Posted by psgels on 4 January 2010 with categories: Cobra The Animation, Some Quick First Impressions, Sora no Oto

Sora no Oto

Short Synopsis: Our lead character wants to learn to play the trumpet.
Haha! Finally a good show this season! I like how this series created its own city with its own culture and customs, which will prove to be very interesting if explored correctly by the rest of this series. The lead character is obviously moe, but likable, and definitely not among the stereotypes that give moe a bad name: she has a potentially interesting background, she’s got a goal that’s she’s willing to work hard for. If the creators write the rest of the series right then we could have a potential gem here. I also love the soundtrack (French lyrics! With an actual French guy singing them!). It’s not without its problems, though. It’s a bit cheesy at times, and that legend that tells about the five girls… it’s a shame that shows are still relying on such an overused plot device. Still, this should be relatively minor if the rest of the series gets developed properly, and doesn’t get stuck inside pool, beach and hot spring episodes.
OP: Great! Gentle and upbeat, a contender for the best OP of the season.
ED: This one’s obnoxious J-rock, though.
Potential: 70%

Cobra the Animation

Short Synopsis: Our lead character kicks ass and gets lots of women.
So after two OVAs, Cobra finally got his own remake TV-show. I didn’t really like the OVAs, but thankfully the story in this episode was much better built up than that of the OVAs. Here you can really see that it made use of its extra time now. I also admit that the soundtrack is very nice and great for building up tensions. This episode was far from perfect, though. It’s pretty silly, but for a show that seems to be geared at entertainment, the animation is pretty bad, and the villains are just nonsensical (Haha! I have a hostage! Now let me release her and flee like a coward!). The action-scenes don’t make any sense and are poorly built up, and if the rest of the series is like this then I feel like it’s not going to work.
Edit: I just noticed that Osamu Dezaki is doing the screenplay and storyboard. What happened to him,? He could have made the visuals far more interesting to watch with this limited budget.
OP: Terrible lyrics, but pretty good sound.
ED: Decent enough ballad.
Potential: 30%

Reform Withuot Wasted Draws – The Legend of Koizumi

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is the former president of Japan.
Ah, yeah. The only thing I had read about The Legend of Koizumi was that it was supposed to be a political Mahjong series. I had no idea how the creators would plan to do that, but it sounded interesting at least. Well, so it turns out to b ea parody: the show grabs various world leaders and makes them play Mahjong in an over the top fashion (with Koizumi obviously playing the Schwarzenegger-inspired lead character). It was funny, and I laughed, but the direction is outright terrible. It establishes nothing, it pulls all sorts of random plot twists out of its ass, the Japanese are portrayed as regular anime action heroes, while the rest of the Asians are a bunch of stereotypical fascist pigs. It overplays the incredibly overreacting facial expressions. I can’t see this one remaining funny for long.
Potential: 20%

18 Responses

  1. thomas says:

    Heh, sounds a bit like Hetalia…

  2. Sinisgood says:

    I read some of the manga for it. It is…unusual. George W. Bush, playing mahjong with fighter jets as the wager. And apparently Hitler and the Pope make their apperances. I love absurdity.

  3. DrmChsr0 says:

    I hope you rethink that.

    This is going to be a great show.

  4. aegd says:

    It’s a shame that the new Cobra series is such a low budget production. The old series actually looks better and it was made in the early 80’s. It’s a dame shame, because the franchise deserves better treatment than this.

  5. omm…. shouldn’t that be Prime Minister of Japan, not President?

  6. Scamp says:

    Aha, great to here my first pick of the season, Soranowoto, is actually pretty good. We’ve gotten the majority of the crap out the way now, bring on the quality!

    Also, I’m not quite sure why, but I found it funny how excited you are at the fact it’s a real French guy!

  7. Cheesyhoboe says:

    The first episode of So Ra No Wo To was lovely. I just hope goes down the road of something like Haibane Renmei rather than K-ON!

  8. darkerthanblackswordsman says:

    Just a quick question: Did you like the original Cobra series (or movie for that matter)?

  9. psgels psgels says:

    Scamp: just tell me of any other song in anime that’s sung in fluent french. ;)

    swordsman: no, I haven’t. I’ve only seen the first episode of the Psychogun, which was mediocre at best, so I don’t really know what the charms of the original Cobra were.

  10. sengoku says:

    Psgels, original cobra series is made by Osamu Dezaki . And, it’s one if his best tv serie ( with ashita no joe 2 of course ) .I tought that you are a true fan of Dezaki . But, you just put 80 % for Black Jack movie . ( one of his best movie )
    Speaking of Cobra, I must say that Osamu Dezaki no longer part of the project. He would make cobra rokunin yushi for the month of July 2009 but it was postponed. This series of Cobra has nothing to do with the original plan beacause this adaptation will adjust 6 different stories .

  11. m says:

    Reform Without Wasted Draws looks like straight-up propaganda more than it does comedy, but that may be due to it leveling-up the usual lack of subtlety in Japanese entertainment.

    I was motivated to watch Sora no Oto by the screen grabs. The show really seems to scrimp on animation, but the backgrounds are appealing–in no small part due to the color direction. The content of the episode was uninspiring, and I don’t have any expectations here. Well, maybe rivaling Allison & Lilia for most undisciplined military in an anime.

  12. theone says:

    yeah I just saw soro no oto. . .and I agree with this part: It’s a bit cheesy at times, and that legend that tells about the five girls… it’s a shame that shows are still relying on such an overused plot device

    The over exaggerated *WOOOWS* that that girl makes is so boring, and the little myth thing is like …yeah whatever, I mean you KNOW the demon is gonna come back at some part of the story, and somehow the five *maiden…military main characters will save the day or something. . .*

    The show looks beautiful, but the premise (oh I wanna be a trumpet player) and the cheesiness you mentioned, and lets not for get the Tsundere blue haired girl, pretty much annoyed the crap out of me, I also found it boring at times seeing the same old cheesiness in other shows. . .I found myself fast forwarding at times. . .defnately not my cup of tea. . .

  13. 2DT says:

    You make Sora No Wo To sound interesting. I was going to give it a pass initially, but I’ll be sure to check it out. Cheers.

  14. Frost says:

    Definitely do check Sora no woto, I was cautious because of all the K-ON comparisons, but its totally worth watching… Totally exceeded my expectations

  15. Elky says:

    The main girl’s hairstyle of Sora no woto looks suspiciously like Lain from Serial Experiments LAIN. Seems like an interesting anime. yay for trumpets~

  16. temperus says:

    Yeah, I’ve watched all the first eps I can get a hold of, and Koizumi was lame while Cobra was just terrible. Sora was only saved by having a decent setting and music (though the characters were just awful).

    I hope Durarara, Hidden God, or Kanagatari turn out to be worth watching, or it’s just Sora and Nodame for me this season (I guess Bund might get better, but I’m not holding out much hope after that pointless first episode).

  17. celes says:

    Sora no woto’s plot seems to happen in a french speaking nation (Helvetia republic)

    I think that the anime’s inspiration is the French part of Switzerland.

    For starters, the word “Helvetii” is a synonym of”Swiss”

  18. AKI says:

    The characters of so*ra*no*wo*to looks like K-On clones! Thumbs down.

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  • wicked
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 07:26 PM)
    Fire dragon arc! Fire dragon dies in the 5th episode
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.

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