Posted on 28 June 2008 with categories: Telepathy Shoujo Ran


Ah, it’s good to see another good series about middle-schoolers. I’m not sure why, but in average, I tend to like these series much more than the series that focus on high-schools. Perhaps it’s the impulsive way that they try to solve their conflicts, or their innocence. Or how your average middle-schooler is much less annoying than your average high-schooler. In any case, this is going to be the first show I’ll be blogging this season.

Overall, Telepathy Shoujo ran is a great way to start the season, though it’s not perfect yet. It’s a tad heavy on the angst already, and it’s a shame that that masked guy didn’t reveal himself nor his intentions at the end of the episode, because now I have no way of knowing whether its mysteries will be stupid or not. At the moment, there still is a chance of this series ending up in the pits of cheese like Suteki Tantei Labyrinth or with a stupid plot like Allison and Lillia. One series with a dead body spiked on top of a radio-tower is enough.

Still, the potential’s there: the slice-of-life moments are nicely done and detailed enough to keep my interest. Ran also started out like an interesting main character, and even the romance is pretty cute. It’s talked about death already, so it’s not afraid to be a bit dark, despite the young age of its characters, which is a plus as well. After rewatching, I also realized that it’s also using a lot of foreshadowing. Always good for building up.

Another annoying thing is the overuse of CG for the psychic scenes. I liked the method Night Head Genesis used much better, but I guess that it does the job, and it’ll be easy to get used to. It’s in any case a huge contrast between the normal world and characters, which I think is what the creators had in mind with it.

Apart from that, the art looks excellent, despite its simplicity. Yoshihiro Ike also managed to deliver a great soundtrack and the OP and ED are both really good as well, so this series is solid on the production-values as well.

5 Responses

  1. Autonomous Monster says:

    This season seems pretty feeble. At least in comparison to how last season looked ahead of time. This show is pretty much the only thing I’m looking forward to.

    Naturally only one group subbed the first ep and they’ve made it quite clear that they’re not picking it up. :’(

  2. senerikfred says:

    So you are blogging this!
    Yeah, the only group that did anything for this just made a quick script and left the file up for download for people to add to the episode themselves, and they’re unlikely to do anything more. Seriously depressing, but it looks like I get to practice.

  3. Denizen says:

    Summer is usually not as good as Spring. But still, Summer is good this year. There’s a diverse and varying array of shows, and most of the Spring shows are still going.

    And Fall will have Bonen no Xamdo, Michiko to Hatchin and Titania, so it’s all good.

  4. BlueYoshi says:

    Last year’s summer had some really great shows (Baccano, SZS, Higurashi Season 2), but I’m unsure about the batch this time around. This is one of the few animes this season that has my attention. Hopefully the first two episodes will impress.

  5. becky says:

    There was a scene where Ran asked her teacher what fragrance she was wearing and the subtitles said “I’m wearing [whatever she said]“. Literally, I guess the translators didn’t understand what the teacher said. So now I’m curious. What perfume was she wearing?

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:36 AM)
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:22 AM)
    @Emma: Imma add it to the queue for further inspection.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:18 AM)
    @Bam: My worry is that he’s crap at writing endings and maybe the fanservice will be problematic.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:16 AM)
    @Emma: I heard about it … but not good things unfortunately. Worth a read you say?
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:16 AM)
    So lets see I’ve got this ecchi seinen romcom tragedy thing that takes place on an island that I can’t remember the name of, cradle of monsters, haru yo koi and ultra heaven.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:14 AM)
    @Bam: Yes but I’ve only read the first volume.
    My manga back log is growing lately.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:12 AM)
    @Emma: is that the cruise ship one?!
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:11 AM)
    @Emma: oh absolutely! Albeit those are such fine works (at the very least the original sources) that I’ll be hard pressed to find someone who don’t find them delicious.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:10 AM)
    How did I forget cradle of monsters for a zombie manga!
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 08:07 AM)
    @Bam: So blade runner, scanner darkly, adjustment bureau, total recall,minority report and such would be your thing?

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