So, the first episode had me almost catatonic, Hanato Kobato apparently escaped the CLAMPverse, and the Japanese continue their unnecessary usage of the semi-colon in the titles of visual novels and their animated adaptations.
But what really got me about all of this?
The damn thing’s weird hang-up about food.
We’ve got strangely transformed bananas:
Kobato Mayuri apparently ate.
Then there are the prophetic omelettes of doom:
And the aforementioned (aforedisplayed?) corn. Of course, maybe I’m just suspicious of corn, which, all things considered, doesn’t seem all that unreasonable of me.
Anyway… where was I?
Oh; STEINS;GATE (see? that’s proper usage of a semi-colon).
Well, like I said, the first episode had me fairly catatonic, and also a bit incredulous, as I had heard good things about it. But it just didn’t really capture my imagination at all, for whatever reason. Maybe this man is crazy? Eh, who cares? The paranoid atmosphere just wasn’t coming across to me, and that undermined the entire rest of the effort. If I felt a lurking sense of claustrophobia to the proceedings, it would grant Okabe’s situation more weight. As it was, I just… didn’t care.
Thankfully, the second episode, if it didn’t make me feel any more of a sense of suspense, did endear me a bit to our dear mad scientist. And while I still don’t really care nor feel curious about whether he is actually going insane or not, his bizarreness is enough to at least grant some small bit of affection for him as a character. He’s weird. It’s hard to not start feeling some interest in him given that, even if I care not a whit about the “mystery” inherent in the core narrative. HE’S WEIRD.
Of course, this doesn’t really bode terribly well for the ability of the show to bear up over the long-run. Yes, Okabe may be enough for me to watch for now, but can he really sustain my interest over the course of twenty-four episodes if I don’t care about the storyline itself?
And then there’s that whole nasty harem smell to it all, what with the plethora of females who thus far fit fairly neatly into several moe molds. Childish girl? Check. Childish girl who says ‘nyan’ incessantly? Check. Shy girl? Check (and her name is Moeka?! are you serious?!). Energetic girl? Check. Trap? Check. (Yes, being a trap means the character in question is a boy, not a girl… but would it really change anything if Ruka were actually a girl? Other than that titillation you’re getting from she actually being a he?)
Kurisu Makise appears to be the only exception to this point, although the jury is out considering we’re only two episodes in. And $5 says there’s a lot more to Mayuri than we are being lead to believe at this juncture.
Anyway, for the one thing I can say without reservation that I enjoyed was the OP. The music isn’t really hyper amazing or anything, but the animation is very eye-catching. Ok, so I guess I was lying about the “without reservation”, although I’ll note that I didn’t dislike the music. I just didn’t love it, either.
In other news, Hyouge Mono still hasn’t been subbed by anyone. Was this licensed and I was just snorting coke that day and didn’t notice?
…oh, wait; when has THAT ever stopped anyone? Excuse my foolishness. Nietzsche was just right, I suppose. It took over a year for Mouryou no Hako to get fully subbed, so I should probably expect something similar for Hyouge Mono.
So… yeah… STEINS;GATE. Still nothing lighting me on fire this season. But, hey, look! There’s a trap! ご愁傷さま、放浪息子。