Mike: So I watched 4 episodes of Akane-iro last night. It’s really not terrible. It was actually pretty funny sometimes. I wouldn’t call it great; I’m not even sure I’d call it good. But it was watchable and amusing at times, though predictable.
Mike: Not especially. Actually, to tell the truth, had you not told me and I not looked it up in the ANN, I would have had no idea it was her. She doesn’t almost at all sound like her other roles, including that in Eternal Sonata. Same thing with Kugimiya too, actually–until she gets tsun tsun mad and the “Louise” voice comes out.
There are odd elements in the show. For example, does Junichi hear his friend’s voice in his head from time to time?
Mike: I was actually surprised at the slightly surreal scenes in the show, like the one you mentioned. We do know, of course, that there is some kind of observation going on in secret by the prefect Shiraishi, and there is something odd with the parents being James Bond and the Bond girl and such. I would not be surprised if our male protagonist had something implanted in him, had some sort of special power, or other things like that.
Ray: Which, in my opinion, clashes with the show’s essence. I mean, it feels grafted into it to make it more interesting. It really seems like he’s got special powers, and somehow, even the teacher and Rierie’s character Mitsuki is involved.
Mike: Yeah, that was my biggest problem aesthetically with the show. It is decidedly of two very different genres. It starts like an action show, then it’s a rabu rabu harem comedy. And then a total action show. Full Metal Panic did this balance much better, I think.
Ray: It has a purpose in FMP; Chidori had special powers related to what Sosuke’s organization has been researching, and that’s clear from the start. However, in Akane, it’s quite unclear what the hell is going on with the spy stuff and secret observation. Again, does his friend talk into his head? And why has he never questioned why that is? I’d be very disturbed if I can hear you mentally! XD
After all, neither of them are Jedi Masters…(geek alert)
Mike: Well, I don’t think this show is going to go all Chaos;Head on us, and I think there are definitely some hints from the start that Yuuhi is someone special–she’s being watched, or even possibly sent, from the beginning. But yes, it feels tacked on. They need to fulfill the potential there or else this is going to be just another bad show that failed to use its full potential, like This Ugly Yet Beautiful world.
Ray: Well, so far, it’s episode of the week. To tell you the truth, it’s the same as classic dating sim/harem shows every episode, with nothing else happening. I’m content with hearing Aya-chan being the sexy motherly younger sister thing…(drools) and Kugimi with her ojosama tsundere, and Rierie with her occasional performance. But other than that, I can’t say I love this show all that much.
Btw, tell them why you watched it.
Whenever I watch shows of this sort, the main thing I look for is–how is this different from the norm? Is there anything unique about it? The only thing in this show like that is the action stuff. And that wasn’t blended very well.
Ray: Yeah, this show really doesn’t make me laugh out aloud. It’s just not anything.
I have a hard time figuring out what it wants to be. Without Aya-chan vs. Kugimi vs. Rierie, I don’t think I’d bother with it.
Mike: Yeah. Especially since they are trying to act different, it’s nice to hear that. Though Kugimiya isn’t acting like a character all that different than her other typecast roles–it’s basically Nagi without the otakuness. She’s much more interesting as Taiga.
Mike: The pacing isn’t horrible–and that’s usually the thing for me that makes the difference between a merely mediocre and a bad show. Some of the humor is enjoyable. I like the teacher who picks on Jun. There’s some occasional fourth wall breaking, though I think this is starting to become an everyday thing for anime these days.
A truly bad show would have long stretches of very flat pacing with really inane dialogue. This show doesn’t do that too much.