「ゴールデンスピリッツ」 (Gooruden Supirittsu)
I didn’t have huge expectations for this show, but boy am I glad that I watched it.
I’m not 100% what it is, but shows that revolve around a wild premise of high school kids living secret lives as spies, superheroes, magical girls, or some combination of the three always manage to grab my attention. I’m not sure if it’s the kid in me wanting to believe that a secret life like this was possible or something even deeper that I don’t even understand, but there’s something about this type of show that pulls me in so deep that it’s a little scary.
However, what tends to happen with shows like this is that they’ll fizz out too quickly and leave us with a mess of a show that tries to find the success they saw in their first few episodes. For Release the Spyce though, I have this strong feeling that there’s just enough here to hopefully keep things going strong throughout the entire season. That said, I feel like Momochi is such an interesting character that I might have no reason to be afraid.
Diving into Momochi, I love how she’s your typical high school girl with a legitimate reason to explain her wants to be more than a typical citizen. Seeing how the story is trying to tell us that her father was an upstanding police officer, I love knowing that Momochi can find strength in trying to emulate what her father did. Second, as corny as it is, I love how she has such odd “powers”. Because for a show where we see girls doing pretty insane physical feats, I can appreciate it when someone gets to show off something different.
Overall, I think this first episode did a great job at introducing us to the world of Release the Spyce. And for as wonky and cheesy as some of it might be, I think it really works because of how much the story and the characters embrace it. I mean, in any normal situation, why would you care about a set of random girls who bite some spice in order to get powered up? But when those girls also have some cool tech, work like their secret agents, and have some adorable animal mascots that have been trained to do cool things, it all starts to come together into a wonderfully fun time.
Anyways, I’ll hopefully catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get a better primer on the Tsukikage. See you later!
ED: 「Hide ＆ Seek」 by ツキカゲ（安齋由香里、沼倉愛美、藤田茜、洲崎綾、のぐちゆり、内田彩）