I love this time of the year, don’t you?
I can go on about how decent the production values are and how Felicita is what makes this show better than most of its kind but I won’t. Arcana is so clumsily put together that it squanders its own potential. This episode featured some of the most obnoxious methods of exposition I’ve seen in anime for a long time, and we all know how crazy about exposition anime is. The male characters all seem to be taken from some other show and were forced into erm, ‘mafia’ attire and given a specific quirk based on a Tarot card. I want to like this show, but it really needs to pull itself together and try harder– I just don’t buy it.
Verdict: Needs to sound less like a game manual.
Tari TariP.A Works is back with Tari Tari. The studio is a lot like KyoAni in terms of producing shows that are very pleasing to the eyes, Tari Tari is no exception. Visuals aside though, there’s nothing special about Tari Tari– I can’t remember and of the character’s names and the music just fades into nothingness. All I remember is that dude being a baka gaijin and all the hilarious DRAMA surrounding creating your own choir club. Tari Tari’s is trying to tell a story that needs a lot of heart, but none of these characters feel real to me. They’re all too perfectly molded and given a specific role that it becomes impossible to relate to any of them.
Verdict: Ditch the whole premise and stick to showing adventures of Baka Gaijin
Humanity Has Declined
This season’s quirky show is all about the cute visuals contrasting with the cynical views upheld by the main character who is simply known as Sensei. Lots of fun themes here but I suppose the big picture here is that humans are dumb and are bound for extinction. Fun.
The main issue I have with Junrui is that it doesn’t quite push itself far enough, it’s fine if you want to rely on shock tactics or weirdness from time to time but I expected more from this show. The writing’s not sharp enough to carry that cynical tone all throughout.
Verdict: One of the stronger shows this season, but it’s not as witty or tongue in cheek as I’d like. DEM FAIRIES ARE MOE THOUGH, I could listen to them talk for a long, long time.