That was a pretty mediocre first episode, and so far the series feels only a little average. However, it does have a lot of potential to be much more than just above average.
Being a mech show, the story portion is quite important, as a good story is needed for viewers to keep their interests in between the fights. In this aspect, the show nailed it pretty well. BRAI is a very interesting concept, and I would love to see more of the world presented to us as well as know more about what exactly happened. The characters presented so far are kinda interesting so far, although there are a few that I don’t exactly like.(*cough*big bouncy boob princess *cough*)
While the story and characters are pretty good so far, the animations are falling behind a little and pulling down the overall quality of the show. The 2D animations are fine(sometimes even great) but the 3DCGI feels kinda lacking so far and needs to be refined a little, but it is still watchable. The frame rate at times also seem to be very low and it feels choppy at those moments.(again, it’s only the 3DCGI.) And of course, the most important parts of a mecha, the fighting scenes, are fine. Nothing too flashy, but not much flaws to pick on either. The actions are plenty exciting.
Although the art and animations are dragging the anime behind, the music portion again helps to make the anime better. With a good soundtrack that helps to bring out the mood a bit and good ending/opening songs, it is quite enjoyable.
A notable thing would be how a lot of the situations and scenarios in this first episode, for some reason, just seemed really cheesy to me. It was as if the events are making me cringe due to its cheesiness, and I can’t quite tell why…
Overall, it’s pretty ok, and I don’t mind continuing to watch this show. Definitely not the best the mecha genre has to offer and not exactly the best show to start with, but hey, I’ll take what I get.
First impressions rating: 6/10
Most impressive part: Evolution of the BRAIs. Felt like a power rangers moment there for some reason, haha.
With that done, there is only 3 more shows left for me to do first impressions on. Furthermore, one of the shows has really hard to find subs, even fansubs, so I don’t think I would be able to watch it anytime soon…expect this train of first impressions to end soon.
The next one on my list is Hisone to Maso-tan, a studio Bones show that I am putting my faith into purely because it’s Bones. Yup. See you in 6 hours!