You know, I have to say KyoAni fans are by far the worst group around right now. Usually they mind their own business but once this got announced to be JC Staff…and now that it’s finally airing, they truly are the most insufferable bunch. They are truly just a pathetic group. Hell here’s a great example; they all claimed how KyoAni kept, in their Key adaptations, the voices and music from the games exactly the same was great. It was a wonderful thing, and I agree, and guess what – JC Staff has done the same (aside a couple seiyuu that simply were not possible to get due to various reasons) – but what happens? Oh, when KyoAni does it, it’s a wonderful masterpiece idea – but when JC Staff does it ITS REHASHING AND RECYCLING THE SAME SHIT FROM THE VN, LAZY, CHEAP, CRAP IDEA.
You fucking kidding me? Go fuck yourself KyoAni fanboys, at least stop being hypocrites. I like most of their shows but you guys are just goddamn disappointing.
Now, why start off with that? Because, JC Staff has done an incredible job of adapting this show so far – even if it’s only one episode. From the very start I felt like I was right back into playing the visual novel, and the animation was an added bonus, hell I got goosebumps at one point. Is it the most beautifully animated thing in the world? No. But it is pretty fucking nice, especially compared to other stuff coming out in the past few years. It’s also got a great style that mirrors that of the VN. Plus, unlike Clannad which had entire arcs and a full character just deleted out by KyoAni (due to being a male character – and thus not “moe” enough to include when sales are all that matter), this looks like it’ll contain all the main characters and important parts the VN had. If you ask me, JC Staff, in one episode, has proven that they are going to do a better more accurate job of adapting this than KyoAni has done with any Key titles. But even if you disagree, it’s not arguable that this is actually pretty good and not the OH MY GOD HORRIBLE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY HOW COULD JC STAFF DO THIS that the KyoAni fanboys are still making it out to be.
As for the show, great start, and the new seiyuu for Riki did well. In the VN he was voiced by the girl who does Rin (as he only had a couple voiced lines and grunts, mostly used during baseball practice minigames), so they had to hire someone else, and I think she does a good job of sounding like a really weak girly boy – which Riki is supposed to be. Everyone else is delivering the same great performances as in the game. I also love how they kept the small bits like the fighting minigame’s stuff and the nicknames popping up in the same way when they get a new one. They also did a great job of, just like in the VN, giving Kyousuke that main character feel, while Riki feels kind of like just part of the group (which he is) instead. I always loved that about the VN and it’s carried into the anime well.
I mean fuck, they even kept in the hilarious proverb/quote part from the VN and did it THE EXACT SAME WAY. That’s not a bad adaptation, that’s fucking great. Surprisingly, again just like the VN, Riki actually doesn’t have many lines compared to everyone else. It’s these small things that by appearing in the show really make me happy with the overall product. They not only got the bigger aspects right so far, but even the subtle shit that, no doubt, some certain OTHER companies would have ignored.
It really truly feels like what it should – an adaptation, it feels just like it’s original source only with the extra bonus of being animated. It almost felt nostalgic even.
And oh god, the next episode preview. I’m so glad they included this, the baseball minigame was seriously addictive and fun even if it was super simple, and I always thought the sprites were cute, so it’s awesome to see them in the show.