Wow, a whole season passed so quickly. Shows are already airing from the new season and I was barely even able to take the time to look studios and new series up in advance like I usually try to. Not really watching much new stuff this season, yet, but here's my list...Currently still keeping up with
Hunter x Hunter, Blast of Tempest, Psycho-Pass, Senyuu (the only new show for me so far, and it's just shorts! haha). Intend to catch up, eventually
Magi, Shin Sekai Yori, Chihayafuru, My Little Monster, JormungandOver with:
...Ah, Project K.
I started out enjoying it for what it was-- just fanservice, or "tasty but empty junk food"-- but eventually the execution made it unenjoyable for me. Instead of simply saying I was disappointed with it, I'll try to explain why...
I think this show suffered from bad pacing and writing (among other things. One of them being that I don't feel like most of the characters really developed; yes, some were explored a bit, but most did not necessarily display any growth)
. I think spreading one arc out over 13 or so episodes was a regretful decision, as it killed the pacing. It probably would have helped to follow the lead o Tsuritama-
- the first 6 episodes with more lighthearted character moments to get you introduced and emotionally invested with the cast, and then in the last 7 episodes, building up a consistently rising
tension for the action and climax and really pushing the previously established character developments to their next stages. In the latter half of Tsuritama, the stakes were constantly rising, and you could feel it in every part of the storytelling: the action and cuts were becoming faster paced, the environments and music were changing to accomodate the sense of urgency, etc... There was a complete story, with all manners of emotional highs and lows, in 12 episodes.
I was able to ignore this lack of real pacing in K when I first started watching, figuring it was supposed to be mindless fun, but by halfway through the show I was no longer able to ignore how it feels like they'd build tension, then drop it, then build, then drop-- but in a plateau, rather than an exponentially rising manner. It doesn't help that people literally stop and freeze midwar
to stare at someone who shouted. Multiple times. (They're very well behaved gangsters, I guess.) And then following those awkward breaks, there would be a lot of talking and info-dumping.
An average "tension vs time in storytelling" graph, vs how K felt like to me...
With all the mixed reviews I heard about K, I'm honestly surprised it got a second season. Never a bad thing-- I'm always happy for the industry when something is successful enough to keep studios in business-- I just hope the writing and characterizations get some improvement. And, that concludes my 2 cents.
Speaking of how the industry is doing, even in the wake of crazy terrorism, I'm glad Kuroko no Basuke
got greenlit for a second season!