Yuri, Dolls, and Yokai, Oh My – Bleh, Anime First Impressions (Can You Guess the Series?)
That’s odd, judging from the first few minutes of this show, I thought it was going to be a relatively happy-go-lucky show. And with a name like “Kamisama Dolls”, was there really an expectation for something a tad bit dark and mysterious? Kyouhei’s got his work cut out for him. He has to deal with a psychotic childhood friend who thinks his hometown village is twisted as well as try to control his sister, who’s surely enamored with her “onii-chan”. Besides, he’s got to woo his lady-friend Shiba.
I’m sorry to admit that I have not watched the first two seasons of Natsume Yuuchinjou. But from what I’ve seen so far, there’ll be no need to backtrack at the moment as the show does a good job of introducing the characters and the world they’re in. Natsume Yuuchinjou was first serialized in a shoujo magazine, I believe, and so I find it interesting that I’m becoming hooked to the show. The opening and ending sequences aren’t anything spectacular – they’re your obligatory guitar-twanging pop songs – but they do a good job of fitting in with the anime’s mood. It’s calm and serene, something I’d like to watch whenever I want to unwind.
Natsume Yuuchinjou’s a fascinating specimen. The last time I remember an anime striking a chord with me like this was Nodame Cantabile. And then I proceeded to marathon all three seasons of it, even the horrible Paris season. Ugh – what a mistake that one was. Leaving old feelings aside, I can’t wait to see what’s next for this show and I hope that the backgrounds continue to be this lush and paint-like.
The contrast between the violence and the humor-focused bits in KamiDolls is going to be a tedious thing to maintain I think. The show is going to lean towards one or the other, inherently. A balance will be found if they manage to execute things in a flawless manner and I’m putting my faith in them for now.
Last but not least, it’s Yuri Yuri, a show that’s aptly named for its subject matter. There’s been no shoujo-ai as of yet, but taking Kyouko’s fascination with Miraku-chan and Chinatsu into account, you’d be dead stupid not to expect it. I’m not even sure if I’m going to review this any further as it’s bound to be a big senseless pile of dribble. Oh, but what fun it’ll be!
I feel bad for the main character. She’s already getting overshadowed by her co-cast.
And with that- on to the mado scientisto post. The impressions for the next few episodes should become increasingly suited to you, the readers’, taste over time as I’m getting things sorted out at the moment.
‘Till then, short and sweet. Cheers.