Sometimes I suffer from very poor judgement. C³ was a show that I had pegged as my dark horse for the season, my reasons for thinking this being that it was being written by someone who worked on a few episodes of Cowboy Bebop, and animated by Silver Link, who demonstrated, if nothing else, a penchant for fun visuals. (They are a shaft offshoot, after all)
When I learned of C³’s staff, I was fairly excited, despite the fairly generic premise. I legitimately expected good things out of this.
Oh how wrong I was…
You see, Silver Link apparently realise just how generic the premise is, and so decided that the best way to spice things up was by going insane with the visuals. Problem is, instead of coming off as creative and artistic, it instead feels like the staff suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder. Note how I didn’t just say the animators have ADD, that’s because it appears that at Silver Link, the disorder is contagious. The writing moves at a surprising clip and goes all over the place, the characters come off as hyperactive (with appropriate voice acting to boot), the music is both annoying and distracting (not that there was much to be distracted from, and the OP was decent), and the plot goes nowhere whilst seemingly covering way more than it actually does.
So about that plot, we have our generic good guy protagonist, Haruaki, the “cow-breasted” childhood friend, Konoha, and the not-so-human girl who initially takes the form of a cube, Fear. Haruaki actually does very little; the only thing about him worth mentioning is that he has the ability to break curses. Konoha does even less, merely making food for Haruaki and fighting with Fear, usually over her being insulted about her breasts. The first episode pretty much solely focuses on Fear, our ridiculously annoying mystery girl, not that much is established about her. She hates her cube form, she is a cursed object, she knows very little about how the world works, and she has a catchphrase (“I’ll curse you!”) which is in place purely for a vain attempt to capture the hearts of people who just couldn’t get enough of Shana’s catchphrase (“Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!”), oh yeah, she’s also really bad at cleaning.
In case it wasn’t obvious, I’m fairly bitter towards this whole thing, the writer is squandering their talent here, on a show which seems determined to fall into every trope possible. That said, it isn’t all bad! The animation, whilst being ADD-riddled, isn’t bad, and some of the artistic technique is fairly pleasant when it slows the hell down, and even if it was just for minute, there seems to actually be some plot happening.
Will I blog this?
Hell no, I want to cover two shows this season, Persona 4 and one other which I’m still undecided on, but that second show has to try a little harder than this, and I’m aiming for a comedy. Maybe Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Ben-To, or if I can’t find a decent comedy, Chihayafuru. But no, not this. I’ll watch this for a few more episodes (despite my better judgement), and if it picks up, I’ll let you know, just don’t expect any more posts about this anytime soon.