There was nothing outright wrong with this premiere, but there was also very little noteworthy about it. The first episode started with an action scene where some girls fight against a monster, and both the atmosphere of the scene as well as the designs reminded me a lot of Ga-Rei Zero, for better or for worse. The rest of the episode consisted of girls preparing for and eventually competing in some sort of sword-fighting tournament. I had a hard time understanding what the point of this tournament was, but I’m sure it’ll be explained or expanded upon in the next few episodes.
Visually, the show had some problems. Certain shots had very awkwardly moving CG characters, and some of the backgrounds looked subpar. As a pleasant surprise, most of the sword-fighting looked pretty good, and if the show continues having a lot of that, I’ll gladly continue watching it. At least for now. I hope it doesn’t give me any other reason to drop it.
Verdict: Not bad, but not impressive either. Continuing for now.
This was my first exposure to Junji Ito (aside from having read The Enigma of Amigara Fault a long time ago), and it was a pretty cool first impression. Not as scary as I was expecting it to be, honestly, but I also can’t know if this is representative of the rest of the stories that will be told in this anime, or if it’s representative of Ito’s works in general. Based on the next-episode preview, however, I would guess not, because there was some actual body horror in that. So I’m excited.
That’s not to say that there was nothing scary in the first episode, though. The bit with the spider in the bathroom stall was pretty creepy, and the dread of having the old man find the main character was a well-designed horror element in my opinion. On a less horror-specific note, I also appreciated the little fable-like moral lesson about how the main character focused so much on putting curses on his classmates that he didn’t realise he himself was a curse on the old man. I hope there’s more of that in subsequent episodes.
Verdict: Not as scary as I thought it’d be, but it was an enjoyable experience overall. Definitely continuing.