UQ Holder Episode 3: Immortal Girls and Monsters

Review:

I have to wonder what this show actually thinks is its selling point. The action, while fun and all, isn’t particularly well animated and since pretty much every character of note is an immortal there is pretty much zero tension or reason to actually be concerned about the outcome. They try to alleviate the lack of tension by adding an artificial time limit for a test, but really given the basic narrative structure there was no other way for the test to end, so again, zero tension.

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If we looked at it from a comedy point of view, to be honest it is somewhat lacking. Not dreadful mind you, but there’s definitely better action/comedy shows out there if that’s what you are after. And the fan-service this week kind of vanished, so if that was your draw you are going to be out of luck.

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Mind you, none of this stops the episode being watchable enough. It just isn’t anything special and the show as a whole isn’t anything special. As I’m deciding my final watch list over the weekend, I seriously question whether this one will stay on it.


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UQ Holder Episode 2: Stupid but Fun

Review:

Right, so the MA15+ rating this show was given on AnimeLab makes a lot more sense. The first episode other than the sneeze blowing girls clothes off was kind of tame (you know except that whole slicing and dicing a kid to near death thing and drinking blood – amazing what I define as tame these days) but this episode steps it up a notch with nudity (cartoonishly censored) and yet more violence (new kid gets hand through chest – good thing apparently no one we’ve met yet can die).

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If I’m honest, I had a lot of fun watching. It isn’t well written with stuff just kind of happening and characters neglecting to mention important things and then just throwing it in as a by-the-way. The main character is seriously irritating in that he just ignores questions he should ask, forgets about important things, and doesn’t concern himself with other matters; he’s also hopelessly naive and optimistic about things and I’m pretty sure would walk up to a flaming dragon and ask to be friends with some expectation that the situation would end well.

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Still, there is something stupidly charming about how this show just kind of knows exactly what it is and it isn’t trying to dress it up or cover over it. I’m torn in that the logical side of my brain kept picking the plot and characters to pieces where the rest of me just wanted to laugh at some of the antics. I think the laughing side is winning because I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what this does for episode 3.

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There’s still the potential for me to drop this. I’m not exactly caring what the whole UQ Holder thing is or anything else to do with the plot. However, if it manages to remain light enough this might do me for a brain break each week.


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Trickster Episode 2

Review:

I’m still intrigued but I’m also certain this show isn’t getting any better so those who didn’t much find the first episode interesting won’t miss much by giving this a pass. Hanasaki may be the most annoying protagonist that I’m watching this season and the mystery this episode was kind of meh but there’s just enough questions around the unkillable boy that I’m pretty sure until I get some sort of an explanation I’m stuck watching. That said, other than Hanasaki I haven’t remembered a single other character’s name. This is staying on my watch list but I’m pretty certain I’ll regret it later.

Trickster is available on Crunchyroll.

Trickster Episode 1

Overview:

We have a detective agency and some boy who can’t die.

Review:

I’m going to be honest that this is probably the most interesting first episode so far (though there are still a number of shows to come out). That said, I’m not holding out a lot of hope that this one is going to maintain that level of energy or hold my interest for the whole season (please surprise me, I’d really enjoy that). From the opening monologue (which is your typical woe is me from a kid who is unable to die) the show at least managed to distinguish itself from all the other first episodes I’d watched this week and following that by dropping a robot from a blimp into the town and seeing the fate of the missing dog and I was kind of sold on continuing this series for a bit. The music in this is fairly generic but at least gave it a sense of pace and again, it’s one of the few shows this season where I’ve actually paid attention to the music. In honesty though, this first episode reminds me a lot of the first season on Bungou Stray Dogs (though it doesn’t seem to be trying quite so hard for the laugh out loud humour) and while I’m not going to judge it because of that, I am going into this expecting that it won’t be able to maintain the tone or pace.

 

Trickster is available on Crunchyroll.