Autumn 2014: First Impressions – Gundam Build Fighters Try, Parasyte-the maxim- and Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
Okay we’re nearly done with first impressions and second episode are starting to appear, time to start wrapping things up and start settling my watching list. But first lets have a look at the exciting world of battling toy robots, the attack of alien body-snatchers and some rubbish about shepherds, boob groping and libraries…….Gundam Build Fighters Try, Parasyte -the maxim- and Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai.
Gundam Build Fighters Try
Thank god this first episode was every bit as fun as the first season of this brilliant series! I can not tell you how relieved I am that the new characters are fun and likeable right off the bat, no repeat of Gundam AGE where AGE 3’s main cast was utterly repellent when compared to AGE 1 & 2’s! There is a seven year time-skip between seasons so not a whole lot has changed in the world setting and I’m expecting the former cast to cameo throughout the series. I’m glad that we have girl promoted to the main team here – girls were shown to be serious competitors in the previous season, but Fumina’s the experienced senpai and leader here and shows all of Sei’s enthusiasm for Gunpla, so I don’t think she’ll be moving to the cheer section at any stage. Sekai’s our new Reiji, a novice when it comes to Gunpla but a gifted martial artist who understands battle techniques well. He sort of reminds me of a young Domon Kasshu from G Gundam – not a bad thing! And then there’s China’s little brother Yuuma, who we only see glimpses of in this episode, but he seems to be filling Sei’s role as a talented Gunpla builder.
But yes, the same sense of boundless excitement and joy that was a key-feature of s1 of Gundam BF is still here – the people in this world just love Gundam and Gunpla and their enthusiasm for their hobby is infectious! The show also looks gorgeous – the Gunpla fight was great, but they’re also holding back at the moment since Sekai is a beginner – looking forward to future battles once he gets more experience.
Wonderful to have Gundam Build Fighters back – it has all the fun of Gundam and some brilliant easter eggs for fans while still being a stand alone show that embraces its status as the best kind of toy commercial. Definitely keeping on.
Parasyte -the maxim-
Impressive first episode – fears of excessive censorship effective put to bed in the first few minutes where we’re treated to the sight of a man’s head splitting open to reveal nothing but and endless maw of teeth & eyes, which then bites the head of his wife. Brilliant stuff! Madhouse thankfully put some effort into this series – the animation of body parts morphing into alien shapes is suitably squicky and had me squirming a few times. Also that dog……..urgh! All good things for a series focused on body horror. I’m not familiar with the source material having never read the manga, but the series does seem to have been modernised to bring it up-to-date – modern technology and this season’s popular boob-grab are both included. I also like how the main character is already starting to subtly change – speaks of good things for his future character development.
Animation production is pretty damn good for the most part – less said about those awful CG background characters the better. However I hate the background music – how thought dubstep was good idea when nothing remotely worthy of ‘dropping the bass’ is happening on screen? A dubstep OST works for a show like Jojo’s because it is bombastic in its presentation from the start, but Parasyte isn’t like that the music is just distracting and pretty jarring. The OP is also horrendous.
Still, aside from questionable music choices Parasyte is off to a very good start – definitely interested and will be keeping on.
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: A Good Librarian is Like a Good Shepard
This episode was so boring it should be criminal. Here we have the usual anime set-up of a ridiculously prestigious school that is basically its own city populated by anime stereotypes. There is the bland male lead, his comedy pervert best friend and the bossy student president. Oh and over there are the militant sports clubs, the tsundere and the good natured ditz! I can hardly contain my excitement to see what other standard archetypes we add to the cast in subsequent episodes.
This episode was so painfully standard that I don’t even think I properly recall what the point of it all was. I know there was some comedy molestation and a chase around the school before our group got together to found some sort of pointless club – but colour me clueless about what this series is actually going to be about outside of harem antics.
I wonder if shows like this are created when studios leave too many discarded harem scenes from other shows sitting about and just decide to combine them into the one show? – Dropped.