ID: Invaded started off with one of the most interesting scenes I have seen in awhile.
As a person who had absolutely zero information what the show was about, the opening sequence of the show left me completely unknowing of the situation. Regardless of this disadvantage, the show was immediately able to hook me with the visuals.
Just like how the main guy is left without his memories, we are too, left without any notice of what is happening. There were almost no explanation on the surroundings nor the reason for him being here. For awhile, the viewers and the main characters are stuck without any prior knowledge, causing us to direct all of the attention to exploring the world that has been left with us. I think this was a really exciting way for the show to start off, especially because the presentation of the world visually through the artwork and camera work that really flowed well together. The way that he caught the shoe after kicking it off the wall, or stretching it out to grab another part of the house were cool to see visually.
Many talked about how the first few minutes were awesome while the rest of the show was left with bore. Although I agree that the first few minutes were definitely the highlights of the show, I don’t necessarily think that the rest of the show was boring or confusing. Many seemed to be complaining about the fact that the show is very dialogue heavy within the police investigation room. While I agree and understand this, because of the confusion from the start of the episode along with how interested I was at the show conceptually, the expositions were something that I welcomed. Granted, this may be because I went in to this show completely blind and had no clue what was happening in the first five minutes other than “this looks hella cool” but I believe that going with the “show don’t tell” would have just left me more confused that I needed to be. Although I do like it when shows don’t treat their viewers as they are stupid, what I like more is when a show knows when to be artful and when to bring it down a little. In fact, in this show, I think they choose the right time to bring in the dialogue. Right as I got used to the world a little and saw the bloody girl lying on the floor (which left me with more confusion as I’m not a genius detective), the show gave the viewers explanation. So I felt it was more like my curiosities were being relieved rather than interrupted. And just finding out that this is a mind of some serial killer just got me really interested.
This worlds that they showed alone in the first 2 episodes were extremely interesting. I would go so far to say that this interesting concept is what makes up the show as a whole. Throughout the episodes, they showed two different worlds with the split up bodies and the drills, both reflecting the state of the criminal that they were chasing. The whole setting over all was just really interesting. The futuristic set-up of the office looked fine. Since it is a world where you can materialize the minds of criminals through advanced scientific advancements I don’t hate how they designed it like a normal sci-fi control room. Though I would have liked it if they made it more closely related to the materialization concept or something. But hey, I can’t think of anything specific so I don’t blame them.
The way they dealt with the crime flowed very smoothly in and out of the dream world and the outside world. The way how the police room was jargon heavy and tense while the dream world was somewhat tense was a good contrast that got more wanting to be invested in the show a little more
But it wasn’t as though the show was perfect. Although conceptually and visually it was able to hook me in, I found that how they handled the events and the characters in the show (who were mostly unappealing or boring) were all very bothersome. For example, the actions of the police officers really pissed me off as they were extremely amateurish. Starting from the girl character that seems to be more dumb than brave to the vertern who is leaving a rookie officer alone, vulnerable to attack when he clearly knows that the criminal is near by. He also does something “against the regulation” but he faced no punishment at all nor is it even mentioned later. This may be handled in the next episode as we don’t really get a full look at the aftermath of the event, but I’m highly doubtful that the show is going to. It’s not as though it is too big of a deal, but it gets harder for me to fully invest myself emotionally to an event when I don’t know what consequences are happening to those who are arrested or those who go out of regulations. Anyways, I expect that this show will never really look at the aftermaths or recall past criminals when handling such issues very often.
I’m also curious as to why the guy is actually doing all of this. From the show we know that he murdered someone, but he isn’t given much of a reason to help out the police. Much of the later bit may focus on his reason for doing so like a possible shortening of his sentence, trying to find someone, trying to look in his own mind or something like that. They also didn’t explain why it was his elbow that was missing in that world even though he seemed to wonder about it. But I guess that was just random.
But more than all that, the far the worst part of the first episode was the rookie police girl. I hated the newby girl character. Characters like this are always seen in shows like this. I really don’t want her to be annoyingly push her idea of “justice” when the show can look into the interesting concepts that it has at hand. But the way she was captured immediately didn’t really made me care whatever happened to her. I’m going to be pissed later on if she starts fighting the main guy because he “was a criminal” or something like that. Although this type of thing is probably inevitable if the righteous girl is one of the central characters of the show. Hopefully they can make her more than just a righteous Mary Sue character before something like this happens.
Although there are such flaws the concept itself is interesting enough to make me continue watching the show. So I suggest those of you who like these sci-fi type of shows and this concept sounds interesting to you, you should check this show out.
nekopara was okay. i thought it would be about a guy fucking his cats, but unforunately this show ended up showing some like normie shit about a guy grooming his cats. from what i could tell, this is some like slice of life shit….. i think like the cats are doing work and running a shop, and then they find a shota cat? something like that… honestly i think that shows like this are not good because they don’t develop their characters, and it’s just overall the characters are nothing but typical anime character archetypes like the tsundere or the genki girl. the main problem that i find with shows like these are that they confuse iyashikei(psychologically “healing” shows) to boring garbage nothingness. It’s not enough to just have characters with no personality acting out the same, tired out jokes that a million other anime have done. Of course, maybe I’d have a different opinion on this show if i actually watched it, but i’m a busy man with better priorities.
Edy: The trailer’s visuals doesn’t look too appealing. Although many may not mind these types of art style, the character designs with more rigid corners have always been something that bothered me. The colors, although are fine, do not seem very special and rather boring. However, the director of this show, Oomori Takahiro, did quite a bit of notable shows such as Durarara! or Baccano! which also had similar visuals. So hopefully, the show can compare to the directors former works. I’ll try out but this show will most likely not be mind blowing or anything. I’m usually not a fan of these types of thrillers because they never really end up being that good most of the time by being just a serious show that I can’t really take seriously.
Jun: I will be your pet if you reblog this post
Edy: Nekopara was originally an eroge visual novel. And just like its original, this show looks like its nothing more than a fanservice show. But admittedly the show, based on the PV only, doesn’t look bad in terms of the animation and visuals. The colors and character design completely fit with what the show should be and the staff seems to have a good grasp on the concept. I will watch this show since it looks fine (but definitely not because it looks like a cute fanservice show)
Jun: Hopefully this is an adaptation of the original and not the steam version.
Edy: This show looks like another example of a some-what ambitious show that will most likely not be good due to the lack of budget, time and effort. The genre that its listed as is “Shounen, Ecchi, Action” and those types of shows are usually very low effort aimed at an obvious target audience. The character designs also has that modern isekai anime like art-style that looks fine but is nothing very special.
Edy: Looks like a fun mystery/supernatural show. I might start reading the manga just because of the manga character designs that look really nice looking at illustrations. The art seems as though it translated very well. Hopefully this comes out fun and becomes something like a slightly darker Noragami.
Somali to Mori no Kamisama:
Edy: Reading the summary, I had almost no expectations for this show. I’ve seen this type of plot too many times and never have they been executed properly to be enjoyed. But once I watched the trailer I actually ended up being interested in the aesthetics of the anime. The color palette and the background felt very calming and supportive of the plot. Of course I don’t know if this show will be entertaining but the shows aesthetics alone is enough for me to try the show out.
Jun: Sorry, I need to prepare for my next review
Edy: Darwin’s game looks as though it can be fun in concept. A survival game with a phone app with some crazy girl and a retarded looking guy. It’s probably going to have the same appeal as Mirai Nikki. The thing is, however, I did not enjoy Mirai Nikki a single bit. It was too edgy for me and I was not very entertained by the whole psycho feeling that they went with. Moreover, although I did read a few chapters of the manga, the way that the manga told the story was a little bit too hectic for me. Seeing that the animation on the trailer doesn’t look very good either, I have a feeling I still find the anime to be very hectic just like the manga.
Jun: Did you know Charles Robert Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science (Wikipedia)
Jun: CG Anime that has animation that looks way too choppy and the character designs look hella rough and pointy. When a show looks this bad, I don’t care how good the story is, I’d rather read the original adaptation, or just skip it entirely. There’s no way I’m going to subject myself to torture by looking at these visuals for longer than 10 seconds.
Edy: I have and always will hate CG anime.
Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita:
Edy: Having read the manga, I can say that a lot of people will find this show funny and enjoyable. The concept and the interesting aspect of it is very similar to Kaguya-sama. However, here, the two main characters, who are scientists, try to explain their love through science and math. Things like, the reaction after events and and reasons why they get embarrassed are analysed in such an over the top way that its becomes really funny. The anime’s art style is a little bit disappointing but if it can deliver the manga’s jokes well I’ll be satisfied. The voice actor is Amamiya Sora and I’ll be interested to see her first main role in a while since Aqua.
Jun: I want a girlfriend
Edy: This looks like a bootleg combination of literally every single isekai show. The art style is extremely generic and the story is going to extremely generic. Although there is not a single reason why one would watch this show over any other isekai show (which in-fact are everywhere now) I will watch this for the memes. Hopefully it’s as good as Arifureta or Goblin Slayer.
Jun: Instead of infinite dendrogram i want SAO 9 $$$$ 😘😘😘😘
Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun:
Jun: The Original character designs actually don’t look that bad, and Lerche is probably the perfect studio to adapt the art style, since the shows they always produce have thick lines, like Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. Lerche has for the most part produced boring garbage though, and looking at the director’s mediocre past, I wouldn’t get my hopes too high for this.
Edy: The manga is pretty cute. The character design looks good too. Looking at just the trailer, I’m really in to the art style and just the aesthetics themselves. As a person who read the manga I am happy that the art of the manga translated really well. High hopes.
Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi:
Edy: STUDIO DEEN IS BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL FORM. THIS LOOKS LIKE FATE/STAY NIGHT
Jun: Studio Deen makes shit shows dude
Edy: Looks like boring youjo senki. The show’s trailer also has a bunch of CG shot even though its a short trailer. Being a plane anime, it’s probably going to have a bunch of janky CG shots, and horrible animation. I have almost no hopes in this being any pleasant to watch – both animation and plot wise.
Jun: A long time ago, I wanted to be a pilot.
Edy: This looks like it won’t be too special. There have been so many different cute girls show every season, many never really straying too far from the original formula. Because of this, many of these shows are never mind blowingly good. But a pro is that they are never usually too bad. Hopefully this show can be as good as Yuru Yuri or Yuru Camp, in that case I will be overjoyed.
Jun: Probably will be another run of the mill slice of life show. Probably along the lines of Comic Girls and Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!(The latter of which looks exactly the same as this show).
Edy: It looks like a some-what interesting show that will get literally no attention because it is an original show. The trailer looks really cool and has really interesting visual. The whole sci-fi feeling of it along with the jumbled town looks really cool. But I have no idea what its about or what it will be about. Looks cool though.
Jun: PVs so far have shown absolutely nothing, but considering the director being Masaaki Yuasa, and the original work’s popularity, I’m pretty sure this show is going to be good and most definitely popular. If you like any of Masaaki’s previous works, then this is the show to look out for next season.
Edy: It’s about an anime about making anime. My favourite show is also an anime about making anime. This one is also by Masaaki Yuasa. So I am very excited for this show.
Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu:
Edy: This show looks really bad. The characters look ugly, the animation are janky (in fact there are almost no animation,) and the plot doesn’t look any interesting to cover the lacking bits of the show. Of course, the plot doesn’t tell us how good a show is going to be, but shows like this depend a lot of the likability of the characters and the likability of the characters depend a lot on the art and visuals, which this show clearly does not have.
Jun: looks like fuckin garbage
Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu.
Edy: This anime is a cute girl fighting with shield show with an SAO plot. Just by looking at it it’s obvious that Sliver Link made this show to make merch of the main girl. But to me, her outfit looks really ugly and doesn’t match her character at all. The show also looks really generic too… The only way that the show can be any good is if I find the girl cute, but she looks and seems like any shy, clumsy character from any cute girls show. Jun: looks like fuckin garbage + its silver link
Edy: The trailer literally shows a repeat of the characters standing with their names and voice actors. Animation wise and plot wise I have absolutely no idea what it’s going to be about. But based on the title, characters and the very little information given in the trailer, this show is probably going to be able some magician! Frankly this looks like a generic, randomly, episodic slice of life show that I wouldn’t care about at all.
Jun: looks like fuckin garbage
Runway de Waratte
Edy: One of my favorite mangas that will probably will end as one of my least favorite anime. The characters look nothing like I expected. The voices don’t match the characters at all. The most interesting thing about the show, the clothes, look like they aren’t fabric because of the weird lighting in the cloth. It looks exactly like Go-Toubun no Hanayome, and I hated that shows design and colors. I hope the PV was some mistake. I am in complete denial.
Jun: haha i love when good manga get adapted into clearly garbage shows
Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei:
Edy: The show doesn’t actually sound too bad based on the trailer and the MAL summary itself. Two handsome guys solving jewelry related crime cases with psychological aspects in it. Sounds like a cool show that can either be really interesting or really boring. The animation of the other hand looks like something I would despise. It has the very old shoujo looks with long-faced-glitter-eyed-ikemen. I am not expecting myself to enjoy watching this show and will probably get frustrated by the visuals itself.
Jun : Looks like garbage
Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu:
Edy: I hate idol shows. I have never found any idol shows good. But a majority of this was because of the fact that idol shows have a bunch of janky CG dance sequences. If the show does not have CG dances, as seen on the PV, it may be nice. But looking at the preview, the show seems to have some… problems with its animations.
Jun : it’s not cg oh my god oh my oh my oh my !!!!!!!!!!
Oh wait it looks like garbage
Edy: The cover looks really pretty and the PV also looks really pretty. It’s an A-1 music show so I’m not expecting the show to be good at all, but since it looks pretty I’ll watch it.
Jun: damn the cover looks kinda hot, maybe i’ll look at it later
Edy: Rugby anime sounds kinda cool. But the problem is that this show is obviously aimed at a female audience and a female audience only. I’m calling it now, this will be bootleg free! but with rugby.
Jun: I am man
Edy: There is like no information about this show what so ever. No trailer, no staff information, no summary. But the cover looks cool and the type of art style looks really calming. This may be a short but it looks like something I’ll try because of the aesthetics.
A3! Season Spring & Summer
Edy: Theatre anime sounds kinda cool. But the problem is that this show is obviously aimed at a female audience and a female audience only. I’m calling it now, this will be bootleg free! but with acting.
Murenase! Seton Gakuen
Edy: Another episodic school comedy show. The art style looks normal, the plot looks normal. Basically everything about the show just looks like an okay show that’s nothing special that won’t get any attention from the larger crowd. The concept of it is like a school with animals with one human joining a wolf pack of something.
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Goblin Slayer was one of the most popular shows last fall in 2018, with lots of conversation rising from its opening episode that was taken quite controversially within some communities. Read my take on the show to help you figure out if this show is worth your time or not.
Note: This review was written quite a while ago during the time that this show aired, and was originally written to fit to the traditional MAL review format. This is only a review of the first episode, I didn’t go beyond that point(and have no intention in doing so).
Goblin Slayer is a shitty edgelord anime that is nothing special, except this one is ‘brave’ enough to include a rape scene right at the first episode. Now personally, I don’t have anything against rape fetishes, monster fetishes, and nothing against shows that choose include those, but the way that this show uses it to attempt to shock the viewer is laughable. The character that the main girl first gets into a team with are a bunch of idiots, that clearly have no idea what they’re doing, going into a dungeon that is way above their level. But if the foreshadowing that is provided by the show isn’t enough, the characters’ personalities, appearances and dynamics are so generic even in this show, that it’s plainly obvious that something bad is going to happen.
I don’t think that it’s a bad idea to use rape as a shock factor to try and pull viewers in. In fact, I think it’s a completely valid method, but with how unlikable the characters are, you’d have a better shot at being surprised by looking at monster rape porn, which is going to be both more well drawn and appealing to you if you’re into those genres. I’ll end this section with a great quote from Digibro. “The rape wasn’t even that good!”
Also, this is probably something that just applies to me, but the dialogue, especially the character Goblin Slayer’s, feels just slightly off and overly dramatic in the most subtle ways, that months after watching the first episode, Edy and I ended up referencing some random shit like “A lot.“
Ugly characters and art, accompanied with inconsistent animation. Goblin Slayer tries to act cooler and smarter than it actually is by having important scenes in black and white with only some things like blood colored in, which is fine in it of itself but there’s also other stuff that’s colored in like someone’s clothing or eyes, and it’s different for every person. This obviously doesn’t have any significant meaning, and is rather just for aesthetic purposes, but it ends up being distracting to the viewer and doesn’t even look that good. It makes no sense, and clearly this anime just trying to pull a shaft without knowing what the hell they’re actually doing. The anime also puts on that terrified, contorted face whenever they can, and just like 99% of the other shows that use the expression, it makes the show look and feel like garbage.
I’ve seen bits and pieces of the second episode, which introduces a childhood friend character, and her tits are just way too fucking big, it’s distracting and the way it’s animated just looks stupid and out of place. This anime is also filled with tons and tons of CG, and even the main goblin slayer character is CG most of the time when we see him walk around, so we can tell just how much the staff cared about making this show look good.
I hate this show.
I love this anime- my doctor gave me a proscription for Ambien to help me fall asleep, but I just fire up Goblin Slayer instead and save so much money on proscriptions to help me sleep! Thank you Goblin Slayer!
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Haikyuu has never failed to let their fans down in any of its seasons. It has always been consistently good at keeping the fans excited with its tension created by the story and animation. The fourth season takes place after a hard fought match against Shiratorizawa, where they will be now training for the nationals. Obviously many will be excited to see the continuation of one of the most popular sports anime ever made. However, one thing that worries me is that change in director for this show. With the show getting a new director it’s possible that a show takes a slightly different approach. However, as the new director worked on previous Haikyuu seasons and as the PV shows that the show will have identical animations, the possibility of error seems slim. Because I don’t read the messiness that is the manga, I don’t know what’s going to happen. However, looking at the preview alone, they are in a training camp of some sort where Kageyama has been selected as a national representative. The competition between Kageyama and Hinata was already an interesting aspect in the show, so I’m excited to see how they handle that with Kageyama looking as though he is a few steps ahead. Overall, this show will definitely be a must watch for the fans of the original.
5-toubun no Hanayome 2nd season
Last year, 5-toubun no Hanayome gather huge attention with its interesting aspect of “guessing the bride” concept. The biggest topic of that season was most definitely, “who is the better quint.” With every chapters of the manga recently gaining extreme amount of popularity, the show definitely seems as though many will be talking about it. However, with art that still doesn’t look good, if the animation failures like last year continues to occur this season, it will most likely be hard to watch the show. With even the fans of the original manga being doubtful of the anime’s capabilities, I advise you to just read the manga if you plan on watching and haven’t already.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T
This show is a sequel of the spin off series from the Index franchise. As a person who is not the biggest fan of the Index franchise, I still have not watched this spin off series. However, seeing it being a 2-cour show, it probably has a lot of care put in to it from the studio in charge.
The spin off of the Madoka series, based on the game Magia Record will surely garner fans of the original hit-series, Madoka. The show has an almost identical character design compared to the original and a stacked cast which shows that shaft is confident in the success of the show. However, there are some worrisome factors with the show. For example, the director is new and Urobuchi Gen is no longer a part of the writing crew. However, it being shaft, there is a possibility that they pull of the show well. To read a more extensive preview of the show click here.
Isekai Quartet 2nd Season
With shield hero being added to the crew, Isekai Quartet is going to be more crazier than the first season. As the perfect way to spend a few empty 10 minutes, Isekai Quartet had many funny jokes that highlighted the traits of each show. There were, however, some jokes that many expected that didn’t appear in the first season. For example, the voice actor reference with Takahashi Rie was one that almost everyone expected as Megumin and Emilia are both voice by her. I’m not surprised this show got a new season at all since the first season was popular and the show looks rather cheaper to make. Honestly, with the show being centered around characters and character interactions of already established characters, I don’t see how they show will be any worse or better than the first season unless they run out of ideas to make jokes with (which is probably why they added shield hero.)
Heya Camp, the spin off to the comfiest show on Earth, Yuru-Camp, is another show to watch out for this season. Yuru-camp was extremely popular due to its unique chill atmosphere and its fun character interactions with fun characters. If those were some of the factors that you enjoyed in Yuru-camp, you will most likely enjoy this show as well as long as something goes wrong. To clarify, Heya Camp isn’t the second season of the show but the spin off to the show. Based on the title, the show will most likely be a series of shorts that is centered around the activities of the club members within the club room and school. However, the show has completely different directors from the first season, even though the studio that is in charge is the same. Many times shorts that are spin offs usually do not get the amount of care and budget that goes into the main title. With other OVAs of the series being rather satisfactory, I have high hopes that this show will follow as well. As a fan of the original show, I will most definitely watch this show to see the new interactions between the characters I love.
BanG Dream Season 3
I don’t know who still watches this show, but the CG looks really really bad. I doubt anyone would even be watching this show unless they are a huge fan of the game already.
Magia Record, a spin-off of the famous Madoka Magica is soon to air. But is it worth your time, or a simple cash grab? Read the two of our takes on this season’s most anticipated anime.
One of the main appeals of the original series was that a show that was originally advertised as a ‘somewhat strange but happy magical girl show’ ended up being a batshit crazy dark magical girl show. The twist was what captivated most people to watch the show, but in Magia Record, it will be near impossible to have a twist that’s even half as shocking as the original, with everyone’s expectation of a crazy sequel to Madoka. But of course, the twist wasn’t carrying this Magia’s predecessor, but it still means that this series will have to come up with a different appeal(unless it plans on piggybacking on Madoka as a quick cash grab, which is unlikely since it’s being produced by Shaft, a studio that in the bare minimum has produced shows with obvious care into them, plus this show is 2-cour).
This show is obviously going to sell; its predecessor is the 23rd most high grossing anime of all time, making $36 million in box office. It’s the most anticipated non-direct sequel of the upcoming season, and Shaft is pushing its release with countless TV advertisements. The show also looks exactly like Madoka, and although none of the characters from the previous show won’t have an appearance(at least as main characters), the character designs are obviously made to look similar enough to the previous show that you could confuse the main girl for Madoka. The character designer, Gekidan Inu Curry, is the same, the aesthetic is the same, and the show’s voice acting cast is totally stacked– the show looks extremely appealing upon first glance. However, when one takes a deeper look into the released details of the show, there are some differences between the original and this spin-off that are worth noting.
First of all, Urobuchi Gen, aka “the Butcher”, the main writer of Madoka who came up with its crazy marketing scheme, the twists and wrote other famous shows such as Fate/Zero, is non existent within Magia Record’s staff. Furthermore, Madoka’s director Akiyuki Shinbo, a director who is well known even within the western community, only plays the role of animation check for Magia Record. And who’s taking up these vital positions, director and writer for Magia Record? Well, it’s the character designer, Gekidan Inu Curry. And as far as I can tell, it’s not only his first time directing anything, but his entire career seems to be art-focused. I’m not saying that Curry has no chance to make this show good. In fact, I think it’s within the realm of possibility. But when the role of both Director and Writer* is pushed onto the original’s character designer, it does make me question this anime’s promise.
If you didn’t know, Magia Record is an adaptation of a spin-off mobile game to Madoka. I’ve played a little bit of the game, and it’s clear that the writing is nowhere near as good as Urobuchi Gen’s. Maybe it’s my distaste for visual novels, but the writing felt slow and exhausting. On top of that, the limited 2.5D animation and limited facial expressions really made the whole read amateurish, but with this anime’s visuals, at least there will be something interesting to look at while consuming the story.
It’s already a well-known fact that mobile game anime adaptations end up being complete garbage most of the time, but maybe Shaft will outdo themselves again, and on top of the strange staff arrangement, they’ll create a genuinely good product. I mean, the visuals look pretty good, and the main dark appeal of Madoka seems to be there. But for now, it’s probably best to lower your expectations for this show.
*On top of director, writer and character design, Curry is also in charge of series composition. And looking at the things he worked on for Madoka Magica, he’s probably going to be working on special effects and background art as well. Maybe Curry was inspired by Birdman’s Riggan Thomson, because this is starting to look like a one-man product.
A spin off to the ever-popular “Madoka Series” is bound to keep people excited for next season. Just by looking at the trailer, you can easily see the reasons for why people are excited about this new 2-cour show. First, the visuals look stellar and is essentially a replica of the original show. Certainly the visuals don’t seem as though it will let its loyal fans down. Shaft’s signature animation and colors – the mixing in aspects of realism and animation along with the unique atmosphere that the distant, almost otherworldly colors create – is so noticeable within the trailer and seeing it here makes my heart race with excitement. The music in the show seems impeccable as well. The trailer features an orchestral composition in the trailer which reminds me of the BGM in the Monogatari Series or other Madoka shows. With ClariS in charge of what seems to be a good ED in the trailer and TrySail in charge of theOP, the music does not seem to be something to be worried about. Moreover, the show’s cast is stacked with big name voice actors such as Sakura Ayane, Ogura Yui, Amamiya Sora and Hanazawa Kana and more, the show may even draw viewers just because of fans who are interested in hearing their voices in Madoka. Of course, with such a successful prequel it’s understandable why they would go all in with the cast. After all, the name Madoka itself with draw viewers automatically.
However, what I worry about thought is none of these aspects; what may be lacking is the story and the inability to follow up with its prequel. First, none of the cast that made the original show good are still here. Second, it is a game adaptation. For example, director Shinbou Akiyuki, who directed the original Madoka is now there with the role of “Animation Check.” The writer or the original Madoka, Urobuchi Gen is also nowhere to be seen. What I’m afraid of in this situation is the possibility of this show also going through the tragedy which psycho-pass went through. Psycho-Pass was another show which had unbelievably high reviews with a very loyal fanbase. However, with Urobuchi Gen getting off the series in the second season, they ended up creating one of the worst sequels in animation history. But that’s not to say the show will be bad. The director of the show has worked on many other shaft shows with character designs, background art, art director, and more. Because he has worked on the original Madoka as the character designer and key animator, he most likely has a good grasp of the show and the direction it needs to head towards. So even though this is his first work as a director, I’m very excited to see how he does with the new show. Having never played the game, I can’t judge whether the game’s story is good or not, however, seeing FGO or Bang Dream’s adaptation, I’m doubtful a good game adaptation can even be created. Hopefully Shaft gets it done.