「勇者になれなかった俺はレジを打っています。」 (Yuusha ni Narenakatta ore wa Reji o Utte Imasu.)
“I Couldn’t Be a Hero, So I’m Working the Register”
A little ecchi, a little funny, a little endearing, good pacing…this first episode didn’t jump out at me (except for the boobs), but it was a solid effort all around.
Where Fanservice Works, and Where It Doesn’t
I didn’t realize there was going to be so much fanservice in this show – even the action-focused opening sequence was bouncy – but there it is. This left me feeling conflicted, because while I didn’t mind the bouncing boobs here, the fanservice in another new show, Kill la Kill, left me disappointed.
The answer has to do with tone, and of course expectations. I went into Kill la Kill expecting hardcore action, and I got that, but I felt the fanservice distracted from that, which I didn’t like. Here I went in expecting silly romcom antics, and while I didn’t expect so much fanservice, it’s not far off from the traditional romcom faire. The honest truth is that in either case, it could work out fine – I’ll reserve my final judgement on that until later on, when I’ve gotten used to the story these shows are trying to tell me, rather than the story I thought they would tell. The lesson (and it’s an old one, but it bears repeating) is to go into every show with as few expectations as possible and enjoy them for what they are. I enjoyed the bounciness here because it matched the tone, but if you didn’t then I won’t judge, because it’s certainly a bit over the top. Go with what works for you.
But seriously girls, you all probably need to invest in a bra. That much freedom has to be hell on your shoulders.
Jokes, Pacing, Atmosphere, Animation
In the annuls of anime history, “ecchi romantic comedy” isn’t exactly a ground-breaking new genre, so if you only watch unique series – which I think is a mistake by the way, though that’s another post entirely – then this won’t be to your liking. Instead I’ll talk about how well this does what it seeks out to do, save for the bounciness, which I’ve already gone over.
The pacing was the first thing that struck me. It’s really even throughout, which made the events of the episode flow naturally. It was a bit slow at parts – though I prefer that to it being too fast – but it still bears mentioning. The atmosphere was good – it had that right mix of menial customer service, moderate despair, and weapons-grade cleaning solutions – and while the animation wasn’t top-tier, it’s still upper tier and does its job well (though whether that’ll continue past episode one is always anyone’s guess). As for the jokes, they were…well, on those I can only give them a “pretty good”. Part of this is undoubtedly because I previewed this show, so I’ve already seen most of these particular gags, but they didn’t cause me to erupt with laughter then either. If you’re in this for the jokes, I’m not sure whether this show will make you laugh enough. I wouldn’t drop it though, because there’s some good potential here.
For a show like this (and really, pretty much every show), it all comes down to the characters. So far Fino Bloodstone (Tadokoro Azusa) is leading the pack for me. Her honesty and curiosity is just so endearing, which makes it impossible to hate her even though she’s oblivious and has a tendency to accidentally blow magi-electronics up. Raul Chaser (Koumoto Keisuke) I’m less sure on, but I tentatively like him. He’s not particularly interesting in and of himself so far, but his frustration and sense of feeling lost fit well with his situation, which does trigger my empathy. Maybe that’s just because I used to work in a department store though. Seriously, screw those places. People just toss all the clothes all over the changing rooms and let their children run free. I still have nightmares.
I think this will be a good Friday show for me – something simple and unassuming that I can wind down the work week with. If that’s something that appeals to you – and also, oppai and pantsu – then this might be the show for you. I don’t have any plans to blog this further, but I will be watching it, so follow me on twitter if you want to hear my reactions and/or discuss the show.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Good pacing, an endearing leading lady, and boing boing boing~ #yushibu 01
- One thing: it’s a bit cheap to go magitech by just tacking the word “magic” onto normal items. I prefer the Discworld method of having items function the same way, but for different reasons specifically suited to the world. I guess Yushibu’s way gets the story going and then gets out of the way, but still…it’s a bit lazy.
- But seriously, how did Raul go so long thinking Fino was a boy? I mean look at her! I know she talks like a (very arrogant) man, but c’mon! C’MON!
- So bubbles count as clothing to demons? Swiftly approved! Let this new craze sweep the magical nation!
- This show has the appropriate amount of thigh-highs. Could not be more pleased. Need moar!
- Seriously though Japan, have some self control on your naming. Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita? It’s supposed to be a name, not a description! Keep it down to a word or three, damn.
OP: 「Extra Revolution」 by ZAQ