「流星群の夜」 (Ryuuseigun no Yoru)
“Night of the Meteor Shower”
I wasn’t planning to post about this series at all, but AIC continues to produce amazing-looking series even when they’re taking on five concurrently this season, so I wanted to share some thoughts on their adaptation of Windmill‘s adult visual novel game. Cutting to the chase, this first episode covered everything described in the official’s site’s synopsis, which I already summed up in the Summer 2010 Preview. The quick rundown is that the story takes place in the oceanic city-state of Ert’Aria, which is also known as “The World’s Treasury” since merchants, tourists, and adventures alike gather there in hopes of having their dreams come true. Here, we follow an adventurer named Leicester Maycraft (Okamoto Nobuhiko) and his childhood friend Carina Verritti (Koyama Kimiko), who are members of the Oasis clan house. Carina also happens to be Oasis’ master and the head of state’s daughter, so she’s well-respected by the people. Every seven years, a harvest of crystal energy sources known as Eeru (Ale?) takes place and a mysterious meteor shower coincides with the joyous occasion, which Leicester and Carina go to see tonight along with some new friends. When the spectacle begins, a meteorite hits a nearby cathedral and reveals a room with an automaton in it, who awakens to find Leicester before her and immediately calls him “Papa”.
My immediate impression of this series is that it looks just as great as I was expecting from an AIC production, but I am still at a loss on what to make of it as a whole. For now, it just comes off as really cute show that drifts into harem-esque territory. It becomes quickly apparent that Carina has a thing for Leicester, and not too long after, it turns out the Tortilla twins, Ritos (Gotou Mai) and Salsa (Yunohara Ari), have an interest in him as well. The one thing that threw me in for a whirl is Leicester’s mother Shelley (Takano Naoko), who is way too young and beautiful that she causes misunderstandings really easily when she clings onto him in public. I’d say all of the above is pretty much expected from an adult visual novel, but the bright lush colors and setting make this series seem far from anything along those lines. Evidently, the story is intended to revolved around Minette (Kadowaki Mai) and her wish to become more human-like (or so it would seem). Along for the ride are self-proclaimed best doll maker in the world Agnes Boulange (Mizuhashi Kaori) and Temple Knight Chelsea Arcot (Imai Asami) in addition to Leicester and Carina.
I had my reservations about this twelve episode adaptation coming in, with the only real appeal being that AIC is taking a stab at a clean adaptation of an adult visual novel. Much like 11eyes, the added bonus is that all the seiyuu who voiced the characters in the game make their return here in the anime, albeit without their eroge aliases. Quite honestly, I was on the fence about watching this one, but this first showing piqued my interest enough to continue following it. I mentioned before that I don’t mind going blindly into series based on adult visual novels as they tend to have surprisingly decent plots, so I’m likely going to do just that. Admittedly, I’ve kind of been suckered in by the Tortilla’s twins antics, which were fun to watch with the way Gotou Mai voices Ritos. As such, I’m not really in a position to make a recommendation on this series one way or another, other than saying that if you like what you see above, then it may be worth checking out. I doubt this series will attract many viewers, but surely there are some out there who are mesmerized by the abundance of cute characters and vivid colors like myself and are interested enough to check out a few more episodes. I have no plans to blog this series further however, so those who interested now are on their own to find out how this one turns out.
* There were no opening and ending sequences included with this first episode, though the ending theme “Mirai Kaikisen” by Hashimoto Miyuki was played when Leicester discovered Minette.