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Neverending New Beginnings: [Review] Kamisama no Memo-chou

6 Oct 2011


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高橋栄佳

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[Review] Kamisama no Memo-chou

This whole scene makes me go "HUH? What?"
As I was watching God's Notebook (神様のメモ帳), I sometimes question the intelligence and common sense of the characters. My impression of this anime has dropped by a lot since I wrote a post when it was still new back in May.

There is a lot of potential in this anime, but it seemed to have gone to waste. I see a lot of talking, physical fighting, and some scenes that just doesn't realistically happen in real life. I see the potential relationship between Narumi and Ayaka, but seems to be forgotten mid-way. In fact, it would seem that Ayaka is nothing more than an unimportant character in the background until episode 10. Like No.6, it's a potential main character that has gone to waste.

Episode 9: An obvious filter episode
Episodes 2-9 seemed very much like filter episodes that, except for 4 and 9 (sarashi thief and baseball episodes), don't seem quite obvious. This makes the last few episodes seems quite rushed, which makes up for only a third of the total episodes. Steins;Gate, which I was watching at the same time, had every episode related to the main plot and spaced out evenly. It also doesn't have annoying mini arches.

To be fair to the animation studio, these filter episodes and arches were also in the manga with the same name that was released earlier than the anime. For the chapters relating to the anime's episode 2-3, I could see that the story is expanded in the manga. Most of the parts in episode 1 are also an anime original.

I did say before that I had dropped Hanasaku Iroha at mid-point for this, and I'm kind of regretting that decision because, storyline-wise, is too predictable. I might reconsider watching it again, but I won't be writing about it when I do. Speaking of which, I have decided not to watch Ro-Kyu-Bu I mentioned a few days ago. Maid outfits are a huge turn-off for me.

By the way, how many anime features a female as the main character instead of a secondary/supporting character? Not much. One who also has intelligence and looks beautiful (well, more than what I had watched), but does not boast about it herself or not take place in some poor or rich/elite (especially the latter) place? Even fewer. Well, that's Chihaya...

Wait I'm going off topic here. This shows how much I want to forget about how bad this was.

In memory of Ayaka the forgotten girl, who, as of the finale, is still in hospital and unconscious.

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