17 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

C³ episode 1 (C x C x C)

Ah, so here’s the light novel adaptation about a male lead with no personality whatsoever having a mentally challenged girl with a flat chest fall into his care while she berates him all day, usually telling him to shut up…oh wait, the final season of Shakugan no Shana doesn’t air yet. For now, we just get Yet Another Shana clone.

Do I really need to explain what happens here? Aren’t you lot used to seeing this already? It’s the same as every Shana clone light novel adaptation, plus with a few other usual aspects thrown in. Oh well, for the sake of clarity:

  1. The main character has no personality beyond the fact that he’s kinda nice
  2. There is a childhood friend who inexplicably likes the main character despite the aforementioned total lack of personality
  3. The attempts at humour boil down to talking about breast sizes and the Shana clone being retarded
  4. The Shana clone is retarded (actually this is sort of worked into the story in that she’s not human and therefore doesn’t know how to act like one, but it’s still irritating)
  5. It’s another fucking Shana clone

Why copy Shana? I mean fine, magical girlfriend genre is cool and all. But can we please give main characters some personality. Please? Being kinda nice doesn’t count. No, neither does giving him one magical ability, like being dead or being able to magically stop curses. That’s not a personality trait, that’s just an attribute attached to them. Please, for gods sake, stop making Shana clones!

The animation was neat though. Silver Link are a spin off from Shaft. Their only previous anime was the Baka to Test series (although the ef series is basically theirs, as it was the staff on ef who broke away and formed Silver Link in the first place), and they follow the same code of thought when approaching animation as Shaft do. In other words, they try to make it look interesting beyond just a stream of talking heads. C³ has this neat thing going on where all the light comes across the screen in streaks. It gives some of the scenes where characters face off against each other this red vs blue approach. There’s a few other tricks too, such as the spotted background stunt they also used in Baka to Test. My feelings towards them are fairly similar to how I used to think of Shaft, pre-Bakemonogatari age. I like what they’re trying to do and I can see promise. Silver Link have a good anime in them. C³ is not it.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted October 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    What a shame, I was interested in this.

    Well, not I’ve got one less thing to download and more time for Gundam.

  2. Ticket
    Posted October 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I still feel like giving it a shot, but I won’t expect anything great. First episode was kinnda boring and standard. Weak start to the season so far: Bakuman, Squid Girl and Working (to a lesser extent) arent as good as their predecesors and now this. Gotta go watch something nice to make up for it…Tiger and Bunny?

  3. Posted October 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    But Scamp, you just _have_ to watch it. She even told you to do it or otherwise she’d put a curse on you.

    Come on, there’s a loli pedo bait screaming at you and pointing towards you. And she’s also blushing. And throwing random things which all belong to you at you. And eating rice crackers. At the same time. At least that’s the kind of image you get of her once you combine all of her character traits.
    So yeah, the show is shit.

    The visual presentation reminds me of ItsuTen, which is certainly not a good thing to say. In fact, it gives me the creeps. Everything is radiant and overly colorful done. Heck, I even think it’s worse than that: Did you see all the small, shiny cubes coming from her hair? Now that’s a stylistic device!

  4. Posted October 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Oops. I haven’t watched Shana. That might be a reason why I thought this episode was decent!

  5. Anna Ki
    Posted October 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    They need a good writer on board. That’s what they need.

    • Posted October 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

      More spiders would help too. I think that and constant Aperture Science Companion Cube references were the only enjoyable aspects of this episode for me.

      I don’t think they even employed a writer for this vacant husk of a story… you could seriously have produced it with an anime premise Mad Libs page. Hell, a dartboard covered in tropes would have yielded greater originality. Unlike Shana clones, darts have randomness on their side.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      They do have a good writer on board. He’s a guy who wrote the script to 8 episodes of Cowboy Bebop

  6. Kiseki
    Posted October 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    But I thought “kinda nice” was a prerequisite for the generic male lead?

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Hurrah for Light Yagami!

  7. Posted October 3, 2011 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I keep debating whether to watch this or not. I don’t know why I’m a sucker for abuse.

    It must be all these animes where the main characters are verbally abused that make me crave a experience in my life which relates.

    • Yagen
      Posted October 3, 2011 at 6:16 am | Permalink

      Coming from a person who generally watches these Shana clone shows, this show was garbage. You’ll just be abusing yourself, not watching the character be abused, so now’s the time to run XD.

  8. 3242
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    We need a insane male lead that is hated by everyone and has no nice side at all and kills the shana clone already. WERE IS THIS LEAD!?

  9. Kioku
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    I lasted about eight minutes before I deleted this. Rather sad, I don’t normally drop a show before the first episode is even over. But this was just… something. Something ‘not’.

    • Posted October 3, 2011 at 6:04 am | Permalink

      I managed to finish the episode, but I really wish I hadn’t.

  10. Anna Ki
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    And to think that this used to be on my “maybe watching” list. I’m now officially avoiding this like it’s dog poop.

  11. Posted October 4, 2011 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Everything I’ve read about this anime seems to point out how nice the art is but how bland and clone like the story is. I can agree with all that and say we shouldn’t get excited about the this anime season until some of the good stuff airs *cough* Guilty Crown *cough*

    Background music was good though.

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