The second episode of HSDxD didn’t do a whole lot more for me than the first one did. Which is to say, it threw so many gags at me that a few of them connected, but generally the impression I’m left with is that this is all a pretty think pretext to deliver as much fanservice as possible. Right now I’d rank it about on a par with fellow nipple-fixated Seikon no Qwaser, which held my interest for a few eps before I tired of it. If anything SnQ has a somewhat more interesting premise, though it was also more brazen and mean-spirited on the whole. I like the fact that Rias isn’t sadistic, which makes a nice change from the usual in series like this. But the plot doesn’t grab me and Isse isn’t an especially likeable protagonist. Not enough here to blog unless things uptick quite substantially.
Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam – 12
OK, did I miss the scene where it was explained why Millia can speak Russian fluently?
No series this season (or last) makes me as sad as this one. It’s such a waste – Last Exile is a fantastic mythology. The imagery is beautiful, the music is spectacular, and for all it’s blemishes there’s lots of interesting stuff to chew on in the concept of this series. But the dialogue and character development is so painfully bad that it can be difficult to watch at times, and for me that’s about as grievous a flaw as a show can have. You can tell there were smart “Exile” veterans on the planning committee, but why they decided to turn this premise over to a pedestrian writer is beyond me. Gonzo, you’re really breaking my heart here. I fear I may have to drop “Fam” even in digest form, as I’m having a hard time getting past the roadblocks it throws in my path.
I am curious to see what the explanation for Glacies seemingly being an all-female nation is, assuming it’s something other than yet more otaku pandering by Gonzo. I’m curious, too, to see if Claus and Lavie show up – though at this point I think I’d rather remember them as they were in the first series (or at least the “Hourglass” manga). I just don’t know if that curiosity is enough to keep me watching week after week of dialogue that makes me cringe.