Spring 2012: First Impressions (Hyouka & AKB0048)
Finally, the final First Impression post of this season – this season has been so spread out! Anyway, to wrap things up we have bored high-schoolers and wannabe idols……….Hyouka and AKB0048.
Okay so I’m less than amazed by Hyouka – it just doesn’t have a lot of depth and the mysteries are rather pathetic at present. I just don’t really like the characters right now, and it doesn’t help that they are basically expys of other KyoAni characters. Houtaro and Satoshi are basically carbon copies of Ozaki & Sunohara from Clannad (they’ve even got the same fecking seiyuu!), and Eru looks exactly like Mio from K-ON! while acting like a much nicer, more moe version of Haruhi. I guess I’m just a bit disappointed at how shallow Hyouka feels right now – this concept has plenty of potential to be interesting, but it feels like they aren’t even trying.
On the positive side, the animation is fecking glorious. In all seriousness this is one of the best looking shows airing right now – the quality and attention to detail is just spectacular. Sure the character designs are just generic moeblobs, but they are lovingly animated and there is so much movement going on – just have a look at the opening scene with Houtaro walking past all those students petitioning for their clubs; every single one of those characters are doing something different. The OP animation is also gorgeous with a wonderful ripple-effect being used. Voice acting & music are also pretty high quality.
So yeah, Hyouka is a stunning looking show, but there is just nothing going on under the surface yet. There needs to be serious work done on the characters & mystery element to have this show even approach being interesting.
Oh dear. I knew I wouldn’t enjoy this, but I didn’t expect to be bored while watching the first episode! There is something wrong when a show has idols as revolutionary figures fighting police forces with stun gun hair-accessories and light sabers and I am actually nodding off mid-way through! The thing about AKB0048 is was that I was expecting something demented, brightly coloured and full of lulz, but have instead got something which appears to be taking itself fairly seriously while also having a ridiculous premise – it just doesn’t really work for me.
I can’t say I’m impressed by the animation – the CGI dancing was beyond creepy, and what the hell is up with all the heart light reflections on the girl’s hair & eyes……..scary stuff. I did like the world design a lot though, and those ‘No Idols’ posters were brilliant. Voice acting was a bit on the weak side, but at least the girls are trying to inject some personality into their characters I suppose. Music was brilliantly cheese-tastic as expected.
So I’m bailing on AKB0048 – I don’t think it even has any potential as Terribad.