January 4th, 2013
This one I do know who’s winning.
Certainly didn’t start well. The intro pre-OP exposition dump is par for the course, but from that right into Fukuyama Jun screaming about breasts? Ugh. They never missed a chance to have the camera pointing down her dress either. The background music was also waging a war against the voice actors and frequently trying to drown them out. Let’s turn the volume slider down a few notches, eh? Oh, and there’s also the creepy background CG people. Always a ‘welcome’ addition to any show, right? In short, it is not what I would call well put together.
It just wasn’t a very eventful episode either. Not that everything needs to begin with explosions (although it helps), but 20 minutes of Red monologuing punctuated by the occasional scream in terror of a low cut dress is far from a hook. Neither character has endeared themself to me, although Red did have her cuter moments, especially more towards the end of the episode. It was quite a bit more comedic than I expected, which was welcome, but the dull, dull exposition that I basically got from 5 seconds on Wikipedia anyway far outweighed the jokes. Killing bad. Harmony good. I got it. These are not concepts that require twenty minutes to… well, I’d say show, but they really didn’t do that either. Explain then. Ugh.
Hopefully now that the adventure has actually started and what was essentially a prologue finished, things will pick up a little bit, or at least have a little less terrified mammory-induced shrieking. Since this is ARMS though, I expect there to be an equal chance that she’s molested by a land octopus instead.