Ok, I have to ask – what the hell is the deal with the bear?
Sidonia no Kishi – 02
I certainly want to like this show, but there are some major flies in the ointment. Between the really ugly character CGI and the fact that a big story is being whittle down to one cour, I’m already finding myself thinking about what might have been rather than what actually is.
That’s not to say there aren’t some things here that I like, because there certainly are. Knights of Sidonia seems to be a pretty credible hard sci-fi plot, with all the requisite components. I wouldn’t mind if there were something more to the Gauna than just horrible blobs eating humans for the sake of a story, but as baddies go they are pretty scary. The way the death of cadet Yamano Eiko (Nanako Mori) seamlessly followed her flashback was skillfully done. And we’re getting all sorts of interesting bombshells dropped casually – hermaphroditism, photosynthesis, the dead going to the “organic converter” – that have my modestly curious to find out more.
There are some issue apart from the visuals, though. The obsession with body humor isn’t working too well, because so far Sidonia no Kishi isn’t too slick with humor period, and as a result this just feels kind of tired and juvenile. I find the character interactions rather stilted generally, which I admit makes me suspicious that the bad CGI is coloring my view of them – but I really think it’s the writing and direction more than that. It’s all about the big story here for me, so far – at some point I’m going to need to get drawn into the story of Nagate or some of the other characters on a personal level or I suspect my interest level is going to start dropping pretty quickly.
Escha & Logy no Atelier – 02
I want to like this one, but it’s really not for me. I might be able to stick with it for a while if it weren’t for Murakawa Rie’s performance as Eschy, but she’s at the level of insufferable for me. Basically this is a cute girls (and one boy) being cute show that happens to be set in a post-apocalyptic twilight world, but it all plays as too bland and cloying for my tastes. There’s an audience for this sort of material but I’m not part of it, and there’s nothing to be gained in pretending otherwise.
Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin – 2
Well, at least the schedule is lightening up.
I didn’t dislike the premiere of this one, but it took a major step backwards with this episode. And when you start out with abject mediocrity, that’s not a good situation. This always seemed like a pretty formulaic piece of work, but this week you add a trap – played by KanaHana no less – and another annoying performance by Asumi Kana. Plus, the main relationship is clarified to be another case of a teenaged boy being used as a doormat by an abusive and irritating female lead (so what if she’s a ghost? She’s still a jerk). Not good.
The only remotely interesting thing about this show, really, is on what possible pretense NoitaminA could even pretend that they’re airing it. As much as I’ve intellectually given up on the block it still galls me to see something this generic air in it – there have been worse NoitaminA shows but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a complete and total lack of effort.