I think I’ll jump in here at least once before the season ends.Rewrite
(1-11): Key, what happened to you? This show has terrible, terrible execution. It’s the first Key series where I thought, ‘huh, it’s like a visual novel adaptation.’ Somehow, I found myself still looking forward to watching it each week (am I that easily entertained by supernatural themes?).
It is interesting how they’ve managed to use some of the more cliché/whacky stuff at the beginning and make it plot relevant. I love how this show (and Clannad) handle magic; as being everywhere and commonplace, and not very extraordinary (at first!). The way how they just wave away the existence of supernatural creatures as just ‘some undiscovered animal.’ An elephant is fantasy until you go to Africa (or India); a dragon is fiction, until you come across the skull of a T-rex; a Star Trek communicator is science-fiction until you have cell phones.
By making supernatural ordinary, they’ve made the ordinary supernatural.
I also love how they played off the old school club setting; The various members being
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: a part of different factions waging a secret fantastic war against one another, is a very cool idea…
unfortunately the bad execution has prevented it from really going anywhere.
The one aspect of the show which I can offer nothing but praise for (and something which I rarely take notice of) is the voice acting. Particularly for the actresses behind Kotori and Kagari. Amidst the sea of high pitched squeaky moe, their voices are really distinctive, and the humor revolving around them is usually spot on (for me anyway).
…Don’t kill me Kaze. I can see how the source material could be better. There’s a lot of good stuff there, it’s mainly just the execution that kills it.
I so did not mean to make that pun. Does that even count as a pun? Still it was unintentional, and it's staying.Orange
(1-11): A shojo with soft science fiction and dealing with
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: suicide
, that should be more than enough to keep it very interesting. While it has kept my interest… I have my grievances. Mainly in that, I feel like each episode is just Naho relearning the same lesson about coming out of her shell.
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: You have a life to save, get on with it girl! When it comes to romance in stories, the one trope I can’t stand and Orange has inadvertently set off is the indecisive love-triangle. I can do love triangles. It’s the indecisiveness that I can’t stand. This one is unusual, because both Naho and Kageru are being indecisive while the third member is pushing the two together (Dear Lord, how indecisive would Naho be if Suwa wasn’t being the better man?!)
But, despite that complaint, each episode does seem to sort of… dig deeper? Each episode has its special moment which I can appreciate.
Also, I’ve found my anime kindred spirit. I swear, Hagita and I have the same personality!
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: I haven’t been following the talk around Orange, but I’ve figured that everyone’s pretty much rooting (or rooted, for you manga people) for Suwa. But I agree: save Kageru first, then ship.Arslan
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: I really like Naho x Suwa, especially the 20-somethings with their cute baby. I don't want them to save Kakeru but lose that part of the future.
Season 2 (1-8 complete): In summery, not as good as the first season. The main reason being that very little that happens is actually consequential to the overarching plot, and the best parts are all set up for a potential third season. Furthermore, it needed those 4 or so more episodes to really sell its plot.
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: King Andragoras’ escape should have been amazing, but instead it just turned out okay. Shagard needed more fleshing out in order to be the impactful villain he was supposed to be.
Now, it was nice to see Etoile finally realize that Team Arslan is the place to be. I find her to probably be the most interesting character in the series. I really like how they don’t simply depict the Lusitania religion as evil. Instead, we have Etoile who genuinely cares about the Parsians (albeit, in her own, overzealous way). Different people interpreting the same religion to different conclusions… basically how it is in real life. The one problem with her character was her complete naivety that the people she worked for are complete villains… but this season dealt with that.
I also liked seeing Aralan deciding to disregard his father… but we don’t see the consequences of it!
Overall, I gave the season a passable 7.
I feel so negative. None of my shows this season quite lived up to my expectations.
EventualDay wrote:Though I'm not watching a whole lot this season, so I'm pretty much useless in this particular conversation, haha. To be honest, mostly I'm keeping up with the second cour of last season's Re:Zero, which is a phenomenal if flawed show. It does a satisfying amount of work on playing with gamer tropes and "hero travels to another world" cliches. But, that isn't really a summer show, so I'm not sure a full discussion is really warranted here.
By that you mean that it started last season, in the spring, right? But it's still airing, for a another week or so? I would go for it. I had a similar situation with the 2nd cour of Assassination Classroom; but nobody came and hunted me down with an axe.
...Okay, I looked it up, and the last episode seriously just aired, so maybe I'm a little late.