Remember when i said that Asterisk War‘s ass is grass and I’m gonna mow it? Well, Part 2 is now airing and now it’s time for me to fire up the lawnmower.
Let’s do a little statistical info, shall we? In the season of Fall 2015, the first part of The Asterisk War was ranked #5 on Anime-Planet’s most watched list, ranked higher than actually watchable, if not of actual quality shows than Asterisk War, such as Beautiful Bones, Concrete Revolutio, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, even Perfect Insider (A-1’s less awful but actually watchable series from that season); even shows that don’t interest me but I’m well aware of their popularity, like continuing seasons of Haikyuu!! and Yuru Yuri.
The problem is that Ass War is nothing but a colossal screwup on almost everything it does that it’s not deserving of any popularity. Its action scenes are essentially like those seen in the Transformers films: A jumbled mess that’s all over the place, and you’re confused on what’s happening until it’s over, but it looks flashy and cool so you don’t care. The characters are nothing but walking clichés of usual character archetypes. The story and setting is so “been there, done that” that pretty much any other show has done it much better.
So why is Asterisk War popular, yet godawful? Because Aniplex has your dick. They’ve had it since Sword Art Online. You’ve told them that shows with self-insert wish-fulfillment Gary Stu protagonists without a shred of personality, cute waifus with big boobs and nice butts, and absolutely no effort in creativity are what you want, and they’ve given it to you, and you complied without questioning the actual quality. I think one of the reasons why last season’s Erased was ultra-popular was because it was outside of A-1’s norm. When they give the newest thing that looks different and interesting than whatever they usually give, everyone acts like it’s God’s gift.
No point in overthinking this, because it’s not worth a single thought because it’s not like any thought was put into it in the first place. Asterisk War is yet another pile of uninspired garbage churned out by Aniplex and A-1 Pictures, a duo that gives not a single care about quality as long as it makes them money. And the second half begins just as generic and crappy as it was when we last left it.
The Ass War (Part 2) gets 1 lawsuit from Lucasfilms, coming right up out of 5.