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.
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?