I confess I didn’t make it through the premiere of Brother’s Conflict. It only took me about three minutes to figure out that this was not working for me in any way, shape or form, though I stuck it out till about the midway point. It says something that Kamiya Hiroshi’s performance as some kind of mutant squirrel is far from the most absurd thing in the premiere (though Kaji Yuuki’s as a ten year-old might just come close).
Otome game adaptations don’t seem to do anything for me to begin with, but I found the execution here especially grisly (yes, I know it was actually a manga first, but could anything be more stereotypically an otome game than this?). The performances, the art, the premise – I pretty much hated all of it. I’m not sure whether Brains Base has decided to go all-in on these sorts of shows, but they seem to form a depressingly large part of their catalogue lately. It’s been a rough patch since Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun – Oregairu was at least something different and had some fine moments, but even that was probably the worst Brains Base series ever in terms of production quality. Here’s hoping Blood Lad can turn things around.
Tamayura: More Aggressive
Without doubt, the most ironically titled series of the year.
I did 12 posts on Tamayura last year (13 actually, counting the bonus episode) so I’ve made my thoughts on this show pretty clear. It it what it is, and to take it as a positive that’s a relaxing, pleasant sort of daydream more than a viewing experience. This is a monotonal show to say the least – it’s all sweetness and smiles, all the time – Satou Junichi with no one to check his excesses. I imagine Satou-sensei must be a very nice man, because his one-man shows are incredibly gentle, positive and innocent. But I’d find them a lot more interesting if they had a little variety – a little spice or vinegar to cut the sweetness. But when Tamayura wants to introduce a counterpoint for the sugar, Satou adds honey.
I see no evidence anything is going to change this season, so I think it’s unlikely I’ll blog More Agressive. The hook is that Potte wants to form a Photography Club at School, and there seems to be a rival character this time (perhaps they’ll have a smiling contest). But really, you know what to expect from this show and you’re always going to get it, which is both its strength and its limitation. I enjoy Tamayura as a sort of meditation when I’m in the right mood (I could have said sleep aid, but it seems so heartless to say such things about this adorable baby bunny of a series that I’ll settle on “meditation”), and I imagine that won’t change either.