Well, the Spring-Summer 2010 Season has begun; and I’ll try to throw out a couple of preview posts again. We’ll start with B Gata H Kei, as that ended up being the first thing I watched; and then move onto Angel Beats.
B Gata H Kei
Not too far off on my initial impressions. Though, actually turns out I Mistranslated Yamada having 100 sexual fantasies. Instead, she has an aspiration to have 100 sex friends (aka. Friends with Benefits) during her time at high school. Yup, thats right, this girl’s life aspiration is to be a complete slut. No really:
This weeks show is sponsored by the Letter H and the Number 100.
Yamada meets her ‘future first time’, as she calls him, in a bookstore, by falling off a stepladder and pantsu smashing him. In any other cliche harem series, this would be a normal first meeting, of course. But her first question to him is not his name, but rather: “Are you a virgin?”. Which makes the poor boy run out crying.
I think this show sets a new record for the number of times I raised an eyebrow whilst watching. Its just amazing how it gets away with being so…Blatant. I don’t think there’s a better word for it. Somehow, probably because it is so over the top, it manages to cross right through disturbing and end up being somehow marginally funny again. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I chuckled a couple of times; but they do make expert use of facial expressions and signs (there’s some golden ones in the above shots).
I suppose, if you don’t take it seriously, its not a bad choice. Though I had little hope for it initially, it marginally amused me and I have to say I’m at least going to continue looking into it for now.
Again, not too far off in my initial impressions of this. The setting is indeed the afterlife, and shows a conflict between rebellious souls and the order in charge (which, at the moment seems to be purely represented by a single girl…).
A guy with amnesia, who doesn’t remember his name, wakes up at night in the grounds of a school complex. Nearby is a clone of Haruhi girl with a sniper rifle who explains to him that he’s dead and she is trying to shoot an Angel. Of course, he thinks she’s just a loony, especially when he sees her targeting an apparently normal girl and then another of her friends also shows up bearing arms. He leaves to speak with the ‘Angel’.
Anyway, he eventually believes the Angel is also in the gig when she collaborates the story of him being dead. Well, until she stabs him through the heart with a Protoss psionic arm-blade when he asks her to prove it. Ouch.
He wakes up perfectly fine in the school infimiary, though his shirt is covered in blood. A crazy loony with a Halberd shows up and proceeds to tear into our protagonist for insulting Yurippe (the Haruhi clone) last night. Apparently with a 100 hit combo:
Is this actually an episode of Dokuro-chan? I was waiting for a Piru-Piru-Pipiru-Pi!
Having his immortality now proved to him three times, he is then recruited by the rebels, for no apparent reason. Despite his general reluctance, they manage to sway him through talk of him being re-incarnated as a water flea (lul wut?). Or so it seems. His apparent reason is that it gives him chance to recall his memories.
Eventually, the angel girl is held down with combined supression fire, whilst some the rebels stage a rock concert (WHAT?) in the dining hall. Of course, this is really just a battle of diversion, apparently, as the angel has a bulletproof forcefield that blocks and curves shots away by throwing hexadecimal numbers at them…
Apparently the concert is actually a distraction. The real plan is activate a wind tunnel machine that is built into the hall and blow all of the lunch tickets into the courtyard where they can be grabbed. Why they went to so much effort when surely some simple sleight of hand would have sufficed is truly beyond me.
Erm, oooohkkkaayy… is what I mainly have to say about this show in general. Much of the episode seemed a little too fast paced, and as a result, glossed over the explaination of what the hell is going on. It is true enough that some shows present an inconcievable first episode and then explain it with a second, though, so I guess we shall have to see. I wasn’t really too impressed by the slapstick humour either, to be honest, but oh well.
Its kinda surprising on how the shows have done a flip from my estimations. I feel that, for now at least, I’m more enthusiatic about B Gata than Angel Beats, which is the opposite of what I expected. Anyway, hope these initial posts are helpful to you guys. I’ll try to keep up with others this season, so cya then, eh?