Autumn 2013: First Impressions – NouCome & Valvrave S2
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shite (NouCome)
Okay I laughed. I laughed quite a lot. NouCome is utterly unrepentant in it’s ridiculousness and was genuinely hilarious at points – I actually had a lot of fun watching this which stunned me a bit since I was fully prepared to completely write it off as light novel shite! High class entertainment this is not, but the show doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a fanservice heavy show full of stereotypes. However it does put effort into making the comedy punchy and fairly well written, and it’s so blatant in its pandering I couldn’t actually get annoyed with it! The concept of the male lead being cursed with this mental multiple choice affliction that forces him to choose between two rather dreadful and/or embarrassing acts, is kinda fun and quirky – even if it only exists to get Protag-kun into pervy situations, and it is fairly well presented. Yeah, I enjoyed this first episode despite myself.
The production is actually pretty solid for this type of show, the whole random opening sequence portraying great decisions throughout history was hilarious, and the OP is ridiculous with all its handstands. But the animation in general is quite snappy with pretty good direction. The voice acting is also excellent with good chemistry. So yeah I had fun with Noucome, but doubt I’ll last the entire season with it – will keep on until I get bored.
Valvrave The Liberator S2
Ah Valvrave, you beautiful disaster you. I really enjoy how awful Valvrave is and this episode reminded me why. Picking up right after the cliffhanger ending of S1, we finish that fight and timeskip right into s’life randomness, new outfits, vampiric fits and exposition. I honestly don’t really know what went on plot wise, but I can tell you I laughed a lot. Mystical vampire mecha anime with elements of terrible harem and a large dollop of BL ship teasing, I really can’t help but enjoy watching this trainwreck – it has everything that is terrible about Stupid Sunrise Mecha shows. That being said I just find watching all those colourful explosions, pretty mecha and some of the characters (L-Elf, A-Drei) endlessly fun to watch so I’m sticking this out to end – I am aware I am one of the few.