Kill La Kill
Short Synopsis: Our lead character is on a quest for revenge.
This is awesome. In the past half year, it was obvious which was the series with the best animation: Shingeki no Kyojin just beat everything. This time though, there are tons of studios who are competing with each other with their best, all in their own ways. We’ve already had Kyoani, Gohands and Toei, here we have Trigger, and we’re most likely going to see awesome stuff from Tatsunoko, Manglobe, A-1, Mappa and Studio Deen. So much eye candy! Kill La Kill also has awesome graphics: the action is just terrific and it just keeps on coming, and on top of that we have the just bizarre sense of humour that the creators have, featuring tons of senseless violence and nudity (both male and female). The story is simple, but it can still grow over 26 episodes to become more than just a “lots of style, no substance”-series. You need to like lots of action though, otherwise this isn’t a series for you. You can also see that Kill La Kill is a throwback to the eighties and nineties, with the absurdly powerful student council that was very often used, combined with the much more cartoonish character designs.
ED: Just some characters, but I expected some more of the song.
Short Synopsis: Our lead character enters his first day at college.
Golden Time! Please: keep up the level of this first episode! Don’t be one of those comedies that blow their entire load on their first episode, but keep your wit. Keep your characters at this combination between down to earth and absolutely bonkers! Keep that balance! Keep playing with your mood, the way you did in this episode. Because seriously, if you manage that for your entire run, then we’ve got a comedy classic. If not… then this is just Hataraku Maou-sama with worse animation. This first episode though: really surprised me with how funny it was. The humour was actually quite clever and it *gasp* built up its jokes. It was exceptionally good at delaying its jokes: you knew they were coming, but just delaying it made things even funnier than what they already were. It’s a show with a small budget and not many great animators, but they actually did a pretty good job to make things work. Plus some effective use of the simple soundtrack made the above mentioned mood swings work really well. But yeah: it’s all going to depend on whether they can keep this up or not. There have been plenty and plenty of series that just went downhill after hilarious first episodes. I’d give this show a 50/50 chance of that happening.
OP: Very thickly laid on cheese on the J-Pop.
ED: A bit weird considering the context of the series.
Short Synopsis: Our lead character is the legendary otaku savior who has to cultivate the simple-minded who know nothing about moe.
In all of the years I’ve been watching these first episodes, I can’t recall any other series that was as blatantly kissing the asses of its own audience as this one. They really went out of their way to make this dream as wet as possible without resulting to porn for any otaku watching this series (or at least, what the creators think are otaku…). Escapism at its worst, creating a fantasy world in which the main character’s otaku self is celebrated, all because he once got rejected for being one (though granted, having watched this guy for an episode, that probably wasn’t the only reason she rejected him). The acting may not be the worst or anything, but here is the thing with this series: to someone who isn’t an otaku like myself, all this series does is reafferm, if not worsen, the stereotypes that I have of otakus. The male lead is a really unlikable guy, and if they just keep going on about how he’s living inside his own world, rejecting reality, then this show really is not helping to lessen the biases people have here.
OP: Bland J-pop, nothing outstanding.
ED: Again bland J-pop.