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Autumn 2013: First Impressions – Golden Time & Infinite Stratos S2

October 4, 2013

autumnanimeTime to be underwhelmed by a JC Staff shoujo and a harem sequel – Golden Time and Infinite Stratos S2.

Golden Time

Okay so I said that I’d give Golden Time a fair chance, but unfortunately it doesn’t look to be the show to buck the trend of crap JC Staff shows.  I was occasionally amused by the show, but for the majority of the time it played out like any other new student at school show – the only exception being that this character is a new student at University rather than High School.  Whoop.  I did like that the lead girl is a cleaver away from yandere status and is stalking the hell out of bland lead male’s new friend – makes a change from the lead girl immediately falling into the bland male leads crotch (however if the OP is any indication this is going to change pretty soon).

It also has to be said that Golden Time doesn’t even look very good – the animation is cheap as hell and actually looks a bit dated, which is kind of surprising.  I haven’t actually watched a full JC Staff show in a while, but I seriously don’t recall their shows looking so meh.  The sound production in this episode was also pretty damn terrible, with the sound effects and generic soundtrack often drowning out the dialogue – I have no idea how that wasn’t fixed before it hit the air.

So Golden Time wasn’t great – it wasn’t absolutely awful, but it wasn’t good either.  I will give it another episode though to see if there is any more amusement value to be had, but I’m not all that optimistic.

Infinite Stratos S2

Oh Infinite Stratos you really went through the check-list of harem hi-jinks in this first episode – what are you going to do the rest of the season!?  I mean this episode had school swimsuit, cat costumes, maid & butler cosplay, summer yukata, festival & fireworks combo, a pool segment and shopping/dayto funtimes with haremettes.  That’s basically an entire season of harem tropes shoved into the first episode – Infinite Stratos S2 is really looking to outdo it’s first season!

Yes this show is pure fanservice, you’re only going to watch it if you know that.  I already pretty much knew what I was in for so could just sit back and laugh at how by-the-numbers IS plays it’s harem tropes – right down to Ichika being oblivious to the point of my wondering if he’s doing it on purpose!  New OP is J-Pop cheese, the ED is recycled from S1 and basically it is the same old Infinite Stratos – you know what you’re getting.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2013 1:51 pm

    So, having read the light novels (yes, I’m a masochist), if you think the harem hijinks were in full force this episode, you’re in for a treat. We will finally get an enemy this season, so that might help a little bit. But again, there’s going to be a lot of harem high school rom com fanservice to keep the show in it’s place.

    • October 6, 2013 2:59 pm

      Yay~! You know I kind of like how straight IS plays its harmen genericness – it’s sort of endearing! But if we also get some plot in there too this will be a fun season.

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