October 4th, 2012
Please stop trying to speak English. It pains me.
I think the people who made this have been playing too many video games lately, especially Persona and Tony Hawk. All the random empty shots of the city with elevator music playing, over-animated skateboarding, the terribly rendered CG people and cars, the shinsengumi-like police summoning gigantic swords that just float there in the sky, etc. At least nobody can excuse the show of having too much exposition. A little bit probably would’ve helped though. There’s a few levels between your standard "people have super powers" and "there are thousand foot long swords hovering over downtown." Yes, I get that it was meant to be a hook, but it was more nonsensical than intriguing and given the protagonist that followed after that… At least it was mostly pretty well made, although like I said, there are a lot of shots of literally nothing through it. The action bits were solid though and definitely brought a lot more artistic style than most shows do.
Our protagonist who took over after the first third wasn’t really helping matters too much though, and certainly not by turning a bright crimson when saved by the pretty boy du jour. I guess it beats screaming his head off at events going around on around him, but you’d still think that attempted murder by a gang followed by magical bishie would warrant a little more of a reaction than nothing whatsoever. I don’t know though. There’ve been plenty worse opening episodes this season so far, but so much of it seemed designed more for the creators to fellate themselves over how cool they were being than to have any actual purpose or substance, especially all the skateboarding. Yes, kudos to them for showing over telling, but what are you showing? That you can stylishly animate skateboarding? After you just showed me 30 straight seconds of a skyline? It’s the kind of thing that works better in games than anime because of the interactive component anyway.