Witch Craft Works #01 — Merely a Fleshwound

December 30th, 2013


I think this show has blown its load already.

Pre-air on Bandai Channel. Broadcast begins on January 5th, which means episode 2 airs on Sunday the 12th.


To say this show has issues with presentation would understating things to a degree that I couldn’t even think up a good metaphor for. It’s kind of a shame too, since JC Staff seems to be putting an uncharacteristic amount of effort into animating the action too. It could even be mistaken for decent now and then barely having to squint at all. Even the CGI mechabunnies looked surprisingly decent for CGI mechabunnies. But getting back to the first point about presentation, the show would be well served to just stop trying to be funny altogether. They’re making silly faces. There’s silly sound effects, so I guess him getting the crap beaten out of him is supposed to be comedic. That’s how it is for most of the rest of the episode too. Except it starts with just beating the crap out of him to ominous violins. Not a humorous fracas or dust cloud. Taken behind the school and beaten the hell up. That was far more… upsetting I guess? graphic? than the smash cut to No-Personality being impaled by a surprise rain of swords that didn’t exist before. And the ending where they were introducing the antagonists as transfer students? Each one was done to a gigantic “BWONG” of a timpani. Are you trying to be funny? Are you trying to be an action show? Are you trying to be gory, bloody, and/or shocking? It’s trying to do far too much and it’s mixing together about as well as milk, pizza, and a hamburger in a blender.

And then there’s the characters. The horrid, horrid characters. The male lead especially. It begins with him silently introducing himself to the camera, then explaining that the girl they just showed with a crowd of people flocking around her is popular. And it doesn’t end there. The internal narration never ends. Ever. Nothing can be shown that can’t be explained at excrutiating length, even what they just showed happening right in front of his face a moment before. The female lead somehow barely manages to beat him out in the personality department by having absolutely none whatsoever. Even when stabbed with dozens of swords and the lead is giving multiple speeches, first in his head and then out loud, not a thing.

Production’s surprisingly decent for JC Staff then especially the CGI which is doubly surprising since they’re traditionally dildos at it, but the directing outside of the action scenes is nine flavors of godawful, especially surrounding the characters themselves.

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13 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Longhaul says:

    As nice as it would have been, the level of detail in the manga when Kagari fires up is likely outside of this shows budget.

  • The Phantom says:

    10 mins in the show, I wished the male lead dead and replaced by a mute shadow, fucking girly annoying shitty USELESS dude.

    20 minutes into the show I wanted the female lead BURNED, TO ASHES, TO ASHES, TO ASHES, the girl is WORSE, dear god can she change her annoyed expression at least once? Someone PLEASE rape her she MAY change her annoyed face…. nevermind pretty sure she will fuck with the same annoyed face, this show I hate it I will go on pretending I NEVER watched this garbage.

  • jingoi says:

    must be fun to be around hijikata with tits.

  • FaceIt says:

    well — isn’t a beatiful girl , who treasures your life (despite you being a reject ) more than her own, most of the men’s dream?

  • CucarachaEnojada says:

    Holy shit,!Shana swallowed an Amazon¡
    And when I thought that the worst of the episode finish…It happened:The ED song.

  • Dave Baranyi says:

    The most fascinating part was that JC Staff was able to take a painfully boring manga and turn it into an even more excruciatingly painfully trite anime…

  • Sadakane-san says:

    The first few episodes do the entire series little justice, and all who bash on it would be quite surprised at how it ACTUALLY turns out.
    The characters seem very one dimensional in the beginning but this is all setup, and if you bothered to actually not be a negative little asswad, then you might actually see that, “OH HEY, THERE CAN BE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!”
    Point being said, it gets better, if they at least follow the general manga storyline then it will get at least a little better.
    Some of you never cease to amaze me with your endless bounds of pessimism.
    Give any anime you bash on a chance and watch past the first maybe 5 episodes, and you might find that it wasn’t as bad as you thought it was.

  • Nowitsdiamonds says:

    Episode one is necessary, but gives you an extremely poor idea as to the characters true natures, and what’s actually happening.

    I’d like to encourage all of you who hated the first episode to watch just 10 minutes of any episode from 5 onwards when they become available. I guarantee you’ll immediately go back, marathon the whole thing and love it (even the first ep in hindsight).

    Witch Craft Works is a very different story than first impressions lead you to believe. It’ll definitely become of of your favorites this season.