January 10th, 2013
I don’t understand the censoring in this show.
Thankfully, this is a lot less… how to put it… jammed up Shinbo’s ass than most of his offering’s tend to be. There still is a lot of his usual kind of tired stuff here, especially the wide-angle shots for the sake of wide angle shots. I remember when they were cool in Tsukiyomi with the pseudo-stage motif too. That doesn’t mean that they’re the automatic go to for everything. He’s mostly kept in line though, and while I’m not entirely sure that I like the general art style, it’s certainly a step off the ordinary. As is the music which generally compliments it well, especially with how overly melodramatic most of the characters are, especially her brother.
Speaking of him though, I really don’t like him much. He’s just a little too gimmicky for me, and yes, I do get that he’s supposed to be cheesy. That doesn’t make him automatically not-annoying. The girls are more interesting. They’re also overplayed, but not exhausting to listen to, and have the tendency to hit things with other things with excessive force. Always a bonus. The plot’s… confusing, but I’m much happier being overwhelmed by too much going on without any explanation than under, especially in a first episode. There’s always time later to fill things out. Or not. A manic runaway train of a plot never hurt any show.
So mostly enjoyable and certainly unique enough, just probably a little gratingly cheesy for a lot of it, which is does better visually than with its many extended narrative rants. If they can do a little bit of a better job with the comedy and keep the same general craziness/action, then it should be pretty interesting.