July 14, 2012
Well, this isn't shaping up to be a top-drawer series. But it isn't a total loss yet, either.
Looks like this academy is a bit of a jungle, with powerful people bullying those who are weaker. Our hero, Akatsuki, is coming off as a real bad ass, but I sense method to his madness. He's read the situation and is trying to establish a rep as being someone that the bullies shouldn't tangle with.
His relationship with Myuu is a bit ambiguous. He killed her father. But as her father was dying, he entrusted her to Akatsuki. And so far he has been kind to her (when he's awake). So should she hate him, love him, or not care at all? She's decided to watch him and defer that decision about him.
The second episode includes more bare breasts. Though this show is highly unlikely to be anything like as good as Divergence Eve, I'm beginning to think that they may be alike in one way: the high density of fan service in Hagure Yuusha may eventually detract from the story telling.
Looking at the voice cast, there's a lot of top drawer talent on this show. Rina Satou (Misaka Mikoto, Jenny Dolittle) is in it. Kana Hanazawa (Chiaki Kurihara, Aoi Futaba) is in it. Kana Ueda (Hayate Yagami, Rin Tohsaka) is in it. Also Marina Inoue and Youko Hikasa. And I can't really complain about the quality of the animation.
Originally I thought that Akatsuki was the audience viewpoint character, but now I think that Myuu is supposed to be. Part of the story here is that Akatsuki is a bit of an enigma. Is he a bastard with a heart of gold? Or just a bastard? Is he making a demonstration for the powers-that-be in the school for a reason? Or just because he's pugnacious?
Should Myuu love him, or hate him? Ultimately I think that will end up being the story.
But I wish they'd tell more story and do less pandering.
But there is a risk of Divergence Boobs-effect (the nickname for the series when it aired), where the fanservice can seriously detract from an interesting story. Though I don't believe this one is quite as dark.
Posted by: sqa at July 14, 2012 02:01 PM (5/dUV)
Divergence Eve was at its core a horror story. I'm not expecting this one to be; more like action-adventure.
They've also telegraphed something.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 14, 2012 02:22 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: sqa at July 14, 2012 07:12 PM (5/dUV)
Posted by: muon at July 19, 2012 05:43 AM (JXm2R)
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