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Super Sonico the Animation Episode 1: Soniconleashed

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I honestly have no idea why it is, but whenever I see Sonico, I can’t help but be reminded of Droopy Dog. Maybe it has to do with the way she always looks sleepy, coupled with her headphones, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how much better Super Sonico the Natural would be if it had Droopy Dog modeling in a bikini. Or Sonico’s really adorable coat.

So yeah, it isn’t a very good start. The big problem with basing shows around a single personality is if that personality isn’t more exciting than a list of disconnected character traits, things will get really boring really fast. Sonico embodies this issue perfectly; she’s not so much a person as she is a laundry list of interests and hobbies that don’t add up to a cohesive individual. Pretty much the entirety of the first episode is about her going through each of these interests in full, with people inexplicably enamored with her. About the only way to describe her would be malleable, easily confused, and into marine biology, which do not add up to an altogether engaging lead.

As odd as it might seem, I kind of have some hopes for Super Sonico the OVA: Arietta, even after what may well be the most forgettable opening episode in recent memory. I don’t think that it’s going to elevate the concept of cash-in adaptations like Sengoku Collection did, but it got all the boring shit out of the way early.

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It isn’t exactly an ideal start, but they’ll have to get creative in order to elevate something as gimmicky as Super Sonico to something approaching a fun show. I mean what is there to do when the breadth of her character has been explained in one episode? Even people who enjoy her probably want more than her Sonicos bouncing around. With a little creative control, Super Sonico the Origination could be pretty a decent show in the right hands—or it could circle the drain and continue to be inoffensive and harmless, if really dull. I mean it’s not like it has actual writing to fuck up, so what’s the worst that can happen?

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11 Comments

  1. Outcast
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    This article’s cover picture gives me the creeps. Her proportions just seem all wrong somehow. Like her arms and head are too small for her body, and her clothes wrap her body too tightly. Is it just me? If not, was the animation like this throughout?

  2. Shadow
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    The only way i expected this to be interesting was if Nitro Plus’ Gen Urubochi took this series and converted it from a slice of life to a psychological analysis of daily life. But that’s just a pipe dream.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 10, 2014 at 12:13 am | Permalink

      I can’t say I was expecting something more inspired, but it certainly would have been nice.

  3. Rait
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink
  4. Posted January 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    I see what you did there.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 10, 2014 at 12:18 am | Permalink

      I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  5. Aethelwulf
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    /rant
    I can’t remember the last time in which I immediately detested the lead character in an anime as much as I HATED Super Sonico.

    Mostly, shes a #$@% Mary Sue. She’s smokin’ hot, good at everything without trying, and everyone wuvs her dearly and incessantly coos over her. Her only flaws are that she’s too pure-hearted for her own good and that she’s a complete ditz (and since the viewer is supposed to find these traits adorable, they’re hardly flaws).

    I’d rather watch a garbage incest show about a catty imouto than this piece of trash any day. At least those girls can slap and screech at their brother for lookin’ at their panties instead of lacking the agency to even *object* when two near-strangers are obviously sexually exploiting her. ARGH.
    /endrant.

    I probably expended way more effort typing this than the show was worth… Ah, well.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 10, 2014 at 12:17 am | Permalink

      BUT YOU’RE MISSING THE POINT. HER COAT LOOKS NICE.

  6. Ken
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Apparently, from the picture her grandmother had on the wall, Sonico has been wearing headphones since infancy. She even sleeps with them. Maybe she was born without ears and the headphones are permanently bolted or super glued to her skull. Is her daemon manager from hell responsible for this happening to her? Do they short circuit when she takes a shower or goes swimming? Perhaps people are so nice to her out of sympathy for her berth defect.

    I know, I know. The headphones are really their because she’s a Hatsune Miku copy cat, and because she’s a mascot belonging to a game software company ( Nitroplus), she has to be perfect in every way. She’s a piece of marketing.

    • ANON
      Posted January 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      “Do they short circuit when she takes a shower or goes swimming?”

      did you even see her take a bath? she literally sprinkled drops of liquid onto her palms and then slapped her face, that’s what bathing is for her.

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