Summer 2013 #6: gravediggers, more magical girls, raccoon dogs, and Teekuu

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Next, Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi, the second most bewildering show this season. We have a cute little thing named Ai, who’s in charge of digging the graves for everyone in her village. Thing is, no one dies anymore, because heaven is full-up or something. Or God deserted the world so no one dies, or something along those lines. The very afternoon that she’s dug the grave for the 47th and last villager, a smirking bishie in black comes into town and kills all of them, except Ai. When I was sitting here thinking it was because she dug the same number of graves, we learn from Hampnie Hambert (as he calls himself) that she isn’t a real gravedigger after all and her whole life is a lie. Why Ai hasn’t gone insane from all this I don’t know, but there you are. So, basically, they can’t die until they’re buried, but if you blow their heads off or whatever they’re as good as dead anyway, so who cares? We watch one guy with only half a head act normally, so how much do you have to dismember them before they become immobile? The episode ends with Ai following the bishie for no apparent reason, and they meet a REAL gravedigger. As I said, I’m confused.

A boring battle ensues.
A boring battle ensues.

After that, we have Fantasista Doll, a show which I have great confidence in dropping. There was one moment which summed up this inept opening episode perfectly. Uzume, our heroine and Sakura wannabe, is walking down the hall with a couple of friends. Another friend pops up to say hello to Uzune. The other girls freeze. Okay, you think, no budget to animate everything, but even after they stop there’s a pause of at least a second where nothing on the screen moves at all. It’s almost like someone forgot a line. When I see something like that then there’s little chance the show will be any fun to watch on any level, and very little else in the episode made me think differently. The magical servant characters are a little devious, so that’s nice, and their varying opinions about Rafflesia, the show’s Tuxedo Mask wannabe, from dreamy to creepy. Otherwise it’s a bunch of magicalgirl/cardplaying stereotypes.

Yasaburo delivers a letter.
Yasaburo delivers a letter.

So it’s a pleasure to next watch Uchouten Kazoku, even if the show hasn’t given us much in terms of story yet. We got a tanuki (raccoon dog) named Yasaburo, who’s “living an interesting life” by appearing as a schoolgirl in modern-day Tokyo. We watch as he gets chased by some guy, visits his crotchety old master (a tengu), gets a love letter from said master to deliver to “Benten,” or Suzuki Satori (a human), and then gets nearly killed and kissed by Benten. They toss in lots of references to things I suppose we’ll learn about later, like the “demon king cedar incident,” and the fact that Benten can fly, but most of the episode is talk between people who know each other well and don’t feel obliged to regurgitate plot points. That’s fine as long it finally goes somewhere. It looks great, especially the background art, detailed and colorful and it feels both real and magical. The character designs are simpler and I’m not sure I like them yet. Very promising.

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The shows I covered last post were big, long-awaited sequels, but Teekyuu, “the fastest two minutes in anime,” is the MOST IMPORTANT SEQUEL OF THE SEASON! Someone had to say it. Well, okay, they didn’t. I counted 18 gags in two minutes for episode one, and that’s not counting the 30-second OP, a gag every five seconds. Hmm, they can do better. This week, if anyone cares, the girls help out at a kindergarten for the bean-throwing thing, except the kids have weapons.

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2 thoughts on “Summer 2013 #6: gravediggers, more magical girls, raccoon dogs, and Teekuu

  1. Uchoten Kazoku takes place in Kyoto, not Tokyo. It’s based on a novel (a real novel, I think, not a “light novel”) by Tomihiko Morimi, who wrote the novel adapted into Tatami Galaxy. That alone will keep me watching.

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