Weekly Roundup – Spring 2014 First impressions #2

Shows discussed: Isshuukan Friends, Gokukoku no Brynhildr, No Game No Life.

Ishhuukan Friends – 01

Isshuukan Friends 01

Oh my, this is lovely. The premise of a romance Isshuukan Friends brings, sad and bitter because of obvious reasons, is brilliantly brightened up by the visuals and music. The effect is very light-hearted in reception, but the disturbing aura creeps in. And it’s just a matter of time when I’ll be crying my eyes out here.

Unless I won’t, then I’ll be really, really unsatisfied.

Concept of romance with a person who can not have memories has been already discussed (or: used) in ef: a tale of memories, and I absolutely loved that title. It has been, technically, somewhat different, but what it did was it gave the romance a lot of space to build the plot in. I’m dying to see how it will be executed in Isshuukan.

Side note: I just checked MAL, and the guy who voices Hase is like 20 days older than me. What am I doing with my life? I could be voicing motherfucking big-ass robots right now. ;_;

Gokukoku no Brynhildr (Brynhildr in the Darkness) – 01


This is stupid, but not stupid enough to make me stop watching just yet. We still don’t know what’s going on and what is it going to be about. All there was was a rather messy character introduction. I didn’t like the action, it was very wish-fullfiling in reception.

I guess we’ll see a lot more of Kuroneko and her effect of her persona on current events. Even if she’s not Kuroha (but seriously, these moles determining anything? She’s had surgeries, it’s not like these are untouchable or something), the resemblance between them will become a main point of the show. That’s my guess.

I liked the opening A LOT. Music was pretty awesome, perhaps the best of what I’ve yet heard this season. And if these bloody, transdimensional girls are to become apparent in the actual show, I’ll stick around to see how that goes.

Visuals and character design themselves were not that good. They were neither fresh, intense, nor aesthetically pleasing. That’s a shame.

It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone actually talking to themselves in a recollection. lmao

No Game No Life – 01

No Game No Life

Oooh, the visuals. Shiny. It’s a perfect example of brilliant aesthetics made achieved with one smart move – the color palettes blend extremely well. There’s this watercolour painting feel there, and it won me over.

There was no actual story emerging from this first episode, just a basis for future adventures. I guess this is what this series will be about.

I’m not exactly sold on the characters themselves. There’s not much depth to them. Sora (the guy) feels very archetypical – an awkward dude, not really as antisocial as he’s trying to look, and Shiro (the girl), however smart she might be, has been here mostly for cheap fanservice. MAL apparently tags this series as ecchi, we’ll see how that goes.

I’m gonna stick with it for now.




  1. That’s it, Isshuukan Friends is definitely set to be one of my favourites of the new season – possibly the only show I’ll like better is the Mushishi sequel. Which is a bit surprising considering that I hadn’t actually been planning to watch this show at all (I don’t remember why that was, but possibly because the artwork reminded me a bit of Saikano, a story I had some serious issues with.) Anyhow, really strong opening episode here – it struck me as a series that’s hopefully going to be absolutely adorable, but not in a sickly-sweet way. I also think this anime could have some interesting things to say about the nature of day-to-day social isolation and loneliness; a topic which, especially in Japan, is an extremely relevant one.

    1. Same here. I’m extremely excited for this show, and so far the most interesting opening I’ve seen this season. Although I had the feeling it would be from the moment I’ve seen the promo arts :)
      About the topics Isshuukan Friends could explore: I don’t want to expect too much. I don’t want to extrapolate that far, I’d rather just silently hope it will. I’ve had tremendous expectations for the second season of Chuunibyou, and what I was left with was just the feeling of frustration ^^’

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