Note to self, look at how long the episode is before deciding to watch it.
Action, comedy, romance. The three main points in an anime that I like. Without these core themes, the anime will bound to fail. However, when these three themes are not correctly in sync and moderated, you would get a mediocre anime like Kamisama no Memo-chou.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this
ridiculously long first episode. It just seemed too much of a bouillabaisse of themes that the whole episode kind of got, “distorted”. What I mean is that the random interjections of comic relief were not very pleasant, and at best, served to do very little of its purpose. Sure it got me to laugh most of the time, but you can’t help but feel: “Should this really be placed here? It seems a little off”.
Perhaps it’s just me getting a bit hazy after a long 49 minutes of my life, but despite all that skepticism above, Memo-chou does actually strike my fancy. After all, most shows these days fail to come out guns ablazing. I know I’m not the only one who thought this first episode was barely good, but I feel this is one of those shows like Hanasaku Iroha. An episode a week keeps your moe/NEET detective desires suppressed! Basically, this anime should have a “Once a week only” label on it because too much of this show will just make it seem extremely bland since it lacks the mystery and suspense building of shows such as Deathnote or Detective Conan.
Ah yes, about the characters. Although Memo-chou does feature a wide mixture of characters, it integrates each and every one of them together really well. Basically a seamless fit. Looking back on shows such as OreTsuba, we all know what could potentially happen if you introduce all the characters of the show within 20 minutes. However, Memo-chou doesn’t make the same mistakes OreTsuba made, and don’t forget, Memo-chou did have 49 minutes to work with. Almost triple the standard time, but to be honest, it was well worth it. Also, unlike shows such as OreTsuba, some main characters were clearly discerned and their roles were very well established early on. Nothing says a good show unless you have good characters.
While the clock ticked by as I watched this episode, some characters and the art became noticeably familiar, thanks to the awesome work by J.C. Staff. Did anyone else notice that Alice ( the NEET Detective) resembled Nakochi from HanaIro a lot? I’ve heard it from several people on the net that she bears a striking resemblance to our favourite kappa from HanaIro. Also, while paying attention to some of the other characters, I did notice most of them resembling people from the To Aru series. It felt like I was watching another spin-off of To Aru Majutsu no Index again. Certainly an art style I like. Makes the characters look distinguished and easily recognizable. On a note about the background art, the art was very well detailed in comparison to most anime that’s been airing these days. Obviously you can’t quite compare the art to that of beautiful shows like HanaIro, but Memo-chou’s art style is certainly eye-catching.
So? What’s my final take on this show? Well, it’s not that the first episode is SOOOO AMAZING that I simply have to cover this show, but I do see some potential. As I said before, the only reason why I didn’t like this first episode is because there’s just too much random placements of jokes and serious moments. When that happens, the show will lack the suspense it needs. After all, this is meant to be sort of a detective mystery thriller. Also, since I don’t know if the 2nd episode is going to be 49 minutes again or not, I do pray to god that this show provides the suspense I’m looking for. Nothing says detective mystery thriller other than suspense.
I am kind of reluctant to cover this show, but because I do see the potential of this show being a small hit, I think I will be. Since I can only cover at max 2 shows this summer season, I’ll be hard pressed to make a good decision on whether I’m going to cover Mayo Chiki! or IdolM@ster. Ah well, that’s a story for another day. Hopefully you guys will enjoy my posts for this show!