Oh wow, that was probably one of the best pieces of animation I’ve watched all year. Holy shit, this scene really blew me away when I first watched it and it still does. I never knew walking down a staircase could possibly be that epic.
So for a show with zero information and expectations from me… this is how first episodes should be more like. To be frank, it wasn’t even the animation that sold the show to me at first, I already started liking the show with the exposition about the three siblings and how little sister has a deadly disease that would kill her any moment. Contrasting the blissful peace with the morbidity of her fate was executed really well, especially after she DID die on her, supposedly last trip to the aquarium holding fond memories of her.
And while some might probably hold very opposing opinions, I quite like the colorful-ness of the show that pervaded throughout the show’s settings and backgrounds. I’m not sure what different here, since there’s probably even more colorful anime around, but the colors worked in the show really well here and made it a very visually appealing show for me was well.
Story-wise, thematically it seems very nihilist as some pointed out, but the simplicity of the structure might just make it fun enough to watch. At least they aren’t trying to create elaborate crazy setups yet so far but since this is coming from the director of Utena, it may perhaps get more “stylish” later on.
Frankly, I’m quite excited to see what’s coming next week, but this might be a winner if it doesn’t lose steam by the middle of August. Ah, I shouldn’t be saying that so soon, I end up eating my words way too often after doing this.