Weekly Roundup – Spring 2014 first impressions #1

Shows discussed: Akuma no Riddle; Selector Infected WIXOSS; Captain Earth.

Akuma no Riddle – 01

Akuma no Riddle

Hey, this is fun. This dark vibe mixed with a hint of romance is gorgeous. It’s somewhat similar to Chuunibyou, but there we knew that Rikka’s fantasies were just… fantasies, and it’s like the situation is reversed here – everyone actually lives in this secret world, being assassins and such, and it’s just Haru who’s normal and cheerful girl.

Even though we’ve obviously seen very little of the characters, I like them so far. Tokaku and Haru are clearly different, character-wise, and the romance that is supposed to develop there might be interesting to watch. I didn’t like the rest of the girls though – there’s been many of them, and beside evil grins and archetypical features there is not much to see. I’m afraid they might become, if not given enough story attention, interchangeable figurines of bad guys to fight with. No, actually, I’m afraid all of them might turn out to be pretty shallow. But that’s just my scare of a good series getting ruined.

I really like the visuals. I haven’t seen similar character art lately, which is a big plus. (As in: eyes, hair and overall edgyness.) Music is okay, rather generic – but alright. Maybe it will grow on me.

Selector Infected WIXOSS – 01

selector infected wixoss

I hope this will get better. To be honest, I have to say I was kinda hyped for the series after seeing this preview. Instead I got something that’s not really as dark as I expected it to be, and to be honest, not that interesting. I had the idea it will be some kind of a gravely dark fantasy built upon mahou shoujo basis, but the outcome is definitely not that serious or grim. I’m gonna stick for at least one more episode, but I don’t know for how much longer exactly.

Is Tama just gonna meow around? It’s like a Pikachu level of conversation, but much, much more annoying. Oh, she said something besides batoru, and it was… motto batoru! Yeah. That’s actually funny.

Captain Earth – 01

Captain Earth 01

Okay, I knew it was going to be a mecha series. I did not watch a lot of these previously. But when the mecha appeared, it dawned on me that its amount of mecha in a mecha is utterly superior to any mechas I’ve seen. Like, seriously, it’s a fucking Optimus Prime 3000 Turbo. Just look at that shit. With robomuscles and and retracable horns and obligatory red and blue paintwork. And the scene of assembling this big mofo lasted like 1/5 of the episode. Neat. I laughed the whole time.

I guess that the basis for the plot is solid enough to make it interesting. Just hope it won’t be the same as I had with Nobunagun – the starting episodes were fun, but then I quickly lost interest. Anyway, there’s a lot of promise here!

I liked the music. The intro was very cinematic in feel – actually, most of the episode was – and both the visuals and audio in general were engaging. Although the art direction is kinda too flashy for me, but hey, they have to mantain the reputation of the genre… I guess.

Not dropping anything just yet, but WIXOSS treads on thin ice. I like Akuma no Riddle the most so far, can’t wait for the next episode.


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