It sucks when you wake up without eyes
|Two episodes in and the anime adaption of Arcana Famiglia is still annoying the hell out of me! …Not exactly a good sign for things to come, but I’m still going to take a risk and bet on this turning out okay if Fel gets her act together. …Maybe.|
…And here I thought the awkward introductions were over, but not even a minute into the episode and Luca felt the need to introduce himself, card and all, even though he’s been with Fel since she was a loli. Sigh. To make it even worse, they also decided to throw what each character’s position in the family was minutes later. I guess Liberta’s sudden ignorance last episode is explained though since in the anime version, apparently Felicita hasn’t been living there all along. Plot hole time! If Felicita wasn’t living there/ officially part of the family, then why the hell did she have her sword serie with her last episode and why was she patrolling with them?
To clarify, the game version had Felicita as head of the Swords right away, so I’m not entirely sure why the anime has had Felicita completely separated from the rest of the household this whole time. Maybe it’s to explain why she’s so weak? To give them a reason to explain everything in extreme detail? I don’t know. …I don’t even know if that whole first part should be interpreted as a dream or not.
I guess the important part is that she looks good in a dress. Can you sense my sarcasm?
Speaking of Felicita being… uh, useless, she didn’t really do much this episode (points for having her kick one of her team members in the face; points taken away for not having most of that fight on screen). I’m noticing a pattern of Luca being a hindrance, so maybe they’re going to incorporate the game subplot that took place in his route about how he’s over babying Felicita. …However, it could also just be an excuse for the writers to make her not do much. Even though running around to the other members was probably great for people still confused about who each of there characters are (and it was much less awkward then how they previously introduced the characters), it still seemed pretty unnecessary. If you’re still unconvinced about how they’re toning down Felicita’s power levels, she could read hearts pretty much whenever she wanted to in the game (the part about it being uncontrolled was more of a factor that the number of times she could do it was limited) and figuring out who the cat’s owner was took all of 2 minutes after they had Fel look at the cat.
…I thought Noto Mamiko was a great choice for Felicita after hearing her first couple lines last episode, but Noto seems to have regressed to her soft spoken voice for this episode. I think that’s also part of the problem with Fel’s image here. At least Noto sounds right when Fel is pissed off, but the rest of the time, she just sounds pretty meek.
So enough of me complaining. Aside from the still awkward over-explanation, they did manage to incorporate the characters in a more natural way. …If anything about the Arcana characters can be considered natural. As painful as it was to watch them beat around the bush like that, I have to admit that having Liberta and the rest ask around was a way better way of showcasing that characters. They even threw a bit of side information (like Debito running the casino) in there without making it feel forced. Sure some of the conversations were extremely unnatural (i.e. Jolly’s, but that little spiel of his was slowed by the same I’m X, my Tarot is X formula), but it was overall an improvement. Minus Felicita (and Luca a bit, though he usually is the punchline to every joke), the characters are staying true to their originals too. There was way less over exaggeration of their personalities this episode, believe it or not.
I imagine that they’ll be including little cameos of the main characters throughout each episode, which should work well as a way to remember each of the characters, but I’ve noticed a weird lack of Dante. Not that I’m complaining, since he’s a 38 year old balding ossan and I’m not entirely sure why he has a route in the first place, but even Jolly has had more of a character introduction than him and Jolly is more of an ossan then he is (even if he doesn’t look it). I’d say Dante plays as big as a role regarding Liberta (who I assume the plot will be following a lot) as Jolly does the main plot, so why so little exposition? Though I’m pretty sure that Dante is one of, if not THE least popular of the eligible bachelors of the game, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the writers decided to tone his part down in order to make way for the younger and more appealing characters like Nova, Liberta and the others.
…I’m a bit sad that Nova’s punishment shown at the end didn’t include the part of Felicita walking in on Nova singing and embarrassing the hell out of him. They’re avoiding exposing his hidden tsundere levels! Why would they do that?! I guess the rule of ‘no female characters allowed during male bonding time’ in otoge anime is going to apply here. I’ll let it slide this time, but I have a huge rant in reserve if this becomes a reoccurring theme.
This episode was slow and there was little to no fighting, which I figured would be one of the anime’s strong suits. So slow, that I’m wondering how the hell they’re going to fit the entire game into 12 episodes. I imagine that they’ll skip over most of the individual routes and go straight to the mandatory events, like the last two episodes were. However, even then, there were a lot of them. From the next episode preview too, it’s hard to tell what’s going to happen. Hell, all I saw was a bunch of closeups of faces. Not exactly something you could piece an episode plot together with. I’m okay with the writers going off the original storyline, but I wish that same of the translations between the mediums weren’t so awkward. I still like the adaption (even if I’m doing more complaining then anything; think of it as tough love), but it’s also annoying the hell out of me at the same time. It seemed like none of the problems I pointed out last episode were solved. I sound like a broken record.