Your new golden rule when watching anime in the morning. When you’re reaching for your AM caffeine fix to pair with your show, put a straw in it. Using a straw will help keep your teeth whiter longer. Yes we actually care about your teeth. Yes you should too.
Don’t say Clarity has never taught you anything.
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CLARITY: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Gore-Porn Clownfest” — A real headline. Yep, King’s Game is that bad.
There’s a lot more craft to make a series like Just Because work beyond “strong storytelling.” Shows in its genre space tend to be more “delicate” than shows in other genres – what they are attempting to create is a very specific sense of atmosphere and place, all while outlining a worthwhile emotional floor for its cast to stand on.
When a show like that is lackluster in its execution, it can easily spin its wheels. Just Because still lacks the polish in all areas to truly ascend beyond “fine anime” – from the exposition execution to the individual character lines, everything could use a bit more refinement and personality moving forward. However, there is promise here, as it falls in a similar vein as the highly regarded Tsuki ga Kirei in terms of concept and delivery. With that said, we want to welcome you to our first Fall version of “Clarity Resources” with an easily digestible, yet worthwhile piece:
Photography in anime – Just Because! Episode 1
SHOUJO SHUUMATSU RYOKOU
Slice of life shows are by their nature holistic experiences, where almost every element of the production is a load-bearing variable. So far, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is managing the variables of its genre with consistent grace. The art design is quite strong, the character designs are limited but expressive, the show’s goofy expressions are understated but appealing, and the backgrounds are lovely. The show often takes time simply to revel in its peaceful surroundings. These moments are actually some of the show’s best; combining a strong soundtrack with gentle narrative movement and lovely scenery, that firmly place the viewer in a distinct sense of place. Take a moment, and let this solid review we came across fill you in on more:
Girls’ Last Tour – episode 1
NETOJUU NO SUSUME
There’s nothing inherently wrong with power fantasies, as long as you know they’re power fantasies. They don’t naturally lend themselves to the most inspiring/poignant fiction, but they do have value in other ways. Netojuu no Susume’s execution might be middling and its overall production is serviceable, however, the series is very comfortable in its own skin – providing a duo in Moriko and Yuuta that’s just charming enough to carry it for its target audience. We’re sure a lot of seasonal viewers will initially skip on this one, but to the subset of people who indulge in these kinds of works, it’s certainly worth at least a look:
Netojuu no Susume Episode 1
It may sound like an awful cologne, but in reality it’s just an awful Shounen. Every element – from its dry, middle of the road writing – to Asta’s character acting all fit in a neat little box of tropes in its genre space, refusing to break the mold. Studio Pierrot’s incompetent use of CG and choice of voice actor for its lead only further serves to make this a more grating experience. However, it’s not fair to simply take such a highly anticipated work at face value. For that reason we’re bringing you two pieces of content today – negative and positive in that order:
Black Clover Worth the Hype?
First Impressions: Black Clover
JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR
To be blunt, Juuni Taisen has been losing ground since its opening minutes. The show’s lengthy internal monologues, clear desperation for gore and sketchy secondary characters only become vastly more apparent as time ticks on. Couple that with a pretty uninspired zodiac theme and an equally uninspired Battle Royale structure and it becomes hard to believe that NisiOisin actually wrote this one:
First Look: Juni Taisen: Zodiac War
KINO NO TABI
Lerche did a good job at keeping Kino no Tabi confident – the show is still very pretty tonally, and actually seems to be marrying its careful in-scene pacing with very snappy overall directing. This kind of intimate, carefully observed direction feels like an aspect Kino has copyrighted altogether, reflecting it one more time today for a wonderful premier:
First Impressions – Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World – The Animated Series
What to say inside a haunted house…
Don’t go there. And you just might want to think twice about going near Urahara. For all of the style Urahara contains, it’s ultimately a messy premier in nearly every conceivable way. The storytelling is muddy, its direction is equally unclear and its core cast is paper thin. A series can certainly have a particular style worth celebrating, but that simply can’t salvage twenty minutes of writing this poor. Thankfully, you can at least come away with something at the end of it. So look at the brightside?
What to say to when you need binoculars…
Maybe I should get closer. We got closer to Mahoutsukai no Yome today and suggest you do too if you haven’t. When your staff knows restraint and are efficient in a way that displays great control of tone, but always works in service of the storytelling – it’s hard to have a bad premier. Mahoutsukai no Yome’s writing has been solid so far – there are comedic beats that may not land here and there, but the overall series is grounded in some very investible character spaces. We can’t wait to see more from this series.
What to say when you hear laughter is the best medicine…
Seasonal Prattle would probably agree.
CLARITY: ONE THING TO KNOW
This opening deserves a second listen from you. We’re addicted.
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