Posted on 28 January 2009 with categories: Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai



Short Synopsis: Yumemi’s friend and her new boyfriend try to cross a river.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7,5/10 (Good)
How awesome: the animation quality hasn’t decreased at all since the first episode: it’s still as solid as ever. This promises lots of nice things for the future of this series. Anyway, this episode finishes the introduction of this series, where Yumemi decides to help Munto. It seems that she just needed a bit of time to sort out her thoughts, and the creators made use of this time by showing why she ended up deciding to help an unknown elf-guy in a weird outfit in the first place. After all, it would have been weird if she immediately decided to help this guy without ever questioning where he came from.

This episode really succeeded in portraying the strong sense of community in Yumemi and the town in which she lives. It showed that the world in which she lives isn’t some empty cardboard world that’s only good as a plot-hole, but instead it’s about people who care about each other. Yumemi doesn’t want to lose this community, and this episode did well in convincing the viewer (well, me at least) how and why she feels that way.

I wonder about the length that this series is going to get. I think that the 24-episode format would really be best for this series, so that it can fully develop its setting, and there’s actually a pretty good chance that this is going to be the case. Anime News Network lists 13 episodes already, with the thirteenth episode airing at April 7th, which is quite a strange date to end your series.

So the story isn’t anything special yet, but the potential is definitely there. I also really like the show’s style of graphics: they’re a great combination of ten-year-old-styled character-designs and creative use of modern CG. The character-designs are also among the best I’ve seen from Kyoani: sure, the outfits are a bit silly at times, but especially the characters from Yumemi’s world are simplistic yet expressive, and for once they don’t try to be overly moe, like nearly every other Kyoani series (or at least: not as much).

4 Responses

  1. senerikfred says:

    Of course the animation quality wouldn’t have dropped yet-they’re still mostly re-using old stuff. The CG should mostly be old, too. (Kyoani could always do good animation when they tried.) Compare the current character designs to the way-short skirted uniform in the op and the moeblobs in the ED, though. My guess as to why they’re doing a Munto TV now is because the original never made it big enough to be popular, and they figured they could get some cash out of making a new series without having to spend quite as much on new animation.
    Complaints about industry aside, I do like how the style’s been in these episodes, and I hope they really do try harder with the fantasy setting.

  2. aegd says:

    I think the scene where she tried to break through the space-time barrier was freaking awesome. This show makes me reminiscence over Escaflowne, which is one of my all time favourite anime.

    I’m also really warming up to the story of the this anime. I really want to know more about the world and it’s lore and history. I hope they don’t focus to much on the school-life setting.

  3. seeja says:

    have you seen the original? the “remake” is still a blatant copy-paste (and cropped for “widescreen”). here’s to hoping they will add more content in these 13 eps then they already had in the two OVAs.

  4. Erias says:

    Woah, we are already here. Hmm, seems like the OVA parts will only last for three episodes more if the other part lasts as long as this.

    I can’t help but be a little disturbed by the new voice acting, even though in a way this feels better but in a way the original feels better. :P There is just something about the old one that you can’t help but love.
    Yumemi’s braking through the wall is always an amazing scene, and there were parts again that weren’t in the OVA. ;^_^

    I saw somewhere that this was listed for 24 episodes, but when I saw ANN’s site listing only 13 episodes I wasn’t sure anymore, so I’m just going to watch and see.
    I really don’t understand why they made the skirts shorter for the opening when they really are longer in the actual show. What’s with that…it couldn’t have hurt them to make them longer for the new art as well. Oh well, it isn’t that ground crashing though.

    Thanks for blogging again. :D

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  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 09:48 PM)
    @JaK: at least the anime is powering through this arc to keep it interesting.
    The thing that really drags about Mahouka is how it seems (so far) to revolve around the MC being OP, and that’s not something I see going away any time soon.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 08:00 PM)
    IMO Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka is a must-watch for fans of moeblob shows. It’s some of the best moeblob I’ve seen in a long time.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:16 PM)
    @JaK: Thing is, I’ve already read up about the world and characters abilities (no plot) from the wikia. So at this stage, I expect I’ve already taken the “good stuff” from Mahouka and expect nothing good from the adaptation.
    Which leaves me open to being pleasantly surprised, should it become entertaining at some point.
  • JaK
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:02 PM)
    you’d have to make it through the really boring enrollment arc for the hype to be justified though raggers :( ( also the arc manga covered hence the bad publicity)
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 04:09 PM)
    Oh, and have a look at http://www.overclock.net/t/1480764/oopsie-its-a-program-that-reopens-folders-or-programs-with-customizable-keyboard-shortcuts
    A very useful program that’ll make you wonder why M$ didn’t incorporate it into Windows ages ago.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 04:08 PM)
    My bad, instead of “must watch” I meant “truly great”.
    I’m watching Mahouka partly because the hype demands it, and partly because the universe, and it’s rules, are very, very interesting. The hype reason is why I watched SAO, and the first half of GC (though I couldn’t handle more than that). Need to watch enough of it to have a valid opinion on it after all.
  • lohengramm
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:45 PM)
    Ah, and Mekakucity, because of Kagepro.
  • lohengramm
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:44 PM)
    i’ve read the mahouka manga and tbh i didn’t really like it … have yet to try the anime, though! for me so far the only shows i’ll definitely be following are captain earth and sidonia no kishi, most probably no game no life, and maybe hitsugi no chaika … (sorry for randomly inserting myself in here)
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:42 PM)
    whatever people say, that’s going to be one of the most talked-about shows of the next two seasons, need to watch at least a little bit of it.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:42 PM)
    Raggers, you’re missing Mahouka.

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