First Impressions: Spring 2014 – Ping Pong The Animation, Nanana’s Buried Treasure and Fuun Ishin Dai Shogun
Ping Pong: The Animation
Yuasa sure does know how to use animation to its fullest. There is fantastic use of colour, angles, framing and sound in this episode – it may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but it packs much more depth into this first episode than you’d first think. There are layers here – the characters are complex, the world they inhabit is narrow, but focused as the lens we are looking though is completely fixed on the characters we are following.
You need to pay attention to what the director is doing with the animation as well as the subtitles of the script and acting. Watching this first episode of Ping Pong was rewarding and interesting – I massively enjoyed it! The show doesn’t seem to have much of a budget, but the rough choppy animation suits the action scenes pretty well – pity they didn’t have enough budget to make the OP more interesting, they settled for cutting up some of the better action scenes and picking a great song.
Definitely keeping on.
Nanana’s Buried Treasure
Right on the other side of the spectrum is out other noitaminA show and it is all glossy, smooth animation and boobs. For the genre Nanana isn’t all that bad, it was certainly watchable if rather unremarkable. MC-kun seems to get over the fact the ghost of a hot girl is squatting in his room pretty damn quickly. I don’t think I’d be as calm to be honest, but I don’t live in an anime so what do I know?
Nanana seems like it will be harmless fluff, there isn’t really much here to get overly excited about or annoyed over – it is very safe, middle of the road, LN crap produced well. Will probably keep it on till the end unless it gets obnoxious with the fanservice.
Fuun Ishin Dai Shogun
Wow. I am in awe of how abysmal this first episode was. It takes a special amount of talent to make a show this bad, and I’m not really sure where to start! First off the most obvious problem is the animation….or lack thereof in a lot of scenes. There is so much cost-cutting and static images going on it is kind of amazing. It doesn’t actually look terrible in that there aren’t many off-model shots, but the lack of actual animation is jarring in places since it starts to resemble someone flipping the pages of a picture book!
So yeah the animation is terrible, but that is only the start. Then we have the characters and the plot….again, wow. If the world sounded stupid in the synopsis, fully realised it is even worse. This is a world were the Meji restoration never happened, so we have lots of traditional Japanese element…..but with bonus steam-powered mecha. Yeap. Steam-powered mecha that can only be piloted by our virginal main character……who is a gang leader, and who yells all his lines. And there are loads of scantily clad women, and the granny gets her own cleavage-tastic ninja outfit…..and oh my god this show is DUMB!!
I’m watching another episode.