January 9th, 2013
Bait and switch, huh?
For as much as the promo stuff crowed about this being the successor to K-On, it reminds me a lot more of Nichijou, mostly in the sense that I feel like I’m watching a television commercial gag that someone saw fit to turn into a full episode. Only with a deep voiced bird instead of a shiba-inu. Even the interstitial is based off of Pythagoras Switch’s thang. Maybe the link to K-On is the only tenuous link to sanity in the way it uses music. It’s trying to be weird, but maybe a little too hard. Or not hard enough? It just feels a little haphazard, especially in the later half.
It is animated gorgeously as you’d expect though, and actually flirts with humor through most of it. Not particularly good humor and about 90% of it is "The bird is bossy and melodramatic," with much of the rest being minor violence against the titular lead. See, the bird’s choking, but they slap her back and she looks put upon. Then says it’s not her. And then they all forget to give her her birthday presents. That’s… not exactly a joke. I’m not even sure what to call that sequence.
In the end, it was a clear comedy that didn’t make me laugh much, if at all. The jokes were there, but without much effort put into actual direction or entertaining characters to support them. At least the animation is excellent though. Worlds beyond anything else this season has put out so far. …Which isn’t really saying much, I guess. Oh well.