Trapeze, one of the few anime with potential struggling to stay afloat in the sea of shit that is Fall ’09, still hasn’t lived up to the promise of it’s premise, but the second episode may have been a step in the right direction.
Well the symbolism was a little more direct this week…
In fact a lot more direct. Honestly, Trapeze is the only thing besides Blue Literature that has me checking animetake for new episodes this season; the visual style and narratives are so refreshing that I’ll forgive the show even if it turns out not to be a groundbreaking work of art. It’s fairly funny, and it feels relevant in a way that’s very rare in anime, which generally concerns itself with egomaniacs with swords and endless gaggles of schoolgirls. Really, when was the last time you saw a show with a contemporary setting focused on adult characters living realistic (albeit eye-meltingly colorful) lives?
That said, this guy needs to go. He doesn’t seem to serve any thematic purpose, he just breaks the fourth wall for the sake of breaking the fourth wall. I also hope the show addresses the wackiness of Irabu’s split personality in the near future, not knowing the significance of his changing appearance makes me feel like I’m missing something important in every scene he’s in. Here’s hoping next week’s episode covers that and the crazy self-destructive yakuza guy from the first episode, he looks like he’s got a fun story.