Autumn 2014: First Impressions – The Seven Deadly Sins, Akatsuki no Yona and Trinity Seven
Bit of a mixed bag next – not entirely sold on any of them – so a shorter post. Up next is competent but generic shounen, fantasy shoujo with serious budget issues and yet another magical harem series – The Seven Deadly Sins, Akatsuki no Yona and Trinity Seven.
The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai)
Can’t say I’m blown away by this opening episode – it was about as by the numbers as you can get with shounen shows. The world setting is pretty interesting and I like the general aesthetic of the series (I am a sucker for fantasy adventures), but the characters are sort of obnoxious and that basically quashes most of my enthusiasm. I really could have done without the boob groping (that trope is weirdly popular this season) and the ridiculously generic bad guy. Was slightly jarring to go from the look at all these dead bodies lying in a pool of blood in the opening scene, to completely bloodless comedy violence that only damages clothing in the final scenes though.
Production is okay, I’m still not sold on the character designs (they’re the primary reason I’ve never picked up the manga even if it sounds like entirely ‘my kind of thing’) – music is pretty decent. I’ll be giving the show another few episodes because shounen shows are notoriously slow to get going – hopefully it kicks into gear and does something a bit more interesting / fun.
Akatsuki no Yona
Yeah Akatsuki no Yona is definitely channelling something along the lines of Fushigi Yuugi / Twelve Kingdoms / Saiunkoku Monogatari and I am very okay with that – been a while since we’ve had a shoujo show like this. Yona isn’t starting out as very likeable being rather self-absorbed and bratty, but she’s spirited and good natured enough that she isn’t completely repellent (unlike that other disenfranchised Princess from this seasons Cross Ange). I was pleased with the pacing of this first episode, it lays the groundwork well and we get a good feel for the characters, setting and some of the political intrigue floating about in the background. All very solid and I’m certainly interested in watching more. The only thing that could potentially cause concern is if this becomes are standard reverse harem set-up – the OP & ED animation certainly suggest that Yona will be the sole female character in a sea of bishies – but I hope it focuses on action & politics rather than romcom.
On the production side things are slightly shaky – there isn’t a wonderful budget here, and there are a lot of derpy looking faces, but Pierrot are trying their best and the characters are pretty expressive. I really like the OP music – it is an orchestral piece which is refreshing in this season of J-pop rubbish.
So a positive start to Akatsuki no Yona, just wish it had of been awarded a slightly bigger budget to tighten up the animation. Keeping on.
Well this was messy. I don’t know what kind of feel Trinity Seven is going for as there is a bit of everything in here and none of it really works together. I don’t know why MC-kun suddenly has to attend magic high school when the apocalypse seems to have just happened, but my guess is that it has something to do with the creators wanting to draw uniforms and have school hijinks. I suppose the show it reminds me of most would be 11 Eyes – but that was mostly because of the ruined city-scape and high concentration of haremettes. I don’t much like the main character either – he’s a bit arrogant and a touch too accepting of the suddent change in his circumstances. It makes his supposed anguish over his cousin’s disappearance a bit hard to swallow, when he is perving on every girl that enters his eyeline. I guess it makes a change from the usual spineless MC-kun, but he still isn’t likeable.
Production is passable, but not great – same with the acting. Can’t say anything about this episode really interested me since it just felt like yet another harem anime with no real unique identity of its own. Dropped.