Kaushik back, here for some preview on the ongoing spring season. I’ve watched the first 2 episodes of these 3 shows, and have solidified an incredibly malleable opinion on each of these shows. Why these three first? Well, simple enough. These are the only shows I’ve watched so far! Yes, yes, I know there’s so many incredible shows, and why would I think of watching these ones first, etc. etc. Anywho, without further ado, let’s get to analyzing~
Starting off with the first show I watched this season, Hataraku Maou-sama. I must admit, I had no expectations going into this show. Hell, I barely even remembered what it was about. The concept works well enough for a comedy series. An all-powerful demon lord appears on Earth, and has to deal with the daily trivialities of human life. If that’s not comedy waiting to happen, what is? Luckily, this show delivers on its funny premise and was quite the enjoyable watch. The disconnect between a demon lord, his loyal vassal, and standard earth life is interesting and at times hilarious. The characters, so far, are an enjoyable bunch and the humor is anything but stale (so far).
Episode 2 took a slight turn, though, as there was somewhat of a focus shift from comedy to mystery and action. Our hero (and heroine) were beset by some mysterious assailant with a strong intent to kill, and this probably has a lot to do with the upcoming plot. I expect this to be a show fairly heavy on the comedy, with maybe a light plot to change up the flow and offer a distraction from pure comedy over and over again. I don’t have anything against that of course, the formula has been working so far and I expect good things in the future. So far, over the course of two episodes, Hataraku Maou-sama has kept my attention and I expect good things in the future. A definite recommendation from me!
Moving on to the first sequel I’ve watched of this season, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Cleverly, it uses the same title as the first season, so I’ll refer to it as OreImo S2 to differentiate it. As for the quality of the show so far, it’s… Sadly lower than my expectations. I have no clue why I was looking forward to this show, since thinking back on it I wasn’t a huge fan of the first season, and the second season seems to be more of the same. Still, I expect some drama and plot to kick in eventually, and those are usually the more enjoyable bits of this series. So far, over the course of two episodes, the show has been mostly comedy-based, so that’s likely why it wasn’t as interesting.
On the bright side, I’m oddly into the music for OreImo S2. I’ve somewhat recently started listening to some ClariS stuff, and hearing them again for the opening theme song “Reunion” is nice. On the other hand, it seems like they’re trying something interesting with the ending theme, as they’ve used a different theme for both episodes 1 and 2. It would be pretty cool if they could get a different ending theme for every episode. So far none of those themes have blown me away, but if they continue to be different songs I’ll probably find a few I like. As far as OreImo S2 has been so far, I’m tempted to drop it, but I’ll probably stick with it for a few more episodes at least.
The last show I’ve started (in fact I started watching it today!) is Red Data Girl. This series is totally different from the other two as there’s pretty much no comedy. In fact, I can’t quite tell what it’s supposed to be. So far it’s something of a mystery, maybe with some drama thrown in. There’s some supernatural elements, and I could see some romance happening down the line. The character designs look quite familiar, as this is a PA Works show. Considering the last two PA Works shows I’ve seen (Tari Tari and Hanasaku Iroha, both of which I’ve reviewed), seeing something out of the slice-of-life category is somewhat interesting, and I’m curious to see where this show will go next.
So far the show has been a little confusing, but that’s mostly because there isn’t much information floating around within the first two episodes. The main character is something of a timid girl, named Suzuhara Izumiko, and it seems like she has some sort of strange power. She isn’t good with a lot of electrical objects, and she has at least one quite reverent follower. I’m thinking she’s some sort of goddess, but I honestly have no clue as of yet. Still, as it stands currently the show is interesting and has me guessing, which is good. It always helps that I’m a fan of both glasses and braids (guess what Izumiko wears~), but the content of this show is great, so I’ll definitely been keeping up with this for the near future.