Here’s something a little more ‘current’ (although it did come out a month ago), from the 09 Spring Season, Studio Deen’s adapation of a manga I havent read.
I’d heard a lot of bad things about this anime, so I lowered my expectations. The end result wasnt quite as bad as I expected, but between subpar pacing, generic character designs and a main character whose only two expressions so far are “SHOCK” and “RAAAAAAGE”, suffice to say it wasnt spectacular. It did have some high points and I’m highly suspect that the original manga is far better (as is usually the case with series like these), so I might check it out some time as it did end a bit ambiguously and I would like to know who those cute nuns in the ending credits were. At the very least, it seems like something that could be fun to watch. Particularly if you made it into a drinking game in which you take a shot every time you spot homo-erotic subtext.
So basically we’ve got some kind of ‘magic school’ that seems quite military-esque. There’s something futuristic about the setting as well, if the generic City of Crystal Tower Things is anything to go by.
Our hero seems to be Teito, who seems to fit the ‘troubled youth but with a heart of gold’ cliche so far. He keeps having some sort of recollection about a forgotten past, because he has amnesia (no surprises there). I quite like ‘troubled youths with hearts of gold’, personally, Allen from D.Gray-man comes to mind, but so far Teito hasnt really done anything that established his personality. At least his best friend, This Guy That Looks Too Much Like This Other Guy Except He Has a Scar And I Just Noticed His Eye Colour is Also Different, seems interesting enough, in terms of personality at least.
We’re given information about an upcoming magical exam that will determine whether or not students will have to drop out or not. So far, the plot is ticking all the cliche boxes. This is when the bad pacing rears its ugly head and we suddenly cut to Teito and That Guy (not That Other Guy, who I thought it was at first) fighting. Exactly why, I dont know. Maybe they were just practising.
We also get a bit of info somewhere along the lines about how Teito used to be a ‘slave’. (or the fancy german word they use for slave; they seem to use fancy german words for everything in this show, because random words in german in a fantasy world where the people are apparently japanese makes total sense) Exactly what this means we arent told, although I’m sure the fangirls this show is definitley targeted at could offer some suggestions. Next, it’s time for the exam proper.
Of course, everyone is made to fight this…guy, and if they kill him, they pass. Now, what the hell is this, and how am I supposed to take it seriously? They described him as a ‘criminal’, who apparently will get his sentence reduced if he wins the fight. That doesnt explain why he is abnormally massive and has pointy ears, though. That Other Guy (who was making himself out to be a royal ass) and his homies get owned by this…guy, since no one seems to be putting any amount of effort in. Even Teito and That Guy are inexplicably attacking it using martial arts and not magic. Why?
Teito demonstrates his Heart of Gold part by not killing the…thing, which earns the ire of the Bad Guy, Ayanami . They part being displeased with eachother’s attitudes, and we then learn that only about 17 people passed the exam besides Teito and his friend. So now that these two can graduate, they’ll get to ride on that amazing skyship they were admiring earlier in the episode, and the series will follow a generic path of all these dashing young men doing military mission things aboard their fabulous skyship after their heartfelt graduation. Right?
I was rather pleased to see the story suddenly veer off the course my mind had predicted it would follow. I dont know about you, but I like it when anime surprises me. Teito starts getting those flashbacks again, and all of a sudden, when he randomly happens to eavesdrop on Ayanami, he realizes that Ayanami was the one that killed his father in his flashbacks. He suddenly attacks Ayanami in a fit of RAGE, is detained by his subordinates, imprisoned, rescued, and then suddenly becomes a fugitive who has to now leave everything behind.
‘Everything’, including his best friend. I have to nitpick over something here though…When That Guy grabbed Teito and started to run, he told him he’d prepared…that flying machine Teito made his getaway on…for him. This kind of makes no sense as That Guy had no time to this; he ran straight to where Teito was as soon as he heard he’d been imprisoned. Looks like I need to get better at suspending my disbelief.
We end on a cliffhanger, and I’m pleasantly surprised by the ending. What happens plotwise now? Will Teito see That Guy again? (Most likely). What does being a ‘slave’ mean? Why is the show called 0-7 Ghost? Can it get any more gay? The last question I can at least answer now, as all of a sudden the dramatic scene is interrupted by this ridiculous music and suddenly…
I hope things can only go up hill from here. In any case, I’ll check out the original manga and form a verdict over which to follow, at least just to see where things are going. For now, it gets this many melonpan out of 5: