Fukumenkei Noise – 02
I’m normally one for defending shoujo (especially romances) against some of its detractors. But a series like Fukumenkei Noise seems almost like a parody of the shoujo romance genre, so perfectly does it play into the caricature those detractors paint of it. It’s not all bad by any means, but the drama in this show just feels way too manufactured – and non-stop – for me. It forms a kind of perfect contrast with the naturalistic and unforced Tsuki ga Kirei which, while no shoujo, is certainly a romance.
I have another problem here too, which is that I find Alice (or Nino, whatever) to be rather annoying. I kind of agree with Baldy about her, to be honest – I think she is rather loud and obnoxious. And all that “La La La” and repetition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” was immensely grating on my nerves by the end of of the episode. But that’s just personal opinion, I’m sure many readers like the character fine. I do have to wonder, though – are there actually fans of the manga who don’t think Yuzu is a way better character than Momo? I admit I have a near-perfect track record in rooting for the losing guy in shoujo love triangles, but this one seems like such a slam-dunk I find it hard to imagine how anyone sees it differently.
ID-0 – 02
I really wanted to like ID-0, too. It’s a “pure” anime sci-fi, with a terrific pedigree as far as the staff is concerned. But honestly, I barely made it through the second episode. I find the characters to be completely two-dimensional and the visuals to be singularly uninspired. It clearly makes an effort to match the form of classic sci-fi but doesn’t deliver any of the substance, which basically just works to make me hungry for a better show in the same style.
It’s easy for me to pick out what it is about Fukumenkei Noise that sours the pot, but ID-0 is harder to explain. It goes through the right motions (apart from the CGI character animation), and it has a director and writer who really should be able to deliver a story that feels authentic. But the whole thing is hollow – there’s just no meat on the bones, and no matter how good the bone structure is, without anything else it’s just a skeleton. Maya is especially a cliche, but the whole salvage crew is like a bad photocopy of the cast of a real series. This one is a shame – well, these both are – but I don’t see myself going any further with it.