Goodbye, should-be great adaptation.
OP: “Friends” by Aiko Nakano
The OP was quite alright… until Mina definitely took the “Dance” from the title literally and starts dancing. I… laughed, especially with how it’s animated. It looked very awkward. Though I like how it ended with Akira catching her. But yeah that’s about it. The song was mediocre.
Moving on with the show now, they didn’t followed the manga… AT ALL. From the Vampire Bund radio show, they confirmed to not follow the manga, but instead come up with an original story. All I can say about this idea is…
Who the hell thought that Akira should just get an amnesia to make this an “original story” can be pushed off on a cliff now. The first parts in this episode taken on school was also pointless. Instead of political drama, I feel like we’re getting this “monster of the week” shit. The manga was already messed up, then they do this …Yeah bloody right.
I guess it’s fine now to stop the anime-manga comparisons now we all know it’ll get an original story anyway. That’s just me, who knows? People new to this one might like it. In all fairness, letting all the rage about how SHAFT butchered this adaptation aside, this episode wasn’t really boring. The action was definitely enjoyable, I want more spilling blood and broken body pieces flying out everywhere though. The animation is just decent, it still shows how lazy SHAFT is by flashing stills here and there. The characters looks consistently alright, and I love the glowing eyes effect they added. Though I must say that SHAFT doesn’t really shy away from fanservice, no matter how surprising it can get. I’m quite surprised that they kept the lotion scene explicit, and by explicit I mean loli nipples… Yikes ▼
So, uhm yeah… I just wish this show the best of luck whatever they wanna plan on this one.