What a shocker! This was my blind pick for this season, and I’m so glad now. Although this fist episode starts off really slow, it did a great job at showing us some of the things that we can expect from the series, as well as keeping certain things a mystery for us to find out.
When the episode started and the opening song started, I was immediately entranced. It’s so good! The pop music style mixed with traditional instruments makes the song so addictive, and the singing by Nao Touyama makes it even better. So before I actually went ahead and watched the episode, I paused it and went to YouTube to listen to the song a few more times first. It’s just that good. Definitely song of the season for me here since I’ve already been brainwashed right at episode 1.
*I’m still playing the song on loop as I’m writing this. Here’s the link to the MV.
Now, as for the story, it is pretty simple and yet the background behind it seems to be very deep. I have a feeling there will be many interesting plot developments as we go along, and so far, it is keeping me quite interested. The characters are all pretty interesting too, and I like them so far. Can’t wait to find out more about the people at the inn, as well as see Tsubaki grow as a person.
The art and animations are really good as well. I have never heard of studio Gonzo before, but after checking, it seems they are the studio behind 18if, the anime with some really interestingly weird animations. I can now understand how they are able to animate this. Either way, the art style was quite pleasing, and for once I didn’t find the pretty boys annoying to the eyes.
Overall, it was a good first episode with high potentials, and apparently the second episode gets much better so I’m looking forward to it. Well, it is worth watching just for the opening song really.
First impressions rating: 8/10
Most impressive part: THIS OPENING SONG IS SO GOOD!
With that done, let’s move on to another anime from this season that I picked out of curiosity for its genre, Juushinki Pandora. Hopefully mecha it’s not bad?