October 5th, 2015.
So, preview was insane, word on the street is the show is that insane, and behind it are generally capable people. So, let’s see what we’ve got. Let’s have our brains blown. Let’s hope more for Kyousougiga and less for Punchline, personally speaking.
Story / Themes:
I could go with the old mainstays, “Err, uhh,” but it’s not like I didn’t follow what went on, especially with the help of the premise, with these supernatural beings and those from stories having appeared twenty years ago, living amongst us, etc. There were also a lot of hints/background world building being done around, such as the witch being sent to different “layers” (of reality?), that normal people are tired of the supernatural but have incorporated it into their routines and just go back to normal once the supernatural disappears, etc.
The more interesting aspect is the one that revolves the “situation”, what the show will cover, rather than the world it will happen in. This show is lacking in a proper “hook”, something to grab our attention and demand that we keep watching, and felt more like half of a proper premiere, but there was still half of it, and there were still things involved, and that’s the two main characters (thus far), Jirou and Kikko, and the other is the Bureau. And of course, the two are connected. Jirou is a non-character thus far, though we were told he will cheat to get the job done, but also cheat to obey his inner sense of morality, and Kikko, well, I’ll admit, she’s pretty cute.
But the bigger thing here is the Bureau, which is probably where much of the show will take place, because Jirou’s betrayal and Kikko having fallen for him? We don’t know or care for either of them yet. But the Bureau, who sets a trap for a supposed ally, who protect humanity’s neighbours, but also humanity from said neighbours, even if they’re allies, even if the “help” they enforce creates lose-lose situation where a possessed human dies and Earth loses a protector, who dared possess a human. This is probably what the show will revolve around, the Bureau, the situations it must face, its workers and those it encounters, and why Jirou chose to become a renegade, though we got a glimpse of it today.
This is a rich world, there’s a lot going on in the background, and they already foretold us where the story will go, but what was lacking was making us care. Yes, that’s what the show is about, and why it gets more than 20 minutes, but they didn’t give us a grabby situation, at least not yet.
OP – Your average pop song, nice, but ultimately forgettable. For how hard it tries to be energetic, it really feels flat. Standard for this show animation/art, which means it’s extremely colourful and vibrant.
ED – The visuals were straight out of an LSD music video, and the sound was fitting for that sort of thing as well, repetitive electronic music. Not a fan.
Flat panes and geometric shapes with more pronounced characters could remind one a tad of SHAFT’s style under Shinbo, and to a lesser degree Mawaru Penguindrum, but I was mostly reminded of French cartoons for some reason, such as Enigma and Tin-Tin. Also with the art-style of some characters, such as the “industrial spy”, the professor, and everything in the diner.
The action was colourful, the transformation sequence really came out of nowhere (but then again, what did we expect from this show?), and reminded me of Satoshi Kon’s Paprika due to the colours used.
I liked the look, overall. The faces, especially Kikkou’s, were quite nice. The art-style with the heavy use of background filters and such left me cold, but I didn’t have an issue with it either, just neutral, though it definitely was striking. The harsh shadows used in some scenes were nice.
Background music and special effect noises were a tad on the annoying side. Voice acting was alright.