Sunday, 8 April 2012

Just watched: SPEC Shou

And so the adventures of Toma Saya (Played by Toda Erika) and Sebumi Takeru (Kase Ryo) continue as they hunt down criminals who use paranormal powers for evil. This TV special was transmitted a week or so before the cinema release of the final part of the SPEC story on April 7th.

First thing to mention is that this makes no sense if you haven't seen the TV series. Former characters are brought back with no introduction at all, and from the very beginning the humour is eccentric. I can imagine this being completely baffling to any newcomer. It's almost as if the director and writer went through each scene and asked themselves how they could make it a bit stranger.

As for the story, it's okay as long as you don't think about it too closely. It involves a killer who is targeting people with special powers (or "SPEC holders" as the programme calls them). At least we get some kind of an explanation about the final episode of the TV series, and we learn about Toma's special power.

It was an entertaining ninety minutes, and I'm glad it had a proper story with a beginning, a middle and an end (although I didn't really understand it), and wasn't just a big advert for the forthcoming film.

But I suppose it is just an advert for the film. But at least it's an advert with a beginning, a middle and an end.

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