Sasami-san@Ganbaranai (FIRST IMPRESSIONS): “I’ll Do My Best Starting Tomorrow”
“Ashita Kara Ganbaru”
SHAFT is back again with another somewhat uncommon anime. Since they did a great job with Nekomonogatari among various other anime, I don’t doubt their competence in making this anime into a success. But previous works’ successes do not entail future successes. Can SHAFT wake people from their stupor in this lackluster season?
Firstly, I’ll be very literal with how this episode plays out and try to give you all my personal first impressions. There are some analysis based on other people’s comments about Japanese mythology. Besides, I don’t know the topic even a bit either. I’m probably better off researching more about this before yapping my mouth like an idiot. So, personal perspective it is. If you are interested, just read this.
“TL;DR: Sasami is god, Onii-chan is her servant-subject and/or god, the three sisters represent traditional virtues, and Valentine Day is a commercial corruption of Japan’s culture.”
Sasami-san and Kamiomi
You know that narrator from the last episode of Chuunibyou? (Spoilers Warning) Otsuka Houchuu, or Tsukuyomi Kamiomi, makes a return and becomes the sis-con that he is. Completely infatuated with Sasami, he brings her food, cleans her, and pretty much does everything.
February 14th? That’s Valentine’s Day! Well, it’s customary for people to give and receive chocolates right? Yep, and everything seems so plain and ordinary. Wait, but it’s SHAFT! Things can’t possibly just be that simple. But let’s leave that aside for now. In the meantime, onto looking at the next part of the stor- BIG BUSTY BLONDE POPS OUT OF THE WATER AND PRETENDS TO BE A FROG. Are you confused yet? Good, let’s proceed.
LOL. HENTAI GAME OUT OF NOWHERE. “Pop my cherry.” Anyways, upon meeting the two other characters, you probably start to get a feel for the anime. For example, anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion, at least the original series, gave me a feeling of loneliness and solitary confinement. It may be the lack of characters walking around but for some reason, this anime gives me that feeling when I watch it. It could just be the lack of et cetera characters, characters that just appear as the background, that gives me this feeling.
I can understand it’s Valentines Day but what…… CHOOOCOOOLAATTEEEEEE!!! Ah… good times. As Tsurugi pulls out her sword (lol) and Kagami becomes some weapon of mass destruction with her boobs, Tama proceeds to consume the chocolate. I don’t know about you but with no background knowledge, this was a random mash of randomness.
Everything somehow ends up okay and… we have the end of the first episode. The chocolate nemesis is defeated and Sasami-san grabs a bat to kick the three sisters out of the house. Even if you had knowledge of what everything represented, I don’t know if things would still make much sense. Nonetheless, the erratic fight scene made up for the somewhat boring first ten to fifteen minutes.
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai First Impressions (Episode 1) Review
What can I say really? All I can give you is my perspective on the anime. This being related to Japanese mythology, I’ll have to do more research on the subject before saying making myself look like a fool (but I may have already). This is a good chance to familiarize ourselves with this subject. Chances are, if you’re watching this anime, you’re probably interested in Japanese Culture. Then again, even if you are, you might not want spend time looking at mythology of the ancient past. However, I fear that if you don’t know something, things are going to get confusing very quickly.
Note: Real life has been quite a drag. I won’t be doing Robotics;Notes or Psycho-Pass this week. I will do Maoyuu and that’ll be coming in the next 24 hours. I might do Vividred Operations (just the first episode) and make fun of the ass-shots. Anyways, thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day.