Divergence Eve

By Shamus Posted Monday Sep 25, 2006

Filed under: Anime 7 comments

Steven on the gigantic animated breasts in the otherwise serious Divergence Eve:

I would curse the production staff for this, except that I have to confess that it was the character designs that convinced me to watch the show — which was exactly what the production staff expected and the reason they did it.

Fact is, I’m proof that they made the right decision. I think the show would have been better if the breasts had been more realistically sized, but if they had been I probably would not have watched it. Aargh…

The fan service got me to watch the show. But how many people who would have enjoyed it will skip it because of the fan service? Aargh again!

Divergence Eve
Yeah, I fall into this latter category. I can’t possibly ask my wife to watch this show with me without feeling like an idiot. The fanservice kept me away from this one, despite the praise I’ve read elsewhere.

I love mechas. I like good stories. But even if my wife was willing to sit through this, I think the breasts would undermine the plot at every turn. It’s like watching Hamlet enacted entirely by Playboy bunnies*: The story is grim and intense, but nobody is going to take the thing seriously in this context.

* Assuming this has not already been done.


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7 thoughts on “Divergence Eve

  1. Ubu Roi says:

    They made a very good decision in showing the 11th episode first. If the lousy CG doesn’t send you screaming from the room, you will probably be hooked.

    But damn, those bazongas are distracting!

  2. BeckoningChasm says:

    It’s an excellent show with really stupid fan service. But the characters are what make it a really great show for me. I could watch an hour of these women just playing checkers if it meant being in their company again.

  3. Ubu Roi says:

    If it were strip checkers, I’d PAY to watch an hour of them playing checkers.

  4. BeckoningChasm says:

    Well…yes, you WOULD pay. I doubt ADV would release the box set of “Divergence Eve: Strip Checkers Attack!” for free…:-)

  5. Acksiom says:

    It’s hard for me to take this seriously. But then I’m accustomed to comparing complaints about the depictions of females to the massive amount of consistently one-sided objectification of male characters, protagonist or otherwise, throughout modern media in general, via physical, verbal, emotional, and attitudinal abuse, that I have had to put up with for about twenty years now.

    I don’t watch tv anymore because I simply have no more tolerance left for constantly being shown males being treated like cheap meat for the grinder for no better purpose than the attempt to create a positive association between said abuse and some industrial product.

    It’s bad enough as it is that I ever have to interact with people upon whom that manipulation actually works, and who have no real understanding of just how sick and twisted and bent it is, and who consider it normal and average.

    Mega-boobs are just a meaningless little bagatelle of silly fluff when compared to the *truly* dehumanizing *standard* of abuse applied to male characters.

  6. ubu roi says:

    Well, yes, but the boobs are much more fun.

    Not that I disagree about the perils of being a male on TV. We’ve gone from “Father Knows Best” to “Father Is A Total Nincompoop,” but what we’re complaining about isn’t the objectification of the female er, characteristics, but the cynical use of such charecteristics to sell an otherwise excellent show.

    In other words, we’re not offended on behalf of the women — we’re offended that it worked. :-P

  7. Eric the vengeful says:

    This anime is the spectacle of the which all movies, especially hollywood should steal their ideas from. It is truly scrumptrulescent.

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