Fukumenkei Noise – 01
So, straight off, I have a couple of problems with Fukumenkei Noise.
- One, all that “La, La, La” stuff was really annoying.
- Two, I actually don’t think Hayami Saori is a very good singer.
Obviously, that second problem is a much bigger one than the first, since Hayami’s Nino is supposed to be some kind of raw animal rock goddess who sets the gym on fire when she takes the mic. She’s not terrible but I think she just sounds kind of silly. And it doesn’t help that the animation of her singing (especially the “La”s) is unintentionally hilarious with those big-eyed shoujo faces.
Apart from that, I thought Fukumenkei Noise was a pretty decent shoujo romance first episode – not great, not bad. The setup looks like a classic triangle: genius musician Yuzu is in love with Nino (who he calls “Alice” for her family name, Arisugawa). She loves Yuzu’s talent but romantically loves Momo, the megane boy who used to be her neighbor and moved away when they were in grade school. And Momo loves… Well- that we don’t know yet, apart from being surly and standoffish. There’a also the former lead singer of the light music club (supplanted by Alice) who loves Yuzu in unrequited fashion.
This may turn out to be pretty decent drama, though I’m alway a bit cautious in romances with the “DRAMA!” is turned up so high in the first episode. Fukumenkei Noise definitely isn’t the sort of series you can judge after one episode – it’s really going to impossible to get a read on it until I figure out whether these are characters I want to spend time with. Right now, I’m nowhere near ready to answer that question, so let’s see what next week brings.
ID-0 – 01
There’s an interesting pedigree behind ID-0. The director, Taniguchi Goro (Geass, Infinite Ryvius, Planetes) and writer Kuroda Yousuke (Onegai, Ano Natsu de Matteiru, Ryvius et al) are old industry hands of considerable stature. And both, especially Taniguchi (Planetes seems to be the closest anime analog to ID-0), should be ideally suited to this sort of theme and genre.
But, somehow, ID-0 doesn’t really work – at least not yet for me. I found the premiere rather stilted and the dialogue and acting (and this is an all-star cast) pretty ham-fisted. And it’s a given that the CGI is an eyesore (newsflash: CGI still sucks for character animation) for the more intimate scenes. Main heroine Mikuri Maya plays as a generic airhead, and the supporting cast as familiar archetypes rather than distinctive characters.
While we’ve certainly seen the whole rough-edged salvage crew adventuring through space thing before (it’s one of sci-fi anime’s most-used chestnuts), it can certainly have charm when executed well. Sadly, the evidence is that ID-0 isn’t, but with so much experience and talent behind it, I feel like I owe it one more chance to prove the mediocre premiere was a fluke.