Impz is generally not associated with giving praise to mecha shows. Most mecha shows run into a major problem of trying to use mecha as the source of all penis envy, and eventually decide that mecha without anything else will satisfy anime viewers. Sadly, for a viewer that generally enjoys shoujo and romance, I do need some form of character development or some resemblance of plot to feel like it’s not yet another crap mecha show that wastes my time by flashing better, more powerful and cooler mecha every few episodes to keep the manly adrenalin rushing.
Boring. Just me though, don’t take it too personally, mecha fans.
Then, Asura Crying came stumbling along. I have to be honest here. I didn’t really go crazy over this show during the preview because I felt that the graphics are rather old school. I have nothing against old school animation, other than the fact that I am a superficial person who generally hates anything that does not resemble modern graphics. It’s mecha too, which never help matters for me. Still, the story was interesting in the preview. Will it be decent?
A boy was in an intensive care unit, with a girl overlooking him on his bedside. Three years later, Tomoharu was surviving well, and his friend Takuma came over to pack his things in Tomoharu’s house. Misao also appeared, a cute female spirit that seemed to be a former close friend of Tomoharu. Tomoharu’s brother’s friend, Shuri, also came over to pass Tomoharu a mysterious metal box.
Tomoharu thought that it was for his brother, but Shuri said that the box was for “them.” At night, Tomoharu was assaulted by a shrine maiden in his bedroom, was told to pass her the “extractor.” She also seemed to be able to see Misao too, and suddenly ran off.
At school, Tomoharu met up with An. Tomoharu also met with Kanade (shrine maiden), but she denied that she crashed through his home yesterday. Shuri also invited Tomoharu to her science club, and commanded him to join the club so that she would explain more about that mysterious box. As he left the school, he found a sorry note in his shoebox.
At his part-time job, Tomoharu and An discussed about the contents of the box. At night, Reishirou’s group (church), An (part of some mafia) and another group came to grab the box. Eventually, Tomoharu went over to get the box in the attic to pass to any of them, as he feared for his life. Sadly, he was cornered by the three groups. Shuri told Tomoharu to open the box, and a darkness appeared and surrounded him.
I was pleasantly surprised at Asura Cryin. Sure, there are many stereotypes that are apparent in the show. All the way from the annoying friend, the energetic childhood friend to the huge bosom girl that everyone adores, it seems that all of the cliches of a school life romance drama appears. Of course, the graphics seemed all right, but hardly eye-catching by any means. Even the OP and ED sounds likes some strange attempt at techno or something? All that seems to indicate a poor first episode. Except that the story plot is pretty strong, and the future of this show seems to promise so much more.
The main mystery of this dark box, and the bit and pieces of the story are important parts of the story. Asura Cryin manages to balance the tough act of trying to provide as little information as possible for its show without making everyone confused about it. It is not your typical Sunrise dorama (I apologize if I am stretching too much with the stereotype, sorry Kaioshin ^^) where they throw you off with way too many things in the first episode that you are wondering… wait what?
Of course, Sunrise series generally tend to do good to very good after they explained it, but you sometimes wonder if they could have given more time to think about the story transitions. No such problems here for Asura Cryin. There are enough things in the first episode that needed answers but the story is told in such a way that it’s easy for you to catch on. In essence, there are only two main kickers for the show, one being the box, and the next thing I am going to mention.
Obviously, it must be Misao. The spirit known as Misao is one of the most interesting entities in the show. I presume that part of the mystery is to understand the relationship between Tomoharu and Misao. How is it possible that Misao continues to stay by his side up to this time? This is one of the biggest mysteries of the show, and the box seems to be the one that will answer this question. Of course, Asura Cryin might turn out to be yet another crap mecha show. However, it does have a lot of potential, if they manage to explore just these two plots.
All in all, despite the paultry production values, Asura Cryin has great potential if they manage to give a compelling story for the next 12 episodes. Let’s hope it does. So, if you want some mecha with a proper story, you might want to keep a close look at Asura Cryin.