Natsu no Arashi 1
This picture is a good representation of what this episode was about in both literal and figurative sense…
This was the anime I was excited about the most due to SHAFT and potentially interesting plot based on the manga. The brief anime preview made me quite worried, and, unfortunately, my fears came true….
Two things disappointed me: character design and story. While character design is not very different from the manga, I feel that is definitely worse due to angular features.
Although it was somewhat expected from the brief trailer, the story is quite disappointing. While we don’t know the plot for the anime yet, it is clear where it is going.
The potential was there in the manga… For example, the scene where the girl reveals her true nature is very nice and could have been animated well.
Also the moment when two old friends met was very special, but they just put all people together in the anime.
I did like some things in the anime: backgrounds, music, voice acting. Background art is quite good both inside and outdoors, featuring soft color palette. Music is fun, but not as good as in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. Yuko Sanpei (Nakiami in Xam’d) provided fitting voice for the young male protagonist.
I’ll check out the second episode to see if there will be any flashbacks, but the first Spring anime weekend looks bleak so far… My only hope now is a girl with silver eyes…