January 5th, 2013
Sadly, that’s about where it peaked. 5 seconds in.
On the ‘upside,’ it would seem that the BGM composer war against the voice actors continues here too. Maybe they hate light novel dialogue and are trying their best to drown it out. I can’t say I don’t sympathize. After enough wide open space of nothing but this moron’s internal narration, I started wishing the steel drums from the early part of the episode would be smashed over his head instead of merely drowning him out. And really, that’s the most notable thing about this episode. Well, that and the fact that I can’t shake the feeling that someone simply forgot to finish drawing the character’s faces half the time.
It is incredibly unambitious in just about every way, from production to writing to characters, and not helped there at all by being glacially paced. So much so that it’s hard to tell what the hell the show is even trying to be. Certainly not a comedy at any rate. You could simply remove about the first 15 minutes of the episode and lose pretty much nothing except some steel drums. The only thing they succeeded at was making me detest the protagonist and his endless narration. Not that the two girls in the episode fared much better than that, being merely annoying and half-assedly cloying. Even the faceless background characters were obnoxious. A girl confessed!? This is something the entire class needs to scream in shock for half a minute about! Any kind of intelligent direction is nonexistent and nothing can be said that can’t be explicitly explained straight to the audience… at length.
So no, it was not a good episode. I guess at least it wasn’t quite the obnoxious wish fulfillment drek I was expecting, but instead, it was just obnoxious void. Hoo-rah.