Holy shit. I've been trying to put my thoughts together about the show and I don't know that I can. I have been in awe since Saturday morning.
My best friend and I watched Saturday morning and for an hour after we were speechless. Even after catching the "surprise" showing of episode one in December, yesterday's viewing was shocking. There were so many teeny tiny little details that I hadn't noticed the first time. That's one of the things I love most about the show so far. From the "In Memoriam" wall growing to the little trinkets on Cammie's bag and the details on Kazu's clothes. The attention to detail is absolutely incredible.
That includes the sound design. One of the things my friend and I discussed was the huge difference in sound design for gen:LOCK compared to the other shows RT produces. The first thing that came to mind for us was RWBY. RWBY always has bouncy and upbeat music. Even in fights and action I always wanna get up and bounce around. gen:LOCK absolutely had me on the edge of my seat. I found myself clutching my chest, heartbeat pounding right along with the music. It was an entirely different tempo.
That tempo of the music matched the writing and the pace of the show so well. Even in slower moments I was sucked in. The writing and the visuals match so well. While I was worried at the initial slow pace the episodes picked up and honestly, after five minutes, I didnt care. The writing was so fantastic that a 30 minute episode felt like it ended after five minutes. By the end of episode one these characters had me wrapped around their fingers (and we hadn't even met them all yet)!
My biggest reservation going into the show was the animation. I've never watched a lot of anime and all I kept hearing was how the animation looked "choppy" and the "fame rate" was crap. I had no idea what that meant, but I was worried. I shlook uld never have listened. I absolutely LOVED the style of the show. Everyone-and everything-looked sleek and smooth. Everything down to the facial expressions were wonderful. I felt like I could see every emotion. And the animation for the jets and the mech was insane. I just wanted to zoom in and see every dang joint as it moved. I never should have doubted Gray and his team.
With everything going on in the show, the thing that brought it home, was the voice acting. We were all excited for those big names, and they absolutey didnt disappoint. Hearing Maisie Williams as Cammie was a highlight for me. That accent is just damn adorable and amazing. Honestly though, all the RT peeps in the show? Were fucking phenomenal. Miles and Lindsay always hit it out of the park and Chad was amazing. But Blaine Gibson really stood out for me. He absolutely brought Sinclair to life and killed the mans inflection and emotions. I mean, that plot twist was top notch and I was so lost in Sinclair that I lost Blaine.
I never thought, two episodes in, I would be this hooked on a show. I haven't stopped thinking about it, watched it more than once, and I'm invested in these characters. I haven't been this enthralled in a really long time and I am beyond excited.
I haven't been with Rooster Teeth since the beginning. I haven't gotten to see the entire rise of the company. But this? I am insanely proud and humbled to be a part of the community at this time. Because someday I'll be able to say, "Rooster Teeth? Oh yeah, I was a fan BEFORE gen:LOCK."
I'll be able to tell people about the hype for the show. About the standing ovation we gave at RTX Austin 2018 when footage was released.
I'll be able to say I witnessed one of this generations greatest Anime shows come to be.
For that I am extremely lucky.