OP: 「齧りかけの林檎」 (Kaijiri Kake no Ringo) by 竹達彩奈 (Taketatsu Ayana)
「ラブ&エロス フォー オール / ナイトメア ビフォア カルナバル」 (Rabu & Erosu Foo Ooru / Naitomea Bifoa Karunabaru)
“Love & Ero For All / Nightmare Before Carnival”
After previewing the show for the Season Preview and having a good idea what this first episode would cover, I can’t believe how much of a positive effect the transition to an anime had on this show. All I know is that I was laughing way more than I should have been.
A Quirky Cast of Lovable Characters
Even though we didn’t see much of the zombie loving Rotten Girl, I was surprised how quickly the show fleshed out a majority of the cast. Not giving any one character too much or too little attention, we got to see all the little quirks that make them so memorable. While I’ll leave it up to you to find out which character is your favorite (Hio, Sensei, and Sommerlier are probably mine), I feel safe in saying that whoever it ends up being, you’ll get more than enough service to satisfy your needs. Because if this first episode is any indication of how the rest of the series is going to be, it looks like everyone’s going to get more than enough time to shine.
Also, if you’re on the fence and not sure if you’re going to enjoy this show and zombies are your thing, there should be a zombie-related thing happening sometime soon. So if that’s your cup of tea, watch more!!
Ero G-Man and Mangakas
For a first episode, I thought this week’s skits were freaking hilarious. Starting with the one I was anticipating the most, I loved seeing Ero G-Man (Government Man) in action. Something about watching a female government worker quickly shuffling through the 18+ aisles of a bookstore was just too funny. Toss in how she’s actually a proud lover of all types of ero and you have such a quality one-off character it’d be a shame if she didn’t come back some time soon. And don’t even get me started with how cute it was to see Hio yell out her love for ero into a packed crowd. Because, come on who wouldn’t love to see that?
On the other hand, I wasn’t expecting to see such a dawww moment between Umi and Sensei. I didn’t remember the skit itself being very memorable in the manga but boy was it awesome in the anime. A combination of shots with Sensei pouting, Hio exerting her power over her, and Umi being a damn good guy made for an amazing skit that had me giggling and fawning over its cuteness.
Overall Impressions and Looking Ahead
After being extra hyped up for this show, I was pleasantly surprised with what we got. While I was a little afraid that some of the charm would be lost from the transition into an anime, it looks like I was afraid over nothing. With a quirky combination of characters that can all stand on their own, I have nothing but praise for this show. Sure it may be a slice-of-life and a lot of people generally associate that genre with some type of synonym for boring, but I think this might be one that breaks slightly from the mold. See you next week!
ED: 「two-Dimension’s Love」 by denk!girls