You didn’t think I was going to cover this show, now did you? >:3
The instant I saw this, I was sold. SOLD.
It’s been a heck of a long time since the last time an anime character figuratively stabbed a knife into my heart and twisted it, but damn if Miniwa Tsumiki not only stabs and twists, but she forcibly removes the blade too, causing my life force to seep from my broken body.
Apologies, I’m still in Mirai Nikki mode. Have a Youtube clip.
I don’t know who wrote the OP 「あっちでこっちで」 (Acchi de Kocchi de), but it sounds so much like Hyadain’s work (The mad genius behind Nichijou’s OP1 and OP2).
High tempo, high tension, balanced with little almost-minimalist interludes. Plus Tsumiki karaoke. I fudging love this.
Also, possible shoutout/reference/blatant-copy of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu’s walking/bicycle scene. AIC must have taken many, many notes from KyoAni.
The ED 「手をギュしてね」 (Te wo Gyu Shite ne), on the other hand, is rather generic sounding.
Then you read the lyrics and a veritable fountain of blood is practically guaranteed to erupt from the gaping cavity in your chest.
Yes, this is a slice-of-life anime. No monsters, no technologically advanced robots, no insanely convoluted plots over the selection of the next World Overlord.
Indeed, a slice-of-life anime, revolving entirely (well, mostly) around Miniwa Tsumiki and her interactions with Otonashi Io. Where Tsumiki just cannot force herself to confess her love and Io is oblivious to her affections to the point of a possible symptom of brain damage.
Is the nature of the character relationship overused, and predictable? Why, yes.
And yet it is oh so SPLENDIFEROUS.
Maybe it’s because I don’t actively seek out moeblob anime to watch, maybe it’s because the last few moeblob anime that I’ve watched in recent memory (Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, Lucky Star – hey it’s awesome enough to rewatch) haven’t actually made use of a romance dynamic.
But I’m not going to overanalyze this just yet. That time will come, probably around episode 7 when my brain finally catches up with my ruptured heart and politely asks it to get a hold of itself.
I like what AIC did with the scene changes. Just by using a few arrows to represent character movement, they’ve made something boring into something interesting, although it probably won’t be ranking among otakus’ Top 10 Greatest Anime Scenes any time soon.
Also, I like how non-essential characters are given 50% opacity. What. I don’t know how else to describe it.
But it’s a simple way to differentiate the main characters from everyone else, and it looks better than black and white silhouettes.
Okay so not every scene is about Tsumiki and Io. Which is a good thing, because otherwise I’d be comatose every time I watch an episode.
Thankfully, the non- Tsumiki-Io bits are entertaining on their own, and have quite a bit of the Nichijou spontaneity and randomness if not quite going into the realms of the improbable.
Dat Tsumiki full parry. LETS GO SAKAKI
The episode preview is pretty well done too. Simplistic, easy on the animation budget, a little after-dinner mint to counteract the major gastronomical MOE buffet that makes up the episode proper.
Only problem is that I end up not paying attention to the scrolling text, but it’s not like I can’t watch it again.
NOW ARE YOU READY FOR THE MOST HEARTRENDING PART OF THE EPISODE?
BULLSHIT YOURE NOT READY YOU WONT EVER BE READY
GIRD YOUR LOINS HARDCORE MOE INCOMING
-IIII HURK HEART ATTACK
MAN DOWN NEED A MEDIC
The rest of the crew’s reactions are the icing on the glaze on the strawberry on the cream on the icing on the cake.
FEELS FEELS ALL OVER THE PLACE