Leviathan #01 — Smacking Girls in the Face

April 6th, 2013

 

Anything to make that stick in the mud more interesting.

There. I have acknowledged its detestable existence. With Chinese subs somehow before the first Japanese broadcast even finished because apparently Crunchyroll isn’t the only official streaming website out there to occasionally post things before they air. Good work, LE TV! Whoever you are. The damn show can’t even be broadcast right.

Impressions:

It’s a little hard to tell what the show’s trying to be, but with a lead protagonist whose main personality trait is her unique ability to have a blank look on her face, that’s not exactly the best of starts. Well, neither is a meteor full of CG bugs which are then played off for giggles. Or the shrieking mascot fairy for that matter either. But back to the original point, it’s not trying very hard at a lot of things. I… guess it’s attempting to kind of be like Rayearth, maybe? At least that’s what the colored trio and transformation sequence would suggest. Magical girls traveling around? But with the main impetus being a little banshee bitching at them until it gets distracted the rest of the episode by eating, it’s hard to call it particularly plot driven. And the characters sure as hell don’t have personalities enough for them to carry it either. They’re not trying to play up the fantasy world full of dragon-ish people either, so I really don’t know what they’re thinking is the selling point here, if anything.

Most obnoxiously poor though would probably be the action, which is pretty embarrassingly bad. Speedlines, stills, etc. The comedy is really just going through the motions too. It’s childish at its peak and the best jokes are simply the girls getting smacked in the face by CG insects. I guess the music was all right. I don’t really remember it for better or worse already besides the very out of place OP.

It’s unambitious and unremarkable basically. I have a hard time imagining it getting any better too or going any other route besides "girls without personalities learn friendship while fighting CG drek." Neither of which exactly give me the urge to keep watching.

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Afrosquirrel says:

    “It’s a little hard to tell what the show’s trying to be”

    I’m going to take a wild guess and say that it’s trying to be an advertisement for the show’s figurines and other merchandise.

  • The Phantom says:

    Man, come on, where is the oreimo first episode post? What is the point of your sarcasm if you don’t use it where is well deserved?.

    Anyway this was a bland boring show.

  • Aroduc says:

    I’m going with “I didn’t finish the first season.” Or the second broadcast that included the ‘true’ endings which I didn’t finish.

    Besides which, when I flipped through, it looked animated. That’s already five steps up over the first season.

  • U.Renko says:

    Is this show about how a powerful absolutist government can avert the inerent bellicose condition of mankind?

  • slicendice says:

    Looks like the kind of show that younger girls would like (kinda getting a ‘girl power!’ kind of read) It’s cute, but not very compelling.