Polka Dots and Bloom #01 — Bloom and Polka Dots

April 3rd, 2014


I cannot overstate how many of either of those there are in this show.


It only took about ten seconds of the protagonist here narrating the premise of the show in his head before I was missing the silence of B&S’s throat-knife fetishist. And then he walked into a room where the female lead was bathed in light, although it’s probably not fair to rail on it for that since there’s nothing in this show that doesn’t fall into the category of “bathed in gigantic rays of bloomy sunlight” or “has polka dots.” It’s not a directorial choice that I can say that I understand. Still, it seemed like every time she was on screen, the bloom got cranked up another three or four notches and she should have been baked by the nuclear fission taking place just off screen that was causing that. Those moments especially were utterly devoid of any sense of awareness of how over the top they were, particularly with the emotional piano/guitar going at it.

I’m not sold on the comedy either. It kicked things off with a pretty standard and awful punchlines of “This guy is weird!” followed up by “He is weird and you are acting like he is not!” And then all manner of other similarly shouted things about situations being like TV and such. The ‘high’ point was the new guy getting hit with a stick for stepping over a line. They also really like to just put the text that’s being said on the screen in silly fonts and then make it jitter, especially toward the end with the blazingly creative “sexually desperate older woman that nobody wants” character. Production was… sufficient otherwise. It could be cheap at times, especially when they were busy covering the screen with jell-o text and polka dots, but it’s not like the show’s trying to visually excite either. The music wasn’t helping the weird disconnect between the sparkly sun-child goddess scenes and the screamed ‘gags’ though.

I’ll probably give it another week or two to see if it can find its legs a little better with the comedy, but it doesn’t have the same kind of charming cast as, say, Mahoraba does, and leans very heavily toward the SHOUTING AN EXPLANATION THE CURRENT SITUATION brand of punchline. It pushes the romance side extremely hard and since both the main characters are kind of awful, it doesn’t exactly work. If I was a betting man, I’d put my money on them pushing those two more instead of on the show developing a better variety and delivery of its humor.

Next Episode:

Polka dots and bloom.

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anon999 says:

    Well, this episode wasn’t terribly bad.

  • Chipp12 says:

    >They also really like to just put the text that’s being said on the screen in silly fonts and then make it jitter
    Just like in Blood Lad.

  • Sanjuro says:

    I guess I’ll give it a try for the drunk breasts.
    That hyper text thing is already annoying though.

  • algorithm says:

    Another show that needs to drop its obnoxious MC to improve things.

  • The Phantom says:

    This is one of those shows where I have to go back to the preview to have any idea wtf is this about.

    By the time I was back to the show, I had already forgotten all about it,and could not careless afterward. Boring show is boring.