Nakamura Yuuichi’s characters are consistently portrayed as some badass, although I’ve nothing against it. (He sort of is one, in real life.) Mahouka takes it to unbelievable levels that would make everyone in Kill la Kill want to hug Shiba Tatsuya in hopes of absorbing his powers through osmosis and romance. The only time I know Nakamura’s been some variant of a soft foppy plantain bastard, are the few scenes in Uta no Prince-Sama 1000% I randomly stumble upon on youtube. But that’s not him being a bastard, that was him being a trap. The themes contained therein however are not exactly my kind of thing. It’s probably being deceptive as usual however. The last show I veered away from in repulsion due to its artwork was Princess Princess, a pointy-chin anime filled with handsome young men dressed as girls. It ended up being a decent show. At least I didn’t need someone or some contraption to hold me down while watching it. Surprisingly, that wasn’t my first introduction to traps, despite being released way before OtoBoku, which was my first trap sighting.
It sure didn’t take long for the fan art to depict the Shiba siblings as Kyousuke and Ayase from OreImo. I’m fairly certain that anyone who reads my site already knows who the VAs are, but in the case you don’t know, the seiyuu connection is Nakamura Yuuchi (Kyousuke) and Hayami Saori (Ayase).
Mahouka has been quite enjoyable for reasons unrelated to action. While there’s a quick scene of action when Tatsuya and Miyuki visit a temple, the action is in the tension that’s been slowly building around the school. For some reason, it’s always been easy for me to swallow stories that are about discrimination and societal themes. It feels ambiguous enough from most interpersonal drama I suppose. Sometimes I really dislike it when I do decide to watch a show that’s clearly about character drama and that other factors that attracted me end up riding in the backseat. It’s always been that way. I simply don’t like character drama unless the execution and the script line up to provide some modicum of equal element. This is a weird place to acknowledge it, but in this respect, that is why Silver Spoon ranks quite high on my list, where character development was well done mostly when it needed to be and had no high-speed combat action to get in the way.
The plot seems to be slow for now, despite what seems to be happening in episode 5. The main other reason I’ve been continuing to watch has been the consistent art. At least it hasn’t abused dutch angles to the extreme like Togainu no Chi does. The 3-episode test also works fine here. I don’t understand how 2013 had the most series I had to watch past the 3rd episode to see if I want to continue. Must’ve been a fluke, because everything in 2014 has returned to normal.
As a result of things normalizing this year, I’m very disappointed in Black Bullet. I’ll continue trying to watch and cover that show, but holy cow its been hard to watch. It’s pacing is bad. Very bad. I have to admit defeat. I was suspicious of Hitsugi no Chaika, and excited for Black Bullet.. and by episode 5, it’s reversed directions and gone one hundred miles. I love Chaika to bits, and Rentarou is a bad person. So bad. As in poorly-written bad.
Sorry. I just haven’t had this strong of quality whiplash in a while.
In other news, Nakamura Yuuichi is doing another season of Tokyo Encounter with Sugita Tomokazu this month. Fuck yeah.
My desire to pat Nakajo Azusa on the head has reached its zenith. There’s simply no way a secretary should be allowed to have such a cute haircut. Too bad her screen time is horrendous.