Love Death + Robots is an impressively made anthology series full of romance, violence, and robots (of course!). This series is hilarious and dark with stories that range from yoghurt taking over the world to a sexual assault survivor getting their revenge in the goriest way possible. Using a variety of animation techniques throughout its 18 episodes, viewers are treated to a masterclass on the craft. There were times I would replay scenes just to admire the amazing feats of animation.
My only complaint about this series is that some of the writing tended to fall short. This seems to always be a potential issue with short-form writing of any kind, but especially screenwriting. It wasn’t so bad that I felt the need to finish watching the show altogether, but bad enough to where I often found myself ignoring the story and focusing on the animation. I dearly hope that the second season features more well-rounded pieces.
This is not really a show you watch with your mom, nor is it a show for the faint of heart. But if you’re a fan of science-fiction, fantasy, comedy and raunchy romance, there is something here for you.
I’m not quite sure what compelled me to watch this series, but in retrospect, I’m glad I did. As a big fan of superheroes and their lore, I was immediately brought in by the prospect of a young woman developing telepathic abilities. The opening scene that introduces the film added to my interest as it is reminiscent of the horror classic Carrie. In many ways, there are a lot of parallels between I’m Not Okay with This and Carrie, as well as X-Men (and I’m sure many related works that I’m not thinking of at the moment of writing this).
I’m Not Okay with This is a charming coming-of-age story full of angst and sarcasm. We follow as the characters in the series go through very real struggles, and– in the case of our protagonist– mysterious struggles as well. Additionally, we get a considerably accurate depiction of depression, anxiety, and grief. The characters seem very real, as none of them is perfect and their imperfections are beautifully portrayed by the actors flawlessly.
This show also boasts some pretty impressive special effects that, to me, are reminiscent of the ingenious effects used in films like Chronicle. It’s subtle and seamless, and the sparse use of it is perfect for the tone the show maintains throughout.
The story is fast-paced and easy to follow, and with only eight 30 minute episodes this is a quick watch. The story, which you can probably infer from what I’ve written thus far, is very much character-driven which culminates into an emotional ride. As the season progresses we are given a glimpse into what this series can become as small details are revealed and questions are raised only to be left unanswered. The questions interesting enough to warrant interest in a second season.