Myriad Colors Phantom World, Episode 3

myriad ep 3 1Why most there be an introduction to every episode of this show? I’m starting to feel like it’s just there to use time. In these intros, they take the time to explain a concept that’ll be the general theme of the episode, and while they do so they also try to make it comedic. And to me, they’re failing on both fronts. I don’t really need to be told what to expect from the episode, let alone have the concept explained to me like I was in a classroom and the human encyclopedia was my teacher.

And if that dude is the teacher, then I guess that makes Ruru the class clown. But the thing is, and feel free to disagree with me because it’s just a matter of preference, I don’t find her funny. At all. She makes quips at the some other character’s expense, talks to the audience frequently and bluntly tries to get the show back on track when it goes off on a tangent. To be honest, I feel she’s just unnecessary.

The only practical application she has is to cut off exposition and get back to the point. But the thing is, the exposition is already unnecessary, and through that makes her unnecessary. I kinda wish they’d just cut her from the show completely, or at least made her a more likeable character.

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But despite Ruru, I actually find the rest of the show to be quite hilarious. Sure, a lot of it is slapstick, but it’s not let’s-abuse-someone-because-they’re-stupid slapstick. Well, not all of it. It’s more like let’s-abuse-the-human-encyclopedia-in-weird-sometimes-accidental-ways slapstick. Which I’m okay with, because he kinda has it coming, considering the amount of exposition he dumps on us every episode. It’s about time someone dumped on him. Or like, throw him through a window or something.

The fanservice is pretty comedic as well, as they find new ways to attack the same old tropes. It’s funny, even if it hasn’t actually aroused me once…yet.

Oh! We also saw some character development this time! It wasn’t much, but I’m glad we’re finally getting to know the characters, rather than the generic world and the details of the world that they keep shoving down our throats.

I find the chanting superfluous, Ruru annoying, and the exposition just as unneeded as Ruru. However, there’s still something to be enjoyed about this show, or so I keep telling myself. The characters are cute and extremely likeable (except Ruru), their mishaps haven’t failed to make me laugh yet, and the visuals are beautiful as always. I can enjoy this show, and therefore I will. I just wish it was better.

+ Still pretty

+ Some character development

+ Genuinely funny moments

– Ruru, the only character that doesn’t make me laugh

– Still exposition

– Not as much Izumi Reina

Myriad Colors Phantom World, Episode 2

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Okay, I’m kinda losing interest. Don’t worry, I’m not going to drop this show any time soon, otherwise I won’t have anything to review week after week. But whereas last week left me excited for what was next, this week gave me cause to be mildly concerned.

Mostly, it’s the exposition that’s troubling me. There’s just too much of it. Not a minute goes by where the main character isn’t explaining something to the others, as well as the audience. Or at least it feels that way to me. He is the definitive exposition device for this series, and because of it he lacks any personality traits that could help me actually remember his name.

Haruhiko Ichijo. I had to look that up, and although my memory isn’t what it used to be, it should still be able to remember the name of the main character after two episodes. And it’s not like the creators don’t know he’s boring. The other characters in the show often comment and cut him off from rambling about the details of the world, calling every piece of information he dishes out as “useless trivia”.

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And it really is useless. I could easily do without knowing the origins of their powers or why they have to chant something whenever they use their power. In fact, I’d be better off with that because the explanations feel like they’ve been added after the fact. As if they’re justifications for why things are how they are.

But it doesn’t need to justify itself. I was enjoying myself just fine when it was fighting and fanservice with self-aware comedy on the side. Substance can come later on down the road, but right now I want to learn more about these characters, not this world. But aside from what I want, the exposition is so bluntly executed that I could not care either way.

Since I went on for four paragraphs about what was wrong with this show, let’s look at the positives, shall we? The visuals were great, as usual. I actually keep a tally on when I’m not visually invested in the show, and thankfully this week’s episode racked up a solid 1. It’s always fun to watch Mai kick into action, and this episode was no different. I’m even okay with the body feel-up chant that she does. It hasn’t really aroused me at all, but I can only hope that it’s getting someone off in this wonderful world that we live in.

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And of course, Reina Izumi is fantastic. A strong contender for waifu of the season.

+ Self groping

+ Entertaining action

+ Izumi Reina

– EXPOSITION!!!

– Boring main character

– Focus on world, rather than characters

Myriad Colors Phantom World, Episode 1

That’s right, another new segment thingy! Week after week I will be reviewing (kinda) each episode of Myriad Colors Phantom World. The show simulcasts every Wednesday, so I will try to get my review out as soon as possible. Today’s Friday though, so I kinda dropped the ball on that one. Perhaps we can call this Myriad Colors Thursdays, but I’ll post on Wednesday nights if I have the time. Sound good? Okay.

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Heheheh…I like this show. The characters are cute, the animation is top notch, the fanservice is…well, it’s fanservice. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

In fact, I actually find the fanservice in the show really comical and self-aware. The show obviously know the tropes it’s treading on, and instead of falling down that slippery slope, it brings something unique and funny to the table. I’m not really getting aroused by any of this, but it doesn’t fail to put a smile on my face.

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Speaking of smiling, the incredibly gorgeous scenery and animation left me grinning from ear to ear. Seriously, this is a fucking beautiful show, without a single moment lacking visual appeal (and not just because of boobs). But I’d expect nothing less from KyoAni.

Now onto the actual plot/story/whatever, I must say that this episode felt a little heavy on the exposition. Not enough to leave a bad taste, but still noticeable enough to take me out of the experience. The main character spouts most of the exposition, in attempts to give us more of a feel and understanding of the world they live in. But even after all that, I only have a basic understanding of what’s going, and I don’t quite get how they’re powers work. Oh well.

Also, Izumi Reina…kawaii as fuck. And voiced by Saori Hayami! Definitely waifu material.

Pros/Cons

+ Fanservice…I’ll allow it

+ Very pretty visuals

+ Izumi Reina

– A little too much exposition?

– “Magic”