Well, here we are the second (and final) batch of first impressions for this season… and it’s a really mixed bunch. Some good, some… not so much. You know the drill by now, hit the jump and let’s run ’em down!
The shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics,
strikethrough marks dropped shows and (*) marks shows that are watched but not regularly reviewed.
BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense
(Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu.)
That title is sure a mouthful isn’t it? (checks) Yep, it’s adapted from a light novel. No surprise.
What was a surprise was just how charming it was, despite being on the simple-minded side… I loved Maple’s naivete and how much she enjoyed just playing around. (And the playful adventure among the growth of her powers stands in sharp contrast to Rimuru’s in Slime Datta Ken.) I think the greatest danger this show faces going forward is losing that sense of innocence. Or over doing it… Going to be a hard balance to strike.
Status: Mostly generic, but fun – but I grinned out loud at several misadventures.
It’s hard to tell about about Illusion. One on hand, we have a fairly generic tsundere romance. (Well, not quite a romance because it’s being driven by a third party.) On the other, there’s deeper hints… Momma and Poppa don’t appear to be merely stage magicians, maybe their magic is real? And what’s up with Kana’s mahou shoujo style transformation into Hatena – the master thief? I don’t think she’s imagining things.
Despite the rough and generic spots, I find myself curious to know the answer to these mysteries. Isn’t that was a premiere episode is supposed to do? So, I guess you could call it a success in that respect.
Status: Tentative keeper.
If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die (Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu)
This is one seriously creepy show. And I don’t mean that in any kind of good way at all.
‘Bad’ fans (creepers, stalkers, whatever) have occasionally popped up before in idol anime, but they’re always a side character. A problem that occupies an episode and then goes away. Budokan tells the entire story from the point of view of one such obsessive creeper. That she’s a girl doesn’t make it any better… Very believably, Maina (the stalkee) wants as little as possible to do with Eripyo (the stalker).
Where will the show go? There’s two hints dropped… Towards the end of the show, Eripyo gets a (very) tiny glimmer of self-awareness. That what she’s doing might not be helpful or healthy. This is good. At the very end, in a sort of epilogue, Maina makes the whole thing out to be her fault. This is not good, she is not responsible for Eripyo’s behavior in any way, shape, or form.
There appears to be a budding romance here, but it’s off to a very unhealthy start.
Status: Against my better judgement, provisional keeper. Probably should be on three episode probation.
That was… painfully bad. Take all the worst parts of all the generic inside-a-game anime you’ve ever seen, combine them in a single episode, and you’d barely scratch the surface of how horribly bad Dendogram’s crudely finger-painted-by-numbers premiere was.
A gung-ho bear armed with a mini-gun is the show’s only saving grace. And it isn’t enough to make me endure a second episode of this mess.
Status: Dropped with extreme prejudice.
Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte)
Probably the best way to describe Runway is “generic but workmanlike”. It’s not bad per se, it just has very little to recommend it. Chiyuki (MC-chan) has a dream, and is unswerving in pursuing it… She’s also more than a tad self centered, entitled, and wee bit arrogant. On the flip side, they do give us hints that she’s self aware enough to recognize these traits – and not care because they’re in service of her dream. Ikuto (MC-kun) is basically colorless and self-effacing, so I can’t really say much about him. (So far.) This may be one of those anime where we’ve got to let the picture develop a bit more before rending judgement.
Status: Provisional keeper. On probation under the three episode rule.
So, caught up through Friday (USA PST) that I intend to watch with the exception of Railgun T. (I have to wait for my wife to get home from work to watch. So, no spoilers!) I’m curious about Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It / Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei Shitemita, but I’m waiting to see other reviews before diving in. (And there are other premieres coming… and I’m already getting a full schedule.)
Since the first 2nd episode aired today, I think this will be the last of the First Impressions posts. I think I’ll be back Wednesday(ish) with the first weekly post. My schedule doesn’t really have any breaks in it, so I’ll be awfully late on something… I just have to decide what.
So, what have you watched? What do you think so far? Drop a comment and let’s chat!