Shinmaru and Inushinde are still faffing about at AX. Last I heard they were hanging out with Mari Okada. In unrelated news, Inushinde and Shinmaru will no longer be writing for The Cart Driver.
So instead you’re still getting all your first impression posts written by yours truly. Cower in fear as I kick this rather pathetic Madoka clone in the oversized head. No seriously, those characters looks like bobble heads. I would probably have enjoyed this anime 10 times over if their heads flailed about on their necks during all the dramatic throttling.
The story is about a blonde bobble head the producer got free with a pack of tarot cards. She can use the tarot cards to predict things, such as how she will soon be meeting a tall dark ace of clubs and that maybe something bad might happen to her, like the spring on her bobble head snapping. She lives with her bobble head cousin who is really mad at the main character. This is because the cousin has great grades, will be accepted into a top university, graduate with a top degree and will have a successful career as a businesswoman, while the main character will instead live her life as a massive fraud, bullshitting customers into thinking she can somehow tell the future by randomly drawing from a pack of cards. Clearly this is something to be jealous of.
I’m now going to take back the Madoka comparisons because what follows has far more in common in Black Rock Shooter. This cousin is sooooo mad that the blondie has a pack of tarot cards that she becomes an evil monster of some sort. This evil aura that exudes from her causes the plant in blondie’s room to come to life and live out its dream of starring in The Dream of the Fisherwoman’s Wife. Because waiting 3 episodes to build tension before hitting us over the head with graphic violence is for pussies. We get the camera then rather creepily caressing the body of this bobble head as she is throttled, but then the cousin mysteriously dies and then disappears altogether.
That part in itself is kinda interesting, and it’s the only thing pushing me to maybe check out another episode. Where did this cousin disappear to? At the moment I’m assuming it’s just like Black Rock Shooter and she’s been transported to a post-apocalyptic bathroom where all the other touhou characters that keep randomly invading this anime live in their days off. However I’ll say the same thing I said about Sunday Without God: The writing on display in this first episode gave me no indication that the people in charge have enough quality in them to do something worthwhile with the premise.
The writing here was even worse than that in Sunday Without God. The blonde bobble head has the blandest most insipid dialogue ever. The directing uses shaky cam like its going out of fashion and has a creepy love of throttling the main girl. The character designs look stupid as hell. There might be an interesting story being built up here with tarot card mythos and whatnot, but at the moment it just feels like it’s going for shock value.