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Whenever I get a seat on the train ride to and from work, I like to watch something on my personal laptop. Currently I’m in the middle of finishing up the first half of Gate, but that show is really boring me so I figured I’d look at the rest of the first episodes I didn’t cover in the last post, even though I said I was dead set on watching them later anyways. And I still am. Just thought I’d have an idea of what to expect.
This one’s got all sorts of long names, so I’m just going to call it Sakurako-san for short (not to be confused with The Pet Girl of Sakurasou). Anyways, the reactions to this one were kind of lukewarm, but I wasn’t exactly sure why. That changed after watching this episode because it was fucking stupid. Literally nothing happened but the main dude praising the lady (named Sakurako, obviously) despite her doing nothing but fanboy over corpses and being cuckoo in general. And when they’re presented with a case, she just solves it instantly for the sole purpose of showing off her talents. The case literally had no relevance to the story other than that. It’s just a lazy expository introduction with a lot of mishandled filters. Nothing more, and that’s a bad thing.
The Perfect Insider
Definitely going to need to try watching this again once a few more episodes air because I tried the premiere and it really bored me. I heard quite a few good things about A-1’s new noitamina contribution upon its release. And after watching it, all I have to say is this: why? Okay it was better than Sakurako-san, but this episode was nothing but people talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and somebody stabs someone in the eye…oh wait no that didn’t happen. That was just me threatening to self-mutilate my own sockets if someone wasn’t going to do it themselves.
I took a closer look at people’s reactions and the positive word apparently comes from how they enjoy the craft of its writing the same way I appreciate the craft of Fincher’s direction. Fair enough, but just like Fincher’s bad movies, I don’t understand the appeal of this sort of craft when it’s not applied to anything more than promises and setup that the show might not even deliver on and even when it does, it takes too long to do so (Shin Sekai Yori, Uchouten Kazoku, Overlord, every VN anime ever). Oh there’s a girl living in a computer? Neat, but why is she in the story? Who are these characters? Where’s the fucking mystery you promised A-1 (not that I expect you to keep your promises)?
Yeah, I’m definitely going to need to wait a few weeks before trying this again.
First off, I want to say that this was my favorite premiere of the first season. Yes, it’s technically a continuation of a show I’ve admitted to liking, but it doesn’t have the same team or characters behind it, so I might as well have not seen the original show in regards to this. Plus, Sho Aikawa is writing this thing and people who know my taste in anime writers know that I don’t really like any aside from the big wigs, but Aikawa is definitely one whose name makes me groan every time he appears. Didn’t stop me from loving the thing though. It’s a premiere that actually has cool stuff happen and uses conflict to set up the overall story. And we all know that I enjoy stories centered on humanity’s dark side, which Garo generally delivers on with a good amount of camp and decently choreographed fight scenes.
Now let’s get into my quibbles with the episode. Along with the animation being as shitty as usual, I’m not sold on the characters so far. I like how the male dude has to rely on the female lead to activate his powers, but the show hasn’t really characterized them yet and if they turn out to be nothing more than shallow badasses, I’m not gonna be able to tolerate them the entire way through. Also, I can’t say I’m a fan of the humor. It seems to be increased from the last iteration, lack of physical violence aside, and it’s just lame. But maybe that’s just the annoying kid talking.
Still, I had fun watching this to the point that I might keep up with this show weekly, along with Ushio and Tora. Hey, Fridays are the most open of weekdays, right? And I can think of a lot worse ways to waste time than watching two shows from my current favorite TV anime studio on the same day.