So flat, it’s good.
Summer is upon us. As usual, I will try to cover as many shows as possible for your reading pleasure!
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi
Summary in a paragraph
Ookami is a deliciously flat chested bishoujo that is wild, strong and powerful and we saw it through fighting off a delinquent who was stalking her client. As Otogi Bank is a group that is tasked to help the Otogi academy students (their clients) in solving their issues. Headed by Kiriki Liszt, The first episode discussed how they wanted a new male member in the group to improve the balance of the group. Morino Ryoushi popped out, a wimpy boy who cannot stand being stared by anyone. He then picked up a task to stop a tennis playing senior from submitting his resignation due to his injuries. He made a whole mess out of it, and the client accidentally gave an excellent kick to the face to the senior. Amazingly, all ends well as the senior is in fact a pervert (likes to be kicked) and they are happy together.
I usually won’t bother about such shows because they seem to be quite lame but I find myself chuckling quite a bit at the silliness. I mean, the whole mission thing is a total farce but I am already bought into the whole quirky character. I amazingly like Morino Ryoushi for his refreshing “I am so scared at being stared but I will try my best to be GAR” character. I guess I seldom watch shows where a somewhat wimpy character manages to be quite cool and pretty much harmless (rather than bloody annoying) that might be common in such silly comedy series.
The animation is pretty decent too, and there are no glaring issues from the first episode at the very least. JC Staff are always competent in the animation category, if not spectacular like PA Works or Production I.G. I do wonder if they are going to go at it with a case every episode, or there is in fact a plot. My personal guess is the former, which will make it a good mindless series to follow if you are like me, intending to follow serious stuff such as Shiki. It’s always good to watch everything in moderation by balancing the shows you are thinking of picking up.
The flat-chested joke went really boring by the second time round, and I find it quite lame. I really hope they stop focusing on it and let me focus on it subtlety so that I feel normal staring at a 2D girl’s deliciously flat chest. I also like the two kitty boxing gloves, and they better have Ookami go tsun tsun and then dere dere a lot. That will make me very happy. All in all, it is most likely to be a fluffy comedy series with some fanservice. Tread carefully if you are the type who might be turned off by fluff or fanservice (that said, there is little in this episode, just speculating)
Recommendation: 6/10 (You might like it, if you like comedy, DFCs and some quirky characters)
The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
Summary in a paragraph
Lyner and Shion are two adventurers ordered by their bishounen king to find the artifacts of a Legendary Hero across the lands to save the world. Or something. However, Lyner is a lazy bum that is somewhat blessed with the power of magic, while Shion is an expert swordswoman sent to protect him. This episode, they stumbled upon a relic (some giant robot) and eventually had to run away because they cannot deal with it. Interspersed in the episode were Shion random comments and Lyner’s complaints about having to do work.
The episode is somewhat all over the place, what with Shion’s continuous attempt of cold humor and yet there is some vague but actually interesting story revolving around many other characters. The thing is that this series feels somewhat like a frivolous show with Lyner and Shion around, and it becomes all manly serious with the other characters. I am not too sure where to place the compass for this show, but I do hope that they stick to mostly one genre because let’s be honest, Zexcs isn’t that great of an animation company, and they should not try to do anything too smart. It feels like Slayers, but not that funny and weaker characters. I will be glad to be proven wrong.
The OP and ED are pretty run of the mill for such fantasy stories, so it is really about the characters. In that aspect, I feel that Lyner and Shion feels a little cardboard at the moment, but I have a niggling feeling that there is something about Lyner that will provide some emo scenes in the future. Shion, on the other hand, feels like mere comedic humor for now, interjecting with smarmy jokes that can be either mildly funny or just distracting to the actually quite serious undertones and plots that are presented by the other characters in this series.
It’s hard to really pinpoint what is exactly wrong with this that makes me feel that this will be at most a below average series with some silly attempts for fanservice in the future. It’s just a vibe, I guess. With so much negativity said about this anime, it is actually a decently enjoyable first episode for me. I am not sure if I can really recommend this to anyone though…
Recommendation: 4/10 (ZEXCS’ track record is not that great, and doesn’t feel like it will break any mold)