Autumn 2013: First Impressions – Gingitsune & Phi Brain S3
Gingitsune wants to be Natsume Yuujinchou and it just fails to reach that level. The show is nice enough I suppose in the classic youngster sees youkai that no one else can see kind of way, but I found it hopelessly boring the majority of the time. There just isn’t anything to really set Gingitsune apart from other shows of its ilk, and I just couldn’t get invested in it. The kitsune – Gintaro – is kinda fun, he’s this big, gruff centuries old creature who suddenly has to deal with a stroppy teenage girl, but he is just as prone to fits of moodiness as she is – got some amusement out of that, but that’s about as far as my interest went. Ginitsune isn’t bad, it’s just unremarkable and I have very little patience for the unremarkable these days.
Production is middle of the road too – all pretty solid looking (although I can’t say I’m fond of the character designs), but there is no flair to the direction or anything that really makes the series stand out. Overall Gingitsune is just ‘meh’ – passable and I suppose it could be somewhat endearing if I gave it a few more episodes, but I’m just not interested enough to do so. Dropped.
Phi Brain S3
Ah here we go – now this got my attention right from the get-go! I love Phi Brain, it is a ridiculous show (god I love ridiculous shows!) stuffed full of BL shipping opportunities and laughably grandiose puzzle solving antics topped off with fantastically stupid names with a star-studded cast…..I just love the show to bits. This season looks set to focus on Kaito & Rook’s mentor Jin, who has been sidelined quite a lot in previous seasons despite being pretty interesting. We also get a new antagonist in the shape of a pink haired girl – *GASP* an actual woman who can solve puzzles!??? this goes against everything that Phi Brain has taught us over two seasons – women in this show are physically incapable of doing puzzles! Anyway we also get two other characters with awesome names Mr Enigma & Mr Whodoneit……I am being completely serious. Have I mentioned how much I love this show??
Yes so, production looks to have been stepped up again – or at least this first episode looked pretty awesome. The OP continues Phi Brain’s run of really good and well animated OPs, but that ED…….oh god I nearly died laughing. A really upbeat seiyuu number with the cheesiest pictures ever – genius! So yes, I’m going to be one of the elite few who will be watching a third season of Phi Brain – I feel sorry for those of you that are missing out on the fun.