First Impressions: Spring 2016 – Part 3
All I could manage this week is watching things – didn’t have time to write up anything, so brace for incoming spam of 1st impressions posts today! First up we have:
- Seisen Cerberus
- Joker Game
- Twin Star Exorcists
- Super Lovers
- Bungou Stray Dogs
God this was bad, but I weirdly didn’t hate it. It’s so ridiculously faithful to threading the beaten path of fantasy action, that it skirts the line of parody without actually committing to that idea – I mean our hero’s name is fecking Hiiro and he clearly thinks he’s cool as fuck!
Seisen Cerberus is kind of goofy really, it’s super chuunibyou and rather unashamed of it all. I won’t be watching any more of it, but the first episode did make me giggle.
Urgh……how many of these identical Shitty LN Adaptations are there now? Do we really need another Infinite Stratos/Asterisk War/Undefeated Bahamut in our lives? Hundred does not bring a single original thought to the table – we’ve seen everything that it offers in this opening episode a hundred (hahaha~!) times over already! I mean if this is your first experience with the battle harem genre you might find Hundred entertaining – just like I found Infinite Stratos’ first season entertaining – but otherwise there isn’t anything of value here. Dropped………you’re shocked, I can tell.
Hmmmm. I wanted to like Joker Game a lot more than I do – this opening episode was just a bit flat on the whole. I mean with the 1930s setting and the spy genre there is a massive amount of potential for intrigue, but instead we get a bunch of men in suits sitting about in a smokey room looking smug. Not exactly the most exciting of opening episodes. There isn’t really much of an effort put into making each of the 8 spies distinctive – I don’t remember a single character’s name and no one really has any defining characteristics, apart from the Japanese solider who is ‘blinkered and high-strung’.
The show does at least & sound great, but a lot more effort will have to be put into the writing for me to keep this on – there are just so many other shows that had better opening episodes this season.
Twin Star Exorcists (Sousei no Onmyouji)
I wonder if I’m finally growing up and getting over my love of shounen shows? I mean I did enjoy this rather decent opening episode of Twin Star Exorcists – it’s got loads of style and was pretty fun to watch – but I just don’t feel any real desire to watch more of it. A few years ago this would have been all sorts of my kind of thing, but I just can’t be bothered right now – My Hero Academia has satisfied my desire for a fun shounen action series this season.
I’d have really loved this opening episode of Super Lovers if the BL tag wasn’t hanging over the show. If this was a show about helping an abused child find happiness in a new family in a similar vein to Usagi Drop, this would be a pretty decent start (wolf packs in Canada aside). However the awareness that the series is a romance with a significant age gap is pretty off-putting. Age gaps and troubled pasts in themselves don’t really bother me (I love CLAMP after all), but I kind of hate incest, and while it is made very clear that there is no blood relationship here, the family bond is heavily played up – adopted siblings are still siblings!
I’m going to end up watching Super Lovers anyway, there really isn’t any point in my pretending I’m not going to, but I’d be so much happier with the show if it either left out the romance or left out the stress on family ties.
Bungou Stray Dogs
Yeah I’m getting the same feeling from this anime adaptation that I did from the manga – it all looks & sounds cool, but it’s very superficial and I’m ultimately left a bit cold. I also found all the comedy faces a bit irritating after a while – Takuya Igarashi‘s directing style is immediately recognisable, and it works well for pure comedy shows like Ouran, action shows with fluid, cartoonish designs like Soul Eater or flamboyant shows like Star Driver.
However Bungou Stray Dogs can’t seem to pick a tone and run with it, swinging from slapstick comedy, to dark & angsty, to stylish action without much flair – it just feels clunky to me. Are the characters meant to be loveable dorks or cooler than cool superheroes? Is there any real point to having them named for Japanese literary greats? The manga had the same sort of random feel to it – all style and no substance – and so far the anime isn’t really inspiring me with great confidence that it can iron out those problems. I am going to give it another few episodes though – simply because it does look pretty damn cool, I love the voice cast & I’m fecking shallow.
Errrrr……I can’t actually remember much about this. It was really short, had an annoying narrator and was super dumb. Oh and the sole male character wasn’t voiced – all his dialogue is in text boxes, which was somewhat amusing. Dropped~!