Yup. Sure is a new anime season.
Kokoro Connect decided the best way to beat everyone else to building hype was to have a pre-release of the first half of the first episode broadcast online. My interest was immediately crushed by the first 5 seconds with that above scene, which has to be a new personal record. It continued in pretty much the same vein. The main character is a highschool male lead whose personality could be charitably described as ‘everyman’ and more accurately described as ‘non-existent’. The character designs are done by the same guy who did the ones for K-ON, except they lack the free-flowing super blobby factor that made K-ON look somewhat unique. The show introduces the other characters not by having them display their personalities naturally through their actions, but by having the main character dully narrate what they’re like. In fact, he doesn’t even do a particularly good job of that, since each of his narrations essentially say that “these kids are just normal high school students”. So we’ve got a uninterestingly directed anime about Yuji Everylead the Bland and his boring classmates. Wonderful start, and we’re only 3 minutes in.
The show thankfully does get a teeny bit more interesting after that (although I struggle to see how it could do even less to endear itself). Once the show allows the characters to interact, their personalities are allowed to shine through. Well, asides from maybe Yuji Everylead the Bland, and I guess the other male character falls rather neatly into dumb wingman, but the female characters are fairly interesting. They’re confident and abrasive without being obnoxious or pathetically thick-headed. When the male character suggests that the male population in the school would like to see the two girls naked (oh yeah there’s a bunch of perv jokes, but they’re not bad because they don’t expect us to laugh at perversion alone), the female characters don’t do the typical moeblob thing of going “EEEEHHHHHHHHHHHH” or “YUJI EVERYLEAD THE BLAND NO ECCHI~!”. Their reaction fires the suggestion back at him and manages to be somewhat amusing as a result. Also while they’re confident, they’re not obnoxious about it as in Yuru Yuri. They actually feel like people.
Hard to say much about the actual set up given it was only just introduced at the end of the half-episode, but early impressions aren’t great. What’s irritating is how dull the directing and presentation is. The onii-chan wake up call is just a nice little snippet of this show’s apparent fear of stamping out its own mold. It’s the same dull set up in the same dull setting with the same dull male lead with some actually refreshingly non-immature female characters, but I somehow doubt they’ll be enough to hold the show up by themselves.