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I'm pretty sure that this is depicting what this character did for almost 7 straight years. No foolin'.
I'm pretty sure that this is depicting what this character did for almost 7 straight years. No foolin'.

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CELESTIAL METHOD’s title evokes a sort of appreciation for the grandeur and vastness of the universe. Big, lofty ideas about the universe and our place in it. What it delivers instead is the a slice of life show about Nonoka, a girl who moves back to her hometown after seven years and has to try to fit in again. Talk about undermining your expectations, eh?

Not that there isn’t some weirdness happening. Coinciding with Nonoka’s departure was the appearance of an enormous crystalline saucer over the town’s lake, which everyone agrees must be extraterrestrial in origin. But is anybody excited? Are there people investigating this thing? Is their idyllic mountain town being swarmed with scientists or even looky-loos?

Well, the local shopkeeper says business has ticked up a bit. But that’s about it.

And that’s my issue with CELESTIAL METHOD: it loses me at the buy-in. I can’t suspend my disbelief that this giant, unexplained phenomenon is so banal that everyone in the world is supposedly used to after only seven years. And this is compounded by the fact that Nonoka is being visited by Noel, a decidedly alien blue-haired girl (I say decidedly alien because no one else has the “anime color” hair types) and yet continually chooses to ignore her in favor of her humdrum middle school life.

I’m usually more of a sucker for these types of coming of age shows, but this one really tried my patience. Not just because the premise is unbelievable, but because the characters are way too saccharine and precious. But worse still, it makes interesting, world-changing events boring in favor of even boring-er middle school melodrama.

Watch "Saucer City" and decide for yourself! (And much thanks to superuser Takashichea for the screengrab above).

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metalsnakezeroon Oct. 24, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

I would place this in shows that are too light-hearted for it own good. Not that their bad but are just too simple for anyone to keep watch. What makes Your Lie in April and other slice of life shows interesting is that it a balance of light-hearted moments, complexity of the characters, and a key theme (Music - Your Lie in April, Art - Hidamari sketch, Parenting - Bunny drop).

YotaruVegetaon Oct. 25, 2014 at 5:58 a.m.

In any other anime, the government would have either shot that thing down, or had it quarantined in a facility.

Kino88on Oct. 25, 2014 at 9:25 a.m.
Oh thank goodness, finally a dud, My anime watch list was getting too high, Lol No Joke, this fall season has been that good,
takashichea moderator on Oct. 25, 2014 at 5:56 p.m.

I watched the pilot and then, 2nd and 3rd episode. It didn't really pulled me in. None of the characters really appealed to me. I thought this show was done by PA works, but it was done by Studio 3Hz which was a brand new company.

Not much of a slice of life fan, I only get into a few slice of life if they have something interesting like that love web or triangle from Pet Girl of Sakura or Nagi no Asukara or comedy that gets me laughing like Sket Dance.

Thanks for the mention. Just doing my job as a wiki editor! Glad to be of service!

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