In case anyone has been waiting for it, which I somewhat doubt, sorry for the horribly delayed second part of my First Impressions posts. I haven’t been exactly productive lately, and haven’t felt like writing ;P Without further delay:
Dance in the Vampire Bund
Since I’ve read the first volume of the Bund manga, I’m not fully able to judge this show as standalone. The director thought it was a good idea to give this manga adaption his own twist by completely changing the course of the story. Well, it wasn’t. The first episode is incredibly dull, consisting almost entirely of a Japanese variety show about if vampires are real or not. The episode concludes with the vampire queen announcing within said cheap show, that vampires indeed are real (this happened later in the manga, and in an official press conference instead of a horrible entertainment show…) The second episode was a little better, but only a little. Again, the story has been majorly meddled with, not in a good way. Yeah, I’m not charmed by this anime.
I’m really excited about this, more than about anything else in the Winter 2010 season. It looks like it’ll be an awesome urban-themed action (/ supernatural?) show in the heart of Tokyo. The first episode has Mikado, a towns boy who moved to Tokyo for High-School and who is longing for the city life. He gets a quick tour through Ikebukuro (the Tokyo district they live in) and the people to look out for by his childhood buddy Masaomi. While the first episode was fairly unrevealing, the crime themes and awesome characters are all there. Looking forward for more!
I can’t help but to link everything that happens in here with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, which is bad, since this show does have some potential on its own. 16 Year old Hiroshi moves into a mountain village with his father and sister. On his first day on school, he is incredibly popular among the students for no apparent reason. Once Kushinada, class committee member, walks into the classroom, everyone is suddenly very distant to him. The show throws occult legends, short scenes of “killings” in the night and a creepy feeling at you, all while having super-cutesy character designs. Those who have watched Higurashi probably won’t enjoy this for the way it straight out copies parts of the storytelling, but it has some potential.
Fast paced comedy and short episodes made with flash animation, those words sum up the entity of Keito Reinya. The comedy isn’t particularly funny, but with episodes of only a few minutes, it’s watchable. Take the rating with a pinch of salt, it's WAY worse in terms of quality, 2.5/5 is for watchability.
Seikon no Qwaser
The first episode pleasantly surprised me promising a pretty decent dark action / ecchi. The censoring in the TV version is quite severe, often only showing part of the screen instead of using blurs, so if you’re going to follow this despite the warning of it being quite heavy on ecchi, do yourself a favor and just wait for the uncut versions to release. Breast-sucking fetish isn’t really my thing, but most of the rest is done pretty well. Second episode was pretty much a disappointment compared to the first one, but also promises some good plot progression next week.
Rating: 3/5 – 3.5/5
Wow, this is actually funny! Going in expecting a horrible lolicon show, I was pleasantly surprised with some pretty decent comedy as the freshly graduated kindergarten teacher makes his clumsy first steps into guiding a group of small children towards a future. Yes, one of the little children tries to become the teachers’ girlfriend, but with good use of the funny supporting cast, each episode ended with me having a smile on my face so far. I haven’t been laughing out loud yet, but it’s very enjoyable.
Images are taken from the chartfag Winter 2010 chart.