I’m half-way through episode 7 of Coppelion, and I don’t think I’ll watch any more of it.
Aoi is annoying. Ibara’s characterization changes every episode. I can’t say anything about Taeko because there’s nothing to her worth talking about. The themes involving science and the nature of humanity explored by the first few episodes have been mostly abandoned in favor of an uninteresting political intrigue subplot, action sequences, and what looks like the beginnings of a romance between two of the characters. Throw on top of this an absolutely horrible sense of humor — poorly timed, out of character, and tonally inappropriate — and I just don’t care about any part of the narrative anymore.
I don’t hate Coppelion. But I am bored by it. The premise has a lot of potential, and if I hear good things about later episodes, I may come back.
However, I will be amazed if that happens.
Well, you did it. You accurately put into words my issues with Coppelion. Although the first few episodes had me eagerly awaiting more, more recently I’d felt like I was forcing myself to trudge through the episodes, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.
I loved the beginning. Three girls with varying strengths and weaknesses sent out to save people in a post-apocalyptic world, each episode genuinely dealing with the issues of the Coppelion and the entire ‘science and nature of humanity’ shtick that is right up my alley: I’ll take it all with a side of ‘fuck yes, please!’
And now, after waiting for most of the season for the female villain in the opening sequence to show up, I feel such an overpowering sense of being underwhelmed and disappointed that I just … ugh.
I’m tired of Ibara being placed front and centre. I’m tired of her characterisation, as you mentioned, completely switching between episodes to the point where I have no idea how she’d react to any kind of situation. I’m tired of Taeko and Aoi barely existing.
And then the Ozu sisters were such boring disappointments, and then the eighth episode had so much blatantly noticeable fanservice with Ibara’s ass that all I can do at this point is wash my hands free of this mess.