Spring 2016 First Impressions: Part 9

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

This character design made me think of Fist of the North Star.

Yeah, this is definitely a clone of Attack on Titan. It’s not just the premise – that mankind has been overrun by these seemingly mindless beasts – and the setting – that mankind now lives in walled cities (or stations) that they defend from the Kabane (the mindless beasts). It’s not just the fact that the Kabane are really similar to Titans, except smaller and also they’re zombies, it’s not any particular single thing. It’s all of the single aspects cropping up to the point where I can’t reasonably say that it could be a coincidence. Hell, even the events of the first episode mirror the first episode of AoT, and the main character’s personality is pretty similar to that of Eren Yeager. Also, as I mentioned in the preview post, this show has the same director, studio and composer as AoT. It feels really, really similar.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. For the most part of the first episode, the show looked and sounded beautiful, and it moved very enjoyably (maybe not as extravagantly as the 3D movement in AoT, but it was still nice). There were a few bits where the animation consisted of nothing but slowly panning stills with speed lines. That, and the fact that the visual quality of some of Wit Studio’s past works was shaky at best, concerns me, and not just when it comes to the animation (or lack of it). The character designs in this show are so incredibly detailed that I’m afraid it will suffer greatly if there are production-related issues at any point. But yeah, in conclusion, I really enjoyed this Attack on Titan clone as an action show. My interest in it going forward will rely mostly on that.

Verdict: Attack on Titan clone, but it’s a really good-looking one, at least for now. Continuing.

 


 Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou – The Last Song

It’s like the first season never left.

This entire episode was pretty much just a long cold opening. It took me a while to remember that Jiro left the Superhuman Bureau at the end of the first season, and it took me a while to remember why. And, in true Conrevo fashion, the episode told a story but left a lot of loose threads at both ends, which confused me just as much as every episode of the first season did. Conrevo is not easy for me to watch, but I do enjoy it. I must also mention that the new OP feels much more purposeful than the S1 OP in that it emphasises the fact that Conrevo is not really about the actions of the main character superhumans themselves, but about the media, the politics and the public perceptions surrounding the phenomenon known as superhumans. I really liked that.

This episode also had a lot of good animation, which surprised me positively, because the first season felt kind of visually “flat” at times. Part of that is intentional and due to the art style that the show is going for, sure, but the first season wasn’t the best-looking show. I hope the second season does better in that respect, but if it doesn’t it’s not the end of the world. I’ll probably enjoy it regardless, because Conrevo is such a special kind of experience for me. All in all, I was pleased with the episode, maybe even more than I expected to be.

Verdict: It was fun to get to watch Conrevo again. Solid like the first season. Definitely continuing and finishing.

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