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First Impressions: Spring 2014 – Kamigami no Asobi, La Corda D’oro: Blue Sky and Haikyuu!!

April 6, 2014

springsmlMoving swiftly on to the fujoshi-bait shows of the season – Kamigami no Asobi, La Corda D’oro: Blue Sky and Haikyuu!!

Kamigami no Asobi

This was glorious.  We had this amazing transformation sequence within the first 2 minutes and then this ED with it’s awful singing!! Brilliant, got to love fujoshi-bait shows that revel in their cheesiness.  For an opening episode this mostly served to introduce all the gods and Yui, the single girl in their midst.  I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that Yui has some character – she’s pretty likeable, which is kinda unusual in this genre.  This episode also had Zeus transform form cool old guy into a shota and back for no real reason.  I’m pretty much sold on the show.

Production is decent, certainly colourful and pretty looking anyway……the spontaneous blooms of flowers that appeared behind the gods when they were introduced had me giggling manically……well I mostly giggled through the entire episode if I’m honest.  Definitely keeping this on!

La Corda D’oro: Blue Sky

Probably should have watched this first – it’s lack of impact was felt even more acutely when I watched it directly after the cheese-tastic Kamigami…….La Corda D’oro was just rather dull in comparison.  Doesn’t help that the production is pretty cheap, loads of static images and off model shots and some really bad violin playing action!  La Corda D’oro does have a plot in mind though so it does have that advantage, even if that plot is basically every competition centric story ever written – we’re aiming for the Nationals people, just with music instead of sport!

Characters are a bit bland, they’re going to have to ramp up the cheese to keep my interest, but at least the voice acting is stellar – so many wonderful seiyuu all in one show~!  Not massively impressed, but will be watching anyway – it is a multi-coloured bishie fluff show after all.


Haikyuu!! was actually even better than I was hoping.  It’s less Kuroko and more Oofuri and considering how much I loved Oofuri, that isn’t a bad thing.  For an introductory episode to a sports series you couldn’t really ask for more, as it sets up the sport and the personalities of the two central characters extremely well…….and yes I am shipping that, don’t ask silly questions.

Production quality is very solid, not as polished and shiny as Kuroko as it has a much more grounded colour scheme, but movement is captured well making volleyball look more interesting than it really is – bonus!  Great OP & ED as well as solid voice acting – I’m definitely keeping this on.  I definitely love my blushing/crying boys playing sports!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. A Day Without Me permalink
    April 6, 2014 4:19 pm

    I liked how in Blue Sky they very much grounded it in Kanade feeling that she hasn’t lived up to her potential. That was an aspect I wasn’t expecting to find in this sort of show. I am also terribly pleased that we’ve got potential OT3 on hand. That being said, it certainly does pale in comparison the the gods show.

    Haikyuu is beautiful and makes me idiotically happy. I hope it does well enough for a second season!!!

    • April 6, 2014 10:01 pm

      Blue Sky definitely but a bit more effort into their placeholder female than some other reverse harem shows – not holding out much hope for them to explore her feelings of wasted potential though, not when there are loads more multi-coloured bishies to be introduced! On pure candy-floss enjoyment Kamigami wins hands down.

      Fingers crossed for Haikyuu to take off like Kuroko did – it really had a very solid start.

  2. April 7, 2014 12:54 am

    Completely agree, Kamigami no Asobi blows La Corda D’oro: Blue Sky right out of the water in every way. I’ll probably end up dropping the latter, as I just don’t feel that I need two reverse-harems in a single season, but I’ll almost certainly be watching the former right up to the end. (No doubt it’s not intended to be taken as a comedy series, but I sure found it amusing as hell. Dat transformation sequence tho! XD)

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