January 6th, 2014.
First Impressions – Pretty, Distinct Popcorn. Hell Yeah!
I heard it’s actually fun, let’s see how it holds up.
1) From Ancient Soldiers,
- Hm, good soundtrack to kick us off, interesting red bubbles of birth, and good usage of yellow and black for night-time fighting and fire. Good direction, for the opening seconds.
And then a shift to muteness, to greys instead of harsh blacks, and the red of betrayal. Very good visual design.
- And now we have headquarters. No calm days of lying in the sun of a silly school comedy for us!
2) To Modern Flowers – A Study of Visuals:
- And then the very different style post-dream. Heh.
She painted her room, including the floor, in camouflage colours. Her power level is impressive, and the graphic design continues to be top notch.
- More pretty designs of the house. This is almost Shaft, or Watamote. Takahashi Maho, the art director, might be a name to remember.
- Hmmm, now the visual design makes me think. Their uniforms are uniforms. School uniforms ARE designed after militaristic fashion, and for them the colour as well. But also, camouflage, the flowers are akin to camouflage here, but also, seems it might be the “other reality” seeping in, on one hand they’re school students, and on the other they are ladies wearing embroidered or drawn kimonos.
- Ok, so the other girls are the flowers, while Ogusa is the soldier, the warrior. It’s probably also a comment on what interests them.
- Indeed, so very flashy, like a colour-bomb exploded. Interesting cultural difference, statues in the east versus the west.
- That’s the nice thing about consistent visual motifs, you can then use them. Look at this great shot, her interaction with this girl had flowered her, had turned her into more like the other girls.
3) It is time to awaken from our dream, it is time for madness:
- Holy Shit! We’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, everyone!
- From brightest day, to darkest night, yet even this scene shines with its own inner light!
- Great explosion sounds, a bit too loud, but explosions done right.
4) Madness? This is NOBUNAGUN!:
- Our protagonist sort of looks like Madoka with the wide face, the eyes of the killer-bunny as Nobunaga saw him reminded me of Kyubei’s, and now he talks of wishes. Coincidence? I think not.
- Yeah, badass gun girl. I’d say she has a sniper gun, but this is more on the level of artillery.
- Just like I had said yesterday in my write-up for the other Nobunaga show (Nobunaga the Fool episode 1 notes) she had grasped her destiny, her destiny of blood and fire. She will be the catalyst of change, the charnel houses blow, and she will walk in their midst, bringing forth death and destruction. This is Nobunaga.
- Yeah, this is her “heroic spirit”, not really looking sane and dignified, are we?
ED – I like softer metal anime music, like Ichirin no Hana from Bleach or the Watamote OP, but I don’t dig “Respect for the Dead Man” that much. But, I guess it fits the show, and it is pretty cool.
The post-ED chiptune music was pretty cute.
Post Episode Notes:
Well, this was unexpected.
This was pretty, and more than just pretty, it had a very distinct and unique visual style, and it actually made use of it to convey a message at least once.
The action was solid, the characters seem interesting, and crazy, and over the top…
Yeah, this is what a popcorn show should be like. Heck yeah.