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:
- The main character has no personality beyond the fact that he’s kinda nice
- There is a childhood friend who inexplicably likes the main character despite the aforementioned total lack of personality
- The attempts at humour boil down to talking about breast sizes and the Shana clone being retarded
- 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)
- 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.