I skipped M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane last week, simply because I didn’t feel like covering the show. I don’t think I missed much of anything. When I last left off, Akashi was determined to re-enter the Lightless Realm for… the third time? Fourth? Man, I’ve lost track. Point is, he wanted to go back because his girl Sasame was slowly turning into Necrometal, and he thought that if he can defeat the Corpse (Natsuiri probably planted this suggestion in his mind, then he could save her. As a result, he made her promise not to become a LIM until he came back, blah blah blah. Well, so much for the best laid plans of mice and emos.
So I sit down to watch the twelfth episode, and holy shit, is it full of pointless recaps or what? It really is just obnoxious. Like always, Akashi goes into the Lightless Realm and the rest of team lose contact with him. I mean, this always happens, and yet the characters still act like they’re surprised they can’t transmit their communications into the Lightless Realm. And like always, Akashi runs into the Corpse and they do battle, but man, I don’t even know what the Corpse represents. Okay, I know Akashi thinks that if he can defeat the Corpse, he’ll save his girl. But what does the Corpse represent in the bigger picture? What is this story even about on the bigger picture? Shrug.
Instead, we sit around and discuss the Sasame’s feelings. And while I would normally applause any show for taking the time to develop its characters, M3‘s characters are boring and annoying to listen to. To compound matters, Sasame stands around and thinks back on her previous conversations with her friends — conversations we’ve already seen. Oh, remember all those intimate moments between Akashi and Sasame. Of course you fucking do. It’s not like we have the memory of rat. We actually have the ability to recall things from weeks ago. Shocking, I know. Why did this even get a two-cour treatment when the pacing is so slow, a sloth is running laps around Okada?
Eventually, Akashi takes too long; I think he was in there for two consecutive days before Sasame finally decides to become a LIM. Sorta. I mean, y’know how it is. Oh, the guilt is weighing on her. She doesn’t want Akashi to die for her sake. No doubt, however, that he’s still in there because he wants to kill the Corpse for her sake. Therefore, she’ll become a LIM to protect him! Plus, Minashi helped by giving an emotionally vulnerable girl the tiny, little push that she needed. The weirdo always has that creeply, little half-smile on his face, however, so even though he’s like “Sasame and I are one,” or “I know how she feels,” I can’t help but feel there’s something predatory about him. If Heito was jealous about Emiru and Akashi, I’m sure Minashi didn’t like Sasame getting close to Akashi either.
(By the way, since Akashi has been taking so long, people have to rotate in and out for showers, I guess? So we are treated to one of the grown women moaning orgasmically when it is finally her turn to bathe herself. “What the fuck?” is basically my only reaction to seeing that scene.)
Needless to say, when the Sasame-powered, Minashi-piloted MA-Vess shows up to save Akashi’s ass, he doesn’t take it well. We get even more recaps as Akashi thinks back on his conversations with other people. Ugh. The Sable even shows up out of nowhere to remind you that it still exists. I love how Heito is still just dangling from the Sable’s cockpit, though. Pretty much epitomizes the importance of his character in this dumb show. In any case, Akashi oscillates between utter despair and anger, ultimately ending on berserk. He starts ripping the Corpse apart until — asspull upon asspull — the spirit Sasame shows up now to sing that crappy song.
All of a sudden, metal particles start to disperse from the Lightless Realm. From a distance, I guess it looks like one giant eyeball. What does it all mean? Who knoooooows…. But the whole thing is just stupid. I never really liked Akashi’s character, but man, this is just emotional torture or sadness porn. A better M3 would balance character development and world-building. After all, we have a realm that literally turns people into metal. Unfortunately, the anime seems to take no interest in developing its universe. I feel like I say this every week, but after thirteen fucking episodes, we still don’t have a single clue about the Lightless Realm.
Hey, it’s not like I’m asking for clear answers right from the very start. But have you seen good shows? Have you seen how it’s one big revelation after another that adds to the universe? Here, there are no revelations. What you know about the Lightless Realm now is the same shit you learned in the very first episode. Nothing has progressed in that department. Meanwhile, we’ve sat here and watched people get close to Akashi just to “die.” I mean, they’re LIMs now. Whoopee. They may as well be dead. Ultimately, it’s not enjoyable to watch. It’s just sadness porn. We’re emotionally torturing the main character in lieu of, well, any sort of actual plot progression.