Back with 2 more First Impressions for the Winter 2015 season. After yesterday’s disappointment with Kantai Collection/Yuri Kuma. Let’s find out if the next 2 titles turn out better.
1) Assassination Classroom
Also, I read the first chapter of the manga previously but for some reason couldn’t really get into it. The first episode mainly adapts the first chapter. You see where I’m going from here? (At that point I thought it wasn’t good enough for me to want to continue reading it, but I wanted to check it out when it became an anime)
While I do think this series has potential, the first episode felt very average to me. It was alright for most part but I still think it has a long way to go from being a great series. (and yeah, I knew the plot already, so obviously I wouldn’t be so eager and excited right?)
First the premise is insanely ridiculous. To the point where there is no objective way to really evaluate it. The more illogical it tries to be, the harder it is to really try to tie it down using “logic”. That’s pretty smart actually because now we can’t judge it anymore.
At the very best, I see this series so far as primarily a comedy series. It’s the kind where you sit down, relax and just get “ridiculously entertained” for that 20 minute duration. I am clueless to how this series will move on from here though. What is it trying to do?
The moral of the story that they’re trying to drive across in the first episode felt weak. And Koro-sensei going into his justice mode felt a little laughable. I mean seriously, coming from the guy (or alien) that is threatening to blow up Earth? You can’t sacrifice a “friend” for the good of everyone but you can blow up Earth? What kind of logic is that! Okay, I give up. I should calm down and remember that we’re not supposed to use “logic” here.
The whole “pity us for we’re the last class” theme was really pretty lacklustre. Does it actually resonate with people? How? Why? Oh we’re judged by society because we’re in the last class. We can’t study. Take pity on us, it’s society’s fault! I’d be praying hard that this does not turn out to be one of the core motifs of this series because it’s actually pretty damn annoying.
Despite it’s glaring flaws, this series still seems like a pretty decent add to the weekly watch list. It’s decent, very decent. And it has potential. The production quality and animation is so far alright. Koro-sensei is an interesting character and is probably the only thing keeping this show from crumbling apart. If this show wants to be greatness, it has to step up it’s game.
For now, I’ll keep watching this. I’m really intrigued to see how this series will move on from here. Is it gonna do the episodic student problem route? (like Onizuka?) I might be able to appreciate that more if I was watching as a teenager but as a young adult now I’ll probably feel nauseated watching teenagers sprout their “delinquent-ish immature” problems.
Or wait, is this supposed to be some kind of battle manga in disguise? but I’m somewhat still looking forward either way. At least.
Episode Rating – 7.5/10
2) Saekano – Episode 0
I was actually somewhat mildly impressed with the prologue episode of this series. The dialogue is amusing and I really liked how it was pretty self-aware and attacked the harem genre right off the bat within the first few minutes. I was like “ooohhh this is going to be interesting”. Typical harems don’t have such compelling dialogue because all they think about is how to sell their fan service shots. There is something clever about this show that seems to set it apart. (also, it’s Noitamina, it can’t be the generic harem right?)
The second interesting point of this show is how it cleverly deceives you into thinking that the background character is just another plain background character (just like how most anime has that 1-2 characters that we all have no idea why they’re even here for.) This is somewhat contrasted further by placing 3 other hot, attention-seeking, stereotypical female characters right in your face. No one would notice Katou , the bland background character. but wait, she’s actually the freaking female lead of this show! Cant deny I was amused.
The tension did dwindle a little in the middle. And it got boring at some parts. but it was still an easy watch. I also think that the fanservice in this series happen to be pretty delightful as well.
This series definitely did many things right at first glance. but it will all depend if it can keep this up. I’ll surely be looking forward to more clever parodies and witty dialogue. For now it certainly has surpassed my expectations.
Episode Rating – 8/10