[CW: Bullying, domestic abuse, torture, suicide]
I’m not automatically opposed to dark or even edgy magical girl shows. I say let creators write that stuff if they want to, because sometimes the results can be interesting and cool, but I also think that in a genre like this where the themes are usually about the struggles of young girls to find their place in life, there should be an essence of humanity in the writing as well.
This is probably the least discomforting screenshot I took from the episode.
I really wanted to like this show, and not just for one reason. Firstly, the main character is apparently an amateur photographer like me (he even has the exact same camera as me), so because of that I was immediately hooked in. Secondly, Alexandra is just a lovely – albeit archetypal – character, and I very much considered continuing the show just for her.
She looks very much like Maki from Love Live and that’s a good thing.
This is an ecchi harem show where all the characters are girls. The ecchi harem aspect of it is extremely similar to most other shows of the same genre, but the fact that the main character is not a boy is such a welcome breath of fresh air to me. And not just in that it’s semi-erotic content aimed at women (because it definitely feels like it’s aimed at women), but it’s also just cute and comforting.
TL Note: The cherries symbolise nipples.
So this is apparently a prequel to Fist of the North Star, which I haven’t seen, but have heard many things about. For most people, I’m guessing the fact that this anime is CG animated means that it can never live up to the original series, and I can sympathise with that opinion. Because, unfortunately, the CG in this show looks pretty bad.
Anatomically improbable anime man.
Well, I expected this to be kind of gross (with regard to the whole “transforming from girl to muscular man” thing), but the first episode didn’t really do anything to put me off. This may be due to the fact that the main character doesn’t transform until the very last scene of the episode (the next episode may completely justify my fears, I don’t know), but still, I was pleasantly surprised. The next episode will tell whether I want to continue or not.
Good faces abound.
Yep, I once again went overboard and decided to pick up 30+ new shows. I never seem to learn, do I? So this is going to be a very hectic blogging season for me, unless I decide to drop some shows before writing about them. But I won’t worry about that right now, because here’s a couple of shows that won’t meet that fate.
This new adaptation was, as far as I know, made for the 50th anniversary of the first GeGeGe no Kitarou anime, which aired in 1968. And indeed, unlike the reboots of some other series, this show makes it very clear that it’s an old series. For instance, the OP song is the same as in the 1968 anime. This is apparently par for the course as far as GeGeGe no Kitarou adaptations go, but in terms of reboots in general, it’s not very common, at least not in my experience.
This show is about a world where there are intelligent robots, hIE, that serve humanity, but almost everyone treats them like inferior beings or mindless machines. Except for the main character, Arato, who treats them like people, or at least mostly (he has nothing against owning one of these robots). Arato meets an “orphan” robot called Lacia, who he promptly takes ownership of. Oh, and there’s a bunch of rogue robots that are causing havoc and destruction in the city, and they may be trying to kill people.
That giant sword gun thing is really cool.