The Blessing of La Campanella #01 — Check for Cavities

July 2nd, 2010

 

Why does it feel like my ears were violated?

I was hedging my bets, not sure if Campanella was meant to refer to either bells (the translation) or the Paganini-niinii violin song. Apparently it’s both by the proliferation of bells and violins. Well… whatever.

Impressions:

Let’s start off with the bad. This show is so sickeningly cute that I think I now have type II diabetes. Everybody’s so cheerful and upbeat that it makes me wonder if they’re all not in the midst of post traumatic stress disorder or absurdly high. It doesn’t help at all that every voice actor has decided to use their most shrieking voice possible. Carina, Leicester, and the deadpan Chip sister are about the only three that did not give me the sensation that a humming bird was trying to burrow into my skull with a power drill. I can still hear the ringing in my ears from Agnes’ interminable white noise.

That out of the way, this show clearly knows what it is and what it’s doing… which is rather nice given how many things I’ve watched lately that have been bumbling around with absolutely no clue whatsoever. It’s a light hearted comedy from start to finish. There are no overtures of drama and all the romance stuff is just played off for laughs. Not all the jokes are great, mind you, but there are enough decent ones, particularly when Frito Lay and Pringles are involved. The entire cast arguing over who Gouda’s proper wife was also extremely silly, but at least it was fun. They kept the jokes firing on all cylinders through that part to forgive a few horrible ones. The production’s solid and the music’s good, but like every other audio part of the show, could really stand to be toned down an octave or two. Shrieking violins just made the shrill voices stand on edge even more. The OP as an insert at the end was rather nice too.

I suspect that this show would be a lot less amusing to write about if half the characters weren’t named after food, but whatever. I’ll take whatever I can get. If you don’t like low key comedies or have an aversion to shrieky Japanese girls, steer far clear. This isn’t going to even threaten to change your mind. If you do like them, this looks like a perfectly servicable little show. Not great, mind you, maybe not even all that noteworthy, but I chuckled a few times through it and other than the voices, it never really did much to get the bile going. That counts as a plus as far as I’m concerned. I’ll give it another episode or two, mostly because apparently they fight a dragon next week. After this episode, about the only thing I trust Cheddar to do for me is give me advice on earrings, but hey… maybe the cast will surprise me.

The OP played as an insert over the end of the episode. Otherwise, no OP/ED this week.

Preview:

Little girls, dragons, and breasts… oh my.

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15 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • MisaoFan says:

    The chibi scenes reminds me of Koihime Muso.

  • Anonymous says:

    A subpar koihime musou with generic male lead. PASS.

  • Newprimus says:

    MILF is so f**king hot.

  • drunkago says:

    THIS.

    Also, man… Agnes and the automaton girl practically gave me a headache with being 4 octaves too high with those damn violins in the last part.
    Stupid typing took me 5 tries to get this post legible. hurerdryurr
    Superior comedic twins are hilarosu too :V

  • TOKWA says:

    Well, I hope it doesn’t get serious all of a sudden cauz
    SERIOUS MOE IS SERIOUS!!!

  • Aex says:

    Wow… wow. It’s too adorable, funny, and the male lead is dependable and smooth!! Now if the comedy stays dominant over the action, this’ll be an awesome series for me!! Also looks like Koihime Musou where none of the characters really overshadow the others in role or appearance(except maybe Shelley, sooo hott!). REALLY looking forward to seeing how this one develops!

  • The Phantom says:

    Definitely I cant stand this kind of shows. Is a matter of tastes I guess.

  • EXM says:

    My ears are bleeding now. I should have heeded your warning. Your being awfully generous this season with your positivity. I hope that lasts longer than the premier.

  • Aroduc says:

    I blame the hedging principle.

  • Solaris says:

    If i say i kind of didn’t hate this will you hang me on some tree?

  • saitenmaru says:

    that female-magnet-named-lester-or-whatever is the one who should be hanged…
    *praying for nice boat end

  • Anise Punter says:

    You refer to it as a low-key comedy a couple of times in this post, but everything I’ve read about it says it’s supposed to be some sort of super ecchi-fest. Were they just saving it for next week or was I misled?

    It looks interesting enough to watch from the screencaps, but I’m not really big on the trashy fanservice comedy genre.

  • Aex says:

    Ummm yeah… there was like NO fanservice aside from a few panty shots and getting a look down Shelley’s top. This first episode didn’t even have as much fanservies as Kohime Musuo, and about the same as Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. In fact, put one part Nogizaka Haruka and two parts Koihime together, and that’s basically what this show looks like it’ll be.

  • Aroduc says:

    Because people are stupid and as soon as they found out it was based on a porn game they decided to find things not really there. Given the rest of this season, this doesn’t even crack the top 50% for T&A.

  • Mesousa says:

    So…how come only Lanceister goes to check out the thing at the end?