「ブートストラップ連続体」 (Buutosutorappu Renzokutai)
I don’t have too much to say about Disney and JINNI’s fully-rendered CG shorts outside of what I already stated in the Spring 2011 Preview (shame on you if you haven’t read it by now), but I felt compelled to get a quick post out about the two-minute long premiere episode in glorious high definition. Amazingly enough, Duchess Drossel von Flügel (Kawashou Miyuki) didn’t start off by calling her spider tank-like butler Gedächtnis (Ookawa Tooru) some random name only to have him try and correct her, marking just the second time the series has broken away from that opening gag. (First time was episode 11 of season one.)
As always, Drossel’s naivety and knack for speaking her mind are fun to watch, along with the random poses she strikes just for the sake of doing so. I loved how this episode featured one of the rare occasions where she corrects Gedächtnis for a change, and where he somehow gets her caught up in his pace (as noted by her drooping “hair”). That led to some good comedic pauses as well as some fast-lipped back and forth dialogue between them — two aspects of this series’ mild humor that I tend to enjoy. For those who have never seen Fireball, this “anime” goes for a subtle form of humor backed by impressive visuals, which may not sound like much, but works really well with Drossel at the center of it all.
For me, the best part of this episode was the introduction of a new character, whom Drossel believes to be a human. While I have my suspicions about that, I did love her exaggerated reactions to him both in her dream and in person. Will this new character be able to put up with Drossel? I don’t know but I sure am digging how we have more of Drossel and Gedächtnis this season!