April 14th, 2014
I always need a nap.
Obligatory disclaimer as obligatorialy always. Shows certainly do get better or worse than what their first episode(s) indicated, and most shows are going to be mediocre, forgettable, and no doubt disappointing to all the frothing froth people have whipped themselves into weeks ago based on second or thirdhand ideas about what might happen sometime somewhere in some source or other adaptation independent of the actual anime adaptation itself. I also absolutely adore everybody telling me how uncultured I am for not liking the latest, greatest noitaminA (or otherwise) hoity toity affair that will be forgotten by everybody precisely 3.25 months after the first episode airs, so please, tell me more about that.
Anything I’m going to cover for another week will have KFC by the link to my original post on it. That doesn’t mean I’ll stick with it, or won’t eventually pick up something without one, just that I’m planning to cover at least one more episode. Time/Day of airing tends to have the biggest influence anyway, and after that, it’s rarely what I’m excited about but what I think there’ll be the most interesting things to talk about each week. I don’t believe one has to be a frothing mad fan with the entire self and every cell of the dedicated to loving a show in order to watch it. Looking at the anime fandom sometimes, you wonder.
I skipped the things I didn’t make a post on because there’s a ton of stuff this season and I’m busy yo. I doubt I have anything worthwhile to say about bloody Fairy Tail or Yu-Gi-Oh years and years into those messes anyway. Maybe a comment on the sexualized hippopotami, but that’s it. Also, the goal was to finish it over lunch. Reaaady… go!
Surprisingly uneventful and poorly lit. Did a poor job of selling both action and characters.
Not a bad start for an action show, but faltered a bit with tone and slavish devotion to awful light novel cliches in the later going.
Leasty cardy of the billion card game adaptations, but still corny and paced like sludge.
Every character is so so stupid, and not in the amusing way in the slightest.
It wasn’t even as exciting as Marvel: Pokemon. At least pokemon do something every episode.
Competent fantasy action/adventure, if also utterly unremarkable.
A new paradigm is low standards and a lack of effort.
Really, really gimmicky and big infodumps and Yet Another LN Adaptationtm, but at least the characters/setting were kind of okay.
Completely directionless pissing about and cheap as all hell.
Okayish action scenes, but those are rare and the protagonist can’t carry a conversation, let alone a show.
Badly needs to tone down the attempts to tug at the heartstrings, but a few okay jokes here and there..
Repeats itself constantly and also mistakes rank imbecility for humor. Or cuteness. I honestly couldn’t tell what it was going for.
I mostly blocked this ugly CGI thing out, but remember Captain Bear Hookhand and the guy falling into a pit in an empty room.
So so soooo much goddamned exposition that said absolutely goddamned nothing.
Setting aside the direction and ugly art, just another sports show with all the usual sports cliches.
Grinning and neon lights do not tension nor mood make. Nor does a chronic lack of animation.
Telegraphed its hand far too early and has since proceeded to do jack all and do it boringly.
The first episode back was dismal compared to where it left off, and where it left off was already low end braindead shlock at best.
I could just watch the OVAs with the volume cranked up a few more notches. I don’t want to do it again but with extra speedlines and CGI.
Streams and streams of narration on pictures of forest are not an engaging use of the visual medium.
Sad sack protagonist, flashbacks everywhere going nowhere, and devoid of the action you’d think would be the star of combat mecha.
The Penguins are the hero of the show in more ways than one. It’s more than a little bit garbage when they’re not around.
First episode seemed like it could be an okay, if generic fantasy adventure deal. Second spat on those lofty hopes.
Not nearly flamboyant or bishie enough. Not even one monocle.
I think it was 15 straight minutes of two teens BSing at each other. Nothing happening. Just BS.
Certainly flamboyant, but still no monocles. Protagonist also has a good chance of being raped by a swan.
Do something. Dooooooooooooo something! Also, the light novelest of all the light novel adaptations.
Besides the weak budget, there are some serious issues with the writing surrounding the hippie protagonist, and physics in general.
It was just twenty minutes of him being an ass to everyone and pissing on things. I don’t get it.
Why would anybody think bad haircuts and ‘comical’ cliche Aspergers would make a kid’s sports show about tennis interesting?
Terminally stupid characters, and once again, our friend, The Maybe Okay Setting Meets The Narrative Which Goes Nowhere.
Surprisingly decent direction and animation, but at its heart, still a cliche sports show with all the cliched cliches that come with it.
Holy christ, did a helium vent break in the studio? It’s like humming birds drilling through my cochlea.
Happy to just literally rehash the first season, but skipping the introductory/conflict portions for wacky squirrels.
Oversaturated, but at least it’s not angsty. Characters are too perfect and dull to be engaging though and as usual, They Do Jacktm.
Wrapup of the Wrapup:
Ugh. I’m okay with Tuesdays and Wednesdays being genericish light novel fantasy adventure days, but the rest of the week… Maybe I’ll just pick some random VN and cover it like a show. Or look through my archives of games and find enough things to rant about for a good long while. I’m open to ideas. Those kinds of posts tend to eat up entire evenings which I could be spending doing more productive things, like finally finishing this furshuggan terrible segment I’ve been stuck on forever. But only 60 more lines to go. I can do it tonight. I will do it tonight.
Go ahead and beg, plead, flame, whatever. Back to the endless mountain of work.