July 5th, 2012
Why would you leave that world?
Coming to you live from free slow airport wireless. We’ll see if the other AT-X softcore porn thingy makes it before I have to board.
They nailed the start, unfortunately, I think that’s also about where they ran out of the budget… in that first initial wave of laser arrows. I’ve seen worse today, but it definitely could’ve used a lot more in the animation department, especially during the middle info dumb nonsense. The music was also dead on at the start but got progressively worse as the episode went. Akatsuki is thankfully a pretty fun character. Have I mentioned that I like confident leads yet? Him teasing the maid army at the start as well as teasing Myu throughout the episode about calling him her brother was amusing. Myu turned out a little more standable than I expected, being of the tomboy archetype. She gets along with him surprisingly well too for being carted around in a bag for most of the start of the episode.
Unfortunately though, as I mentioned, the budget was pretty lacking. They really should’ve been cutting loose at either the start or the end to actually sell the stuff they were spewing. All we got instead were kind of some generic lasers and lightning with almost twice as much explanation per attack. Bleh. The setting and plot this week were pretty dull too. I’d much rather have seen Akatsuki continue flirting with his elf girlfriend than… well… pretty much all of the Babel stuff… and the latter stuff was half the episode. Especially when Whitey showed up so they could have their manly glare-off. Again, more time spent primping and preening than actually hitting things. And this is the first episode where it’s supposed to be hooking its audience. It doesn’t have to do much more than have characters that are superficially cool and have them hit things. Instead, we had the thrilling test of punching an ice column… after three or four minutes of a pissing contest.
So I’m satisfied for now. I still wouldn’t put it much, if any, above a popcorn show that doesn’t have anywhere near the budget that it should and the ‘fights’ if you can even call them that, were disappointing as all get out, but they kept the T&A pretty restrained to just Akatsuki flirting, and like I’ve said, I like protagonists like him. I’ve watched (and am probably about to watch) far worse evening shows.