Welp, here’s the first batch – Run with the Wind, Reincarnated as a Slime, and Girl in Twilight. Hit the jump and let’s chat!
Run with the Wind / Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru
This one seems like it’s going to interesting… Already we have a lot of conflicts going on. On top of the main one, will Haiji be able to convince everyone to run… It looks like there’s quite a bit of interpersonal stuff going on too. And what’s going on with Kakeru? He used to be a somebody (a well-worn trope in sports anime), but he isn’t anymore. And he’s something of a shady character to boot – not only losing a wad of money gambling, but seeming to easily take to thievery to support himself. If he’s in any kind of moral dilemma over this, there’s no signs of it so far. Or is his reclusiveness a sign of that? I look forward to finding out.
I also like that we have a nicely balanced cast of college aged characters without being too tropish. But, if you know me, you also know that such a large cast gives me pause… They’re had to handle well. That they’ve set up two unquestionably front-and-center characters gives me hope on that front. With the show slated to be two cour that gives them plenty of time and material to work with.
Prognosis: Tentatively tagged as a solid keeper. There’s a lot going on that I want to learn more about.
This is also the only show so far with a real probability of being an “us” show rather than just a “me” show. Girl in Twilight is an outside “maybe” if it has any major surprises.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime / Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
Sigh… Right off the bat Slime is looking and acting terribly generic. Dragged out death of a protagonist we barely know? Check. And he’s a virgin who has never had a girlfriend? Check. And they tell us this multiple times? Check. The background is explained in excruciating detail? Check. And it’s explained in-game mechanics? Check…
I mean seriously, I’m having a hard time saying anything about the show because pretty much nothing actually happens. It’s all background and it’s all dragged out exposition. It’s all the worst parts of all the bad isekai I’ve ever seen neatly distilled into a single episode.
Prognosis: Not good Maynard, not good. Unless it really wows me – I give it one more ep, at best two. I just don’t have the time or interest.
The Girl in Twilight / Akanesasu Shoujo
One the surface, Twilight seems to fall somewhere in the isekai spectrum. (Nothing I’m aware of in the genre’s definition forbids travels between the worlds.) That the world is parallel rather than different is something of an unusual twist though… It’s an old sci-fi trope, but one I haven’t seen before in an anime.
The first episode leaves us with a lot of mysteries to chew on… Where did the crystal the Chloe found come from? I don’t think it’s presence was happenstance. Asuka-653 immediately recognizes the other girls are from 633… and insists they return there. She obviously knows something of dimensional travel. (And so does the girl we see a flash of at the end – she seems to be a native of Asuka-653’s world. Is she a counterpart to one of the other girls?)
Lot’s of questions… Not many answers. That’s what a first episode is supposed to do after all! :)
Prognosis: I find it hard to put my finger on why… But for the moment, I’m curious and Twilight has me interested enough to tune in next week.
That’s it for me so far… (Bunny Girl Senpai and Between the Sky and Sea have both dropped but I haven’t had a chance to watch them yet. No spoilers!) What have you see so far? What are your thoughts on these shows? Drop a comment and let’s chat!