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Spring 2010 – First Impressions (Giant Killing and Mayoi Neko Overrun!)

April 8, 2010

Two completely different shows tonight – Giant Killing and Mayoi Neko Overrun!

Giant Killing

Really going to have to re-evaluate my distaste for sports anime – Giant Killing turned out to be one of the best 1st episodes this season, the characters are just so interesting! Tatsumi steals the show – his massive ego, charisma and cocky attitude mean all attention gravitates to him regardless of if he’s on-screen or not. I’m not a fan of football – I find it extremely boring, but thanks to years of exposure to it I’ve got a pretty decent understanding of the sport and the fanatical support it garners. Giant Killing seems to have captured the essence of the sport quite well – the boardroom politics and fan backlash struggling clubs have to deal with are quite well portrayed in this 1st episode. I’ll be much more interested in Tatsumi’s strategizing than actual match play of course, but signs are good that the focus will remain on Tatsumi and behind the scenes stuff rather than actual games.

In terms of animation…….well it’s not pretty, however its not completely awful either – clearly DEEN’s ‘pretty’ quota has been filled by Hakuouki! Giant Killing has a much rougher animation style, and there is also a lot of rather obvious CG on wide stadium shots and crowds. The character designs aren’t as crisp as they were in the promo art, but they’re interesting looking…… hello knife-like noses! There’s also a bit of worrying inconsistency when animating the players running – some shots were good…..others not so much! Still the main draw of Giant Killing is the characters not the animation – thankfully the writing is excellent.

Music was……different There’s this rather demented polka-y engrish OP that oddly seemed to work well with the series……the ED was a bit better, quite upbeat and fun. Voice acting is great – Tomokazu Seki puts in a brilliant performance as Tatsumi! There was also quite a lot of actual english in a flashback sequence – unfortunately the english actor they hired sounded like he was reading something as exciting as the phonebook; still at least they put the effort in to have the Englishman speak proper accented english!

So very positive start to Giant Killing – another one for the keeping on pile!

Mayoi Neko Overrun!

Meh – yet another incredibly lazy show. What AIC have done here is take every fanservice trope and character archetype they could think of, stuck it in a pot, boiled and passed the remainder through their Nyan Koi! sieve and packaged it as Mayoi Neko Overrun! The major difference is that I actually enjoyed Nyan Koi! as it made me laugh…..this made me want to go to sleep, except I couldn’t since the voices were too irritating I know that they’re going for it’s the ‘its a parody!’ kind of feel by pushing the tropes to their extremes, but it just fails so badly to entertain thanks to a lacklustre script and fecking irritating characters.

The animation is great though – another case of an utter waste of talent. Voice acting is completely generic – it’s very sad to hear such talented seiyuu stuck in this kind of rubbish, they even sound bored! Music is suitably awful, think this may be the worst OP of the season after K-ON!! the ED is just as dire.

You know I can’t even be bothered to write anymore about this – I’m sure a lot of people will find this to be entertaining, but I just can’t stomach it so its straight into the ‘dropped’ bin with Mayoi Neko Overrun!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2010 10:15 pm

    Reguarding CG: Thinking back to how terrible CG used to be and compare it to the Giant Killing CG, a show that has a very limited budget, and you quickly realise how much it’s progressed since then. Instead of a bunch of stills that, say, Cross Game did for its matches, I think I prefer this method. Studios are gradually getting better at CG but it was only watching Giant Killing and realising that this was considered poor CG did I realise how much it has come on over the years

    • April 8, 2010 10:32 pm

      Thats very true….I’m just being spoiled. I too prefer the CG crowds to the still mass clones in Cross Game, it provides a better atmosphere.

  2. April 11, 2010 5:01 pm

    Don’t blame AIC, they’re just adapting it off a poorly written piece of work!

    • April 11, 2010 5:27 pm

      In that case their quality control has majorly failed somewhere along the line…..such crap should never have been put forward for an anime adaptation! 😆

  3. Huang permalink
    May 8, 2010 4:52 am

    Yeah, I’m totally hooked on Giant Killing. Probably attributes to the fact that I love Major as well. I think what really draws me in isn’t the game itself, but the internal conflicts the characters face and how they have to make decisions that either better or worsen themselves.

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