Fresh off the presses, the first show of Fall is a shoujo show. It’s actually interesting enough for me to talk about it. I won’t be reinventing the wheel, so summary + screencaps can be found here.
First and foremost, this is a shoujo show, and takes itself seriously at that, which actually makes it pretty damned funny whenever the “sparklies” and eye-closeups happen. In fact, there is one scene of our lead guy punching a thug WITH THE SPARKLIES EFFECT used (screencap no.14 in above-mentioned link). God, I haven’t been able to stomach those very well, most especially when they actually take themselves seriously while doing that.
So why am I liking it? Two things, Lydia, our main heroine, pretty character design and also her seiyuu, Nana Mizuki, who is sounding like her Kotoko role in ItaKiss, only less stupid and more ojousama-ish. C’mon, Nana + ojou-sama = win, amirite guys (actually, girls).
Story-wise, it seems interesting enough, what with the bad boy hero
kidnapping coercing our innocent heroine to help him on his quest because of her special powers. Based on the predicted episode count of 12/13, this sounds just right enough for character development and 1-2 fillers before ending the plot with a premonition of a second season (since the series has like 15 novel volumes under it) which they will do assuming the DVD sales reach target. Oh wait, rambling off topic here a bit already.
Verdict: Interesting enough, and Nana sounds really awesome on this, so giving it a try. Hopefully they don’t go overboard with the sparklies. It’s bad enough trying to tolerate Hikaru Midorikawa’s voice.