Ooh, this one is going to be hard to talk about, especially given how polarizing this ended up being.
Of all the hyped anime to get backlashed, I would never in my life think that it would have been Silver Spoon. With all the hype building up behind it despite the fact that the thing wasn’t exactly promising a plot, I thought Free would have been the thing to get trashed (and I mean more trashed than it already has). But no, as I was about to watch this, I learned beforehand that a lot of people were calling Silver Spoon’s first episode terrible. Was it really that bad?
Well it wasn’t deserving of the huge amount of hatred I read, but it was pretty much what I expected Watamote to be: an unfunny, blandly animated show about a main character knee-deep in his/her own problems and we somehow are supposed to sympathize despite not being given any real reason to. A setting and premise that is more interesting than what actually happens. And a show that will get the axe if it does not improve soon.
Like Free, I’m giving this show the benefit of the doubt because I like the potential and hopefully the second episode will improve on things. Okay, this is one of those accursed two-cour shows that I have garnered a hatred for because they’ve been burning my ass as of late, but it’s based on an award-winning manga by Hiromu Arakawa, and from what I heard, FMA was not just a fluke. Plus, I love the agricultural setting and some of the farm humor is kind of cool. There’s all sorts of interesting things you can take this kind of story and from what I heard, the director is adapting the manga faithfully, so it should go somewhere cool soon. However, also like the former, it didn’t have a very good first episode. The direction and animation is kind of poor and whilst some of the humor worked due to how unique it was, there were also a lot of jokes that failed due to bland execution or that elephant in the room that I’ll get to in a bit. This wouldn’t be too much of a problem if there was a good story or interactions or something, but there’s no real plot as of yet and whilst some of the characters were slightly amusing, I was mostly entertained by their designs rather than what they were saying or doing. In fact, the only character I was amused at for her actions was that girl riding that huge horse.
But yeah, the biggest problem with this thing was the main character. Whilst I didn’t dislike him as much as Landon did, he reminded me a lot of Kyousuke from Kimagure Orange Road in that by trying to make him relatable, the creators ended up making him too stupid. He’s a little more tolerable so far because he’s stupid in something I’m not all that familiar in myself (not that I’m familiar with love, but I do know enough to know that when a character acts as stupid as Kyousuke Kasuga, I will hate him with a passion), but he doesn’t really have much of a personality and the only thing distinguishing him from the other bland everyleads right now is his character design. I mean for god’s sakes, he freaked out over people eating unclean eggs. Really dude? You don’t know those are okay to eat when they come out of a chicken’s butt without being cleaned? And that’s just one of the many stupid things he does whilst acting like an entitled self-insert prick.
Whilst I thought that Watamote and Free were trying too hard with their mains at times, Silver Spoon just takes the cake. Even when interacting with others, the guy is still not very good or interesting. And as those sixteen episodes of Kimagure Orange Road I lasted through has proven, I don’t have the willpower to make it through a show if the main character is absolute crap, even when the premise sounds like my kind of thing. Especially if the rest of what happens isn’t all that funny. I’ll stick with it for now, but any more stupid unfunny jokes about how the main is an outsider who, despite all his studying, couldn’t carry a basket of eggs out of a barn (let alone an entire storyline) and I will bail hard.
- And no, the noitamina name doesn’t mean much to me. After watching more and more of their shows, I’m starting to realize just how overhyped they were, even before the Fractale/Anohana/whatever-period.
- I don’t blame Arakawa for my problems with this thing, as it’s the director’s job to adapt the thing as befitting for the audience, and criticism of the adaptation is not criticism of the source material. It’s not her fault the comedic timing was off.