And the final show for this season debuts. This is the last show on my watch list for this season.
First off, acceptably good production values for the show, seen well in the initial jailbreak scenes and anything with guns and Michiko in it. The story unfolds slowly by introducing Hana, the loli half of the show’s eponymous duo, being well-abused by her foster family. A big “fuck you” here for religion too by having said foster family’s patriarch working as the town’s priest and living in the church. Hana reminds me of Satoko from Higurashi, and we are well engendered to feel for her plight as she gets abused in terrible ways. Interestingly it seems that Hana is actually Michiko’s daughter and she jailbreaks out to claim her back from the hands of the evil foster family, culminating in a climatic “crash through the damn window” scene while they’re having breakfast. The show cuts off here for the next episode.
While the animation production values look good, the choices of seiyuu are slightly weaker in this show as both heroines are played by live-action actresses Suzuka Ohgo and Yoko Maki. There’s an instant dislike I have for Suzuka Ohgo’s voicing of Hana because she sounds a LOT more older than her character plus it has a “yet to break in as a seiyuu” roughness to it. I don’t know if this was a creative or a commercial one. Suzuka Ohgo isn’t entirely terrible as she manages to express emotions in her work, but I wished she sounded “younger”. Yoko Maki sounds perfect for the role of Michiko on the other hand though, but she hasn’t had much to say so far, so we’ll have to see.
Avid viewers will spot a prominent name as the music producer for the series, Shinchiro Watanabe, and definitely the music is one of the things that define the atmosphere for this show. Suitably for the show’s setting, the music is quite Latino (am I using this right?) in style and dramatic in feel. Personally, I’m not impressed yet as far, but the work for the OP and ED are pretty solid.
I’m reserving judgment about the show for now, but no doubt it’s been added to the list of Thursday shows for me.