So far, so good… ? Raw, unrefined reactions after the cut.
First episode was okay. Not great but serviceable, though it felt like it skipped some parts that would have made the episode pretty solid, at least for someone who hasn’t read the light novels. I absolutely loved that intro live band scene, though. It’s rare for an anime to do justice to my beloved drums-chan.
There’s this nice visual upgrade in terms of the character designs and smoothness in animation. Small details, like the far placement of Yukino from Hachiman trying to choose which panda plush doll to get and the slow camera movement when Yukino and Hachiman went back to the hotel showing their awkward distance, were pretty great, too. The lighting may be a little too bright, which somehow tones down the supposed not-so-greyish atmosphere in Hachiman’s life. But that’s not a major problem. Also, this first episode felt more like a recap, though of course it isn’t, rather than a first episode. Think the second one will truly lure me in.
Owari no Seraph
Quoting someone from MAL:
Meh… I didn’t feel totally enthralled or overly impressed with this episode, but I’ll continue watching I guess.
P.S. Studio Pablo’s backgrounds are still amazing as always, and somehow work fine with the CGI animation. They really helped paint the setting as some dark and scary place, though the characters can’t portray that much horror. Or, are we not supposed to feel even a bit terrified? Of course, we’re not!
I have nothing much to say, except that I was engrossed throughout the episode. Overall, it felt really nice and I find the drama and execution just my kind of thing. Thanks, Doga Kobo. I already like Isla-chan. (Infinitely better than your Hestia)
P.S. This dude reminded me of Johan Liebert, though. Scary.
Shokugeki no Souma / Food Wars
I should have known that much.
I read first 7 chapters of manga, so I was at the least prepared to see some ecchi porn-food. Overall, the episode was great in visuals and music direction. It had a very pretty storyboard, and the color palette is superb as well, showing how dedicated the anime staff is in translating the superior manga art into anime.
I’m still after the food porn aspect of it, but this cut raises an eyebrow:
My main problem with the voice acting is, of course not the moaning of Souma’s victims, Taneda Risa’s attempt to do a ‘Queen’ role. Clearly, her voice as it is doesn’t do justice to the character. The result is rather jarring; you can clearly hear her voice cracking between the lines. I just wish she does her role better.
Danmachi – I don’t have any sound reasoning to backup my dropping of this show. Or, are you implying that I just didn’t want to ride on the hype? Hmm, that may also be an acceptable excuse. Thanks for pointing it out for me.
Denpa Kyoushi – Ugly looking show. Horrible audio. Enough said.
Kyoukai no Rinne – Pretty average. Seems like its elements had already been done before, and it may have nothing new to offer… except for the gags? But those were not awfully funny either.
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu – I was pretty excited for this, you know? But.. I don’t know. I just don’t feel like watching it at the moment.
And that’s it for now! Look out for the next part~