OP: 「The Asterisk War」 by Shiena Nishizawa
「万有天羅」 (Banyuu Tenra)
After a short break, Gakusen Toshi Asterisk is back for its second cour (or season)! And boy, A-1 Pictures spared no expense for this first episode.
Opening Sequence & Gorgeous Animation
While some episodes last season had some serious wonks when it came to animation, this first episode is starting out strong by being absolutely gorgeous. Literally, everything was spot on. From general movement to high intensity action shots, there was almost nothing I could find fault with.
Also, this new opening sequence has to be one of the prettiest I’ve seen in ages. It’s smooth, has great music accompanying it, and does just enough foreshadowing to really get your mind racing.
There’s no mistaking it, this new character named Xinglou Fan is absolutely amazing. She has this perfect attitude of “I don’t give a damn” combined with “I want things to be interesting”. Something that we haven’t seen too much of yet and is a welcome introduction in comparison to all the uptight and stuffy characters we’ve met thus far.
Specifically though, she’s just so adorable that it’s tough for me not to write something about her. From the moment we saw a glimpse of her during the last episode to her few amazing minutes on screen, it was pure bliss getting to see a new character just do whatever they wanted to do. That said, I really hope we get to see some more of her character get fleshed out before too much time passes. Seeing how she’s one of the higher ups though, I doubt we’ll get much. But one can hope, right?
The Phoenix Festa / Ayato’s Limiter
Man, who would have thought Ayato would have been thrown so quickly into another battle? Last I checked, he completely blew himself out after exerting too much energy during the Priscilla fight and it looks like the complications of doing so actually managed to come back to haunt him.
Luckily, with some clever planning by Julis, our favorite duo (or I guess my favorite duo) managed to scrape by without either of them getting too injured.
Julis and Looking Ahead
With the story diving straight back into the thick of things, I can’t help but feel good about this second season. We spent a lot of time back then building up to this point and it looks like we’re finally getting to cash in on all that good will we had during Asterisk’s low moments.
In any case, for those of you who enjoyed the first season but weren’t sure if you were going to pick this second season up, PICK IT UP. With the insane budget this show apparently has and the somewhat boring stuff out of the way, it looks like all that’s left is for some awesome (so many good fights are coming, I can feel it) and epic (who would have thought Julis would have brought up Ayato’s sister?) episodes.
ED: 「愛の詩-words of love-」 (Ai no Uta -words of love-) by Haruka Chisuga