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ef episode 1 – melancholy and the infinite overdoneness

Raki finds Rei Ayanami at an abandoned station, with texts explaining and highlighting stuff plus strange imageries with sappy piano music playing in the background to heighten the mood.

The director for Pani Poni Dash and Zetsubo Sensei is assisting this time and I frowned as I looked at some of the image switches and wondered about their meanings.

Confused? So was I.

The first thing I noticed as I watched the show is that Motoki TAKAGI, who played Raki in Claymore, begins the show, but after sometime it became obvious that he’s actually not the main male character. I’m not so sure the transition was done well and although I wasn’t confused (I didn’t drink anything), I can’t say it was a good thing to do.

One other thing I noticed is that the entire episode looked like a moving dating sim graphic novel. It felt like they really wanted to make the show exactly like the game that it was based on, even with the timing of the music and the strange graphical effects of cutting out people and filling them with a background of another scene. I suppose these make good transitions.

But the story really begins when our real protagonist, Hirono Hiro (Hiro-Hiro), gets his bike stolen, and when he chases after the girl who takes his bike, Miyamura Miyako (Miya-Miya), he finds her fainted.

He calls the ambulance on the phone; she woke up, and both of them go after the original thief, who supposedly stole Miyako’s bag.

They end up on a snowy beach, on Christmas Day.

Certainly, the animation is decent, the story is actually intriguing and the beginning is different, I mean, Raki meets a Rei-like girl (she has an eye-patch that hospital uses). Both of them like reading…I’m sorry, I just recently finished Claymore and I just can’t get that out of my head.

I won’t say this is cliched, in fact, believe or not I was more intrigued than anything. I may even follow this.

(I’ve noticed that my reviews of shows of this season is contradictory of many other reviewers’ opinion. I wonder if that’ll make my articles unpopular, oh dear oh dear oh dear…)

No score on this one because I need to see more of this.

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