Winter 2016 First Impressions: Part 6

Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R

You look very familiar…

Had this turned out to be a “try-hard”, complicated or serious show, I would probably have been disappointed. Fortunately, that’s not the case. Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R doesn’t really have any depth. It’s a series of quirks and jokes that either will or won’t work for you. There’s idols, there’s nurses(not the overly sexualised kind, though), there’s magic. There’s a character who adds “yo” to every sentence. There are bizarre chants like “Tiger! Fire! Cyber! Fiber! Diver! Viber!” and “Parasol shiny chloroform”, and the magic system is meticulously explained through faux-scientific terminology. And, naturally, because it’s a parody show, there are references to other anime.

There are many shows out there with formulas similar to this one, and not all of them are good. Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE, for instance. It was fun for half an episode, then it got boring because the jokes had all already been overused. In comparison, Komugi-chan seems much more restrained, like it’s saving stuff for later. Of course, it’s only been one episode and it could very well get boring very quickly after that, but for some reason I feel hopeful. It kind of reminds me of the feeling I had when I watched Sabagebu. That was not a very ambitious show, to say the least, but I enjoyed it all the way through all the same. So I’m hoping the same will happen here. Oh, and also, the first episode of Komugi-chan started with a fairly impressive CG idol performance. It wasn’t the best CG ever, but it was better than the stuff in Love Live, for instance. So that was a pleasant surprise.

Verdict: This and Dagashi Kashi will probably end up being my go-to “fluffy” shows of the season, but nothing’s set in stone yet.

 


Ooyasan wa Shishunki!

mfw the episodes are only 2 minutes long

Like the above Komugi-chan, this is a very formulaic kind of show. The gimmick is that the landlady is 14 years old, and I assume most of the jokes will be focused around that. Usually, I would be happy with a show like that having 2 minute long episodes, but in this case, the first episode had so many funny faces that I kind of didn’t want it to end. Story wise this show is pretty hollow, but I think I can get a lot out of those faces. And the art style in general is pretty cute.

Verdict: 2 minute episodes, cute, good enough.

 


Nijiiro Days

Good face

This was a… weird experience, so I’m gonna get the technical stuff out of the way first. The episodes are 13 minutes long, the characters sound the way you’d expect from characters like this, and the visuals are serviceable and good for funny faces and reactions, but not fantastic in any way. So, the thing that confused me was that I had a lot of trouble comparing this show to anything else. The episode starts with a semi-romantic scene between a boy and a girl, which is pretty common, but then the boy just goes and talks to his friends, who are all also boys, and then they go to karaoke and joke together and stuff like that. But the romance aspect is still kinda there, occasionally in the foreground, sometimes in the background. After talking to someone who’s read the manga, we came to the conclusion that “reverse Love Lab” is the closest appropriate comparison.

But that’s still not really it. It’s like an amalgamation of a bunch of moe and comedy shows but with male characters as the leads. And I kinda like it. Nijiiro Days has the potential to be my go-to feel-good show of the season. Not bad at all.

Verdict: Very fresh. Slightly-shorter-than-full-length episodes means it didn’t get boring. Will definitely continue.

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