I watched the short film and I liked it very much.
Is the series as good or is there a drop in quality?
There is only one way to find out.
It's not very popular, and most people try to avoid it when they can. But truth be told, and I will tell you the truth you can trust me on that, it is literally the only way - let me repeat that again, for emphasis - the only way to find out:
Watch it yourself and find out.
Drop in quality. The judging of the week cases are good, but the overarching plot is disappointing. Also the show assumes that the viewers are retards and waste a whole episode spoonfeeding you how the system works and unnecessarily explaining what happened in the first episode.
I just watched this with the gf last week. It had some decent ideas and cool symbology, but the overall story was weak and predicable. It covered really obvious themes that did not break any new ground.
Frankly, if the whole show was more like the OP I would have loved it. An afterlife bar and casino where pyschopomps had fun and interacted between ferrying souls of the dead. It would have also been more interesting if they had fleshed out the world more
I loved it. From the very first episode the vast majority of the threads were pure shit, however.
I didn't watch it with /a/, so to speak. But every time I see it mentioned the majority of responses are negative.
Why? Because he mentioned he had a girlfriend instead of talking about how much he wants to fuck X girl from the show? His comment was more meaningful and on-topic than yours.
Not a single episode of the series is as good as Billiards.
And there's quite a bit of melodrama/shaky worldbuilding which never gets explored too.
The mini is an 8.5/10, the series is a 6.5/10. Still good though, and the better episodes/arcs are quite alright.
The gimmicks get old, yes.
While some would argue that it never fully resolves the threads that were formed by the world building, I honestly thought that was a good thing since it meant that it never bogged down the stories being told.
The rules were basically elaborated further to question its own system of judging and mainly served to tell little stories similar to the one seen in Billiards.