First Impressions: Summer 2014 – Argevollen, Tokyo Ghoul and Glasslip
Continuing on with mecha, violence and chickens – Argevollen, Tokyo Ghoul and Glasslip.
While not the worst opening episode for a mecha show, this was hardly the most exciting one either. Argevollen sticks to the standard mecha tropes and it does them fairly competently – extra credit for having the protagonist falling into the cockpit of the super-advanced mecha be a trained pilot and soldier already (even if he is a newbie). That still doesn’t really distract from the fact there isn’t really much to get hyped or excited about here – there’s nothing wrong with the show, but at the moment there isn’t that extra something to mark it out as different.
I did enjoy watching the robot drop kick the enemy mech in the chest though, and the red new-model quadrupedal jumping mechs were pretty cool – however I am mystified by why a rather standard looking wall is considered a difficult line of defence to penetrate, doesn’t this world have aircraft?
All in all a rather run of the mill start to a mecha series, will be watching a few more episodes to see if it develops a bit more of a unique personality.
Now this was an attention grabbing first episode – Tokyo Ghoul has buckets of potential in both its story and visuals. I really enjoyed how the show follows our naive main character as he falls down the rabbit-hole into a much darker and more dangerous world through pure misfortune. It is bad enough that he had an absolutely terrifying near-death experience with a cannibalistic she-demon, but it is aftermath that is truly harrowing to consider. Imagine your horror to realise that all your normal foods have become completely unpalatable and you’re now craving human flesh – that you are no longer human, but a creature of nightmares – a Ghoul.
I’m very interested in the Ghouls – they’re not mindless killing machines, but rather appear to be completely normal humans for most of the time, but they have their own social hierarchy with territories, like most predatory animals. It is a completely separate world lurking beneath the surface of the mundane life of the city and it is hard to pick the Ghouls out when they’re not displaying the give-away red eyes. Having the monsters be so close to humans makes them more frightening. However I don’t think Tokyo Ghoul will be diving far into the psychological aspect of the horror element since it seems to be more of an action orientated series.
Overall a very promising show – great animation, interesting direction and a promising plot. Definitely watching more.
Oh wow, was this ever dull as fuck! I’m actually shocked by how utterly devoid of anything approaching interesting this first episode was – it completely forgot about its only unique point too as glass blowing was barely mentioned in passing! This is like some unholy blend of previous PA Works shows with all of the soul sucked out of it – it probably has most in common with Tari Tari and True Tears – Tari Tari for the dull as bricks characters and True Tears for the random chickens. It is unforgivable to spend the majority of your first episode doing bugger all, while randomly freeze-framing and flashing up character names! Give me something to latch onto – make the village interesting like in Nagi no Asukara, have the characters be vibrant and memorable like in Hanasaku Iroha or at least present your gimmick front and centre like Tari Tari. This completely soulless presentation of the daily lives of a bunch of ordinary teenagers is BORING!!
On the animation front, well it sure is the most PA Works thing to have ever PA Works-ed. They really have their depiction of small sea-side Japanese towns down to a pat at this stage, but they’ve gotten pretty lazy with the character designs and there was a noticeable abundance of static images in this episode, so I can’t even honestly say that at least the animation is top-notch.
Dull, lifeless and utter devoid of potential – dropped.