School-Live! #01 — Steppen King

July 9th, 2015

   

Stay tuned for next week when maybe, we won’t be trying to make something that sucks on purpose.

Oops. I hadn’t noticed this had gotten an additional broadcast on AT-X well before I go to work or I’d have covered it in the morning. Oh well. Also, Chaos Dragon finally got an OP.

Impressions:

As I mentioned in the season preview, about a fifteen second glance at the source this is based on showed that its gimmick was to be a really insipid and generic school girls club thing, but at the end of each scene, go “EVERYONE’S DEAD AND ZOMBIES.” For the adaptation, the big change was to wait until the end of the episode to go “EVERYONE’S DEAD AND ZOMBIES.” The previous scenes were just replaced by shots of girls melancholically staring into the distance. The level of thought that goes into adapting Japanese media, boys and girls. And therein lies our problem, because it seemingly is content to just make a totally insipid, generic school girls club thing with the tagline at the end of “but it’s really not!” Yeah, I’ve heard that song and dance before, most often from magical girl and mecha shows where the shocking twist is that it just looks cliche, but the magical dream wish granter is a monkey’s paw and/or something is eating your soul. And it’s not even like the “I thought everything was normal, but it was ruined and/or I was talking to Mr. Skeleton all along!” is especially unique either. I think that’s at least fifty seven of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

It would be one thing if we were seeing an obviously distorted view of reality from a girl fighting to stay in control, and while that may be the direction this will be taking in the future (mostly because it’s the blindingly obvious way to go), this episode sure as hell didn’t have any kind of undercurrent of psychological damage until the last couple minutes. Well, I mean, no more so than any of the other nineteen billion girl club affairs, because there’s a good argument that pretty much all of the characters in all of them are obsessive psychopaths with severe societal disorders and crippling abandonment issues. I mean, I still applaud this one for giving something that will at the end of it no doubt test the power of friendship with something a little greater than someone moving away and forgetting e-mail, phones, and cars exist, or getting a boo boo on their feelings, but from this episode, I don’t really know that I have it in me to stick it out that far. It did such a fine imitation of bog standard dreck for twenty minutes that by the time the reveal finally came, I wanted them all to be torn apart by velociraptors to put an end to my suffering.

At least it has the most animated and expressive visuals of the visuals of all the drecky shows this season that it’s imitating though, even if faces and mouths sort of got a little… blobby at times. I guess that’s something it can wear on its sleeve.

Next Episode:

Das wiederholung.

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12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Paulo27 says:

    I thought it’d have been better if they made it clear the world was messed up from the start but I found the buildup and execution of the last part to be good enough that the thought escaped my mind by the end. I just hope they don’t pad the hell out of the rest of the episodes.

  • Kitsu says:

    Yeah, I agree the part this anime was damn awesome, oh my

  • Sanjuro says:

    Why would you want normal velociraptors when you can have ZOMBIE velociraptors.
    Also I like to think that every retarded super moe girl is actually mental and in this zombie apocalypse world.

  • Opulent Rag says:

    Unless atleast one or all of the girls become infected or have some sort of DEADLY psychotic episodes, count me the fuck out!!! I’ve been burned before by Highschool of the Dead, I’m not going to get intriged and invested just for it to be 13 episodes of pure insipid annoyance.

  • The Phantom says:

    I was fast forwarding the stupid cute-girls-club-made-anime until I saw everyone dead and zombies and the girl is delusional. I was certainly NOT expecting it, headed back to the fist second and watch it properly. I loved the twist.

  • ZakuAbumi says:

    “Das wiederholung.”
    Tell me, what are your experiences with the German language?

    Aroduc says:

    I watched five minutes of Das Boot once.

    ZakuAbumi says:

    I wish you hadn’t.

    Aroduc says:

    If the language didn’t want to be raped, it shouldn’t have been dressed in provocative 8 syllable words.

    It was asking for it.

  • CucarachaEnojada says:

    Wait,Why is the garter-socks girl here?
    She’s supposed to appear later.
    It’s this one of those shows that’s gonna say:¡Fuck You,source material,we go with the girls doing cute things?