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.