Of the two adaptations of quite new shounen manga this season (both starring Kaji Yuuki), there’s no question The Seven Deadly Sins is the better-produced as compared to World Trigger. It’s also slicker, more polished and more stylish. Yet somehow I find World Trigger to be the more interesting show, at least so far.
There’s nothing especially wrong with Nanatsu – in fact it’s quite likeable on the whole. I’m just finding it a bit routine – none of the characters really jump, the premise seems especially by-the-numbers and the middle-school ecchi rather crass. The subplot with village boy Mead (Kobayashi Yumiko) and the Holy Knight’s sword was pretty standard stuff, too – though adding Miyano Mamoru to the cast as said Knight, Sir Gilthunder, adds some interesting possibilities.
Comedy seems to be the best suit of this one, and there have been funny moments in each of the first two episodes. I’ll certainly give it another week or two, but right now it’s a stretch to think I might keep blogging this series.
Shingeki no Bahamut – 02
This is a series where the buzz has outstripped the anticipation in a fairly major way. While I couldn’t quite buy into it after the premiere, I found myself getting swept up by Bahamut: Genesis somewhat more with the second episode.
The appeal for me with this show is that it’s fun, and it’s different. Bahamut is not at all a cookie-cutter fantasy anime – there’s a distinctly Western feel about it to me in fact, right down to Ike Yoshihiro’s Mediterranean-influenced soundtrack. In a sense it’s a kind of stylistic cross between a modern Japanese card battle game and a raunchy swashbuckling Hollywood action flick from the first half of the last century. The situations and relationships are pretty standard but there’s always a lot of interesting stuff going on in the periphery, and the banter between the characters is pretty entertaining. I keep hoping that Favaro and Kaisar (Inoue Go) will team up, in fact, and turn this into a kind of buddy picture – they have a fun chemistry between them.
As for plot, well, I think it’s “premise” in the quite literal sense as it’s really an excuse for a bunch of crazy stuff to happen. But we do have the always-welcome addition of Hirata Hiroaki to the cast as the Orleans Knight Lavalley, and lots of talk about the God’s Key which is the reason everyone is after Amira (Shimizu Risa, who does a hell of a Sawashiro Miyuki impression). I suppose Favaro is eventually going to fall in-love with the girl he’s continually trying and failing to betray, and Kaisar already is.