Since last week was a first impressions thread, this is technically my second weekly Fall 2014 anime post! I missed out on a couple of shows due to my post timing last week, so I covered my thoughts on both episodes of Parasyte and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.
Parasyte Episode 1 & 2
Another series that I had been looking forward too. While I did not read the manga, from the previews, I was expecting a dark, horror-esque series. I initially had some concerns regarding censorship, but that was addressed within the first minute of the show!
Two episodes into the series now, we’re still not sure about the origins of the parasites. They seem like simple creatures, only doing what it takes to survive. While they take the form of a human, they almost seem to lack sentience. They don’t distinguish the difference between humans, and choose to kill/eat indiscriminately.
I feel like the Shinichi may begin to question his identity soon. Since Mugi joined him, he’s become more confident and physically capable. All of these changes have caught the eye of Murano as well. While she always liked Shinichi, these new traits have made her feelings even stronger. We have to question, is all of this really Shinichi though? Because of Mugi’s presence, Shinichi’s personality has changed significantly. I’m sure she liked the normal Shinichi, but will this transformation be too much of a change for them to handle?
Inou Battle Episode 2
While I wasn’t really interested in the first episode, I actually found myself really enjoying this one! They kept the delusions/superpowers to a minimum and focused more on the normal school life aspect. I thought that they overdid it a bit with the first episode, but if they continue to strike this balance, I can see myself loving the series! It must be difficult being the male lead in an anime. Even when a girl is throwing themselves at you, you can’t disturb the balance of the harem!
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Episode 1
Even if it was only the first episode, I’m sold on this series. The opening alone blew me away, as expected by Goose House. That moment when everyone sings in unison gives me chills every damn time! It’s hard for me to explain it, but this is just one of those series where the art, voice acting, tone, and animation all click together for me.
When I first saw the key visual, I have to admit, I thought the characters would be a lot older. I was a bit disappointed by that, but at least we’ll still have our fair share of drama. The series is setting up for a potential love triangle or square from the looks of it. I look forward to seeing how these kids mature and deal with all of this.
Kousei seems to be at that point in life where he’s a bit lost. Being a kid, all he probably wanted was his mother’s love and recognition, which was obtained through piano playing. He spent all of his time perfecting it just for her, but with her sudden death, he no longer has a reason to be playing it. He never had any other hobbies or interest since his adolescence revolved around his mother’s wishes. He has lost all motivation to strive for anything.
After witnessing Kaori, Kousei’s world begins to lighten up. There was something beautiful in seeing her play her instrument, surrounded by nature. Of course the scene is quickly interrupted when Kousei gets hit with reality. He begins reverting back to how he normally, by not wanting to face the music, and attend Kaori’s concert. That could have been the end of things, but it’s only just beginning. Kaori takes his hand and the story between them is just beginning!
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Episode 2
Just as I was praising the series for being gorgeous, they decide to troll me by dropping the ball a bit this episode. It’s understandable that it’s difficult to keep the same quality throughout the entire series. The majority of the animation budget was saved for the recital, which was the big moment of the episode. Unfortunately, the rest of the episode had to suffer. We got a ton of stills, and odd panning to reduce the amount of time and cost needed for animation. Hopefully this isn’t a common re-occurrence since the art is what drew me in initially!
We can see why Kousei disliked the music world. There is an incredible amount of pressure to perform from, not only his mother, but judges as well. It’s as if they’re breathing down your neck, watching your every move, ensuring that you play how they tell you to. Kaori doesn’t care for any of this though and chooses to play the way she enjoys. She only cares about the opinion of those she knows, not some stranger who is trying to tell you what “good music” is.
I’m actually glad that the romance isn’t the main focus of the show (so far). Even though Kaori and Watari are head over heels for each other, they don’t let it get in the way of their lives. Watari still goes around with his girl friends, and Kaori still plays her heart out. They aren’t blinded by love either. Watari can see how Kousei feels, and still offers him advice, in the given situation.
I’ll conclude with just these series for the week. While I was a bit skeptical heading into the fall season, I’m surprised at the sheer number of amazing shows so far! For my early impressions, I’d say Shigatsu, Parasyte, Fate Stay Night, and Psycho-Pass are definitely up there for my favorites.