Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up a Show in a First Impression?
|Welcome to the latest round of our First Impressions, and welcome to the city of Orario, home of monsters and treasure and traps…no not those types of traps…well, maybe. So let’s see what adventures await!|
Is it Wrong to Like a Show by JC Staff?
Hey there! Just covered in minotaur blood, don’t mind me….
At first blush this is a JC Staff production through and through. It wears their penchant for pattern, color and vibrancy like a nicely tailored suit. Orario avoids a budgeted or spartan appearance; coming off as lived in and fantastically appointed. Character animation flows very well. All the vocal performances are hitting just the right level with a great crop of veteran VAs. The music has both a relaxed feel for the homey scenes and the right level of epic for the fights. Technically speaking the first entry into the new series is pretty darn sound, and with JC’s rep, it should stay that way and even improve? The anime is based of the Light Novel series of the “same name” by Oomori Fujino
You could make this relationship a lot less complicated dude…
Going into it’s characters, I have to say that I generally like Bell (Yoshitsugo Matsouka), he is earnest and hard working, but maybe with an unneeded shade of SAOs Kirito’s GAR moments. His reactions aren’t too over the top, and they are fairly well nuanced into the scenes; both at home, in the Dungeon, and around town. Yeah, some are done for pure broad comedy, but that is the style of the show, accept it or move on.
Some guys are just stupid…
Is it Wrong to Have an Exposition Dump?
The presentation of the stats, level builds and such feels like a storytelling gimmick rather than something the author arrived to naturally. This makes the basis seem like someone saw SAO or Log Horizon and yelled “Me, too!”. Yes even with “typical harem” as a potential complaint this is my sticking point. The dialog between Hestia and Bell does it’s best to message in the exposition, but it still comes of forced. I think the less they refer to this the better off. But really who am I kidding ::goes to study more::
Cute, but….oh she’s hiding something
I’m here for the fighting, the moe, and the harem hi-jinks, not characters worrying or bragging over stats. I can log into an online game or arrange a TRPG for that. As for the dungeon….it looks like they are going to avoid the more esoteric questions about the ecology of such places (pity), and just have critters spawn (geez) for the frak of it. Ah well, any excuse to monster mash for level up I guess….drops and all.
Dude, again, remember what you have back home!
Is it Wrong to Pick up Girls in Town?
This has been labeled a harem anime and the story has put paid to that. It has relationships of every stripe arranged around Bell like garland on a Christmas tree; and it looks like they will plug in the lights later. In the realm of first girl there is Aiz Wallenstein (Oonishi Saori); nice set up with her being the random encounter, and even better set up to arrange her as the axis upon which Bell turns his wheel.
Never a dull moment with the Loki Familia
As an extra added bonus her guild, the Loki Familia, looks like a natural rival for Bell. Oh, and not a a single one of them isn’t damn pretty. We next meet his guild caseworker Eine (Tomatsu Haruka), who fits into the caring older sister role quite nicely. Then we have his Familia leader Hestia, and this relationship does come off as the OTP. (and in the realm of story, she’s first girl) She might be trying just a bit too hard for most tastes, but I like how it’s starting out. And finally there is waitress Byr Flover (Shizuki Ishigami) of the Benevolent Mistress pub, who either has a crush on Bell, or just sees her mark as a working hostess. Maybe even both? Did he ever pay for that dine and dash?
Ya see, you guys are adorable!
Is it Wrong To Have Extra Dungeon Levels
Is it Wrong to Call this Goddess a LOLi?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes.
Well, the god of thunder, Mighty Thor, is not made of thunder. In that respect the LOLi goddess need not be one herself. Whoever the LOLis want to worship is fine by me. So where’s the offering box?
Overall this is a show that is worth the time. I don’ t know if it will outdo what has become an uncertain light novel adaptation market, but if you know me, you know I more for the anime than the source. The Game System as plot device fetish is not too terribly glaring and so long as they can keep the exposition tidy, it should come out in the wash. I’m enjoying, so far, how the relationships are established and it looks like there is room for even more harem antics in the coming weeks. Quite a few characters introduced this first episode are going to become more fleshed out, with a bit of drama and much more comedy. Oraria looks like a great place to visit, we’ll see how long we live here…
Respect the Goddess, that funky underboob string and all….