Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka – that was something wasn’t it? Hit the jump and read my thoughts on that other premieres and then let’s chat in the comments!
Girly Air Force
One thing GAF has going for it is a bangin’ OP by Run Girls, Run!
The PV’s made it look like it might be something along the lines of 3rd Aerial Girls, and who isn’t hoping that anime eventually gets made? As the show started, it seemed more like Strike Witches set in modern times… But eventually it turned out the planes are autonomous and the MC is guy who is somehow going to inspire the (decidedly female) aircraft to fly and fight. Shades of Arpeggio of Blue Steel…
Not sure how I feel about it overall. The show is adapted from an LN, and MC is pretty much poised to be a self-insert. On the other hand, the actual execution of the show was above average and there were some nice world building touches. They even managed to hold the infodumps to a minimum and integrate them quasi naturally into the dialogue.
On the other hand, given the characters shown in the OP, it could be headed into harem territory. Not sure how I feel about that.
Status: Watchable so far.
Dimension High School
I was actually middlin’ interested in this based on the concept… But as I saw the early comments on the low production values, my interest waned, then vanished.
Status: Dropped from consideration.
Checked it out because I’m eternally on the hunt for a decent male idol show. But once again it’s a reverse harem disguised as an idol show.
SideM‘s crown as Prince of male idol series remains intact for another season.
Status: Dropped 5 minutes in, and two of those were the execrable OP.
Other than the ‘hook’ of the harem being quintuplets, this looks like it’s going to be a largely paint-by-numbers harem comedy. Not that there’s anything wrong with the show in particular… It just doesn’t seem to have much in the way of any ambition to be anything more than that.
To its credit though, the protagonist does appear to be a cut above the average. He’s not especially dense, nor a perv, nor freaked out by being around girls… He’s mostly annoyed and pissed because here’s his chance to help his family and the girls are blowing him off.
Status: Mind candy keeper, so long as it doesn’t get too annoying.
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka / Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka
OK… For the first few minutes, I was not impressed. The massive infodump in the cold open and the largely generic tale told were not calculated to impress. Then this happened:
That made me sit up and take notice – a former magical girl with PTSD? That’s new. Later scenes, especially her reflexive attack on the dude who threatened her friends really drove it home realistically. (My service was much less intense, but even so I have habits and reflexes that still stick with me even after three decades. So I get it.)
By the time the closing credits rolled I was figuratively on the edge of my seat. I have long wanted to see a sequel to Magical Girl Raising Project that explored Snow White’s actions… And while Spec-Ops Asuka isn’t technicality a sequel, thematically it looks like it’s going to explore the same space.
It’s kinda frightening how her eyes go from angry to dead and empty as the battle wraps up.
If I have any objections, it’s mostly to Asuka’s character design. Did they really have to go the cleavage route?
Status: Strong keeper.
Status: On my radar, awaiting early reviews.
There’s still a few of premieres left to go…. and I guess I’ll cover those Mon or Tues? I still don’t know when I want to do my weekly post this season as my schedule is pretty danged full. Looking at the various shows on the schedule, I’m thinking Thurs or Fri so I can cover NEVERLAND in a timely fashion and just accept that I’ll be a week behind the curve on Smiles and Spec-Ops Asuka. Looking at the various shows so far, I’m thinking those are the ones I want to concentrate on. With the schedule as full as it is, I’m really going to have to prioritize and pace myself this season.
Your thoughts on these shows, or anything else that premiered through Friday (PST)? Drop a comment and let’s chat!