Samui’s Weekly Round-Up – Fall 2016 – Week Two

Samui’s Weekly Round-Up – Fall 2016 – Week Two

Hi folks! I am samui. You may know me from my blog, The Anime Glutton. Well, you can also see me wondering in Twitter where I frequently throw my commentary about these Chinese cartoons.

In case you are wondering why am I here, I will cover a new weekly program in this site where I give short reviews about selected shows.

Shall we start?

VERY GOOD

Flip Flappers

Flip Flappers remains as the most visually arresting show in Fall 2016 for a good reason. It has an insane amount of details in its world-building and this week is not an exception. Cocona and Papika’s allusion to Alice in Wonderland brought them in a desert-like world which matches the surreal nature of the show. Actually, you can take screen shots in this episode and make these your wallpaper. That’s how beautiful the background artwork in Flip Flappers is. Moreover, the level of sakuga in this episode is high and has some seriously good choreography.

My problem with Flip Flappers lies in its storytelling. It is a nice thing we now get a bigger picture about the fragments, and how they were transported in these worlds. However, the manner of presenting these twists can be a little too loose. Color me puzzled as to how and why they transformed into magical girls and with regards to the sudden appearance of antagonists in this show. What do these fragments actually mean? Why is Dr. Salt suddenly apprehended by an evil organization? Why the heck do these new characters appear?

Of course, the bigger picture will appear later, yet Flip Flapper’s abstract narration could get the show stumbling at one point. Sure, it’s a marvel of animation but I hope for a better presentation in the coming episodes.

DECENT

Kiss Him, Not Me!

All I can say is Brains Base is giving Kiss Him, Not Me! a decent adaptation at this point. I got tons of laughs this week all thanks to Kae’s hilarious reaction faces and her goofball suitors.

As manga reader, I can say the show is a faithful adaptation, but the studio is taking enough liberties to fill in between scene transitions. It’s also a nice gesture that Kiss Him, Not Me is aware of its own silliness. Kae and her totally misplaced 2D fanaticism remains funny and it seemed like the show had settled on a nice groove in using anime-centric jokes. With the danger of the show falling into an otome story’s pitfalls looming, this week’s episode tried to stir the formula a bit through Igarashi. He has a point – they shouldn’t get too friendly with each other as they compete for Kae’s affection. The only problem, however, is that Kae basically lives in 2D and is not used to getting advances from real dudes. Her breaking point is surely uncomfortable to watch but understandable. As a form of atonement, the boys fueled her fujoshi desires and that was totally hilarious to watch. Yes, Kiss Him, Not Me is not for everyone but it pleases its intended demographic.

The ordeal ended with the protection of the status quo which is a bit disappointing since it could have taken another approach with its characters. Just so you know, Igarashi might be a jerk and all but he’s the one I am rooting for Kae in this show.

EH?

Keijo!!!!!!!!

What makes Keijo!!!!!!!! unique against its other ecchi laden peers is the show is actually good when it’s taking itself seriously. However, this week is a sort of reminder that Keijo!!!!!!!! still belongs to the ecchi genre after all. The amount of mindless fan service is too much for my tolerance to be balanced out by the action-filled moments this time. Unnecessary camera zooms? Check. Butt and boob jokes? Check. Naked girls? Check. I guess some tropes can’t be escaped, can they?

On the positive side, it is nice to see a glimpse of how the elite class is entirely different from the regular ones in terms of sheer skills. We all know Miyata is already athletic and getting the hang of keijo until Rin appeared. Someone please explain to me how this girl was able to pull 30 butt attacks in seconds. It’s ridiculous and reminds me of what this show can do without the blatant fan service.

Nozomi and Miyata are also driven into corners. For Nozomi, it’s the inherent danger of her special attack and for Miyata, it’s her realization her skills are not yet enough to be the best. If only this episode zoomed there instead of clichéd ecchi moments that plagued my enjoyment this week.

Classicaloid

Classicaloid and Flip Flappers are similar in the sense that these worlds are created out of the characters’ imagination. The only thing the latter does much better is to keep the audience hooked, and this is where Classicaloid fails big time. With the shock of these musicians being anime characters totally gone, it must do something crazier to sustain its quirks. There is a bigger plot where Bach is foreshadowed as the big boss of a certain agency, but its presentation is lifeless.

Liz-chan injected some colors in this rather unfunny episode but Chopin is just too painful to watch. I know he is not fond of public performances but making a shut-in version of him is caricature-ish at best. This stereotyping killed some of my enjoyment with Hetalia, but that show is actually funny when it tries. For Classicaloid? These new characters and the totally unlikable main leads veer on grating.

Occultic;Nine

This episode is a bit of an improvement because we get to piece together some plot points the show had teased earlier. Its non-linear storytelling begins to make sense and I was half amazed and half terrified with its brand of occult. As if an incestuous relationship isn’t already taboo, why not make it more disturbing by inserting necrophilia? Add some mass suicide towards the end and you get a disturbing episode this week.

Our annoying male lead is still tormented by the curse he received an episode ago. To be honest, his scenes are the most effective here. Aria’s instances are also deliciously bleak. For the detective and the others? Not so much. I also felt kicked in the guts when I realized that we had gotten back to the nonsensical beginning sequence in episode one. The murder case of Hashigami is not yet solved, then another one opens. Talk about piling messy stories one on top of the other.

This is where Occultic;Nine becomes overstuffed with stories in which the audience has no interest in. If these scenes connect at the end, slow the pacing or create a better hook in which Durarara!! and Concrete Revolutio excelled.

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