I watched the 2nd and 3rd WUG movies last night, so that might explain why I wasn’t very impressed by this first episode. But, that’s not necessarily the only thing that affected my enjoyment. After all, the animation studio has changed, and so has the director. I’m glad to see Shin Itagaki take over for Yamakan (whose particular approaches to direction I have problems with), but I do miss the visuals that Ordet created for the original series and the movies.
I’ve already labeled quite a few shows this season as having unique or novel aspects to them, but I think Inuyashiki takes the cake. The titular character shakes up anime super hero norms by being 58 years old and looking considerably older. His origin story is sort of similar to Breaking Bad’s Walter White, that is being down on his luck and diagnosed with terminal cancer. But where the two diverge is when Inuyashiki’s flesh body is replaced with a robotic one, and he ends up using his powers for good (in the first episode, he saves another middle-aged man’s life).
This is a good-looking show, and one with an interesting setting. The premise of an island floating around in an endless sea reminds me of Suisei no Gargantia, as does the plot point of a mysterious newcomer. These could be very good things, I guess. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as the good things go. Not that the rest of the show is bad, but… it didn’t wow me either. I was barely able to concentrate on watching most parts of the episode.
I tried to keep my expectations modest when I decided to pick this show up, because I still vividly remember that time last year when there were like 3 male idol shows every season, and every one of them ended up being boring. Then again, Starmyu exists, and I love that, so I thought “maybe there’s hope”. And yeah, it turned out I was right to be hopeful, because the premiere of Side M was pretty good.
I finished watching the 3 OVAs of this series last Friday, so just in time for the TV show to start. I really liked the OVA, but I also realise that it told sort of a prequel story that might not impact the events of the TV show a lot (aside from Chise’s background in general, that is). I also really liked how the OVA looked, but I also knew not to expect the TV show to look as refined. And it didn’t, but in my opinion it still looked really good for a TV anime. I guess that’s the effect that nice character designs, backgrounds and art style in general have.
I quite liked the first Garo anime, Honoo no Kokuin, but the second one, Guren no Tsuki, was pretty terrible. As for Vanishing Line it, perhaps fortunately, reminds me of neither of the first two anime when it comes to story and setting, though visually it’s somewhat reminiscent of Honoo no Kokuin. It’s set in modern times, and the main character is a very muscular macho man. I’m not a huge fan of machismo in general, though I used to be at one point, but in this case the main character is exaggerated (which you can tell by the size of his motorcycle, and the steak he eats) so much that I find it sort of adorable. At least so far.
Wow, I could probably crank out a few thousand words on the story of this episode, but there’s two reasons I won’t do that: Firstly, it would take too long (it’s Sunday and I don’t want to work too much). Secondly, the theme of “a country where murder is not prohibited” kind of makes me uncomfortable in the context of the current state of the real world.