The Spring 2012 anime season is kicking into high gear. Some shows have already started airing and a glutton will be arriving this week. This season has more shows that I want to check out than usual and as they air, I plan on writing a quick first episode impressions on them. Now, it's important to note that these are not reviews of the entire series. They are simply my quick opinion on on the impression that the first few episodes gave me.
Rock Lee rescues a young girl whose family is being harassed by loan sharks.
I like goofy comedies. I truly do. The more random and nonsensical they, the better. Pani Poni Dash, Animaniacs, Eek the Cat, Tiny Toon Adventures, Hayate no Gotoku, etc., are some of my favorite series when comes to animated shenanigans and the one thing they all share is that they are very much whatever type of series. Anything goes in them. Things don't always make sense. In fact, things often don't make sense, but that's the entire point. No logic, no reasoning, just comedy. They are willing to do whatever it takes to get a laugh out of the audience, everything else be dammed. So, I came into Rock Lee with a pretty open mind and looking for something ridiculous and it certainly delivered that... but it wasn't funny. I was only supposed to tune in for 24 minutes and I called it a wrap at about the 13 minute mark when I hadn't laughed a single time. In the shows defense, I truly believe it's targeted at children who might find normal Naruto to be scary, so we're talking kids aged 4 to 7. I'm a good 20+ years past any end of that spectrum. I could go on and on about how lame it is, but at some point I think it would be like an adult complaining about the lack of sophisticated storytelling in Teletubbies.
1/5 Dropping It
I watch a comedy to laugh. That's the only purpose of them. That's the only thing I expect to get from them. They can fail at every other aspect, but if they make me laugh then they've done their job. This one didn't.