Continued from Part Four.
Nisekoi is Studio SHAFT’s latest, just after finishing last year’s Monogatari Series Second Season. Anyone familiar with the studio knows that their works since around 2005 (or at least the opening and ending animations) tend to be very abstract. Nisekoi, while keeping intact some of the SHAFT style, manages to very non-abstract. It’s strange; Many wonder, “Is SHAFT going generic?” SHAFT, with good source material (or without source material), can continually produce some of the best anime ever made. Nisekoi was a curse from the start; It’s based on a harem romantic comedy from Shounen Jump, of all things. People who have read the source material have repeatedly stated how sub-par it is. SHAFT, as it usually does, managed the impossible: It made an anime better than the source material. In this case there’s a limit to how much better something can get, and SHAFT seems to have made it to that limit. While the actual romance seems poorly done so far and the best course of action probably would have been to just rewrite the whole story, just about everything else has been well done, though I wish it was more abstract. It’s a very enjoyable show, and while it may be one of SHAFT’s worst works, it is as good as Nisekoi could ever get. The 20 episode (A very rare number seen most famously by 2000’s glorious trainwreck Ghost Stories) show is confirmed to have an original ending, so I have very high hopes for it going forward.
I still worry about SHAFT going generic, though. Their Mekaku City Actors airing this Spring better be great.
- Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda (World Conquest: Zvezda’s Plot) is a very silly-sounding show. It’s about a student who suddenly becomes part of an organization aiming to conquer the world- but it turns out they’re not that bad. The show mostly follows the antics of the organization Zvezda as they do various things involving world conquest, their ultimate goal. There’s also the justice organization White Light which act as the main antagonists of the series. On the surface the show seems a silly time-wasting show; As the show goes on, the characters develop and the show is kept fresh with interesting (and funny) story lines. I’d say this show makes the my top five anime for this season.
- Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil
Wizard Barristers is a huge disappointment, to say the least. From Yasuomi Umetsu, the creator of the infamous OVA Kite (which was banned in several countries and has an American live-action film adaptation coming this year), some people expected great things (even after last year’s Galilei Donna directed by the same person, which was less than good). The concept was great: Magical lawyers. Some expected something along the lines of Ace Attorney, or perhaps Law & Order. Either way it would be great. It turned out to be neither of these. First is the annoying protagonist, Cecil, whose only interesting point is that she happens to be Canadian (what the hell?). Pretty much everything about her is terrible. In addition to that, her familiar is some kind of fat frog thing that pisses me off whenever I see it. I seriously don’t understand why anyone would think that these characters would be a good idea. The other characters aren’t much better. Most of them are one-dimensional with uninteresting, generic personalities. Even the character designs using Umetsu’s unique and revered style are awful. That’s not to mention the story lines. They’re boring and pointless. I almost cannot stand anything that the protagonist does or that any of the other characters do. The overarching plot is also terribly done, feeling completely unimportant (though it will probably be the main focus for the final couple episodes). Why am I still watching this? I have no idea. All I know is that I want it to end already.
That concludes Part Five of my opinions on this season’s shows. Part Six will only have two shows, so maybe I’ll think of one more thing to add to fill in space (perhaps a quick top 10 of some sort).
Thank you for reading!