Summer Anime 2013! Impressions and Opinions – Part 2

Love Lab

Love Lab is a another light-hearted entry to the season that presents us with speedy dialogue, character comedy, and dose of slapstick. The premise is not overly ambitious, but the dynamic between Maki and Kurahashi made for an enjoyable first episode. The writing is good enough and manages to balance the honesty of youthful desire with a very tongue-in-cheek delivery. Love Lab’s opening episode was enjoyable.

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The success of Love Lab will rely on its additional characters that we’ll get to know in coming weeks. I feel like Maki and Kurahashi were likable and made for a good duo – so it will be interesting to see how the others fit in. Let’s hope it keeps up the pace it’s already set. Fun things are fun, right?

Brothers Conflict

Awkwardly incestuous reverse harem that caught me off guard due to the omission of subtlety. admittedly this is not the kind of show that I’m familiar with so I don’t have much to say about it. Not sure if average or terrible yet, so I’ll give it the three episode rule to see where it goes.

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Brothers Conflict uses a talking squirrel almost like an avatar for the viewer, who is protective of Chi (our MC) and protests the advances from the sea of oni-chans. interesting to say the least.

Servant x Service

Sevant x Service’s debut episode was kinda mediocre. However, it is refreshing to see a slice-of-life anime in a setting that isn’t a high school…. Even if it is the workplace. Servant x Service pokes fun at the monotony of young adult working life and brings a unique charm to the screen, but I feel it needs to pick up the pace a little because right now it’s underwhelming when compared to most other titles this season.

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The characters are a little bland but Lucy is a stand-out. I will be very surprised if Hasebe doesn’t get fired. I’ll give this one another 2 episodes to see if it picks up. Let’s hope it does.

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou

Suitably bizarre mahou shoujo outing with ridiculous character design, gratuitous amounts of drama and a healthy injection of SUFFERING. Animation is slick but the artwork is nothing overly impressive. Generally I can tolerate more super-deformity than most when it comes to character models, but this show is testing my limit. OST is nice though.

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MC Akari rocks a pretty outrageous crab-claw ahoge. Might keep watching this one if the pace keeps up, but something tells me it could turn into a melodramatic train-wreck at any turn.

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

Welp, more suffering. Not familiar with the manga but I feel like this opening episode was a little rushed. However, I’m very keen to keep watching because I love the setting – God admitting failure and abandoning earth so no-one can die properly is just cool. Very mysterious, violent, and visually impressive. Lens flare and bloom everywhere. The result is glossy and saturated.

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Hambart may be a complete asshole but I still want to find out what the hell he’s trying to do. I feel as if Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi has a really neat set-up so I’m keen to watch it unfold.

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