Well, now the first five shows of the season under my belt… and things are shaky so far. Two immediate drops, one meh, and two that might not be entirely bad. Not a promising start, but there’s more premieres to come so I have hope.
See more after the jump, then let me know about your season so far down in the comments.
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation Ep 1
Gotta shake my head here. The first half, which was mostly about otaku, wasn’t all that bad. The animation was a bit on cheap side, but the writing was clever in spots. Then we hit the second half… All about fanservice, setting up the harem, and lamely scripted battles. (And the cheap animation only made these battles worse.)
Honestly, I knew about the game and should have expected this going in… But as I said I only checked it out of the OP by Earphones. I won’t be back.
Verdict: Currently in that Wile E. Coyote moment where it’s stepped off the edge of the cliff but hasn’t yet realized it.
Forest Fairy Five Ep 1
Never, ever ask yourself “how bad could it be anyhow”? Because the answer is Forest Fairy Five. Quite possibly the worst CGI ever, and how they managed to overexpose a CGI image is beyond me… but at least the glare hid most of the psychotic colors some of the time. We meet three of what are supposed to be five main characters, and learned mostly that they are interested in cute things and happenings on Earth (while they stood in one place and bobbed and weaved)… And that’s it. No plot. No real characterizations. And did I mention the world’s worst CGI in psychotic colors?
Oh, and the fairy girls are named after mushrooms. Maybe that explains the colors.
Verdict: Gone baby gone… and pass the brain bleach.
Masamune-kun’s Revenge Ep 1
Cute in spots, flat in spots… and the main characters are both pretty much unlikable. But for reasons I can’t quite articulate, I want to like this show. Maybe it’s the girls in Matsume’s harem, one of which is voiced by the inimitable Hayami Saori. Maybe it’s that the writing isn’t bad in spots, maybe it’s watching Matsume cringe (his reflexes honed by years of being a fattie) before he realizes what a ‘hot guy’ can get away with (and he does know that he’s a fraud). Maybe it’s the death flag I think I spotted. (And I have not read the manga, don’t spoil it!)
I’m not ready to sing any praises yet, but it’s not teetering over the edge either. It will take an episode or three to find out.
Verdict: Keeper for now.
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club Ep 1
And here we reach this week’s meh. Quite possibly the slowest paced opening episode I’ve ever seen. This one wasn’t on my radar, so I didn’t know much going in… and I don’t have much more after watching it. We meet two of the MC’s (presumably being about a club, there’s more coming) and learn about their personalities – and other than some screen time for a possible third MC, that’s about it. We don’t even see the titular cycling club except for a brief (brief) flash right at the end. So boring that I kept checking my watch… and skipped the “for newbies” edutainment segment at the end so that it would mercifully be over.
And 1998 called and wants it’s character designs back.
Verdict: Goodnight Westley, I’ll probably drop you after the next episode.
Schoolgirl Strikers Ep 1
We’ve all seen this anime a dozen times before… Schoolgirls with secret lives defending the world from threats from beyond space and time. But it’s not all bad, I liked the character designs and the animation. The wide variety of weapons and skills used by the girls were refreshing too. Given that the entire episode was given over to infodumps and stage setting, it’s pretty hard to tell where this is going – it could be total genericsville, or it could be average. (Given that it’s based off a mobile phone game, I don’t hope for much more than that.) My current guess is average.
And honestly, what’s wrong with a guilty pleasure in the lineup?
Verdict: Keeper for now.
And yes, I know Fuuka has already premiered – but my wife wants to watch it too. So I’m going to wait for her to get home from work and then we’ll check it out together.
In other news:
Still trying to find a decent and workable style for postings… Overall, AML is still something of a work in progress. Let me know what you think.
Bought two tickets to the one-day Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale showing. Looking forward to it. We chose a theater that’s a bit of pain to get to since it’s over in Seattle, but there’s a conveyor sushi restaurant next door so we’re going to make a date night of it.