Babylon – Thriller Anime at its Finest

Babylon – Thriller Anime at its Finest


Okay, so, like, I really want to talk about
Babylon, and why it’s a good anime. Why it’s one of the best anime this season and
this year, in fact. Why I have to change my pants every time I watch a new episode. And
why I think all of you should be watching it too. But going into any depth about this
series will involve SPOILING THE SHIT OUT OF IT.
The show follows intrepid Tokyo prosecutor Zen Seizaki and his junior partner Atsuhiko
Fumio as they investigate a seemingly simple case of fraud at a pharmaceutical firm. Something
the young fumio finds boring, but which seizaki insists is still vital for preserving justice.
His point is proven in an unlikely manner when their routine dig through layers of corporate
infrastructure hits unexpected paydirt, and a piece of bloodstained paperwork leads our
intrepid sleuths to the location of a dead body.
The corpse is surrounded in the broken strands of a web of conspiracy, and just how vast
that web is is a mystery. But it clearly goes deep, involving career politicians, powerful
businessmen, and an indeterminate number of prostitutes. And when Fumio turns up dead
after following a lead on one of those working girls, something else becomes crystal clear:
this case is way too big… and way too dangerous, for seizaki to ignore.
Some of you might feel like I’ve just gone and spoiled something major by telling you
an important character dies in the first episode, but trust me, I’ve barely scratched the
surface. And that’s my problem. We’re about 6 or so crazy, game-changing revelations
deeper THAN THAT into one of the most compelling, wild, and unpredictable thrillers I’ve seen
in YEARS, and at this point I can’t even talk about what this anime is ABOUT, let alone
what makes it so good, without peeling back some of those layers.
So if you’ve seen the show already, or you don’t mind being spoiled for the sake of
hearing about its most interesting ideas, carry on. But otherwise, just… be aware
that you’re on a spoiler train from here on out, and feel free to disembark whenever
you’ve heard enough to convince you to watch it.
Though, uh, if you do… please come back and watch the rest of the video, too, so that
I can help you appreciate how brilliant this show REALLY is. And it is BRILLAINT.
I promise on my honor as, uh, a guy with a microphone and a lot of free time to watch
anime, that it’s 100% worth taking a blind leap into Babylon. And worth having to struggle
with amazon prime video to do it. Now, for those of you who already know that, and those
who are curious or need more convincing… let’s carry on with it, shall we?
Babylon is based on a book from up-and-coming Japanese Novelist Mado Nozaki; the same talented
author who penned the screenplay for one of 2017’s most thought-provoking original anime,
Kado: The Right Answer. I laid out some of my thoughts about Kado in a video essay from
that same year; “How to Begin an Anime: The Art of the First Episode” – which
I’d encourage you to watch too. I think it’s still an interesting video in spite
of the, erm… BOLD thumbnail design choices I made with it.
But I’m genuinely not sure if I’d encourage you to watch Kado itself in the same way.
2017 was a long time ago. And, unfortunately I don’t have time to rewatch it and check
for myself, at least right now. As I remember the series, though, it shares a predilection
for outlandish twists and turns with Babylon, and mirrors its focus on sociological storytelling
through the very specific lens of Japanese government bureaucracy.
If you’ve seen Gen Urobuchi and Hideaki Anno’s visionary bureaucratic Kaiju thriller
Shin Godzilla, it has a similar feel. But instead of a giant monster attack, Kado questions
how our existing political apparatus – on both a national and global scale – would
deal with the sudden appearance of a benevolent alien visitor who comes offering easy solutions
to war, famine, and the global climate and energy crises.
It then, uh, escalates… a bit, until it goes – and this is the only way I can describe
it without spoiling the whole damn thing – full on anime.
When I initially watched Kado, that ending really put me off it. It diverged so wildly
from the realistic, politically charged brand of science fiction that made me love the series
in the first place that I couldn’t help feeling disappointed. But looking back…
I remember that crazy twist a LOT more vividly, and fondly, than I do the equivalent “shark-jumping
moment” from, for example, Darling in the Franxx.
And even back then – unlike Daaaahling – Kado’s ending always gave me the impression that
it wasn’t a compromise on the creators’ original vision, but rather a very intentional
part of the statement they were trying to make. And I am all for stories doing crazy
things to make a point. I probably need to revisit Kado from a fresh perspective to say
definitively whether it works or not… but, well, that’s not what we’re here to talk
about today, is it? I bring all of this up… mostly to delay
the inevitable point where I’ll have to say what Babylon is ABOUT, honestly. But also
because I think this show balances its more “realistic” political components with
the supernatural, metaphysical elements of its storyline a lot more effectively than
Kado does. And if you’re someone who enjoyed Kado, whether or not you were disappointed
in its ending, I think you’re going to LOVE Babylon.
It definitely goes to some wacky places, but so far, for me, at least, it’s made it a
lot easier to accept those story shifts. As our view of the conspiracy widens, it becomes
clear fairly quickly that this show has a similarly broad sociopolitical scope. Though
it’s not quite as constrained by existing politics. Babylon is set in Shiniki, a fictional
new district of Tokyo that’s meant to act as a test bed of sorts for radical political
ideas; a place where Japan can try out new policies that will shape its future without
having to implement them on a national scale… but also a place where big businesses can
operate with less oversight. Much like other so-called “special economic
zones” in the real world. The conspiracy that Seizaki stumbled onto
is actually… a lot less obviously sinister than it first appears; it’s certainly undemocratic:
a plot by several of the minds behind Shiniki to install a young, visionary politician named
Itsuki Kaika as the new city’s first mayor. But everyone involved believes they’re working
for the greater good. Seizaki’s OWN BOSS is one of the conspirators, and he pulled
the detective onto the case because THEY don’t know why people are dying, either. And they
want it to stop. Now, I’m the type of nerd who gets excited
simply from seeing anime tackle concepts like that atall; but I know that dry political
science fiction… poly-sci-fi, if you will… isn’t for everyone. Luckily, Babylon’s
main draw doesn’t lie in the ideas and systems that it explores, but rather in the PEOPLE
it creates to explore them; and the atmosphere that it creates around them.
Babylon’s direction and storyboarding is nothing short of incredible. The series presents
every moment of its story with bold, expressive camerawork, editing, sound design, and animation.
In doing so, it seeks to help us get inside the heads of its characters, but also, in
its most impactful scenes, to worm its way inside our own minds, and get us following
new, sometimes uncomfortable and frightening trains of thought.
Babylon’s real power to do that becomes clear in the interrogation sequence that it
uses to frame episode 2. Which is hands down one of my favourite episodes of anime EVER.
Its A-plot focuses on Seizaki’s efforts to bring Ai Magase, a prostitute involved
in the conspiracy, in for questioning. Its B-plot, meanwhile, repeatedly cuts forward
in time to that interrogation; and the portrait these scenes paint of Magase’s character
is… utterly chilling. I can see Ai Magase going down as one of the
all-time great thriller villains. Anime or otherwise. Stellar writing, direction, and
animation conspire with a virtuoso vocal performance from veteran voice actress Yukino Satsuki
to lend the character a screen presence rivaling Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter and Havier
Bardem’s Anton Chigurh. But Magase isn’t quietly menacing, or cold and calculating.
She’s warm, cheerful, attractive, and charming. Dangerously… overwhelmingly so.
As the interview goes on, just by poking and prodding at Seizaki with leading questions,
Magase takes control of the conversation, charging the air in the interrogation room
with an overwhelming atmosphere of sex. As errant thoughts begin creeping into Seizaki’s
mind, the episode’s direction reflects them, becoming increasingly horny and avant garde,
until we’re watching Magase essentially swallow our protagonist whole from the POV
of her luscious, bow-shaped lips. And this isn’t just an example of anime
being horny because, you know, anime. It’s a vital demonstration of our villain’s power.
See, the Shiniki conspirators weren’t working with a prostitution ring to influence their
political allies. It was all one girl. Magase is a woman of many faces, able to change her
appearance such that she’s unrecognizable. Or at least, she is until she speaks. There’s
no mistaking her presence; her enticing, seductive mannerisms. It feels like she could convince
folk to do damn near anything. And, as a point of fact, she can. Seizaki
presumes, at first, that all of the deaths he’s investigating are staged suicides – cover
for murders – but the truth is at once simpler and more complicated. Every suicide is quite
real and voluntary. Because every person who dies in the show, with one significant exception,
is talked into it – into dying with a smile on their face – by Ai Magase.
And it’s still not entirely clear whether that’s the result of some supernatural ability,
or her Charisma stat is just that high. Although, given the show’s name and her involvement
in politics, it is pretty obvious that she’s at least inspired by the biblical – and
supernatural – “Whore of Babylon.” Magase’s abilities present an interesting
conundrum by themselves – how, exactly, does one investigate and prosecute the crime
of making other people earnestly want to be dead under any present law? Will Seizaki have
to bend his morals and go outside the law to get her? That question only gets more complicated
when you factor in her accomplice, Itsuki Kaika – the new mayor of Shiniki – who
begins his term in office by proposing some contentious legislation: A suicide law, enshrining
the right to die. Ai Magase is without question an EVIL person.
She says as much herself to Seizaki in the middle of a livestream where she does some
unquestionably EVIL things. But whether the goal she’s trying to reach by doing those
things – Itsuki’s goal – is itself evil is… well, that’s a lot less clear cut.
Seizaki and his fellow investigators frequently tell each other, and themselves, that it is.
That Itsuki’s suicide law will only lead to more deaths, and that he needs to be stopped
at ANY COST. But then, Itsuki himself makes a pretty compelling
case for the idea that giving people the legal option to die, if they want to, might be a
good thing. And he does so on ethical, legal, pragmatic, AND emotional grounds, all at once,
in a debate scene every bit as compelling as that interrogation.
I don’t want to spoil what happens – you really should watch the debate for yourself.
It managed to convince ME that Itsuki’s proposed law could do even more good than
I initially thought it could, all while presenting some remarkably sound arguments against it.
There’s good reason to have misgivings about legalizing suicide, which the show fully acknowledges,
but the issue is far from black and white. And that’s the real point here.
This fictional depiction of a national conversation about the pros and cons of giving man the
right to die (which is, for the record, a conversation that we probably should have
on non-fictional terms) is intended to provoke a strong reaction from us as an audience.
And then to get us to reconsider our initial stance, whatever it may be. I think babylon’s
handling of this topic is, in itself, fascinating enough to carry the series. But the real purpose
of raising that question is to make us consider a deeper one.
At its outset, Babylon seems to be a simple, thrilling, story of good cops hunting down
evil criminals. At least, that’s how Seizaki describes the work of prosecutors to Fumio
But in reality it is a philosophical deconstruction of those very concepts. A vehicle that takes
viewers on a tour through the foundations of modern morality, and encourages them to
question those foundational values. Babylon – named for the ancient empire ruled
by Hammurabi the Lawgiver, whose ideas STILL form the basis of our legal systems today
– is about the question of what justice really is; and it argues that unquestioning adherence
to strict moral principles is not always the opposite of pure, unambiguous evil. In fact,
it can easily be its bedfellow. When Seizaki realizes that his prosecutors
can’t make a case against Itsuki – because everyone who died did so willingly, and thus
the politician has broken no laws – he and his team resolve to take matters into their
own hands. They hatch a scheme to kidnap Itsuki following the debate; in their eyes, bringing
him to justice for his crimes… But from another perspective… it sure does
look an awful lot like a pack of self-appointed moral guardians who think they’re above
the law using violence to thwart a democratically-elected official because they don’t agree with his
policies. Policies that he’s not trying to enforce unilaterally, mind you; but that
he wants to put to the test of public referendum through the city’s council elections. Oh,
and Seizaki is willing to go through with that kidnapping, even if it means doing it
in front of Itsuki’s son Seizaki is not a bad guy. From our perspective
– or rather, his perspective, since that’s the one the series chooses to show us – he’s
a good man, driven by a passion for justice and a desire to protect his people, doing
what he thinks is right. But to do “what’s right,” he sure ends up doing a lot of questionable,
and at times unambiguously BAD things. Not all of them on the scale of becoming a
terrorist kidnapper. Just on a personal level, he often ends up hurting his own family, missing
important moments in his son’s life while he’s off chasing justice, (and he does so
with such regularity that his wife has taken to saying “it’s alright, there’ll be
other YEARS”). His family is so ancillary in his mind, that we don’t even learn they
exist until several episodes in… and… I mean… getting arrested for kidnapping
would only exacerbate his absence. But he doesn’t even think of that.
So, yeah, it’s pretty fucked up that Ai Magase convinces most of Seizaki’s accomplices
to off themselves. And even more fucked up what she does afterward; even if she does
manage to make it look… shockingly sexy and fun in the moment. She is a bad person
who needs to be stopped from doing bad things… but, uh, maybe Seizaki is, too? Maybe it’s
the doing of evil itself that determines if we’re good or evil. Not the justifications
we come up with for our actions And maybe, not even the net good that evil
might help bring about But then, if that’s the case, it only takes
doing good to be a good person. So maybe Seizaki can redeem himself by recognizing his mistakes
and doing some good in the world. The philosophy of justice that he espouses to his new partner,
Sekuro in episode 5 is certainly flexible enough to account for it.
I mean, he kinda states the show’s whole thesis up front in that moment; that there’s
not always a clear answer to what is and isn’t just, but a just person will always do their
best to find an answer. And that continuing to question your own definition of justice,
even when you’re sure of it, is the only way to ensure that you don’t behave unjustly.
I think that’s a sound moral philosophy. Though again, Seizaki does follow this up
by doing an attempted terrorism, so maybe he’s not the best at practicing what he
preaches. I’m saying “maybe” a lot here because
I don’t yet have my own hard answers to most of these questions, and even seven episodes
in, I can’t predict with any confidence whatsoever where Babylon is going.
Side note: the fact that I’m gonna have to wait until the series returns from hiatus
on December 30th to find out is killing me a little inside each day.
I’m not sure what stance the series is ultimately going to take on the questions it’s posing,
if it takes one at all. It’s done such a good job of making all of its characters complex
and comprehensible in their convictions that it could believably go any number of ways.
But I like that it doesn’t seem to expect me to reach the same conclusions it does;
that it’s main goal is simply to encourage me to ask these questions and contemplate
them seriously for myself. And I like that it recognizes both the danger
and the potential benefits that having such conversations about our moral convictions
can bring. Babylon is a smart, engaging, philosophically fascinating thriller unlike any anime I’ve
ever seen. And if any of that sounds enticing to you – if you haven’t already, of course
– I can’t urge you enough to see it for yourself.
If and when you do, or if you have already, please tell me what you thought of it, and
what your answers to the questions babylon raises are, in the comments below. But also,
please, for the love of all that is moe, be respectful to everyone else who’s doing
the same. Charged as we all know debates about these topics can get… please bear in mind
that it’s still just an anime, y’know? I’m Geoff Thew, Professional Shitbag, signing
out from my Mother’s Basement.

100 Comments

  • Yuki says:

    i saw a notification for this video, dropped everything /nothing cuz that's what i was doing/ and watched all 7 episodes and i'm just speachless

    great video btw

  • Aadit Doshi says:

    So I saw the first 1 minutes of the video. Until you said Fumio dies, got really mad, closed the video and watched the show. Now a few hours later I'm back! Wtf!!!!.
    I don't know if I "enjoyed " it but I was hooked…

  • Arieza Akbary Trieputra says:

    Babylon itself is based on 3 novel series. I’m not sure maybe the hiatuses serves like a break between novel adaptation?

  • Maggie Schubert says:

    Comment to please the algorithm gods

  • Aadit Doshi says:

    The editing of the interogration scene was phenomenal .
    The only downside of this show was that Zen looks a lot like you kuryonagi from Yakitate Japan. I was expecting him to have an over the top reaction whenever he ate bread or something.

  • Van Manaez says:

    I've never hated an anime character like this before..

  • Allan Walker says:

    i paused the video, binged all the available episodes, and came back, AND IM SO GLAD I DID

  • judgemental tigrex says:

    rip fumio he was a very good boi

  • cvhashim says:

    I'm sold

  • metalandmagi says:

    Thank goodness someone is finally talking about this show! One of the most underrated of the year!

  • The Legosinity says:

    Hi Can you do a video on Beastars?

  • xMrxGamez says:

    Damn. Gonna have to run it back…

  • Schreck Craft says:

    I'm only at Episode one so I am not watching this whole video, but man…that first episode had me so "What" that I watched it three times.

  • RichardOnADragon says:

    Magase is this evil mess between Johan Libert and self-proclaimed Intellectual Rapist Furudo Erika (complete with a single incredibly memorably shockingly awful scene involving cutting) which I never knew could work but oh boy does it.

  • Nathan Levesque says:

    Kado was unbelievably boring. The sole plot hook still didn't produce anything of interest by the halfway point. Zero reasons were given to invest in any of the characters. They were too bland to do anything other than move the plot along. To say that it's pace was frustratingly slow be generous, because it takes forever to do basically nothing. No clear theme was conveyed, nor interesting questions asked.

    A cube lands. People are stuck inside, and then they aren't. Origami is turned into a power source, except not really. They move the cube bc politics. That shouldn't be more than two episodes. It was six.

  • Dominick J. Moore says:

    said to stop watching when I was convinced to watch the show you had me at important character dies but wait that's just in the first episode I'm ready for this

  • titanicww2345 says:

    Babylon or Zen Seizaki's no good very bad life.

  • Marcus Melo says:

    I watched 1 min of this video , i then watched all 7 ep from babylon, im shocked , i cant express any words about this show
    now im watching the rest of your video, thanks a lot to making this .

  • titanicww2345 says:

    Ai Magase is basically female Ajin's Satou combined with Johan Liebert.

  • Mark the Matey says:

    I personally love the show. There is so much to unpack. I’ll be brief and say episode 7 completely shocked me and destroyed my expectations and the poster of the show is by far the most incredible poster I’ve ever seen after watching episode 7

  • yacht daniels says:

    will you be covering the bunny girl senpai movie?

  • Phil Klinkhardt says:

    Best 1st episode death in a long time!

  • Kymo x says:

    Watched all 7 episodes, it wasn't that great. Show relies too much on shock value. The debate episode on suicide was interesting, but was I the only one who thought that the piece of paper with F's written all over it was just stupid? Was that really just supposed to stand for female and nothing else?

  • Kiarata says:

    Episode 7 still shocked me to the core every time I watched it.Its not exactly revolutionary how the plot and the character goes in episode 7 but its the directing that's just extremely brilliant and insane.
    SPOILER

    The last scene where Magase effectively cut up and kill Sekuro is obviously shocking. But its not an insane revolutionary twist of an anime ever. What makes it so remarkably insane and memorable in the worst way possible is how they direct both the sound and animation as well as how they cut between scenes. How we see Seizaki's family happily cooking food as we hear his screams from the office as he watch the life stream goes on. How we see Sekuro's blood turned into the ketchup on the bento box Seizaki's wife and son are making for him.

    The directing, the scene cut, the sound design, and especially the moving plot, the moving dialogue questioning everything Seizaki does everything make that scene probably one of the best thriller scene in history. Its shocking, yes, but at its finest it chill you to the core making you just replay and think about that scene for days.

    That is why I can't agree with people saying that this scene is just made for shock value, it certainly isn't. Its very sensible for the route its going, its barely a twist. The only thing that makes it a twist is that most of the time we get the trope of helpless damsel in distress where our protagonist will rush in to help, and many would think that this scene will play out similarly, but instead it was cut short with a brutal torture and executing scene.

    SPOILER FOR ANIME WATCHER

    I have dived into JP google to look into the Babylon novel series itself. As of now there are no official or even fen translations for the Babylon JP novel series and that is why its so extremely hard for us to even get the novel spoilers in English. Me searching for nearly half a day in English Google yield me no results on the ending or even what direction the novel take. So I dive into the JP google to find out, and I did find out. My Japanese is rusty so you will have to excuse me for some misinterpretation, but from many reviews and discussion I have seen of the last installment of the novel series, many readers are disappointed and disliked it. Many says that the ending is quite cheap and that the first 2 installments are better. Where we are right now are at the end of the second book into the third book if I read their comments correctly.

    The ending are quite, well confusing for me to read, mostly because my Japanese are not that great. But right now I have 2 endings I have seen flown around. Basically Seizaki faced off Magase and well we see a scene of him before he 'kill himself'. The scene where Seizaki killed himself is not shown but implied so the readers are split on if Seizaki have killed himself because of Magase powers and Magase walking off scott-free or that Seizaki faked his death to continue following Magase. It seems though that the message is that there will always be evil things that doesn't get resolved and continue to cause, well for the lack of better word, disasters.

    Though what surprised me the most is that it is not confirmed that book 3 is the last book, even though the third book title basically is called 'End', the author haven't said anything about writing the next installment but also haven't confirmed that this is the last one he will release as well. With this information it makes me quite interested in what route the anime adaptation will take since the reactions of the fans to the last book is barely positive. And if they decide to go on a completely different route will they be able to make it a good ending or not. Getting a good ending in these type of thriller anime or shows in general are extremely hard to get right, see Erased, Kado, or even Dexter for example. I hope it does though because so far I loved the anime to bits and its probably will be one of the contender for the anime of the year for me.

  • CheshAmeoba says:

    While I was disappointed in Kado going full anime I think the thing is that a younger me would have still enjoyed it while the me of today is so so tired of compulsive heterosexuality that when she suddenly kinda turned into a Super Waifu I couldn’t handle it.

  • Calvin Gall says:

    I watched the first bit and am back after watching it all to say the first 7 episodes are good as fuck. This show is WILD. 10/10

  • letirz says:

    wait no i wanted to watch the dci show oh god-

  • Maddy says:

    Watched episode 7 while taking a break from studies… I don't know how to deal

  • Just-Infinite Gaming says:

    Are there other anime like this? Need something to burn the time before episode 8.

  • Wacky Adventures With Jesus says:

    Just binged all 7 episodes so far I’m in 👍

  • AGenericFool says:

    Just because some of Seizakis actions might be against the law in his country or for example infringe on the free will of another person, if that person wants to influence as many as possible in harmful ways they are not "unjust" ( yeah I think Ai Magase and Kaika Itsuki work together), also he seems to know how much time he is missing with his family but prefers doing his job because it benefits humanity at large more than a single life he knows well, his name really fits him.

  • ɹəuuıs ʇəƃpıɟ says:

    I left this video at 00:43 seconds to catch up on all 7 episodes, it is now 2:40 a.m. and I really regret watching the 7th episode. I was going to stop at 6, but I just wanted to catch up on the show. ): wtf

  • Feng Lengshun says:

    …I thought Babylon was ruled by Gilgamesh?

  • 2Bamus says:

    This show is so Monster I can’t handle it. Imo monster is better premise but hey we’re only 7 ep in

  • Meduka says:

    brb gonna watch scv 2018

  • CloudXIII says:

    DUDE CHILL ! I cant watch that many shows at once.

  • Jon stark says:

    Yea yea whatever…but when is the next episode released?!?!

  • Harshhaze says:

    Dude. I've already got 4 anime on my watchlist, and I've got 4 others that I'm trying to add in

  • Moritz Defourny says:

    Just like with anohana, I'll follow your recommendation and watch it, so I'll be back, might take a while with exams but see ya in a while

  • Miguel Hernandez says:

    Went in up to ep3 and it isnt worth it. Interesting concept just not well executed

  • White Kakarot says:

    Yes it's so good everybody needs to watch it.

  • myHuge249 says:

    i fucking love babylon though ep 7 idk how a feel about it. At the time it felt like it had watched akame ga kill and thought it kept its characters alive too long. Of course im fucking excited to see where it goes from hear, but it also just felt cheap.
    Dont get me wrong I fucking love blood, gore and brutal murder but is offing the entire supporting cast in one episode really the way to do it. It happened so fast you don't even have time to react to it nevermind give a shit about the characters lost. You see the scene at the end with the ax, and how mentally and physically broken seizaki is; you want to empathize but you just can't.

  • TopHatCat says:

    I'm still trying to convince people to watch Kado…

  • SalveMagia says:

    the first 2 minutes of this made me watch all the episodes out! now i hate you because i have to wait a month for the next one lol

  • Gal Levy says:

    holy shit, i thank you so much for covering this anime i only watched one ep but i already know that i love it

  • Ahmed El Ahmadi says:

    I'm going to sue you for increasing my anime backlog. What do you have to say about that, huh?

  • Samael says:

    Every time I watch one of your videos and see your signed copy of The Cover Up I get so angry-jealous it hurts.

  • jessabee says:

    i just wanna say thank you for actually making videos of anime i feel like people are missing out like ascendance of a bookworm and now babylon (and if you cover hoshiai no sora my life will be complete)

  • Iori Kira says:

    No one has watched it because its not on Crunchyroll. And even more so because its on Amazon Prime. I never check amazon for anime.

  • BurnestThe4th says:

    Mother's Basement: describes first episode
    My brain: This sounds a lot like KADO…
    Mother's Basement: It was created by the same person behind KADO…
    Me: Son of a…

  • Monica Creator says:

    You are the reason why I start watching this anime, and … wow

  • Brent Buckalew says:

    The only problem that I have is that the violent sociopath is a woman. Magase Ai would be a sociopath but she would express these things in different ways.

  • Hagita San says:

    Nice

  • Tony Joestar says:

    When people use the law as a shield to do bad things, throw those laws away

  • caramba1995 says:

    episode 7 change the frame of the show it's, genre. For me I didn't liked this, I was completely into philosophical angle. And I was hoping that people was convicted into suicide and not just talk no jutsu into it. It's just so boring/lame, that the answer was tada super power. But still even if this was disappointing, actual way it was done was fantastic. Direction of the show stays strong and effective. But just knowing that author of this story did Kado makes me feel kinda scared for the script in the rest of the show. For now it went down from 9 to 8. I really hope that it gonna stick the landing

  • TheKalluto says:

    I thought she was buying the body spray…not the…u know…..body flay

  • caramba1995 says:

    kado had awful ending

  • MUD PIE says:

    Michigan had an assisted suicide it was annulled sure to the difficulty of determining whether or not it was consensual

  • Bastian Freytag says:

    i invested way to much time into this video… i had to watch babylon and kado before i even reached 5 minutes… completely worth it though

  • gurozawa says:

    yeah i regret ever picking that up

  • Enuma Elis says:

    Ep. 7 popped me off the biggest boner.

  • Ayushi Kushwaha says:

    I am not even sure where this anime is going but am certain that this is one of the dark horses this season.

  • TheMezzaLira says:

    Man i love girl with big babylons too, respek

  • thinBillyBoy says:

    I binged the show because I got intrigued by your video and because it’s good but at the same time it’s every bad cop show too.

  • El Barto says:

    I’ve watched two episodes but It didn’t pull me in, so I put it on my anime list so I can binge it once the season is finished. When an anime doesn’t hook me, but I can see that it’s prob going to be pretty interesting, it’s a lot better to binge the episodes. Binging them has made me a fan of lots of anime that were just too slow for me to get pulled into by only watching one episode each week. Alot of people miss out on damn good anime because they aren’t fast paced, and attention grabbing from the first or second episode. Most people decide based off those first episodes, when there not fans of the manga coming over to watch their beloved manga come to life being animated.

  • lapolloloka says:

    If an anime is on amazon prime then no one will watch it. I’ve learned that the hard way with Banana Fish :’(

  • matteo says:

    Man I literally watched all 7 episodes after seeing 2 min. of the video.

    Damn this serie is dark. I love it.

    Also props for 999 serie music at 8:40 🙂
    Edit: honestly music choice feels perfect, I mean the anime atmosphere feels a bit like the one in the game.

  • Elle van Veelen says:

    Oh boy, I hope this anime doesn't end up as Kado: The Right Answer. I'm having flashbacks.
    Edit: I wrote this comment one minute into the video, and guess who the author of the novel this anime is based on turns out to be? Heck.

  • Ronny says:

    I was really intruiged by the concept of Babylon, but for me it's a bit cheap that Ai Magase just talks to people and they commit suicide. I know that she's good at mental games, but come on no way. It's as lame as Naruto's Talk No Jutsu'ing everyone into becoming good, she's Talk No Jutsu'ing everyone into suicide. A few other things is:
    1) they describe it as the urge of wanting sex, but wtf just send out straight female detectives then. Btw most of them should be married and I'm sure that old people wouldnt be as horny as they were in the show.
    2) I respected and understood the mayor's arguments, up until the heart transplant thing, that shit was dumb. Why tf would anyone agree to let the father donate his heart to his kid so the kid can survive. Mate the kid is mentally scarred for life and will grow up without a mom, financial problems increase and overall livelihood will decrease. Like no, that shit was stupid.
    3) magisa was on the phone when she was on the roadway, she dropped it. Like wtf her DNA in on the phone? Couldnt they use that and track her? They were standing on grass so surely she left footprints??? I'm not close to being a detective, but wtf no way someone gets away after messing up that badly. Also, she should not be able to escape the area before the police arrived there, as no one could pick her up since she's on a HIGHWAY so you cant just stop and pick her up unless you want to get crashed on?
    4) you tell me, that if you drive on a highway and there's two people standing on the grass inbetween the highwayroads, that you dont notice them? Idk mate something like that would be noticed since it's super out of the ordinary, anyone could guess that it's going to be a suicide victim, or some retard.

    There's probably more but this is it for now. If you read everything then thank you, I hope you don't get mad immediately. I like this anime for its controversial topic, but sorry some things are too stupid for me to be like "oh it's just anime", idk it ruins the plot for me if it tries to seem all logical/well-thought, it needs to be consistent is all im saying.

  • Andrew Orders says:

    The axe murder in the most recent episode makes me really, rally, really hate Magase

  • KissaloneComplex says:

    I like this show a lot, like really a whole truckload lot, but i cant understand how it gets this reputation for being so damn good and smart when there are so many illogical errors in it, that hurt its own supposed intelligence.
    And no, im not nitpicking here, i mean REALLY dumb errors, that just dont have to exist in a good story.

    Im going to tell you what i mean but beware that its spoilers, even though i still do my best to be as ambigious as possible.

    the "downfall"-Moment for me came in episode 5 (everything before it was great as fudge) when they showed the map with the little dots, and everyone could see the huge yellow line and know what it meant, and our supposedly super smart main charackters looked at it and said "well, fudge it, no idea what this could mean."

    After that came the stupidity of inviting the boy without a backgroundcheck ( i mean come on! You of all people should know that you need to do one, especially when you got betrayed only a few days earlier) and then the infamous "that moment" that, to be honest, did nothing for me except degrading the charackter from an super interesting and chilling villian to just another psychopath who does such stuff for jigz and giggles… -_-

    And i dont even want to get into the stupidity of watching a life stream without recording it, when you want to arrest someone for stuff.

    Its just another The-Main-charackters-are-super-competent-and-intelligent-when-they-need-to-but-when-the-plot-demands-it-everyone-becomes-a-moron-animes.

    And dont get me wrong i still enjoy it and im still gonna watch it, but i cant shake of the feeling that something truely special got lost after episode 5 and i really, really hope that this is all somehow explained later as part of the conspiracy, so it isnt that stupid anymore…

    I mean…come one… no backgroundcheck, what so ever?! And im only talking about the boy. The woman was a very nice surprise and would have been a great twist in itself, without the need of such BS >.<

  • Storm Leo says:

    No Watch Symphogear
    Ps I didn’t watch the video I’m just leaving a comment

  • Kristian says:

    I watched the whole show last night and it was great. The direction, especially or the interrogation, really reminded me of Monogatari.

  • Music changes just enjoy it says:

    Where can I watch this show

  • MrCataztrophic says:

    seriously my favorite anime of this season

  • Griffin Payer says:

    I might be in the minority here, but i dropped this after episode 7. It might be thrilling, but it's also very preachy and when the antagonist was preaching about being evil while chopping up that girl, I was just like "OK that's enough of that."

  • Phylippe Zimmermann Paquin says:

    2:04 I just finished episode 7 and all I can say is AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Black Hawk says:

    Does this anime have a manga?

  • 8890 says:

    jesus christ jeff if i wanted to watch guro i would have looked for it myself. this show, and particularly the last scene of episode 7, was way too much for me. reminds me of those old guro gifs people would post to 4chan, unnecessarily cruel for some batshit “artistic” point.

  • 8890 says:

    Also, those who killed themselves didn’t really kill themselves willingly. All of them were talked into it by Magase, presumably to make a point or convince the public to support Itsuki’s suicide law. Those people otherwise would not have killed themselves, had Magase not talked them into it. So far, nobody who killed themselves on screen did so fully-willingly.

  • Glaux Noct says:

    I haven't felt this way about an anime since watching Monster with Johan, and in some veins of Psycho-Pass S1 with Makishima (they share voice actors as well). I couldn't help but think that Ai Magase is a kitsune after seeing her make the 'dog' hand gesture (9:05) and with her ability to transform and seduce men. But then she's also able to influence anyone regardless of gender or age so… who knows.

  • Jeremy James says:

    Where can I watch

  • asian dude says:

    Pinmme

  • Chris Taylor says:

    engagement

  • CAPTAIN HAISE says:

    This anime is op 😨😨😨

  • Reprieve says:

    Stopped the vid before the first spoiler revelation and came back after binge watching the whole series up to the most recent episode. I have watched a few of your recommendations already and have liked most of them so far. Thank you.

  • Honeydew Uwu says:

    a great summary with no spoilers:
    if Ito junji's "tomi" and birdbox had a succubus baby, it would be babylon lol.

  • RaiKageRyu says:

    At some point this show has me nodding off but at some points it keeps me on my edge of my seat.

  • Paul Nguyen says:

    I thank you for bringing to light this show from the darkness of Amazon's anime streaming. But SERIOUSLY? COULD YOU HAVE NOT WAITED TO AROUND DECEMBER 30TH?!

  • Ren says:

    I get how you felt that wasn't a spoiler since it happens in the first episode and is just a small part of a bigger plot, but I was planning to just hear out your summary and then save the rest of the video until later, and then you mentioned THAT at the end up said summary and dammit Geoff I like being surprised about shit like this.

    Anyway for anyone else, take caution not to watch this more than a minute in or you will be spoiled by something plot relevant right away.

  • Alice DeLarge says:

    With this kind of shows, you can kind of anticipate what's gonna go down, but this…I'm really curious about the ending, so far it's really good but who knows…

  • Cheesy455 says:

    They said Magase Ai was adopted. Was she adopted from Kinderheim 511?

  • Veronica Stilson says:

    I like that you tell us where to find where the good stuff is.

  • Zigoro Black says:

    The first thing that came to my mind when I watched this was "Wait, a MC killed in episode 1?!". When I finished episode 3 I thought to myself "Tf did I just witness" & when I watched episode 7 I thought "Okay, this just went from 0 to 100 in no time".

    The show really has a growing consistency in every field. Almost as if not just the story, but art, music and direction all growing and getting by each episode. I'm also surprised how this thriller has been surprising me again and again with crazy things that I did not expect.

    The show reminds me of some sort of Death Note like setting where everything is being shown from Light Yagami's fathers perspective. So we don't know the super natural element (aka The Notebook) that is in play here. We also don't know Magase and Ihtsuki's (btw 2 great villains) full motives behind these actions.

    The fact that the last 5 episodes will come out all together means they must be confident that those 5 are gonna be even more breath taking. Can't wait to see what happens.

    Magase is best girl don't care what anybody says.

  • Dell12 16 says:

    Bruh 2017 was literally only 2 years ago the way you refer to it as a long time ago makes it sound like you are talking about a hundred years ago or something.

  • Mohamed Khaled says:

    My head is still hot and my breathing labored 45 mins after watching episode 7….

  • Dell12 16 says:

    Itsuki’s arguments were shit, he used straw men and false equivalencies, I think that’s why he resulted in manipulation by bringing you know who into the debate.

  • Ashley Rogers says:

    Blind Leap into Babylon. Good name for an album.

  • Luke Smith says:

    Haven’t seen the show yet(can’t wait to watch it). And I don’t know how laws in Japan work, but in America several people have already been prosecuted for convincing someone else to kill themselves. There is no legal loophole. It’s just as every case you need evidence or witnesses.

  • Dread And Donuts says:

    Nobody:
    Geoff: change your pants with me

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