Watched a bunch of first episodes, just because I got self-conscious about being Angry Internet Man about anime again on the front page with Graham’s article on Kino no Tabi, and wanted to check if I was wrong. Yeah, I’m really not.
Aokana: Jesus, couldn’t take more than five minutes. Dumb, pandering, unfunny “comedy” fanservice, crappy flying sequences, painfully transparent technobabble to serve the needs of the plot. Nope.
BBK/BRNK: Surprisingly much better than I expected - Kotaku’s one-line synopsis gives you no idea what it’s actually about - though the 3D CG leaps straight into some new and terrifying variation on the Uncanny Valley I wasn’t aware existed, and the intro seems much more restrained and even subtle than the hyperactive kids’ show it then promptly turns into. Not great, but intriguing.
Dimension W: Some nice art, but there’s pretty much nothing to the first episode beyond the protagonist being an unlikable jerk to prove how badass he is, the female lead being uncomfortably sexualised because lolz rape threats, butt shots and stripping, m i rite, and some potentially interesting world-building going largely wasted. Vaguely interested in seeing more, but that’s about it.
Erased: Better, but still not great. Why is it all these mystery shows think “serial killer” is an automatic shortcut to “edgy and cool”? Boring sepia flashbacks, stupid meta-humour, fridging a loved one to motivate the hero - oh, and saving the protagonist’s Real Ultimate Power for a “Gotcha! Remember to tune in next week, kids!” at the end just felt childish.
Girls Beyond the Wasteland: Mildly interesting premise, but mostly generic and dull. Every character a dumb stereotype who looks and sounds like a hundred other shows, no depth, no drama, no tension. It’s DBZ storytelling - you could sum up everything actually important that happens in this episode in about thirty seconds, tops.