One more new show: The Reflection, which starts with a solemn and lovely ceremony of floating candles down a river, which goes on a bit long, then we turn to four schoolgirls watching the boats from a bridge, and then one of them shows the other a live clip of some carnage going on in New York City, so on we go to watch a robot-guy, sorry, “I-Guy,” battling a turtle guy and a bat guy in the sky, while on the ground a ninja guy battles some other weirdos while a girl takes photographs. Both battles go one a bit long. The bad guys are defeated but escape thanks to some more super-powered people. Meanwhile we’ve been learning that a weird event three years ago effected a lot of people, now known as “reflections,” and now it looks like they’re rising up, at least some of them.
The art style is interesting, reminding me sometimes of American superhero comics, well, when they start adding “wham!” and “zap!” to the screen the influence is obvious. I’m not sure whether they’re poking some fun or tipping their hat, perhaps a little of both, and I should point out that Stan Lee (Excelsior!) is involved in this production. But the schoolgirls at the beginning suggest that this is going to be more of an American comic style story. All that aside, I’m not sure I’m interested in this one. While it’s colorful and has full of action, I mentioned that some scenes took too long. There are more moments like that littered throughout, whether it’s a character staring at something (there are a lot of those), or the camera doing a 360 around Times Square, twice, it felt like the episode didn’t have enough material so they decided to go arty with the pauses. I’ll look at episode 2 if I have the time, which I almost certainly don’t.
Moving on to less arty shows, I then watched #2-3 of Aho girl, and discovered that my theory about the show being the perfect length is correct. By the time the second short had finished, I was sick and tired of Yoshiko, and Sayaka for putting up with her, and this is despite of Yuuki Aoi doing her best. In fact, the entire voice cast is excellent, but since half the lines are screams, especially from Yoshiko, it wears you down. It may then come as no surprise that my favorite bits came in the first episode I watched, with the kids, and later with the disciplinary committee girl, when I was still relatively fresh.
Two episodes of Tsurezure Children is a bit much, too, but here it’s because there are a ton of couples to keep up with, each of them with their own ability to screw things up, like go out for a year without realizing you’re a couple. We meet four or five new couples in #2-3, plus some from the first episode. My favorites of the first episode, Furuya and Minagawa, start things off in great fashion by introducing Horaru, Furuya’s devoted and jealous little sister, performed with gusto by Haruka Tomatsu. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, clingy imouto, etc, but everything after that is a slight step downhill. But I’m also getting to like Takano and Sugawara. The misunderstandings about their subject might get tiresome after a while, but Takano’s disinterest in love and her belief that no one could possibly like her anyway is sweet when you notice she’s beginning to respond to Sugawara without her even realizing it, baking him cookies and the like.