt like I was being told about events more than actually seeing, feeling, and experiencing those situations.

Yes, delivering this kind of feeling in the animated medium may not be as easy as it is written mediums, since everything can be described in detail, but it is not impossible to do because there are some great series out there that are relatively short and they deliver everything needed for a great anime.

Unfortunately, this series fails to deliver on any level that would give me reason to sing its praises, and the ones responsible for it are the staff at Gonzo that made this train wreck.

Gonzo may have created some anime that I liked, such Last Exile and Black Cat, but the staff at the studio that went about making this series should have been ashamed of themselves, as they delivered everything that fans of anime do not want to see.

Seriously, with titles like these in their repertoire, I can only be grateful that they have essentially become forgotten and should just disappear in the same manner that many nameless individuals vanished in the sea of history.

I have noted time and again that no person or group can continually produce gold, and this series shows that things are not necessarily great all the time.

If the staff at Gonzo put more effort into each of the four episodes, and maybe made them a little longer than a half hour each, there might have been something to get me engaged with the work.

However, because even the most basic thing needed to create a great story or anime, I can only shake my head and wonder why I even decided to give this series a chance.

Nice job, Gonzo. You gave me a very good reason to never support you guys again, even if your later work did show some promise.

I also hated how I could not connect with any of the characters.

A plot or premise can be quite interesting, but the characters are the ones that drive the story, so it is necessary for the audience to connect with them by fleshing them out enough to where we can understand what they are going through.

After all, I doubt that anybody would want to follow a series if the characters were not that interesting or releasable.

In the case of this series, none of the characters are fleshed out to be anything beyond one dimensional and they seem to have absolutely no bond whatsoever, even though the writers and everyone else involved in making this anime wants us all to believe that there is some sort of bond or relationships,

By doing this, the only way the audience can feel any sort of connection is to do something many of our peers and elders try to do, to instill empathy in an individual, which is by placing ourselves in the shoes of the other person.

Now, some of you guys might think that this is possible and will help us actually get to understand people, as well as not be so selfish, but trying to put yourself in the shoes does not really work out, as I brought of in my review of Sacrifices, because the person only projects their current level of consciousness onto an individual and people are not so similar to each other that we would immediately know of the problems a person is going through.

Likewise, in fiction, expecting the audience to put themselves in the shoes of the characters does not mean that we get to know and understand what each character is going through, who they are, or doing what they do.

To illustrate this clearly, let us take a look at one of the most emotional scenes in anime, specifically where Tomoya Okazaki decides to look after his daughter, which can be seen in this video on YouTube.

Even though I, and many other fans of Clannad, would most likely be tearing up, and possibly be able to hold back the feels, which is complemented with the accompanying music, people would not be finding themselves crying or see the significance of the scenes because the viewer does not know what happened to Tomoya or understand the rough relationship the two had before the moments those scenes play out in the series.

However, when the audience finds out that Ushio's mother died giving birth to her, which devastated Tomoya to the point where he avoids people and abuses his body, and Tomoya finds out that his own father went through the same thing during the trip he took with Ushio, the scenes take on a whole new meaning of not only showing hope, but also giving the audience a reason to possibly cry.

Going through this series, I felt the exact same way a friend of mine felt when I showed them the video that I linked to just a bit ago. I did not know why these characters cared about each other and I got no feelings from it, which made it that much harder to enjoy the show.

Not only is there a lack of feeling, but the only time that it does seem like the staff at Gonzo might be trying to add some depth to one or more characters, it comes along to late in the series for me to even care.

What the heck, Gonzo? This is not only a badly done series in a written sense, which I have the greatest authority to judge because of how much reading I have done, and the few stories that I have written, but in almost every possible department, except artwork and animation.

This is a show from the days of when Toonami was big, but I do not see how this series could stand out, and makes me regret ever giving this a try even more.

Hopefully, people looking to get into field of animation can create a better series than this, because if this is the best that anybody can do, then my hopes for all mediums used to present a story might as well go down the drain.

Unfortunately, I do not see this changing any time soon, unless consumers demand quality over quantity, which seems to have gone by the wayside many years ago where I live.

The thing that I hated the most though was how there was not one cohesive story.

While all of the previous things were quite bad, this one takes the cake for the whole thing because the staff at Gonzo that made this series seem like there was even a story to be told.

Even though fans of the visual mediums may not exactly ask for a story that spans multiple movies or episodes, anime fans are a very different breed and many want to see a complete story, which is why we are more likely to buy all episodes of a series, as opposed to just one or two episodes.

For a story to be complete, there must not be any questions present, other than those needed to generate continued interest, and the reader or viewer must feel like they know why everything is happening or how it started, and because this series is presented to be one complete story, these are the things that I expect to see.

However, instead of getting a complete story that moves from one moment to the next until the end, I only get questions, such as how did things come to a particular point and how the characters went from say going waging war to talking to the person responsible, with some flashbacks that do not make sense.

I may not be normally expecting too much from a fictional work, other than be entertained, but I was certainly expecting better than this, because I wanted to like this series.

Sadly, this was caused by so many problems that I do not know where to begin and I cannot even make a guess as to how things could be improved, aside from recommending that the studios make their staff do more work before actually producing the anime, so I guess that I will just have to let the studio find out where everything went wrong.

Thankfully, nothing else bugged me to no end, at least that stood out as much as what I talked about already, so I can go back to forgetting that this series ever existed.

Because the series failed to capture my interest quickly and hardly gave me any reason to continue watching, the characters were hard to connect with because of how they were not fleshed out, and the story seemed to be nonexistent, even though the staff that made this series tries to tell us that there is a story in the four episodes that comprise this series, this was the one of the worst anime I have ever seen.

Considering that the negative aspects overshadowed whatever good there may have been, this was a complete waste of time, even though I paid nothing more than a regular subscription fee.

I recommend that everyone avoid this series like the plague, as there does not seem to be anything to redeem this series.

However, you are free to watch the series if you want, since there are people that think it was worth their time.

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