Winter 2011 – First Impressions (Wolverine & Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?)
Finally got this written! Work is knocking seven bells out of me (place went to hell during my week off) so been really tired. Anyway, thoughts on latest Marvel/Madhouse collaboration Wolverine and Studio DEEN’s latest randomness Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
Well it’s a better start than to Iron-Man I’ll give it that, but still this first episode of Wolverine didn’t really do much for me because it was so ordinary! There’s nothing here to really mark Wolverine out from a myriad of similar shows – it’s like MADHOUSE are relying on the MARVEL tag and its existing fan base to sell the show…..it feels lazy, and that’s not something I’m accustomed to feeling from MADHOUSE. I don’t know if I approve of turning Logan into some hopelessly romantic bishie who will spend the entire series running after one woman stuck in a terribly generic “my yakuza father is forcing me to marry a complete prat” plotline. The action was reasonable I suppose, but the dialogue is cheesy and the plot feels dated…..I’m not feeling terribly enthusiastic.
The animation is pretty decent though – much better than Iron-Man, although Logan’s mouth occasionally seemed to be operating independently from the rest of his body at times! Voice acting was ok too and I really quite liked the music. The OP & ED animation was great, but the ED weirdly made me feel like they had a competition in the office and couldn’t pick a winner, so they ended up just sticking everyone’s entries together – it’s really quite disjointed.
I feel like I’m being extremely negative; I am going to give Wolverine another few episodes before bailing – it certainly hooked me more than Iron-Man did and I managed about 5 episodes of it before giving it up as a bad job!
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Is this a zombie?)
Oh god this was a riot! It was all going pretty normally for the most part – snarky male lead being generic…..and then suddenly mayhem! The show is completely over the top and uses comedy violence to optimum effect (the protagonist is already dead after all!) – in this first episode alone Ayumu gets run over by a truck (which propels him through the air and out of his clothes), stabbed by a demonic bear, cut in half by a magical girl, has his home taken over by two demanding girls, attacked by a perverted crayfish and forced to undergo a mahou-shoujo transformation sequence (complete with ultra close-up panty-shots!)….it’s all very weird, but damn funny at the same time! I don’t have much faith in there being much of a plot, but I did laugh at this first episode so think I’ll be watching a few more episodes of this for the amusement value!
The animation is surprisingly decent here considering this is ‘lol DEEN’, and there’s some really quite decent direction in the action scenes (even if there is a huge focus on the panty-shots) and that transformation sequence was priceless! Voice acting was pretty good too and the BGM fit the show well. I even liked the OP, although the ED was pretty tragic!
Will be keeping this on for a while, to see if they manage to keep the comedy interesting and fresh, or if it gets repetitive. A surprisingly good episode regardless.