K-On! Rules, Queen’s Blade Sucks
I wish they’d pay people for pointing out the obvious…this post’s title would be earning me some dough.
Euphoric Field has reviewed the first ep of K-On! complete with its mathematical formula for success and I agree with its assessment. This show rocks. The formula has Lucky Star squared in it, and I think it’s definitely possible that this will top it, although I disagree with digiboy’s opinion that Lucky Star didn’t have a storyline. The storyline is this:
Kagami struggles to overcome her shyness and obtain what she has always wanted: men; while Konata struggles to maintain a stable family environment under repeated attacks from men: her amorous father and the store clerks. So it’s kind of a deep, ironic show when you think about it. 🙂
Anyway, K-On! The character design is totally edible. I wish I had more of an artistic vocabulary to describe it, sorry. It’s like the artist started with the eyes and mouth first and then drew the face and hair to frame them (so that actually the head is quite big because it was thought up after the fact to accommodate the facial features). Or something along those lines.
This sort of design works because the characters’ hearts and personalities are bursting out of their bosoms in exactly the same way. I absolutely love it. Not to mention the surroundings are lush. The teachers’ room looks like Seventh Heaven. Believe me, I’ve been in many a Japanese teachers’ room and this is the prettiest by far.
One criticism you could make it is that all of the characters look somewhat similar but I myself don’t mind that. If the basic design is good why mess with it? Just stick different-colored ribbons or something so I can tell them apart…with help from the voice acting which is solid all-around. Yui’s voice reminded me of Miki from Marmalade Boy, especially when she was in a bind and saying “dou shiyo!”.
The ending vid was wonderful, check out Euphoric Field’s post if you want to see it.
The chances of me dropping this are about as low as the chances I will be able to retire by the age of 45: i.e. NIL.
I wish Queen’s Blade were half as good. or a third, or a tenth. I thought the idea of doing a borderline hentai show with a bunch of superstar seiyuu could lead to greatness, but clearly this ain’t happening. For one thing, the titillation factor is pretty much zero: bodies and faces look like so much silicon and botox. Honestly, look at the main character, she looks like she overdosed on botox. And the dialogue is ridiculous.
So borderline hentai fails because the art is bad. Voice actress factor fails because the dialogue is bad. I feel I’ve paid my dues to Aya Hirano and can now drop this show without the slightest sense of guilt. I guess Aya’s in Jewelpet or whatever it’s called so I might be catching that too when it comes out.