Alright. It’s all up to you, Sekai Seifuku. Space Dandy is too silly, Chuunibyou’s just Chuunibyou, and Hoozuki turned out to be like Lucky Star except somehow even more dull. If any show is going to end up this season’s dark horse candidate, it’s gonna have to be you. Don’t let me down!
0:28 – Well, these backgrounds are nice. A good first step!
0:47 – And a suitably absurd prologue. Looking good so far…
1:06 – Yeah, this is my kind of stupid deadpan joke. Like with Hataraku Maou-sama, 3/4ths of the joke is in how much the aesthetics support it – the pacing, the overblown music. I’m on board so far
1:19 – And being pretty never hurts
1:33 – Nice, the great backgrounds extend to non-distopian scenes. The color work is great, an excellent sense of scale and detail, and I like the textured effect
2:21 – So his parents communicate through feedback-heavy guitar riffs? I can get behind that
3:29 – Wait, what.
3:42 – No delicate princesses here.
5:09 – Yeah, they’ve got my attention. What kind of world are we living in?
6:06 – So, so silly.
6:22 – A face to kill for
7:07 – Oh my god her voice is so fantastic. If they thought putting a little girl as the head of a terrorist organization was enough of an idea to build an entire show around, they were completely right
7:21 – Brilliant. It’s hitting so many standard beats (the meeting with the girl from school, “will I die here, before achieving my dream?”, this canned line here), but they are just so inherently silly in this context. This is much funnier than actual gags
8:15 – The BIGGEST dream
9:00 – IT IS TIME TO CHOOSE
9:11 – ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS okay yeah I’m loving this show
9:54 – These line deliveries are so good. Good thing too, since this concept lives or dies on how silly Kate is
10:16 – This even seems like an interesting world, too. Sekai Seifuku holding this season together!
12:19 – The minions try to complete the mission while their leader searches for her stuffed animal. Typical executive incompetence
12:51 – Wondering if conquering the world will create a home to the MC who opened the episode by running away from home. Guess we’ve got a theme on our hands, folks
13:17 – Quite a speech for a first episode! “It’s easy to find a replacement for someone”… hm. Also, Kate’s expressions are all the best
13:32 – Additional expressions
14:13 – This show
15:17 – Visual design again. The light striking that tree is a nice effect
16:16 – Yeah sure show do what you want
17:19 – Oshit the tension’s rising!
Okay, yeah, that was easily the best premier of the season. I’m not sure if I’ll actually be covering it, since I’m pretty determined to keep my number of weeklies low so I can actually write more essays, but goddamn if I didn’t have a great time watching that. My fears have been vanquished – winter season has been successfully Conquered. Great work, anime