Alright, let’s get into some of the other shows I saw today before tomorrow’s output comes, shall we? Stuff I want to talk about, but didn’t have much of substance to say about them, so I’m lumping them all together here. Also, Wizard Barristers isn’t on here because that’s next week. And no Saki, because this blog refuses to acknowledge the existence of said show.
Okay so I couldn’t help but get a little hyped for this one given its wacky premise. Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first: the animation sucks. Oh the visuals themselves look nice itself, but it’s a little stiff on the movement, kind of like a Shaft show. And just like Shaft stuff, the show employs a few visual tricks to make up for that, but damn is the action terrible to watch. This show has the bad tendency to shoot things a little too close to the camera for my liking and it just becomes disorienting when you can’t see what’s going on. Also, whilst they’re not annoying or anything, the characters don’t really have much personality as of yet.
That is, until Ogura went all badass like the main character in Persona 4 with metal music playing in the background. Now she’s suddenly a thousand times cooler.
But yeah, this show has an insanity to it that I’m liking a bunch. It remains to be seen whether the show can keep up this insanity (and whether or not its action will improve) but unlike Noragami, it puts enough spins to its actual substance in order to be interesting. Oda Nobunaga’s favorite weapon is a gun and his reincarnation is a female gun otaku? That’s something I can get behind.
Verdict: I’ll give it some more time. Has potential to be cool but the director needs to get a handle on where he points the camera.
Tonari no Seki-kun
By far the best anime I saw this season and, surprise surprise, it’s a short. It has a decent high-concept. It executes that concept well without outstaying its welcome. And it’s fucking funny. Shorts are the future of anime guys. Get with the program.
But yeah, Seki-kun, or The Master of Killing Time as Crunchyroll kindly likes to name it, doesn’t seem to have too much to its formula besides what we’re introduced to, but that’s not a bad thing as long as it manages to make each iteration fresh and interesting. And given what I’ve seen of the manga, as long as the team doesn’t screw the pooch somewhere down the line, this should be a really fun way to waste time on Sunday for the next few months. In fact, if Seki-kun keeps up what it’s doing, it could rank really high on my future top 2014 anime list (oh dear, I’m thinking ahead so soon after 2013 just ended, aren’t I?). Don’t screw up Green Green director.
Verdict: This is a keeper.
Nobunaga The Fool
Holy shit this was boring. Like really really boring. I don’t know how you can make a bunch of historical figures interact each other IN SPACE and with mecha NOT ENGAGING, but Nobunaga the Fool found a way. The whole thing was flaccid and lacked any sort of camp to it despite all the Kawamori weirdness going on. Things just happen without any sort of tension or purpose. Also, my intolerance to anime set in feudal Japan and Nobunaga the Fool playing up that angle way too much for my taste didn’t help either.
I didn’t understand what was going on in this thing, who the hell these people are aside from being historical figures (made to look fug ugly no less), and why I should care. More importantly, when it ended, I literally forgot everything I watched. Except for that awful beginning which had a long, long, LONG scene of boring exposition with nothing but maps to add visual flair. And that was only because someone reminded me when I glanced at other people watching this thing.
Verdict: Nobunaga the Fool really fucking sucks.