First Impressions: Ace of Diamond, Gingitsune, Meganebu

These aren’t the only shows I watched today, but I don’t have anything substantial to say about Who Wants to be the Strongest in the World (this tweet says enough), Magi 2 (direct sequel to a show I didn’t care much for), Teekyu 3 (you don’t seriously expect me to cover this right?), Phi Brain 3 (I’m not British and it’s a direct sequel), and Walkure Romanze (generic fantasy plus visual novel adaptation = couldn’t make it past the first four minutes or so).

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Pre-Viewing Thoughts:

So let’s start with a sports show (and by the way, that guy in the above picture is lying. Anime baseball is always more fun to watch than either watching or playing real baseball). Not really interested in seeing that sort of stuff unless you put some kind of spin on it (and not the kind of awful spin that Moshidora did). Will Ace of Diamond do that?

What Turns Me Off:

Nope. I’m going to be frank: this reminded me a lot of Prince of Tennis without the hilariously stupid elements that made Prince of Tennis somewhat worth it. Unless you count yelling as hilariously stupid. Now it’s nowhere near as bad as those awful baseball movies from the old days like Angels in the Outfield, the fucking Sandlot sequel, and so on and so forth, but if this what Major is like, then I’m glad I never jumped into that. What really wrecked it for me though, and what wrecked Prince of Tennis as well, was the main character. There’s a difference between a hot-blooded shonen hero and a hypocritical jackass you know!

What Hooks Me:

It’s very well-executed old-school stuff. If you’re into stuff like hot-blooded sports where the main character is…um…as stupid as this, then I guess you’ll be fine. Me on the other hand? I think I’ll have much better luck watching Touc–er, I mean a second season of One Outs, should it ever occur. Or re-watch The Sandlot.

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Pre-Viewing Thoughts:

So this Gingitsune anime is Natsume as done by the Diomedea guys, right?

What Turns Me Off:

I could say that the fact that it’s steeped in Japanese culture is kind of a personal issue with me, but like I said before, even if that was the case, there are some things that I find hard to swallow. Like the fact that the story wasn’t interesting. Or the dynamics between the main girl and the fox spirit weren’t interesting. Or that it’s serious moments fail because it tries to hard at inopportune times and doesn’t succeed when and where it should. It was basically Natsume’s Book of Friends except the execution kept on screwing up at the points where Natsume got it right. It was pretty forgettable overall and I just didn’t care what was going on.

What Hooks Me:

It has a decent sense of humor. Far more than Nagi no Asukara at any rate. Unfortunately, Gin is no Nyanko-sensei.

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Pre-Viewing Thoughts:

Well let’s see if this glasses thing really is “anime of the year” material.

What Hooks Me:

I’m going to do what hooks me first for this one because of how weird this show is. First off, it’s really creative. The show basically took its stupid premise and went all-out in exploiting it. There’s a robot that transforms into glasses. There’s glasses discrimination. There’s basically a whole bunch of bright and colorful shit being thrown at me, and yet it all comes down to glasses. Got to give the show props for sticking true to its premise, kind of like how Teekyu sticks with its “girls who don’t play tennis despite being in a tennis club” kind of thing. Unfortunately…

What Turns Me Off:

My problem with Meganebu is simple really: it has no long-term potential due to a poor choice in format. Deen really should have made this a short rather than a full-on series, because when you’re restricted to two or three minutes, running your show on creativity has a much longer lifespan due to the quicker pacing of the jokes. By giving twenty-three minutes to each episode, the whole schtick wears thin really quickly, especially when it’s just one joke in the end.

But just to be fair, let’s judge it on its current format and see if the episode alone caught my interest on its own merits. I’m going to have to say no. It’s creative sure, but the characters are shallow and there’s no on-going plot to keep my interest in case the jokes fall flat. Also, for something that’s supposed to be a comedy, I sure didn’t laugh at it. I was amused sure, but that’s not what I want from comedies. Either give me something to support the comedy ala a Rumiko Takahashi sitcom, or go full-out funny like Full Metal Panic Fumoffu. Or make this a short like Teekyu.

Final Verdict:

Ace of Diamond: Maybe if the main character wasn’t such a stereotypical asshole and the show had anything resembling creativity. Not too bad, but like Log Horizon, I don’t see any reason to continue. Dropped with a score of 5/10.

Gingitsune: Completely forgettable. I’d honestly rather watch that Fuse Teppou…whatever movie that I wiped from my memory upon seeing. Dropped with a score of 5/10.

Meganebu: Should have been a short. Or really funny. Dropped with a score of 5/10.

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