Komugi R #01 — The R is For Repugnant

January 9th, 2016


Well, at least I already assumed it was going to be godawful.


Jesus Christ. They warned us about the CGI (by bragging about it), but it was even worse than I had feared. But on the upside, boy, did that kill any hopes for the rest of the episode, and good god did it live up to expectations. Terrible, terrible expectations. The highlight was the random rapping girl in a hoodie and killer shades. I think she had two lines. Everything before and after that was only downhill. And god help any show where a character with two lines and about 15 seconds of screentime is the standout moment of its introductory episode.

There is no parody here. There is no irony. There is none of the incisiveness or cruelty towards its characters or subject matter that made the original what it was. There is only the standard recognition of cliches and attempting to point those out as humor. And there's hardly even that. God knows there's no budget here either for that matter. It was just twenty minutes of Girls Go To School And Are Also CGI Idols with an utterly generic, utterly unambitious, utterly brainless magical girl schtick tacked on to the end.

This is not worth anybody's time, whether or not you've watched the original OVA series. On that note, watch the original OVA series instead. The only thing that's kept me from swearing a blood oath against their kin is not yet knowing if they've messed with Koyori's lunatic unhingedness. All signs point to yes though, so it won't be unitl next week that I start making the voodoo dolls.

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8 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anise_punter says:

    I don’t know how to make voodoo dolls but if you’ve got the instructions I’m more than willing to help.

  • Neclord X says:

    That voice, that cheerful innocence, that cute family, that CG, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS HERESSY! BURN IT WITH FIRE

    • anise_punter says:

      Replacing Haruko Momoi’s impossibly irritating voice might be the only improvement on the original – I don’t use this handle for no reason.

  • Sanjuro says:

    Her old voice was great. This is the new voice actresses first role and it really shows.

    • Aroduc says:

      I wouldn’t say Momoi was great since her squeaky voice drives me up the wall when she tries to sing, especially Prism Ark’s OP, but yes, this VA was pretty goddamned flat, and I’m fairly inured to VAs. I thought I had mentioned that, but I guess not.

      • Reikalover says:

        Actually Prism Ark’s OP theme performance is by Yui Sakakibara on her squeaky voice (which she uses most of the time, exceptions being Steins;Gate ED and other songs in her FES persona). Prism Ark’s ED theme performance is by Haruko Momoi, though.

        • Aroduc says:

          Sure you’re not thinking of the anime OP? Shokuzai no Rhapsody is unmistakably Momoi, as is Yuuen no Amulet (PS2).

          The OP2’s are neither. Genzai no Requiem (PC) is Kotoko, and HiKaRi (PS2) by Ayumi Murata.

  • jingoi says:

    once a spin off of The Soul Taker, now rebooted to boost the fame of newbie idols, so sad.