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First Impressions: Summer 2014 – Rokujima no Shinryakusha, Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance and Nobunaga Concerto

July 16, 2014

summerbanOkay! Last of the first impressions…..pity we’re not really ending on a high note since it is the harem shows and the token Nobunaga show – Rokujima no Shinryakusha, Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance and Nobunaga Concerto.

Rokujima no Shinryakusha

Been a few days since I watched this and honestly don’t remember much about it at this point.  It does get points for being fully committed to the idea of getting as many different kinds of girl as possible into the one harem and for introducing them all in the one episode rather than on an episodic basis.  Have to respect a show that knows exactly what it wants to be, even if I have no real love for this genre. Plenty of variety, some decent writing and acting and reasonable animation quality – you could do worse for your harem fix this season.

So yeah, this is another normal high school boy gets inexplicable harem of cute girls – not the worst example, but not something I’m interested in watching more of.  Dropped.

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

Speaking of doing worse for your harem fix – hello Blade Dance.  This first episode was one long parade of harem tropes strung together by irritating characters and a strangely familiar scenario.  Yeap this truly is just like Infinite Stratos except with spirits instead of mecha…….I preferred the mecha.  Also the entire school is populated with tsundere’s who are needlessly abusive to the male lead from the get-go….which is also a touch different from IS where the entire school was populated with Ichika fangirls.  Yeah, all I really got out out this episode was that IS did it better and had less annoying characters – the girls in Blade Dance are tsun to the extreme and very whiny.  MC-kun isn’t as oblivious as some male leads and hails from the less annoying snarky male lead rather than the irritating spineless variety, but that isn’t really a positive thing either.

A chore to sit though – there are better shows to watch with the same premise.  Dropped.

Nobunaga Concerto

So our Nobunaga show of the season then and the initial set-up reminds me of Amatsuki since it is a teenage boy with negligible knowledge of history that has tumbled into the past.  Main difference is that here the main character has ended up in the Sengoku era and ends up taking the place of Oda Nobunaga.  This first episode wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t all that good either – it’s just rather meh.  I did like that apart from the random time-travel the series seems pretty grounded in reality, which makes a huge difference from most Nobunaga shows where lots of fantastical elements and gender-swapping gets involved….although those fantastical elements generally make their shows more entertaining.

I guess Nobunga Concerto just feels a bit dry and the main character is a bit weird.  He shows no real worry about being stuck in the Sengoku era living Nobunga’s life, nothing about his new position really seems to phase him – even the most easy-going person would be somewhat freaked out!  Guess I’m just finding it difficult to relate to him when he doesn’t seem to be having any trouble adjusting.

Of course the elephant in the room is the horrible animation production on display for this series.  It has been a while since I saw such awful animation in a modern production – even full CGI is better than this strange mesh of flash & CG.  The already odd nature of the characters is multiplied tenfold when coupled with this unnerving artstyle!

I might have given the show another chance if it was animated in a traditional style, but being my shallow self I don’t have time for an ugly show that is only marginally interesting – dropped.

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