Spring 2016 First Impressions: Part 11

Kyoukai no Rinne (TV) 2nd Season

There’s probably symbolism here but all I see is two dudes lamenting the fact that roses are not nutritious.

I will start this off by admitting that I really didn’t pay much attention to the first episode of this sequel. I guess you could say it’s a bad thing in the sense that the show isn’t really interesting to focus on for 20+ minutes. And in that sense, it’s not an improvement over the first season. Actually, it doesn’t improve upon any of its aspect. But, that’s about as much as I expected, and I managed to finish the first season after all, so it’s not too horribly. There’s some new characters and new plot points (the contract between a shinigami and their black cat), but other than that it felt exactly like an episode of the first season. The reintroduction of the characters meant that there was less snark and deadpan reactions than in the later episodes of season 1, which was unfortunate, but I expect it to pick up with the next episode. And the translation is still pretty funny as well. That’s about all I can say about it.

Verdict: Same as the first season, basically. Continuing, but I’ll probably never be able to focus on it.

 


Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

Ok, so, just as the synopsis and the PVs made it out to be, this show is a one-trick pony. It’s just about Tanaka being super lazy and sleepy, and sleeping, and “conserving energy” in basically every possible way. And based on the preview for the next episode it seems there will be more characters like that in the future. Fortunately, however, not all the characters are like Tanaka. Oota is a pretty normal guy who helps Tanaka out when he runs into problems that he’s too lazy for to solve on his own, and he also acts as the tsukkomi to Tanaka’s boke. In that sense the show is not very revolutionary when it comes to its comedy, but I found a few of the jokes funny, so it’s not the worst comedy ever.

The best thing about the show, however, is the atmosphere. The pacing of the jokes and the conversations often slows to a crawl, intentionally. The reason being that the show is about a lazy boy, and everything including the pacing is made to fit that aesthetic. The atmosphere is also aided by the fact that the show looks, for lack of a better word, beautiful. It’s got this hazy look to the backgrounds that reminds me of Isshuukan Friends and Hourou Musuko, and the character designs are simple but cute, and crisp. And the voice acting is pretty good in that there are no voices that annoy me, at least so far. Yeah, I really enjoyed it. It’s a cute and fluffy show, and I like those.

Verdict: Very cute, occasionally really funny, looks great. Might become one of my favourites of the season. Definitely continuing.

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