My apologies for the brevity of this post. I’m actually away overseas at the moment and will be for the whole of July, so many posts are likely be shorter or later than usual due to scheduling issues. I’ll try to stay on top of the new anime season as best I can.
So, is it just me, or is anyone else getting some Fullmetal Alchemist vibes from this one? Maybe it’s the military focus, or that combined with the heavy ‘trying to regain our bodies and/or retain our souls’ kind of theme. To be more specific, I feel like Kemono-tachi is attempting to draw that kind of comparison, but doing so incredibly poorly. My biggest problem with the premiere is that it tries to cover far too much in far too short a time. There’s a ton going on here in terms of story but little to no real build-up to any of it; as a result, it’s like a good half a cour’s worth of content is crammed into just over twenty minutes of screen time, yet I’m given no reason to give a crap about any of the characters regardless of what side they’re on. Besides, it’s hard to get emotionally invested in a story when the world-building consists mostly of the “as we all know, Bob” variety of exposition, and when utterly random and out-of-context fanservice is shoehorned into the proceedings. Add to this the average (at best) production values, and any motivation I had to try a second episode thanks to the potentially fun storyline is completely lost.
Question of the post: What are your first impressions of Kemono-tachi, and are they enough to inspire you to watch a second episode?