The Book of Bantorra is certainly different from the other shows I’ve seen so far. This show is serious business and takes itself seriously. As for what’s going on, I have no idea. Apparently dead people become books, actually stone tablets, and they’re stored in a big library. But some forces out there want to do … other things. I just don’t know yet. Some “armed librarians” try to seize a church ship and rescue the “meats” from the hold, but these meats have become little more than walking dead, those that weren’t turned into bombs to hinder the librarians. We also got miners looking for a book, apparently, and a few people who have been brainwashed into trying to “Kill Hamyuts Meseta,” whoever that is. Possibly the leader of the armed librarians, known as the Director, she of mighty cleavage. There’s also a woman who appears in the dreams of one of the would-be Hamyuts Meseta killers, mostly likely a witch or something, possibly messing with his brainwashing.
A lot of “I don’t know’s,” “apparently’s” and “whoever’s” in that paragraph. Little is explained to us. That and the fact that it’s not a dumb comedy I find refreshing.
I’ve read the first volume of Kimi ni Todoke so I knew what to expect. Sawako is a shy girl who just wants to get along with everyone, but she resembles The Ring‘s Sadako, so everyone is scared of her. I was looking forward to seeing the misunderstandings and her Sadako face, and indeed they start with that. Then she meets a popular boy named Kazehaya who’s actually nice to her. This leads to endless Sawako thoughts which all boil down to “He’s NICE to me!” or “They LIKE me!” …over and over again. Just like in the manga, her new class gets to understanding her awfully quick, and it’s already obvious that she’s going to get the nice boy in the end. So what are they going to do for the rest of the series? The “scary” gimmick is already played out (though her thrill in playing a ghost and scaring people was pretty funny). Yeah, she’s going to make friends and get accepted, but if it’s played out as slowly, with as many interior monologues as she had in ep1, it’s going to be a slow and dull series. They better come up with something else. Maybe those two girl classmates will liven things up.