Cuticle Detective Inaba #01 — Zexcs Vs Their Budget

January 4th, 2013


It’s hard to tell who’s winning.


Well, it’s certainly shouty. However, it does avoid the usual "LOOK AT THIS! HERE IS THE PUNCHLINE!" problem of many Japanese comedies by making the whole thing kind of off the rails without cease. I’m not sure that it works all that well though. The whole thing kind of reminded me more of a commercial, or maybe a show for kids like Keroro. Most of the jokes were pretty bad, but there were certainly a lot of them. That does mean that even when they worked, by the time you were chuckling, they were already halfway into the next one, which would probably be back to terrible. So it’s got some direction issues there that need to be smoothed out.

Production’s expectedly poorish. The art is consistently pretty poor and the animation is frequently still character art being bounced around, but they’re trying to do a lot with clearly a little. I’d be more impressed if they were pulling it off, but they’re kind of not. It can’t seem to decide whether it wants its style to be like the spastic flash shows it seems to be drawing a lot of influence from or more traditional and is splitting the difference.

I guess what it boils down to is that this was a comedy episode that didn’t make me laugh very much. The jokes are certainly there. In spades even, and with enough energy to masquerade a lot of the annoyingly shouted ‘punchlines,’ but without any decent rhythm, flow, or even consistent stylistic presentation. I guess I’ll ruminate and see how I feel compared to the rest of Friday’s stuff.



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Posted in Anime | 6 Comments »

6 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • ZakuAbumi says:

    “Simulcast: Crunchyroll (0.5 days late)”
    Meanwhile, Crunchyroll still has problems figuring out how the concept of simulcasting works.

    • Aroduc says:

      They’re claiming to simulcast Seizon (and Ebiten) three months after the fact.

      They’re a long way from understanding what ‘simultaneous’ means.

    • rufe says:

      half day isn’t so bad. For some shows it could be before it is broadcast in certain parts of Japan.

  • algorithm says:

    I vote for you to at least tell me what the setting/plot/bullshit is about in one line before throwing me into the traditional game of suffering. I see a goat but I guess I can’t expect some Azazel&shiteaters out of this one.

  • The Phantom says:

    Wow this show was cheap as hell, lame show is lame.

  • slicedice says:

    The show is cheap? I guess everyone here have had experience working on an anime then. I’m sorry but if you don’t like people shooting eachother in the head for comedic effect then I guess you don’t care for much do you.