The second week of the year 2009 in my anime viewing will probably not be remembered over the long haul. There was a sign of recovery in one show I slagged off last week, while another’s animation budget plummeted like the value of an Icelandic bank. Overall, it could probably be considered a mediocre week.
Asu no Yoichi
A show basically featuring a samurai version of Sagara Sousuke in a harem with four standard archetypes and with a first episode containing really nothing more than what you would expect out of the first part of this sentence. And you know what? It actually was kind of entertaining.
The first episode at least showed an awareness of what it actually is and doesn’t try to do anything more than that. It may not ever score really high marks from me personally, but this appears to at least be a solid effort.
Kurokami the Animation
With a different screen cap I probably would have put “Replace anonymous henchman with baseball bat with Shahid Afridi and a cricket bat and the series would have ended already,” but I digress. The show airing simultaneously in Japan, South Korea and the United States opened with a visceral first episode with plenty of blood, violence and gore. Kuro’s fight scene had an epic quality to it, but it might set the bar too high for anything in the coming weeks. Best first episode of the season to date for me.
The title of this episode may as well have been “The One Where the Budget Runs Out and the Writers Run Out of Clues.” Perhaps I just need to watch this ironically.
Kokaku no Regios
A confusing mess of a first episode with an opening battle which will be remembered more by me for it’s terrible music direction than action. Maybe it was trying to be this week’s Viper’s Creed. I don’t know. Unfortunately, I’m probably going to keep watching because I happen to be a sucker when I see stuff like this:
Much, much better for a second episode and probably vindicates my decision to continue on from last week. It’s actually refreshing to think about the relationships between the characters hanging from a thread. There’s an ominous feeling eminating from this show now, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t mess this up.
Going for some sort of nosebleeds per episode record is quite admirable. Maybe it will end up reducing the occurrence in other shows. I can only hope. Anyway, the Mariya/Kanako relationship takes a few turns as some more of the minor characters are introduced. If the series keeps moving from strength-to-strength at this pace, I don’t see how they can keep it up for more than 8 or 9 episodes.
The odd pacing of the first two episodes seems to have caught me off guard. Sure, it’s nice to start out with a six minute scene before the OP, but the ED being 8 minutes from the end is surely too much.
This was an episode about trying to forge better relations with targets, and not with much success. Other highlights were questionably dressed devil Fujioka and Chiaki. Really should listen to the devil side much more often to be honest.
Other Shows Watched:
Ride Back – Another slow start, excellent first ep set piece. Need some time to look at the politics of the series though to post on it.
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~ 4 – This OVA probably could have finished in 2 eps rather than 4. Nice ending, though I preferred the original series one (That probably makes me a bad person now).