With vacation coming to an end, I’m finally back to share my initial thoughts for most of the Summer Anime I will be watching.
Free! Eternal Summer
While not much happened in the first episode as we are reintroduced to the cast, I have to admit that Rin has become an enjoyable character since he is not the angsty shark boy that he was in the first season while keeping his competitive spirit and dreams. Aside from that, it seems that Gou is still obsessed with muscles as seen with her swimming club presentation. She basically had all the members of her swimming club to show their muscles. While it’s a complete failure, it’s still funny to look at along with the cheery blossom petal display.
I wonder, who is Sosuke that mysteriously transferred to the school Rin is attending? From the looks of the preview, things are going to become interesting.
Although the animation looks gorgeous, I admit that the first episode left a bad impression on me since it was dull, confusing and uninteresting. This is surprising since Tari Tari, Hanasaku Iroha, Nagi no Asukara had a better first episode than this show. After watching the first episode, I’m not sure what this show wants to be. Is it about making glass, a love triangle drama or taking care of chickens? I don’t know, but I hope the story goes somewhere in the next few episodes.
I admit that the characters in this show look adorable. While Naru lacks self-esteem since she sees herself as an average girl, she wants to change herself. In contrast, Hana is a surprisingly enjoyable character. Besides coming from the same state I currently live in (New Jersey of all places), I couldn’t stop laughing when she chased Naru asking to dance yosakoi while causing a lot of misunderstandings in front of her classmates. Although the story is expected to be simplistic given its premise, the show has a lot of charm to it, which makes it fun to watch.
As expected, the animation looks stunning since it’s done by Madhouse Studios.
Sailor Moon Crystal
It has been a long time since I watched the original series (yes, the dub/localized version was an abomination). From the looks of it, the reboot’s animation quality is definitely an improvement as seen with the scenery and characters. Even so, I don’t remember Usagi being a complete ditz (yes, she managed to get a 30% on an English exam) although I find some of it enjoyable. I think she will mature as her character develops. Aside from that, I look forward to see how the rest of the reboot will pan out.
(Please note that I won’t be covering this show in the weekly digests, but I will be writing a final review once it concludes. Also, Fate/Kalid Prisma Illya Zwei will be covered separately.) ¶