So I’ve decided to change my first impressions posting slightly. Instead of waiting for 4 shows before making a post, I’m going to do a constant update with each show I watch, similar to Star Crossed. These first impression posts were a blatant ripoff err, inspired by his format anyway so it makes more sense this way.
My Rating System Explained!
A = If you watch anything this season, watch this
B = Very good, sometimes surprisingly so.
C = If you have the time, you should check this out
D = Not my kind of thing, I won’t be watching this
E = Bad. Very bad, ignore this show
F = Frustratingly awful
Well I’ve covered the first episode in detail already but let me take a step back a second and say that this episode was no A-grade material. It wasn’t so much exposition saturation as introducing explosion. With so much information being hurled at you in the first episode, it was impossible to take it all in.
Still the best first episode of the season though. I said it before, but it’s when an episode oozes quality even when not that much is happeningon screen that you know you’ve got something great on your hands. Baccano started the exact same way and that worked fantastically and Durararahas a whole 24 episodes to start making sense in.
So yeah, Durarararagi (sorry, I stuttered) had obvious quality stamped on it before it aired and the first episode has obvious quality stamped all over it too. I just hope none of these characters are as painfully annoying as Enjin from Yozakura Quartet. This show gives off similar vibes to Yozakura and I’d hate to see it ruined.
I appear to be the last man in the universe not to have seen Higurashi but from what I heard, the first episode of that was very similar to how Ookamistarted. So I’m all for givingthis the benefit of the doubt and continuing on but that doesn’t change that this was a very poor episode.
The writing was poor and it didn’t have the failsafe of being completely OTT like Umineko to fall back on to provide entertainment so the episode remained pretty dull throughout. The ‘character designs by Peach Pit’ that everyone was touting turns out to be a negative strike for this, I don’t like them one bit.
It was an all round very poor episode. But hey, mystery and intrigue and whatnot are beingtouted along with the possibility that they will all get brutally murdered. But things really need to pick up or I might bail on this show. For everything Deen did with Umineko, at least it was entertaining. This isn’t…yet.
I had a half-written post in my drafts where I lamented the fact that an awful lot of anime made recently have ‘cuteness’ as the main appeal, such as Kobato, K-ON and Kimi ni Todoke. Hanamaru fits straight into that category except…I actually enjoyed this.
My prediction of something similar to a Yotsuba anime turned out to be right on the ball. This is the cuteness and innocence of kids in a world where real adult problems and lives exist, with their problems and lifestyle being seen through the world of these kids. Granted, Yotsuba does this a lot better but that’s a high standard to be compared to.
The genuine adult problems was actually a bit of a shock. I certainly didn’t expect anything like that at all, which goes to show there is a bit of brains behind this anime. It lacks the cutting ‘that’s so true’ edge at the moment but it’s a surprisingly enjoyable way to spend 20 odd minutes.
Seikon no Quasar
You know the way everyone was hung up over the ‘breast-milk’ aspect of this show? Well, that’s actually the best part of this show. There’s a creepy nature to the sexual content in this show when combined with the Christianity and I can actually see potential here and I’m willing to give it another episode or two. But there’s so much it does wrong.
If you’re trying to subvert the sexual nature, you don’t then and go toss in blatant fanserviceas well. The entire suckling scene would’ve worked far better if prior to that scene I wasn’t treated to continuous Gainaxing, panty-flashes and prominent curves beforehand. If the sexual content was played for plot rather than fanservice this would’ve worked a whole lot better.
What’s going to eventually be the killing blow is the animation. Oh dear lord was it terrible. Random panning shots, a scene of a character standing perfectly still for 5 seconds, a still frame of something that doesn’t need to be still-framed and the occasional shotwhere the artwork suddenly collapsed. Censorship galore and it’s pretty darn jarring.
::Edit:: Hmm…actually the only reason I’m giving this a shot is because I found myself thinking “it has fanservice so I’ll instantly dismiss it” and then hated myself for doing that. I’m going to cast aside my elitism for a change and when I do drop this show, it will be for poor story-telling and plot. Not for boobs.