Posted by psgels on 4 April 2008 with categories: Allison to Lillia, Kurenai, Some Quick First Impressions, xxxHolic

Allison to Lillia

Ah, the first good series of the season. This episode was pretty solid; it started out as not anything special, but as it went on, it became more interesting by the minute, and this is just the first episode. You can really see the influences of both Mokke and Kino no Tabi, and yet this series goes into its own direction. It turns out that this series will be about two couples: Allison and Will, and Lillia and Treize, who have yet to be introduced. My only point of critique would be that Will’s voice-actor sounds a bit too young for his age, but that should be easy enough to get used to. Another interesting thing is that the female lead likes to ignore rules if necessary. It never really came to me, but you don’t often see people that break rules as easy as she does in anime. One thing I’m hoping for the future episodes is to explain a bit more about the politics of the country that the two main characters live in, but with 26 episodes there should be plenty of time for that.

Kurenai

Whoa! Here’s a contender for the best first episode of the season. You can really see that Brains Base (who did the animation for Baccano!) worked on this series, and the result looks absolutely gorgeous. There are hardly any still frames, characters make subtle gestures, the 7-year old girl really sounds like a young girl instead of a squeaky 30-year old voice actress and the OP has been done entirely in flash. The art style is a strange combination between that of Red Garden and Baccano, which only makes things better. The scriptwriting also is quick and witty. Here’s a potential classic, if the creators can keep up this level of quality, at least.

xxxHolic Kei

What an awesome episode to start off the second season! This episode was exactly the reason why I fell in love with the first season. Watanuki is downright hilarious, and stands miles away from your “typical high school boy”. On top of that, this series has always featured thought-provoking cases, and this episode was no exception. I won’t spoil anything, but if you liked the first season, you just have to watch this episode. Really, this series makes coming up with an entertaining storyline look so incredibly easy.

8 Responses

  1. blissmo says:

    Omg, I had no idea that Kure-nai was animated by the animator of Baccano! Now I’m definitely going to watch this series

  2. totali says:

    Haven’t watched Kurenai or A+L because of lack of time x(.

    But, Woo! Someone else who didn’t hate the first season of xxxHolic! Kei is going to have some of the most interesting arcs show up from what the OP suggests.

  3. Archer says:

    and finally xxxholic is here but i am not that patient so i started reading the manga :D

    btw the OP of the second season is great

  4. Chris says:

    Although I didn’t find anything interesting at all about Allison to Lillia, the ending really made me want to see the next episode, I’ll probably give it a shot and see how it goes.

    I don’t know if its my fanboyism for Red Garden’s art but Kurenai is awesome, the soundtrack is great, the style is realistic, and although the little girl is bratty, I get the feeling she’ll warm up. This is probably one of the 1-3 series I’ll be watching this season.

  5. Chris says:

    Oh I totally forgot to mention the OP and Ending for Kurenai, they definitely have a huge Red Garden flare with their unique style, especially the ending (the drawings are amazing, wish the artist would release an artbook or something I think hes the same guy who does Asian Kungfu Generation’s CD covers)) and the OP is extremely cute but the song did turn me off at 1st (sounded to much like that song from Haruhi Suzumiya), warming up to it though.

  6. asdf says:

    sooo, what was with kurenai’s arm when he was dealing with the stalker at the beginning? is this a normal human show or super powers/demons show?

  7. sheeraz says:

    Kurenai looks like its going to be a great series.

  8. Solaris says:

    Allison to lilia. I’ve seen the first three episodes and man, this is an unconventional rare pearl shining in a pond of massified stories!! It’s really worth it watching. A story with an old flavoured adventurous scent. I really missed such stuff since kino no tabi.

    And Kurenai. It could have been the nth anonymous harem show, but it destroys any cliche of the foretold genre. I really love it…

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:16 AM)
    Keep in mind mature plot elements are different from graphic violence. A lot of times you are shocked because of sympathy for the circumstances of the characters, not their actual vicarious pain which you feel. As things move away from live-action and become animated the less it looks human the less natural respond it elicits. That’s why a lot of anime have emotional deathbed monologues to help hammer home the point.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:03 AM)
    @Aidan: meh … I think Madoka could’ve also been better if it used a more rigid style. I heard a lot that the moe made it more shocking for some people, I guess I can see that even if I don’t personally feel that away at all. I think Madoka was a good series that brought a wider shonen type of audience to more adult themes, but some of the fan-praise to me is a little halfbaked and unfounded.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:49 AM)
    I’m fairly fond of the artstyle sunrise used back in the 90s also.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:46 AM)
    Actually with old artstyles in mind, I watched an old ova called california crisis recently, the character design stood out for me, the ova itself is fairly trashy however, more of a guilty pleasure.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:31 AM)
    I still don’t like the art in madoka regardless though.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:29 AM)
    “Even if a series which has detailed backgrounds and a sharp dark tone features moe characters the show would be considered lighthearted and Moe, and any violence will come off as forced or even comical.”
    Madoka says otherwise.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:24 AM)
    But still even in terms of cutesy looking female characters, I’m still going to pick the old art over the new usually.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:23 AM)
    In general I would prefer character designs fit in with their genre usually. I do however believe that moe, fanservice and those oldskool designs have their place and where they are or aren’t appropriate.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:11 AM)
    @Emma: the old Madhouse style was also my favorite. Even tho they were cartoony it was still a much more realistic approach. I think we talked in length about how moe just took over the industry, to the point of making anime synonymous with that specific style.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:00 AM)
    Shiki was another example where I could forgive the terrible character designs because I was invested in the plot.

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