|Everyone who was going to talk about this with me got really busy, so I guess it’s just me for Brothers Conflict. OTL So yeah, I absolutely love the game (review coming soonish, I have like, half a route left before I can post part 1), but as for the anime…|
First things first, I highly doubt any of you remember who the brothers are, let alone match names to faces (I know I sure as hell didn’t at first, but I also had dialogue boxes with the character names right there, so I learned quickly). …So I have a small summary here (copy-pasted from the above mentioned review I was hoping to get out before this but never did). I took out some of the more spoilerish details since I’m sure the anime will go into them, but some of this might still be considered spoilers. …Some of which, I wish I could take out, but are unavoidable, so read at your own risk I guess (the spoilers honestly aren’t that big of a deal though). Oh, and I also included ages. If you’re wondering, I’m pretty sure Ema is 16 or 17.
Ema. What happened to you? Seriously, she was practically the most energetic person in the games (maybe second to Wataru, the shota character). I have no idea what happened to her here since all of her personality traits are just… not there. Like, for instance, she was a HUGE fan of Futo (the idol brother) in the game (she was SO excited when he appeared on TV, where Tsubaki and Aszusa were all “meh”) and here she didn’t even know the guy. The same goes for the BL but not really scene with the twins. The scene was originally hilarious due to Ema and Juli’s embarrassed overreactions, but it’s not even that funny here. Are they going to take away Ema’s gaming habits too? I really hope they don’t… But yeah, Ema no longer has a personality. I really, really hope that her awkwardness is just due to the fact that she’s uncomfortable with having to suddenly live with 11 guys and not just because they think people want an –insert yourself here– heroine. Kind of like how Narukami Yu managed to get a personality as the Persona 4 anime went on, maybe Ema gets back her enthusiasm as a sign that her and the Asahina family are becoming less like strangers. She was so cute in the game, I have no idea what happened to her here. OTL I don’t even think they called her by name once (Chi is a nickname), so maybe we have another nameless heroine. Screw that though, I’m still going by her default name, Ema, in my posts.
I was kind of surprised at how much screentime Juli got too. His role in the anime is pretty much the same as the game (aka telling every brother in the house to stay the hell away from Ema), but instead of hearing Ema’s monologue the entire way through, we suddenly have Juli introducing the brothers in a really obvious way. Maybe this is for the best since Ema is pretty boring right now, but I wonder if the anime will go more into Juli’s character. Even I found the talking squirrel aspect really weird and they didn’t explain it at all in the first game. Also, playing the game, I kind of forgot that he existed half the time (except for an ending where Juli is hinted to be more than a talking squirrel), so seeing what the heck his character is would be nice.
The brother introductions… I don’t even know if it’s worth mentioning those. This was the most painfully obvious exposition ever. The game introduction was kind of like this too (only, a bit more subtle), but where I can live with that in a game, it looks terrible in an anime. Did they really need to cover 11 brothers in one episode? They also halfassedly added in some of the route events too, which were kind of boring since Ema is boring. Though I’m not saying that it’s totally a loss, since Kaname was kind of memorable. Ema’s realization that Kaname is more than a playboy seems a bit early. …Though it definitely doesn’t have as much impact coming now as opposed to having him look like a terrible person who only thinks of sleeping with women and then switching to being deeply concerned about his family when there’s an emergency. Maybe this is early set up for Iori’s (the prince character) issues that happen. I don’t know.
Juli. What happened to you?
Finally, my thoughts on production. …Ahaha that ending was so UtaPri, it’s not even funny. The opening wasn’t too bad either. …I’m still having issues with some of the art changes though (see the Juli comparison above). Other than some weirdness I feel with the character designs though, this wasn’t bad animation-wise. There aren’t any super intense action scenes that I can think of (nor any pretty-supernatural scenes like Amnesia had… ignoring the first part of this episode that had no purpose other than looking pretty), so hopefully BrainsBase doesn’t have to drop the quality at all in later episodes due to lack of budget.
Generic brothers are generic (and they don’t get any less generic), but what I absolutely love about this series is the heartwarming family vibes. …Which were absent this episode, but again, I hope this is just due to the new family awkwardness. The character dialogue and interactions were also really fun in the game as well, so I hope this anime manages to include some of that, even with the fact that they’ll have to cut a lot out due to time constraints. …I also hope Miwa and Rintarou show up before the wedding, otherwise it will look like they came out of nowhere. Argh, some of my favourite moments involve Miwa doting on Ema as the daughter she never had. They need to get some of that in here!!! Anyways, I wasn’t all that impressed with this first episode, but hopefully the introductions are over now and we can get into looking more into the characters. Or at least focusing on making the characters more memorable.
…Or they could just put Tsubaki in handcuffs for no reason. That works too.