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ONE WEEK FRIENDS #1 -- Special Review

Slice-of-life with a shocking twist at the end...!

Spring is upon us! Join us as we view new pilots this season, and see where they fit on the highly-scientific Rock-or-Suck Scale… FAIRY TAIL SEASON 2 -- BLACK BULLET -- THE COMIC ARTIST & HIS ASSISTANTS

So this is basically like 50 FIRST DATES in high school, huh? I’ve always been idly curious about how amnesia works, since it gets used as a dramatic device that always seems so unbelievable. You know, are the parts of the brain and sections of memory really that compartmentalized? Can you really remember all this functional knowledge without remembering how you learnt it, or even who you are?

I doubt this show’s going to delve into such questions. It’s more of a parable, isn’t it? Using this potentially-farfetched premise to explore how, in a way, a lot of relationships are constantly hitting the reset button?

Slice-of-life shows are always tough to comment on in this column. The big, loud events are just easier to pick apart and speculate upon than a quiet breakfast table conversation that’s scaled back to be even more naturalistic. Honestly, I was about to dismiss this show for reining the drama back even further. We’re not talking about a budding romance, just a very tenuously grasped friendship.

Sure, it makes me think of how, in middle school and high school, you really do tend to overthink these things - - running a thousand thoughts through your head over what should’ve been a simple social interaction. That’s a pointed observation but, by nature, it isn’t the stuff of an ongoing series.

So I was pleasantly surprised by the surprise about the girl’s condition at the end. Does that make this story a bit more arch? Well, yeah. That’s drama. Like I said, there’s some good potential here to use dramatic devices to illustrate how all our friendships and would-be romances are always going back to square one. Again, as I said, it wouldn’t be a good idea to chronicle that on an episode-by-episode basis, but maybe one of you lunatics can tell me how this plays out later on?

Watch "Beginning of a Friendship" and decide for yourself.

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Hashbrownson April 17, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.

Slice-of-life anime has never appealed to me, firstly because it seems predisposed to angst and second, animation lends itself to the fantastic. Animating the mundane always strikes me as a poor utilization of the medium.

takashichea moderator on April 17, 2014 at 10:08 p.m.

@Hashbrowns:

Same here. I was never a big fan of slice of life shows. For some odd reason, I like ones that have some comedy or romance in them, Sket Dance or Pet Girl of Sakurasou. This show's first episode didn't really wow me or entice me to watch.

sickVisionz moderator on April 20, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.

@Hashbrowns: I completely disagree. The "camera" in anime is just like a camera in film. The only time it's a waste is when things are poorly animated with little or no thought put to it and that can happen whether the series is slice of life or fantastical. Just like how you can have something crazy like The Matrix or set in the real world like The Graduate but neither is an inherently poor use of the medium by default. It's up to the creators to make it interesting. Animation is the same imo.

@takashichea: Sket Dance is not slice of life.

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