OP: 「オリジナル。」 (Orijinaru.) by TrySail
「高橋鉄男は語りたい」 (Takahashi Tetsuo wa Kataritai)
“Takahashi Tetsuo Wants an Interview”
This first episode was everything, and I mean everything, I wanted and then some.
God, how long has it been since I’ve had a show meet my blown out of proportions and exceed them nearly ten-fold? Demi-chan wa Kataritai did a fantastic job with its first episode in every single aspect. The character designs are on-point, the animation is crisp and clear, the seiyuus brought their respective character to life, and the story tactfully rearranged and combined certain points and events in the story to keep things feeling tight and on-point. I’ll dive into the episode itself in a second here, but if you gave me a microphone and soapbox to stand on, I could sing praises for this show until next week’s episode came out. Anyways, if you only read the first paragraph of these posts, I hope this was enough to convince you to give the episode a shot.
Diving into the episode itself though, everything was done so freaking well. Starting with the story, I loved the changes A-1 made to help keep the story feeling tight. Without changing most of the introduction by keeping the focus around Takahashi (Suwabe Junichi) and Hikari (Hondo Kaede), I really appreciated the way they integrated Satou-sensei (Hikasa Yoko) this early on. If I remember correctly, she doesn’t appear for some time in the manga and I can only imagine how strange it would have been if they introduced her only to leave her hiding in the shadows until a few episodes down the road. But it didn’t stop there — the story managed to give both Himari (Takanashi Himari) and Kyouko (Shinoda Minami) a decent introduction without ever feeling like they were just tossing them into the story. With the former we got to see a burst of that pragmatic-honor-student and with the latter we got a nice reminder that life isn’t all roses and candy with Demis. Specifically with Kyouko, I really appreciate how subtly the story managed to hint at her classmates having some reservations about talking about her Dullahan qualities. And you know what? I’ve noticed that the show has been very liberal with its use of emotions, especially with character’s eyes. While it may be pretty obvious when they’re positive emotions, usually using exaggerated motions, I love how the opposite is used when things slide toward the negative side of the emotion scale.
Getting back on track, I loved the tone and feel the story created as Takahashi interviewed Hikari. Never getting too close to the boring side of asking someone questions, I love how they managed to interject the same type of pacing and humor from the source material. Sure, it may have been part because of the seiyuu doing a fantastic job at bringing the characters to life but there’s just as much credit due to the script writers for doing a great job of keeping things moving along at a nice speed. Also, how long has it been since we’ve seen a teacher honestly talk to a student about “ecchi” things with no strings attached?
Anyways, before this post gets too long, let me bring this so a close. With a great opening episode that managed to really get the ball rolling, it looks like Demi-chan might be rolling toward being a fantastic hit for those of us who really enjoy this genre. And with that, I’ll see you guys down in the comments before I run out of energy to write compliments since I could probably keep going on for pages and pages. I’ll definitely see you next week.
ED: 「フェアリーテイル」 (Feariiteiru) by 三月のパンタシア (Sangatsu no Pantasia)