May 30th, 2012
Take it from me, it’s not that difficult.
Well, this was sort of different, which pretty much has to mean that it’s an improvement over the usual standard. The first half, not so much though, and most of it was some of the worst nonsense that I despise from Jump. For every one punch thrown, there was about 6 minutes of standing around yapping at each other. And of course, even when it did try to pretend like scenes were action packed, the budget was… well… let’s say that they are suffering from no shortage of stills, pans, and speedlines. I particularly ‘liked’ the 20 second slow pan over every single thirteen classroom signs at the start. That’s really the best you could think of Gainax? I can’t even tell if this was intentional or just the result of the animators having a seizure. I suspect the latter.
The second half did markedly improve though. The whole army of enforcers that popped out of nowhere is still machinated as all hell and makes no real sense and every single character could stand to shut the hell up instead of droning on for half a minute about how they’re sneaking up about to attack, followed by a ten second still of them looming while they continue to narrate to themselves about how they’re about to attack. This is precisely why I dislike you, Jump. *ahem* But the second half still had a lot less wasted time than just about every single other episode of the show and it only kind of embarrassed itself with its low production. Again, far from good, or even mediocre, but a step up from the usual.