OP: 「ふ・れ・ん・ど・し・た・い」 (Fu ・ Re ・ N ・ Do ・ Shi ・ Ta ・ I) by 学園生活部 (Gakuen Seikatsubu)
I’ve been dying to find out how Lerche was going to handle their adaptation of Gakkou Gurashi and I loved it for the most part. While some things in the timeline and story were shifted a bit, the biggest being the sudden introduction of Naoki Miki or Mii-kun, who can fault Lerche for giving us a surprise cutesy character in the form of Taroumaru? In any case, I can totally feel the magic that the manga had and then some.
On a side note, I will be talking about some spoilerish things throughout these posts. I’ll keep them within spoiler tags so OPEN THEM AT YOUR OWN RISK.
School Life Club
As an introductory episode, I was surprised how much the story fleshed out all the members of the club. While the spotlight was obviously shining on Yuki and Miki, I really loved how the show managed to nail a lot of Kurumi and Yuuri’s little quirks. From Yuuri’s motherly nature (and anger) to Kurumi’s tomboyish behavior, it was fun to catch all these things from the most subtle of clues.
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Also, on Taroumaru, I don’t think we have to say much more than he’s a pretty awesome dog. I mean, when was the last time you saw a dog smart enough to open a sliding door?!
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Waiting until the last few seconds to really show us what’s going on, it looks like things aren’t as peachy as the show wants us to believe. With the school in shambles and what are presumably zombies crawling around everywhere, I hope I wasn’t the only one who had a “what the fu…?” moment. Especially since the entire episode led us to believe that everything was just fine! While I’m sure we’ll get some kind of answer next week, I wish the show had given us a little more after dropping a huge bombshell on us.
Being one of my most anticipated shows of the season, I was super duper happy with how this first episode came out. Besides capturing all the magic that I felt while reading the first chapter of the manga, it added in its own special touch in a way that only an anime can do. Sure, I might have some gripes that things are different than the manga, but I have a feeling Lerche has a clear direction with where they’re going and these changes are going to just make the adaptation from a manga into an anime that much better.
Thanks for reading the post and I hope to catch you around for the rest of the season! On a side note, please refrain from posting spoilers in the comments. Not only are you ruining someone’s experiences, but because this is an adaptation, it’s possible you could be spreading misinformation! So, please abuse that spoiler tag and if you want to talk about anything related to this anime or if you wanted to ask me something specific, shoot me a tweet @rctakaii!
See you next week!
ED: 「ハーモナイズ・クローバー」 (Haamonaizu Kurooba) by 黒崎真音 (Kurosaki Maon)