Twenty-two shows entered, six shows left. After a rough first week, only a handful of opening episodes left me interested enough to continue. Now that the second week has come and gone, and it’s time to see if anything lived up to its meager potential.
I had very low hopes for this. A show about voice actresses sounds about as appealing as a show about watching various kinds of paint dry. Even if the paint is pink and has cute strawberry accessories. The cutesy art and writing style wasn’t doing it any favors either. But as it turns out, educational value goes a long way.
It’s hard to say much about GOD EATER. It’s not particularly good or particularly bad. The 3D art is sorta ugly, but not enough to stop watching a show for. Even the action scenes are kind of dull.
Prison School makes me wish I was an extreme masochist, because then I’d get to be pandered to by a wonderfully shameless show. In fact, it’s so bizarre that it’s almost watchable in spite of the subject matter.
Do you love school so much, you wish you could live there? Meet Yuki and the other wacky members of the Living At School Club! For these kids, school life never ends. A bomb could go off outside, and they probably wouldn’t even notice! Ha ha… n-not that something like that would happen! This is just a normal story about the crazy everyday life of four girls!
Himouto is one of the darkest shows of the season. It’s a psychological horror of some sort, chronicling the emotional torture of an unfortunate teenage boy at the hands of a Machiavellian devil. A clever shapeshifter pretending to be a human, she delights in showing him, and only him, her true form, knowing that even if he told someone the truth, they would never believe him.
Take one part monster girls, add five parts boring submissive male protagonist. Stir well. Boil for twenty-five minutes in well-aged cliches. Add nosebleeds to taste. Serve on a bed of total nonsense.
There is no way to describe Kuusen Madoushi in words that would do it justice. I could tell you how godawful it is, but you wouldn’t understand, you could never truly understand. I’ve seen things, unspeakable things. Non-Euclidean horrors from the beyond, slithering voids from a realm mankind was not meant to behold.
And they pale in comparison to this show.
There’s something fascinating about light novels. In a medium so accessible to lazy writers, anything that’s popular enough gets a whole slew of imitations. Sword Art Online inexplicably became a hit, and suddenly “Trapped in an MMO” is a genre. “Isn’t that a little niche?” a naive person might say, “How many times can you put an original spin on that?”. But that’s the beauty of light novels. You don’t have to.
Right out of the gate, this gives Overlord a slight edge over its competitors, since it’s actually trying to do something novel. The first episode, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be trying to do anything.
You know, for the first half of Chaos Dragon, I thought it was actually kind of… all right? Yeah, it wasn’t breaking new ground, and there was a lot of as-of-yet meaningless setup, but the basic story was simple and reasonable. Former prince of a conquered nation tries to live a normal life, fearing that claiming the throne will just lead to more violence, but is pushed into action by circumstances.
The opening line of the show should’ve been a red flag (“I’ve decided which of my friends to kill”), but still, that couldn’t have prepared me for everything that was to come. Certainly not the terrible tragedy that was the fight animation.