OP: 「black bullet」 by fripSide
「最後の希望」 (Saigo no Kibou)
“The Last Hope”
I don’t think I’ve ever said this, but this was probably the first time I’ve felt a little let down from an anime adaptation after having read a little of the source material. Maybe it’s just because I have good taste in shows? (I’m totally kidding). All jokes aside, my feelings about this show are actually a little mixed.
While I completely understand that an adaptation of anything into a different form will need to have certain things moved around and sometimes even cut, I was a little let down to see two really important scenes get cut out. Those two scenes being the back story behind the guy who turned into the jumping spider and the light-hearted exchange that Rentarou had with the detective before running off for those limited time sales. Sure, those two scenes probably won’t play a huge role in the grand scheme of things but moments like those that really flesh out the story and help you grow closer to the characters. Can you imagine how different that whole experience would have felt if you knew that the guy was actually a deadbeat father who was trying his best to turn things around in order to live with his kids again?
That said, I’m normally the person who typically avoids reading mangas online (paper just has that special feel to it) and thus ends up walking into most anime without any primer. With that in mind, I think that this first episode did a great job at building up the excitement while dangling just enough mystery to keep us coming back for more. If I were to pick something as the “crown jewels” of the episode, it would probably boil down to a tough choice between the Gastrea or Enju.
Gastrea, Initiators, and Cursed Children
Even though I have some issues with how certain things were handled, I have no qualms with anything and everything involving the Gastrea. Treated with the same importance a main character would get, I can’t wait to see where this broken and overpowered mess leads to. Because as cool as fighting off a mutant virus that mutates its host into a monster sounds, seeing children who inherited that power and are tasked with saving humanity while being discriminated against sounds a lot cooler. Luckily, if that avenue falls apart we still have Top-Hat Tuxedo Mask and his nefarious plot to destroy a world that’s already hanging by a thread.
Enju best girl Spring 2014?
Looking past the amazing fact she has superhuman powers and twin tails, Enju is probably the cutest thing I’ve seen in the longest time. While it may just be my childcare-embracing (kid-caring? I’m trying to avoid sounding like a sicko here!) side showing, you can’t deny that she’s as awesome as she is cute. I mean come on, don’t tell me you weren’t HNNNNGing when she tried to persuade Rentaro to flunk out for six years just so she could have class with him.
Seeing how I’m already roped into covering this show, I’m really hoping that it continues to get better as things proceed. I had some pretty big hopes for this one and after next week, I should have nothing in my head to bias my thoughts. Besides that, the lure of Fake Tuxedo Mask and what’ll happen to the cursed children as they grow up is more than enough to keep me coming back.
However, I were to point out something that scares me I would say that I’m scared of seeing this show get hit with the Spiderman 3 effect. For those of you who didn’t watch that movie, it’s basically the issue of trying to stuff in too many things without the time to adequately flesh it all out. The reason I say that is with our over-arching story being laid into place, there were a couple other huge things that the show hinted at. Things like Kisara’s obvious kidney issues and Rentaro’s internal struggles with anything involving his parents (biological or through adoption).
Anyways, let’s hope for the best shall we? Till next week!