Yugo finds himself working in the alien environment that is an agricultural high school in Hokkaido in the first episode of this Noitamina series. He quickly finds that the place he chose to attend is filled with people whose life paths have already been determined while he simply wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t home. He’s forced to deal with the clear difference in intellectual and practical skills all the while struggling to deal with having to work hard in his first days of school. He slowly figures it out by the end of the episode by virtue of eggs.
This is obviously a fish out of water story with a lead that shouldn’t be as far out of touch as he is. He’s from the same part of the country, but you would think that he was just some kid from Tokyo who went as far away as possible to end up in Hokkaido. I think there was one scene in particular that tried to convey just how different he was from the rest of the students at the school. He was talking to Keiji about math, and Keiji didn’t seem to have an understanding about even basic algebra. Meanwhile in the background, other students were busy discussing the implications and techniques of cloning animals on food supply and the impact that would have on Japan’s ability to restrict imports of certain kinds of animals. This after all was a purpose built school fit to graduate students who would be able to move on to become farmers, agricultural scientists, veterinarians and the like.
There’s also an interesting point made about the egg and the sources of food. Keiji is a depth of knowledge in this area in knowing that the school’s method of egg farming wasn’t exactly internationally accepted. Plus, the source egg production that proved to be a hurdle that Yugo struggled over. By the end of the episode, his desire to eat an egg overwhelmed his disgust at where it came from and he ate it. That egg was the very first hurdle he would have to overcome to survive the 3 years at this school.
As for production, it doesn’t really stand out much at all. Perfectly average in such a way as to not offend anyone. That’s the path Noitamina seems to be choosing now. While it means fewer Guilty Crowns or Black Rock Shooters, it also means that it will not live as long in the memory either. It’s better for name recognition to be infamously bad than to be okay.
Reasons to Continue Watching
- This cannot possibly offend anyone in any way possible unless you are looking to be
- The supporting characters are realistic
- Possibly has an interesting point to make on how urban society is separated from the source of their food
Reasons to Drop
- They state the name of the show in the 11th minute. There were once people who left when title drops were used in films, so why not here?
- Will hardly live long in the memory after watching
- The story of Yugo struggling to fit in with the rest of his peers may veer off into stupid territory
My Verdict: I don’t think this did much wrong, but it’s as adventurous as a butter knife. I’m going to continue watching in the hope that changes. I’ll be the first to admit I prefer glorious failure over average, but this seems too much like the latter.