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As usual, I watch too many things, which can only mean that there are more first impressions posts. Enjoy?
Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo First Impressions
I can’t see myself being able to talk about this show regularly, but it was exceptionally entertaining. It certainly has an odd premise, and it comes off like it should be a gag series. However, the first episode had a strange sense of realism to it. While the circumstances are definitely played up, I could believably see it happening. Played out to that effect, the episode became a lot more entertaining.
The series follows a group of high school girls in the literature club. As part of their perfectly responsible club activities, the girls read some more…racy(?) novels. In response to an upcoming book, the group discusses things they would want to do before dying. The story is basically set in motion when one of the girls states that she would want to have sex.
Although the first episode doesn’t get too far into the cast, I found the characters to be surprisingly charming. Each of the characters has a unique personality, but they seem to realistically have a common interest keeping them together. I also really liked seeing how the story unfolded from a single moment. Each of the plot lines seems incredibly unique, but they also feel like convincing and logical progressions. That made the overall viewing experience more enjoyable for me.
It’ll be interesting to see where the show goes from here. If the girls just run on parallel plot lines, I think that it might actually be really cool if the stories fit together as well as this first episode did.
Cop Craft First Impressions
I would make a reference to Bright, the Netflix movie, but I never watched it. That being said, this series certainly feels like it has a similar premise. Set in a world where a portal to another dimension appears on the Pacific Rim (cough), the story follows Kei Motoba, a detective for the San Teresa City Police who is desperately searching for the man who killed his partner in a failed bust.
Joining Kei is a knight from beyond the gate named Tilarna Exedilica. Presumably, she’s the other world’s version of a police officer. While she is clearly fascinated with the human world, she attempts to assist Kei with his search. Rather than doing it for revenge, she is attempting to find the kidnapped fairy that was being trafficked as part of Kei and Rick’s bust.
While this first episode definitely had a lot of familiar elements to it, I had fun watching it. I guess I tend to like the buddy cop dynamic, and I think Tilarna is cute when she’s trying to touch human things. I also thought it was funny when she scared herself by pulling the emergency brake in Kei’s car and then blamed it on him.
I found it a bit weird that there’s an explanation before the opening animation about the setting of this series, but it doesn’t actually explain the terms that are used in the episode. The terms “Semani” and “Farbani” aren’t really elaborated within the episode, but I guess I was able to gather that Semani is likely the name of the world on the other side of the gate while Farbani is a major kingdom. I haven’t decided whether I think that’s a good or bad thing.
I guess we’ll see Tilarna and Kei in action next week. It’ll be interesting to see whether the two can work together.