29 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

God’s Memo Pad episode 1

JC Staff being JC Staff being JC Staff being JC Staff being…hey wait a second. That wasn’t half bad.

I guess if you pick up every single light novel about a high school boy meeting a cute flat chested girl with some sort of special powers (this time being brainy detective), as JC Staff have been doing for the past half a decade, you will eventually stumble across something well written. There’s some genuinely clever lines in here. That sort of hidden agenda beneath every character’s line that reveals far more about their own self-deception than you realise. My personal favourite line being the classic “I’m not a hacker, I’m a  NEET Detective”, a line that holds far more than just being a simple joke.

However this is still a Light Novel Adaptation about a Generic Male Lead meeting a Cute Flat Chested Girl With Super Powers, so many of the same old problems still exist. The cute girl in question occasionally has to stop in the middle of her epic put downs to do something cute. The Generic Male Lead is still a Generic Male Lead. Why do these shows require a Generic Male Lead anyway? Don’t try to say he’s just a normal bloke put in an abnormal world. He’s still as boring as hell. Why do eccentric male leads like Steins;Gate’s Okarin have to be the exception to the norm? If I was the grand master of the entire planet ruling over every country except the Faroe Islands because why the fuck would I want them, I would abolish every single generic male lead and tell authors to instead place one of the side characters as the lead. Imagine if the gun-toting college student was the lead? Or the high school drop out? That’s a lead character worth getting interested in. Not Yuji Everylead.

However my biggest complaint comes back to the studio again. I’m sure you try JC Staff. Your animation is decent, fairly fluid, and there is the occasional clever way of shooting something. But in something as dialogue heavy as God’s Memo Pad is, your safe approach to animation simply doesn’t cut it. It’s boring to look at a talking head. Why the hell wasn’t this animated by Shaft!?! This is right up their alley. Clever dialogue with plenty of interesting settings to shoot at various angles and have loads of close up shots of eyes. Sure, not all of Shaft’s Shafting works, and they do have this tendency to zoom in on the crotch region of young girls a worrying amount (not that JC Staff are particularly against doing that either), but it would be far more interesting to look at than this.

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  1. Chipp
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    So what abot the second half?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      snot subbed yet

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

        You could’ve waited an hour for the second half to get put out, I mean, you’re already grabbing pre-airs so why not wait till it has aired completely.

      • Posted July 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        OR, he could write about what he saw because it was subbed and ready. You know, because his blog and all.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:25 am | Permalink

        Ah, someone who perfected the art of missing the point. Welcome to the internet Vucubcaquix (if that is even your real name) and also welcome to The Cart Driver, anime blog on said internet.

  2. Posted July 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t expect this show to be this decent. I thought it would be another loli tsundere show by JC Staff. But like you said, this show could have been better if other studio (particularly SHAFT) produced it, it would have been a feast.

    Jeebus, i’m redundant >_>

  3. karry
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    “Why the hell wasn’t this anim­ated by Shaft!?!”

    Wait, you want animation to be WORSE ?

  4. Posted July 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Hmm. I found this show incredibly boring, especially with how bland every character except Alice is. They spent way too long on languid character introductions and not enough time building tension. This was supposed to be a detective show, right? It felt more like tea-time with Grandma while she introduces you to a bunch of boring relatives you couldn’t care less about.

    Things did perk up a bit when Alice showed up, but the moment was ruined by her constant, pretentious monologuing. Maybe if Bland Male Protagonist had actually responded to her and said something insightful instead of being silently lectured like a guilty schoolboy, this scene would have been redeemable. As it stands, it was yet another assault of soporific blandness.

    This show has potential, so I’m going to give it a few more episodes. But it really needs to start generating some tension, and fast.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 4, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      After watching the second episode now, I can safely say that the pretentious monologuing was the best part. Well, more like pretentious lecturing, but it was still awesome. Was like watching Bakemonogatari again

      • Posted July 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

        Just saw it right now. Has loads of potential, much more than the mediocre Sacred 7, but it kinda feels too much like Gosick. Agreed on the pretentious lecturing – sometimes it works, but when it does, you’re reading a Dan Brown novel.

        I hope this show doesn’t play it safe like Gosick with a genius detective that sees everything the second a case shows up. Sometimes I want to watch a detective show when I’m actively participating in the clue finding until the end — as opposed to being told the answer before I get a chance to do some sleuthing.

  5. Posted July 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I like this series so far! Then again I am a JC Staff fan >.>; But hard to say if the mysteries can hold in this series! I wanted Gosick to be fun and yaaaa those mysteries failed.

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t have any idea this even aired. Might as well check it out seeing as you gave it a good score.

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      Pre-air, it’ll air later proper, meaning we’ll have to wait weeks for episode 3.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 4, 2011 at 4:31 am | Permalink


        Well I dropped it anyway


  7. mcm38
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Generic male leads are a popular main lead choice. This is because the writers can suck up to the Japanese shounens need to have a change of pace in their life, by creating a (generic) male character the shounen can associate themselfes with. The shounen will subconsciusly fantasize about the possibilty that those ‘exciting’ events might occur to him in reality, because the same things happened to the character that’s so much alike him.

    I would still banish the generic male leads. Let them play some damned galge’s if they want to feel like they have a change of pace. They at least have acces to most of them, unlike us.

  8. 3242
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Imma go guess the reason for so many generic ones from light novels and such is because writers have an easier time writing from their POV if they are blander >.<

    • mcm38
      Posted July 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      Oh, now you mention it.

    • Posted July 4, 2011 at 3:51 am | Permalink

      In other words, because these writers are inept and can’t pull off a main character who isn’t just a shameless self-insertion cypher, let alone an actually interesting individual.

      Likewise, these aren’t even everyday people being portrayed – they’re more generic, more uninteresting, and more disinclined to do anything worth writing about than a random individual off the street. Just going out for a walk you’ll find crazy hobos, witty trash collectors, sardonic business owners, scary dudes in suits, sidewalk musicians… all more interesting choices as protagonists.

      There is really no excusing a boring lead character.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 4, 2011 at 11:25 am | Permalink

        This so much. Normal people aren’t as boring as bland male protagonists are

  9. Posted July 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    It’s one of J.C. Staff’s requirements to have a generic male lead.

    Deal with it?

  10. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t call someone who’s moved schools as often as years he has aged ‘generic’. We know as much about the main guy as the other side characters. He’s like Durara’s Mikado, the underdeveloped introvert outsider. We’ve learned more about the guy than actual ‘generic’ flat male leads that are in most other shows. And making one of the NEETs the main male lead would mess up the male lead + female lead pairing.

    And the reason why nut cases as Kyouma are not the norm? Look around you. Basic facts, also easy relatable characters make it easier for people to follow, that’s how most entertainment works. There’s whole comedy routines based around that idea, so yeah. We’ll have to suffer the underdeveloped simple lead.

    • John Krab
      Posted July 4, 2011 at 4:02 am | Permalink

      At least with Mikado, you sort of knew he wouldn’t be the main focus due to sharing his name in the opening with fifteen other characters, so even if he did turn dull, he wouldn’t be in the show all the time. Seriously, how many episodes was he actually important in?

      This guy seems like he’s going to be in the entirety of the show and his first impression was that he isn’t a very proactive or interesting character. There’s a difference between a relatable character and a blank stand-in, and this guy is leaning too far towards the latter at the moment.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:39 am | Permalink

        At least with Mikado, you sort of knew he wouldn’t be the main focus due to shar­ing his name in the open­ing with fif­teen other char­ac­ters, so even if he did turn dull, he wouldn’t be in the show all the time. Ser­i­ously, how many epis­odes was he actu­ally import­ant in?

        Which is an entirely different argument. Mikado was as bland as the male lead for this show in the first episode of Durarara!! (the only depth we can compare to as of yet, at the end of the series we can say if he’s blander than Mikado throughout their respective series). My point still stands that thus far he’s not as bland as Scamp-su says he is. It’s a pretty usual case of self-indoctrination/GOGGLES.

        As for being proactive, come on. What standards are you placing, or how thick are your set of goggles? How the hell can you say he’s a blank stand-in? Maybe I’ve seen blanker characters than you, that would explain a lot. As for Scamp-su. He can’t be changed.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 4, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      What Naota said earlier. Real people aren’t this boring. Also since when was Mikado a good example of an interesting character? He was far and away the least interesting character in Durarara

      • AzarelHikaru
        Posted July 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

        But the reveal about his identity was epic. One of his few moments to spark–er, shine.

      • John Krab
        Posted July 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

        In case you got the wrong idea about my earlier post, what
        I meant is that I wouldn’t mind these bland males so much
        if they weren’t so central to the plot. I hate it when fiction
        tries to force them into that role without changing their blandness.
        If they’re decoys, fine. But judging by other sources
        I don’t think this guy (I seriously can’t remember his name)
        is a decoy.

        Mikado didn’t have nearly as much importance or
        screen time as people assumed from the first episode (and if I remember correctly, he was only in half that episode), so I didn’t mind that he was pretty boring. I may have to see a few more episodes of God’s Memo Pad once it properly airs, but if they keep on putting this walking cliche in the main spotlight then it’s really going to be a chore to watch this, which is a shame, because the story is pretty good.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:32 am | Permalink

        Real people aren’t this bor­ing.

        Please let me live in your drug-induced perfect dream world, because you’re clearly not experiencing reality.

  11. Posted July 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I was going to completely ignore this show because lolJCStaff, but I trust you enough to devote an hour of my precious time to something you thought was kinda good. I was scratching my head until they took a ripped teddy bear to a yakuza office to get it stitched back together by “expert needlework.” That pretty much sold me.

  12. Rex
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Sounds like an elaborate tax fraud scheme to me…

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