- SENGOKU BASARA: SAMURAI KINGS *** YAMADA'S FIRST TIME *** DRAGONBALL Z KAI
- CHAOS HEAD *** BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 *** HETALIA: AXIS POWERS
- ONE PIECE *** ROSARIO + VAMPIRE *** MY BRIDE IS A MERMAID *** DARKER THAN BLACK
- PRINCESS JELLYFISH *** FAIRY TAIL
For whatever reason, this and another Right Stuf title were still in the soon-to-be legendary sack of anime I’ve been rifling through for the past couple weeks. Yeah, these aren’t Funi titles, but I’ll still cover them to cap off this batch of interim reviews.
Anyway, I watch a show like this and I’m taken aback by the specificity of the premise. I’m not necessarily impressed by the creativity of it so far as I find its particulars to be so notably… particular. Here’s a show about a cute girl who’s aspiring to be a bugler in the army of a nation that isn’t quite Switzerland (Helvetica?) and gets stationed in a town with an usual variety of folk rituals in some sort of retro-futurist era’s that’s almost indistinguishable from the turn of the century before last. In this future, only hand-me-down have seemingly survived in the Helvettica army surplus after whatever world-changing cataclysm surely occurred, because the cute girl’s joined by other cute girls who all adhere to the fashion of baggy, ill-fitting uniforms.
So, yeah, that’s a scenario borne of a creative impulse far more precise than one that comes up with a story about, say, a special unit of psychics fighting Nazi occultists in World War II. Again, not necessarily better, but the mind boggles at a little where the specific inspirations for this came from.
Likewise, I have a harder time figuring out to categorize and evaluate this pilot. It gets off to a real sleepy start, to be honest, and I walk away from it not being incited by any conflict introduced, but just appreciative of the minute world building. The festival of the dye-squirting and the folk tale it’s inspired by are rather creative - - but they make for more of an interesting travel show episode, not a compelling first part to a serial.
Maybe it could get better. Any of you lunatics watched all of this? What did you think of it?
Also, I'm preparing for a special Q&A edition of this. If you'd like to participate, put your questions in this thread.
Watch this episode, "The Sound That Fills the Air - City of Dawn” below and decide for yourself.