「900秒の放課後〈前篇〉」 (900-Byou no Houkago (Zenpen))
“900 Seconds After School (Part One)”
So we have ZEXCS animating and the screen writer Morita Shigeru of Kore wa Zombie fame creating something? I’ll admit that I wasn’t too excited with the premise of this show but I was blown away with how well this first episode played out. Even with all the fan-service thrown in (why censor it when you’re going to add it anyways?!) there was a lot to take away from this first episode.
To start off, I don’t think I’ve been this excited to listen to a seiyuu I’ve never heard in a lead role before. Something about the Taito’s voice (Tachibana Shinnosuke) just drives me crazy. It has this charm to it that manages to make him seem like a total bad ass but still retains that nice guy feel to it. At the same time, it must be nice to have a girl like Haruka (Mina) around you. Somehow, the thought of having a really close friend who’s a girl just sounds really nice. Especially when she’s brave enough to do intimate things yet still gets embarrassed when the topic of being asked out arises.
Which is why I’m confused on how we’re supposed to deal with Himea (Takamoto Megumi) — some kind of vampire magician that can change her physical form to her liking, who has apparently been sealed away for 9 years, and made a permanent pact with Taito by filling him with her “poison”. While the problem at hand would be the fact that she got stabbed straight through her gut only minutes after finally meeting Taito, I’m more interested with how Taito’s going to deal with two girls trying to grab his attention. Thinking about how he could literally get ripped to pieces in the process makes me chuckle a bit.
So let’s take a look at what’s actually going on. We have Kurenai Gekkou (Nakamura Yuuichi) and his partner Andou Mirai (Nomizu Iori). Apparently Gekkou has serious attitude problems and his partner loves Dr. Cinnamon. Then we have Taito and Himea with the former able to walk around without his head and the latter regaining her powers after Taito should have physically died. While I still don’t have any idea why there’d be someone out there waiting to just stab Himea, there better be a damn good second episode to make up for this huge cliffhanger.
That said, did anyone feel like the ending of the episode resembled how a drama ends? Without an actual ending sequence and only a flurry of credits flying on screen, I almost forgot that I was watching an anime.