Ah… at last, a proper introduction to the show which our text editor keeps automatically wanting to bring me to anytime I want to turn the word “here” into a hotlink.
Anyway, I’ve watched enough of these that I’m seriously thinking of working out some kind of checklist that breaks a pilot down into components that can be specifically marked while I'm watching. See, this is the umpteenth show I’ve seen where a charming teenage loser’s life gets turned upside down by the crash landing of a cute, mysterious girl from some far-off, fantastical place. In this case, that place apparently seems to be a post-Apocalyptic future - - but that’s really beside the point, here.
The point is that there ain’t a whole lot in this plot to separate it from the umpteen other shows of its type. What does separate it, though, is the general mise en scène - - the overall presentation which the staging, framing, score, lighting effects and line delivery all add up to. It isn’t just a matter of the animation quality - - though the traditional rendering is quite phenomenal - - it’s the style of the animation.
So even though this show takes its good sweet time dawdling along to the rather abrupt instruction of the fantasy hook toward the end; for once, I actually enjoyed the more leisurely pace because the lead and his locale were so basically appealing to just watch. Actually, thinking about the pacing in addition to all the other presentational elements I just commended, I've got to say that this really felt more like the first 20 minutes of Ghibli movie instead of the opener for a serial.
Again, aside from the SEO stuff I mention at the top of this write-up, I know next to nothing about this series. Would any of you more learned lunatics care to shed a little more light on it for me, and perhaps offer up some explanations that might explain some of the qualities that I’ve observed here?
Watch this episode, "A Girl Admiring the Sunset" here and decide for yourself.