Yeah. Really. Wow. Uh. Dang. That’s half of a lemon. Not exactly the omurice we’ve seen like in Koufuku Graffiti.
As much as this show is one of those shows where you’re watching it anyway because you’ve read the manga, and are curious how the team behind its production are doing, this is one of those moments where you either get angry or sad. For me, I’m just sort of sad. However, am I really that disappointed in the show? Not really, because the manga itself wasn’t some kind of bastion for sakuga either. Denpa Kyoushi’s original manga art was wanting. Still. I don’t think it’s anything to get worked up over. I just sort of laughed at this image and moved on.
If you want to focus on something else, how about that little sister, Suzune? While her VA (Matsui Rena) is obviously a newbie, which isn’t inherently bad, she’s probably within spitting distance of Kamiya Hiroshi (e.g. Hiroomi Souma from Working!!, Itoshiki Nozomu from Zetsubou Sensei and more recently Orihara Izaya from Durara!) when they recorded these episodes. Unless you’ve got the experience, anyone will stick out against a veteran of the seiyuu industry. If you stuck her in a room with similarly skilled seiyuu… she’d probably mix in.
It’s seriously not as bad as you think. At least we’re not getting another Melody of Oblivion.
Almost wanted to punch myself for remembering Melody of Oblivion. But there you have it. Yes, I’m comparing that show to half of a lemon (omurice), and the lemon is a far more enjoyable experience.
No, there’s no actual graffiti in Koufuku Graffiti. But there’s tons of shots where it’s like watching those Pantene Pro V commercials, with girls sultrily swoofing their hair through the air. It’s silly. Perhaps the only reason why it feels so gratuitous is because SHAFT can’t help over doing it. The two most common reaction I have to these kind of scenes: Balling up my right hand into a fist and pressing it against my mouth as if in shock, but instead am trying to prevent a giant shit-eating grin, or simply strongly leaning backwards in my chair while brandishing my teeth in apparent disgust or awe.
I’m not sure who.. no, I know exactly who is watching is show and whom the show is targetting. But I wouldn’t pin down the reasons, because frankly, the only apparent substance to the show is in the presentation alone. The visuals are vibrant and decently animated. This shouldn’t be a surprise when SHAFT is involved. SHAFT’s prowess in delivering a low tempo show came to bear during Hidamari Sketch, one of the few shows that really lends itself to their production style.
But there’s limited character development. The only thing that seemed to be a point, is that Kirin is some sort of catalyst for inducing fuwa fuwa and poka poka feelings during heart-warming scenes. And there’s also the close-ups on the lips while they eat. Mmhmm. Totally not sexually suggestive.
It’s definitely the one show this season that I can watch with very minimal emotion investment or intellectual processing. No need to psyche myself up to be in the mood.
Nonaka Ai’s voice, man. Just always seems to sound like Fuura Kafuka to me 100 percent of the time. Although I do visualize Touwa Meme because that character was even more memorable than Kafuka was.