Posted by psgels on 6 April 2014 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Captain Earth

Short Synopsis: Our lead character must use Captain Earth to protect the planet from evil aliens!
This show gets it: what makes a great opening episode. I’ve mentioned hinting many times before, and the creators here are really good at that. The entire episode just kept hinting at stuff over and over again, either to things that it would showcase a few minutes later, but also enough hints about the course of the rest of the show, about the different characters, the villains. This really was the kind of episode that made me excited to see more about this show, to learn more about the characters, and to find out how the setting works here. That’s pretty good for a show that at first sight deems like a generic mecha series. On top of that, this series also really knows that it’s an anime, and you can see a lot of stuff being said inbetween the lines, with nonverbal communication. This episode was very compact and it used that time optimally to show as much about the different characters as it could, including a short flashback. The soundtrack is excellent as well. If it can keep this up then this will be a killer.
ED: Boring song, and I hope that next week we’ll get more than a black screen
Potential: 90%

One Week Friends

Short Synopsis: Our lead character meets a girl in high school
Wheee…. another high school series… how exciting… what an original setting…. Sarcasm aside, One Week Friends at the very least is a good show about dating. It shows the main couple spending time together, there is a visible chemistry between them, rather than them being totally not a match, their conversation feels quite natural. Really, the only thing I can really fault it is being boring. Really, I’m nust not in the mood for watching a show that’s entirely about the romance of a bunch of high school kids, but for what it did, it did a pretty good job. So because of that it’s a good thing that the second half brought in a bit of interesting and surprisingly good drama, and the success of this series will depend entirely on how they’ll use the main gimmick of this series. If we’re just going to watch the same episode over and over again, this will obviously become a failure. However if they continue to challenge all characters involved in different ways, then this can actually become something.
OP: Nice art.
ED: A good ending that actually segues in from the end of the episode. Finally another series that gets it.
Potential: 75%

9 Responses

  1. Jeevas says:

    Captain Earth’s animation looks great honestly, but the moment I see (what looks like to be) underage girl in school uniform being mysterious and a naked (what looks like to be) underage girl in a sphere being mysterious and probably have special power and fated to be awaken by the main character, I just couldn’t help but rolled my eyes.

    • Sitrus says:

      I had the same feeling too. The first then minutes felt really good, then it showed that scene and my entusiasm for the series fell down. I still look forward to it though.

  2. Tanz says:

    Nothing wrong with a generic storyline as long as it’s done right. Looking forward with Captain Earth!

  3. alt says:

    Im off topic.
    I ran into something I thought you would like.
    its not an anime.
    http://www.comicvine.com/reviews/starlight-2/1900-2888/
    knowing why i come here you may like it.

  4. Gan_HOPE326 says:

    Isn’t there a significant risk that Captain Earth’s random mumbo jumbo turns out to be no more than, well, random mumbo jumbo? I’m not a fan of shows that throw a ton of weird terminology at you just to confuse you and give you a feeling of mystery without there actually being any – it happened so often I am now wary and try not to get myself too involved in a series that might be doing that. Other than that, Captain Earth was off to a rather good start, so it could as well be great.

    • Sitrus says:

      Well, it may be random mumbles but as long as it’s interesting or you force yourself to make it interesting, I don’t think it matter. Lesson from Bakuman: Everything goes as long as it’s interesting :D

  5. dmm says:

    Captain Earth, then Lady Jewelpet, then Tenkai Knights, then Buddy Complex Season 2 in Summer and then Fate/Stay Night Remake in fall….goodness this year is starting to become good for watchable anime Typically for Bones they make mistakes, even Tenkai Knights may have some screwups on some episodes.

    So let’s hope this is better than the Eureka Seven AO.

  6. Bulletmagnet says:

    I have to say the first episode of Captain Earth annoyed me no end. It was like one non-sequitur after another. I mean, really? Jumping over a fence and picking a lock qualifies for planet-saving mecha piloting duty?

    I’ll take “I ask of you, are you my master?” over “Are you a captain?”, any day.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 06:02 AM)
    Although given that the the Japanese film industry is steadily improving, this still would’ve worked much better as a big Hollywood flick, mainly because it’s just an over-the-top story with big action sequences, but also because pretty much all the cast (with the exception of Mikasa) have western features.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 05:55 AM)
    Well it looks like the Japanese have taken it upon themselves to make a live-action Attack on Titan movie, which sounds like a pretty bad idea:
    http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/LatestNews/News1/Liveaction-Attack-on-Titan-Visuals-Revealed-6057.aspx
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:51 AM)
    I mean I’ve watched some awful stuff like hidan no Aria to take the piss out of it and infinite stratos might as well get to continuing Ass-ange/crass-ange.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    *Ange
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    @Emma: and that’s why you should watch Cross Ante.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    @Emma: you know what? I’ve been trying to find a good version of X for a few years now, but nobody seems to be seeding the torrent anymore =/
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    Sometimes I’m pretty glad I have the ability to get guilty pleasure/so bad its good/funny enjoyment out of genuinely awful things and sometimes end up enjoying them more than actually good series.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:18 AM)
    One other good example of an old ova I loved was the X/1999 movie, I didn’t overly care for the manga or second anime adaptation nearly as much by comparison. Yes the voice acting is terrible, the character development was cut out but the fact is I never really cared all that much for Xs characters/drama to begin with and the voice acting makes the final scene laugh out loud hilarious. Beyond that I just enjoyed sitting back and watching the gore play out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:12 AM)
    I also miss the days where incest was reserved for the villains in anime.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:09 AM)
    @Bam: I remember giving John dies at the end three out of five and deciding that it was never a poor film but never an excellent one.

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