Amagami SS #01 — Miya no Baka Niinii Onii-chan

July 1st, 2010

 

Ow. Stop. Please. You’re hurting my brain.

Impressions:

Good god. I feel sorry for ragging on Ookami-san for an uninspired 12 minutes of introduction now. This was 24 minutes of the most generic drivel that I could imagine. From start to finish, it was literally a parade of Niinii Junichi just running into a parade of all the women that he’s going to be seducing. We had it all. The sister waking him up, the pervert friend, the lontime friend at lunch, helping some other girl that he happened to pass by, knocking a girl over in the library, etc. Meanwhile, he just stammers and nods and gets dragged along by whichever one this arc is going to be about, even before she know his name… because they know that he’s a nice guy given the feminine instincts bestowed on them by the all-powerful ovary. I actually prefer T&A to this kind of pandering. At least that has overtures of trying to be amusing instead of half-assed attempts to tug at the heartstrings over a love affair between Generic Girl #107 and Eeyore.

Okay, that’s starting to get a little overly testy. It wasn’t an abjectly horrible first episode, but Bakaniinii is a whiny angsting loser that the women are already literally throwing themselves on within minutes of meeting him in order to carry on completely one-sided conversations… or talking about how she can feel his warmth through his stuff, and the entire thing could be the biggest ball of bad cliches that I’ve seen in years. "I barely know you… but boy do I love rubbing your junk on my face." Multiple entendres fully intended. There is no part of this that is remotely creative or unique in any way whatsoever. We are well past the critical mass of having fun with or subverting cliches and out into the other world where there’s nothing left but a soulless production. About the only two vaguely noteworthy things in the whole mess are Bakanii floating in space like he’s having some kind of Gundam dream, and him getting shot down at the end after Haruka spent half a minute vicariously rubbing his stuff on her.

The art’s decent, but AIC does absolutely nothing ambitious at all. The music was probably stolen from any number of other identical shows as well, although there are suspiciously long periods of silence. If you’ve never seen a show like this, then I question how you ended up on my blog, but moreover, there’s absolutely nothing here that you haven’t seen before and seen done better. This strikes me as a soullessly generic show with yet another worthless male lead who has women throw themselves at him… and I highly doubt it’s going to end in bloodshed either.

Preview:

Give up on her and bang your sister already.

Posted in Anime | 25 Comments »

25 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Scamp says:

    Have AIC ever done anything imaginative with their animation? No really. Not looking for Madhouse levels of experimentation but at least JC Staff throws up the odd watercolor background

  • zalkor says:

    Is it really that shocking that this is generic ?
    It is based on a game (is it hentai ?)….

    I have decided not to watch but follow your suffering instead.

  • Aroduc says:

    It’s all in the execution. Kimikiss was basically the exact same thing by source, but its first episode was almost nothing like this.

  • Aroduc says:

    Overrun last season was certainly imaginative. Not always in a particularly good way, but one of sins wasn’t generic visual presentation. Most of their subdivisions also do good visual work (Art Design Class, Ga-Rei, Tokyo Majin, etc).

  • Bill says:

    AIC had a lot of creative talent during the 80s (OVAs) and even through the 90s, which were already lacklustre for them. Over the last decade though, they seem to have lost those employees and have settled for general mediocrity, although I wouldn’t say they’re particularly bad. There’re so many crap studios (and they seem to be springing up all the time even as the market conditions worsen?) out there that I’m happy enough with mediocre.

  • Scamp says:

    Huh, I stand corrected. I’d forgotten they had all those subdivisions like AIC+ and Asta

  • Nanaya says:

    I read through the manga of one of the amagi series and liked it, ENTIRELY due to the heroine being borderline-psychopathic with mental/emotional dependency issues, so if they go along with that angle it might be an interesting watch. Otherwise, not touching it.

  • zalkor says:

    Kimikiss was nice because of its multiple male leads.

  • Let's face it says:

    We’re all just watching this because of Kaoru’s sexy hair.

  • Jack Damn says:

    – It is quite refreshing to seem most black hair.
    – Pass.

  • amyable says:

    This. The exposition is bland and generic, but hopefully they don’t deviate from the manga too much. If everything holds to form, the shy-at-first-glance love interest will reveal herself to be a crazy, two-faced, awesome-in-every-way dominatrix. Keep your fingers crossed!

  • Jack Damn says:

    “seem” = see | “most” = “mostly”

  • Silentbrick says:

    Maybe Alois can come gouge out his eyes? That might be amusing.

  • Chen says:

    Aroduc is comely on the outside and lonely on the inside. True story.

  • Aroduc says:

    Yeah, and that just makes me look forward to this one’s omnibus version where it’s going to reboot every month even less. Oh boy, another intro episode every four weeks. Ugh.

  • amyable says:

    So, from what I’ve heard, Tsukasa (the crazy one) wasn’t even in this episode. Looks like I’ll be checking out.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ll at least give it points for the format. And delicious sex hair.

  • The Phantom says:

    Meh, generic but whatever, I will watch it until the bloody/violent series take over.

  • TOKWA says:

    It’s not generic at all! Aroduc-nii-nii no baka!!!

  • Aroduc says:

    I should ban your entire country for that.

  • Yue says:

    That’s sooo funny, a stunning turn~around for such audacity to mock a god…

    …but geo~blocking IPs is far, far more painful than having one’s nuts crushed while stuck on a stick. ^o^

    Burn the GENERICS, buy expensive aspirin.

  • MisaoFan says:

    Amagami SS would be a Kimikiss Pure Rouge spin-off anime and game.

  • Anonymous says:

    DEVIATE FROM THE MANGA, WHAT?

  • Anonymous says:

    So who else wants to make a closet planetarium now? Sure, it’d serve real no purpose, but it’d be pretty nice.

  • Rockfest says:

    pssh, at least the guy from Sola had the balls to make his room ceiling into the sky. If you’re going to create an indoor environment simulator, might as well go all the way.