First Impressions: Spring 2014 – 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!