A new GAINAX series is always a landmark for me.
Saeki Shouji, one of the last of the old lions left and a guy who was a vital part (2nd Director, Storyboarder) of FLCL – probably my #3 anime of all time. Something had to give – and while I tried to clear my mind of both extremes of prejudice, I think my final reaction to the episode was something close to indifference.
I guess the positive for me is that I don’t dislike the series the way I do Nisio’s other works, but while the dialogue isn’t as mannered and self-aware as his best-known adaptations I still find that both it and the characters ring false. I know it’s early days, but Medaka (Toyasaki Aki) is way too perfect to be interesting so far – perfect body, perfect morals, perfectly talented – she’s a bit of a Medaka-Sue. The childhood friend scenario with Zenkichi (Ono Yuuki) is about as clichéd as you can get, and while sidekick genki girl Shiranui (Katou Emiri) offers some amusing moments, there’s nothing there we haven’t seen a thousand times before too. Likewise the scenario – seitokai, suggestion box – is stock anime goods. Part of me wonders if this isn’t intended as a satire of these tropes, and I’m just not seeing it – or it just hasn’t become clear as of yet.