BokuMachi & UnderTale: Things That Give Me Hope
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, March 28th –
Hello again my Giga-Friends! I hope your week is starting off well!
Hopefully less emotional than mine, at least. I say emotional because I finally finished the “True Pacifist” route in UnderTale. It may be one of the best endings I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in. UnderTale is largely about not being an asshole, about being a good human, about being a good friend . . . to be blunt. It speaks about philanthropy in a way that makes you think differently about people.
That aside, everything about the game was amazing. The battle system plays perfectly into the story letting you choose between sparing or killing every monster and boss. The music was stellar, being able to draw even more emotion or of already powerful scenes. And finally, the characters were not only relatable, they were lovable and absolutely hilarious. I dread going the “genocide” route and having to kill all the people I’ve already fallen on move with.
Ultimately, Undertale gives me faith. It gives me faith that, in this shitty world, with shitty people, that Humanity isn’t absolute garbage. Faith that people can be good. Faith that there is always a better choice. It really is a powerful game, and I highly suggesting taking the ten or so hours out of your life to beat it. It’s worth it.
NOW ON TO ANIME!
Speaking of things that make me emotional: Boku Dake ga Inai Machi and Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans were both stellar, through and through.
BokuMachi (Erased) had an ending that finally felt like closure wasn’t such a terrible thing to portray in anime. All too often we get the dreaded ellipses at the end of our shows or even worse, an unnecessary cliffhanger that hinges on what girl the main character chooses. BokuMachi was intelligently thought out, masterfully crafted, carefully pieced together, and emotionally relevant like a mystery should be. It’s definitely my top pick of the season and I recommend it to everyone I pass by.
Gundam was pretty great as well. There’s always a huge final battle to finish off the seasons with this show, which is never a bad thing. The lingering hope it left for the downtrodden people of Mars left off on a great note and Mikazuki’s injuries from the fight might be more serious than he thinks. Thankfully, it’s been greenlit for a second season and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the best season of Gundam since my childhood.
Anyway, that’s enough rambling from me on this Monday. I’ll try to piece together some reviews ASAP. I hope you have a great Monday and an even better week! -J.R