January 10th, 2013
Uhh… Which show do you want to be here?
Good lord was this bipolar. The excessively melodramatic first half was done really pretty badly too. I was sympathizing more with the people she was basically torturing than her. She cheats to win games against her friends and blurts out everyone’s thoughts like she has no brain of her own. The whole "telepath becomes isolated because she hears people’s true mean thoughts" schtick is tired but true. Even bloody Galaxy Angel used it. There was no need to overplay it so far and so seriously by making her a gibbering moron that has to repeat every single thing that she hears to wring out extra extra melodrama and try desperately to wring out additional sympathy for her because everyone else were the ones doing everything wrong. And no, "she’s a child and doesn’t know better" doesn’t cover it. Especially not when she’s still acting like a self-centered little brat long after she figured all that out. It’s like a damned supervillain origin story. Oh, and she conveniently doesn’t torture only her kindly old grandfather. Subtle.
And then we enter the second half and it tries to turn itself into mostly a comedy where it will presumably remain. It did a much better job of that than the first half did with its melodrama, but it wasn’t really any less cliched or interesting. Or particularly funny for that matter, although some of that may have been that I was still having a hard time shaking the bad taste out of my mouth. The male lead’s not bad at least, and any focus taken away from the titular character is a good thing. Technical side is fine. Everyone bothered to show up and do their jobs competently, but fairly uninterestingly, writing notwithstanding.
So I don’t know. I saw some glimmer of what could be a decent comedy more towards the end, but the first half was just so hamhanded, and overwrought, not to mention made me pretty much hate her despite trying to build up sympathy for her ‘plight.’ I’ll check things out next week to see which show it feels like being, but I’m far from excited.