- Idol Memories
- Season 1
- Episodes 1-2: 26 minutes
- Episodes 3-12: 13 minutes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: girls at idol school, with VR
It starts with six girls fighting a flying fortress and its alien troops. They're wearing fancy costumes and armed with magic, guns, superweapons, etc. This is just random meaningless action and hence a bit boring, but fortunately "GAME OVER" soon tells us that this was just VR.
There's a scene of everyone in the shower, but with censor steam. If you bought the Blu-rays, maybe that would be different? We learn that we're at an Idol Training Academy, where everyone's trying to go up in the World Idol Leagues and win the Glorious Tiara. To learn to walk beautifully, they train by walking along a gymnastic beam with water bottles on their head. One of them falls off, but her friend catches her!
This all ends with a song-and-dance number, with CGI animation.
It's hard to believe that human beings were involved in the production of this show. It's so empty and mechanical that a sausage machine must surely have been involved somewhere... but no, the voice actresses at least are real. We meet them! This is the less uninteresting half of the episode, which is actually 13 minutes of animation and 13 minutes of cute girls chatting to the camera. (Ep.2 is the same.) I quite liked them. Kimura-san made me laugh, being the noisy one who's super-eager to answer questions ("yes yes yes yes"). They teach us a few words of Chinese and tell us that we are otaku. If you've watched more than a few minutes of this episode and yet still haven't turned it off, I think that's a safe bet.
- Izetta: The Last Witch
- Shuumatsu no Izetta
- Season 1
- Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
- Keep watching: yes
- One-line summary: alt-universe WW2 and a cryogenically frozen witch
- I've since finished it and... it's darker and more complicated than it looked. But it's also good.
Looks pretty classy so far. High production values, loving historical recreation and every sign of a well made show. It's set in an alt-universe 1940, in which our heroine is the princess of Eylstadt, trying to negotiate with Brittania for help against the all-conquering Germanian Empire. She's in the neutral country of Westria, so theoretically she should be safe... but unfortunately the Germanians are the kind of fascists who send in the stormtroopers first and worry about the diplomatic implications later.
Princess Ortfine Frederika von Eylstadt (aka. Fiine) is an impressive action heroine. The Germanians are exactly what you'd want them to be, with Major Berkmann at one point shooting three of his own men for seeing something he didn't want them to see. Heroic characters die. There's a high-tech casket (for 1940) containing something that the Germanians regard as a possible ultimate weapon.
Oh, and there's a witch. If she wakes up, you can say goodbye to half of your plane.
I'm looking forward to this.