October 6th, 2012
Things were apparently cheap as hell in the past.
It seemed to start okay, at least on the technical front. That lasted approximately four minutes at which point there were two straight minutes of nothing but stills. Did we exhaust the budget 20% of the way into the first episode, or did we just say "Yeah, flashbacks are terrible, let’s just not even try." It averaged out a bit after that, but said average was middling at best with plenty of corny cheap shots throughout, especially towards the end. Horie Yui also turned in an even less convincing performance as a male here than when she was supposedly just a crossdresser with his own natural cleavage and an hourglass body. At least the music was fine throughout, although it was certainly attempting to overcompensate for the lack of visuals.
I have little to say about most of the rest, good or bad. It was fairly bland. The random antics were… okay, I guess, but nothing really stood out or cracked anything more than a smile from me. There wasn’t much direction/delivery helping them either, but I’d say only half of that was from budget woes. The direction was a bit haphazard… when it was even really present. Riki’s self-narration and reminiscing was always dumb but thankfully not present for most of the parts that weren’t just half-drawn stills. It just feels like everything here after the opening couple minutes was just going through the motions without doing a single thing that would make it stand out. Show a little more spirit, or more cat swarms, or something.