[ C ] #01 — “Excuse Me, Clown. I Have Homework”

April 14th, 2011


There are more important things than interdimensional economic clowns.


So, this is apparently going to be not all that different from Merry, except about money. And the real world is so colorful that it feels like I’m watching Yu-Gi-Oh. There’s certainly some interesting visual direction going on, especially at the start, but there’s also some really incomprehensible direction too. For example, when Pinky the Clown comes to recruit Generic Protagonist, he teleports into his room, then teleports the room into a black misty dimension, then starts teleporting all over the place before sticking his head through the table. In the middle of all this, GP just tries to ignore him so he can concentrate on his homework. Now, I’m obviously not a fan of the overacting protagonist archetype where they scream their bloody head off at every little thing, but I think he’s taking the presence of an interdimensional clown harassing him just a little too well. I did find the glare he gave to the guy his little crush was dating potentially interesting though. I doubt they’d actually go anywhere with a dark/jealous side in a Japanese super awesome hero, but who knows.

Another parallel to Merry, the only interesting things going on are all happening in the alternate world… which they only spent about five minutes in, most of which was spent sort-of explaining it and watching the antagonist-apparent beating up some desperate NPC with a giant bee. Has anybody using a giant bee ever won anything? Ever? The fight was also nowhere near Tatsunoko’s usual levels either. Even Sket Dance’s little action scene was better than that. Our protagonist only barely made it into the world in the last few seconds of the show.

I’ll probably give it at least a little bit next week to see if the protagonist and his so-far barely seen partner are going to do anything interesting in the other world and which world is going to have the focus, but I can’t say that it’s really captured my attention yet as anything more than Yet-Another-Partnered-Fighting-Showtm. Since this is a ‘mature’ show, they have monsters and/or girls instead of pokemon. Thrilling. Hopefully Tatsunoko can step it up next week. Other than Dog Days, this season’s a little light on action so far for my tastes. 


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12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • firecow says:

    Just what kind of action show are looking for in a show Aroduc? Any details on what you perfer in an action show?

    • Chen says:

      Pies. Lots of pies.

    • Nanaya says:

      Probably action scenes where the writers remember that bees are dangerous because they come in massive swarms from every direction, not bloody one-on-one showdowns.

      • Aroduc says:

        Something with actual action animation, direction, and choreography, not just one of the three, or more usually, stills/pseudo stills and close-ups of hands between them. Or my favorite, the Dragon Quest method of fights. Close up of someone attacking, then cut away to the other character getting knocked away. The most consistently decent actual action show I’ve been watching for the last couple months has been Generator Rex… and it’s Generator Rex.

  • Phocus says:

    People have been comparing the premise of this anime to Persona – except instead of personas it involves money. The character designs look strange… something about their heads being disproportionate to the rest of their bodies.

    Speaking of which, Aroduc, what do you think of the latest announcements for P4 the Animation? I personally think it’d need at least two cours to pull off well.

    • Aroduc says:

      I think that everybody’s setting themselves up for a lot of disappointment. There’s a whooooooooole lot of nothing going on through P4. Hell, if they do a 1:1 adaption of the game to anime, it’ll take about 5 weeks before somebody actually summons their first persona. That means that there’s going to be a loooooooooot of stuff getting cut even with 24+ episodes (not that most of it is even slightly important). Aaaaand I would bet on them keeping lots of the stuff like all the lame investigations and reviewing the case so far over animating battle scenes and whatnot. Also, video game adaptations rarely turn out well.

      Who knows. Maybe they’ll surprise me.

  • Anonymous says:

    If anime taught me anything, it’s that economics makes everything better, even naked wolfgirls.

  • Nanaya says:

    @Aroduc: Wait, you’re saying you DON’T have physics-defying clowns harassing you constantly? Shit, I gotta start pulling some countermeasures. Thought it was normal.

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  • Aex says:

    Please tell me the cute red-head with the antlers isn’t gonna end up being some projection of this guy’s desire for the lame college girl. Cute magical girls with antlers deserve better then that!! Also not overly impressed by how easily this guy was drawn in by the logic of “if I have money, I can get the girl”. The flaw in that logic will probably be the source of some angst later on, so I’m REALLY hoping cute-antlers is her own entity and not based on main-guy’s desires. Less chance of her disappearing that way too.

    I’ll give this another week.

  • Toki says:

    Did any one else notice their abuse of cg with animated far-off shots? Yech.