Spring is here, and with it a new season of anime. I very likely will not blog any of these series, but I thought I could share some of my thoughts. Insert standard “These are my opinions” disclaimer here. Ignore as necessary. This covers only what I have watched so far (duh). There may or may not be a follow up post. This post is spoiler free.
My favorite scene lasts for five seconds.
To be blunt: this was painfully boring. I could not stand half the cast, the half I could stand were barely featured, and the jokes mostly fell flat. While I am not alone in that opinion, this seems to be one of the more divisive shows so far, so I’m interested to see where popular opinion will wind up. It does have some pluses vs Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star in that there are actual male characters, but it remains to be seen what they’ll amount to.
The humor here tends toward the absurd, but in my opinion is still much too mundane. Something is off when the funniest segment lasts for maybe five seconds. But maybe that’s just because the show’s secondary appeal (cute girls being cute) does not appeal to me in the least. So if that’s your sort of thing then by all means you’ll likely enjoy this.
As usual, PA Works deliver on the visuals.
A pretty good episode, all around, except for one thing. The first scene was amazing because of the rapport Ohana had with her mother; she was wonderfully sarcastic and it felt so fun. But as the episode wears on that wit disappears and is replaced by very forced metaphors. All is not lost, though, if the ED is any indication of where it’s going. I imagine a slice of running-an-inn life could be pretty fun to watch.
Unfortunately this show also is drowning in some of my least favorite tropes, and when it comes down to it what we’ve got here is your basic Fish out of Water type story. Compare with Spirited Away. And, as Fractale showed us last season, we all know how well competing with Ghibli turns out. But I’m still cautiously optimistic about this one, despite PA Works track record, as long as they focus on the parts that are actually interesting, and tone down on the lame metaphors.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Tolerance.
Tiger and Bunny
Tiger and Bunny was surprisingly better than anticipated—also, slightly more enraging. Remember when I praised Wandering Son last season for its sensitive and wonderful portrayal of a gay character? Well, this show undoes all of that. The world is a worse place because of fucking Fire Emblem. I mean, I get that they wanted to show he was gay without devoting very much screen time to him—because you can’t let the gays have that—but did they have to go and make him Mab, Queen of the Faeries, while they were at it? When you can tell he’s gay from his wrist movement, YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG.
To be fair, it could well be that this is a setup for a later reveal, where we learn that his Homosexuality (with a capital H) is just an act to get attention for his sponsor. Or something. That wouldn’t be too much of a stretch based on what we’ve seen, but that sort of speculation is a bit beside the point when my main problem is the offensive portrayal to begin with.
I do not have any complaints about this show. Though unfortunately associated with another work with a similarly ridiculous title, this one is definitely in the running for best first episode of the season. Granted, my most anticipated shows of the season have yet to air, so that might be a bit premature to say. But that’s never stopped me before!
I agree with Scamp, that it’s the little things that give it that mysterious feel that leaves you wanting more here. But other than that, by the end of the episode you’re left questioning what may or may not have happened in the episode. Which has some possibly unwelcome parallels to Chaos;Head, but I’ll give this show the benefit of the doubt.