After a season of mostly-absence I’m back to reviewing! I’ll be switching off with Moeronpan on episodes of the second season of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works as well as contributing some First Impressions and hopefully picking up another series to blog. Without further ado, here’s my first First Impression of the season!

Meet Holmes, a generic brooding protagonist with terrible bangs

In London, there lives a man named Holmes, known as “the detective with no skills”. His assistant is a cheery young man called Hudson. Hudson is shocked when he finds Holmes sleeping on the floor instead of in bed, and the two have an argument about why people sleep on the floor, which leads to Hudson concluding that Holmes is a loser.

Hudson attempts to introduce Holmes to a new case which they have been assigned, the disappearance of someone or something named “Mariabelt,” which has stumped the police. Holmes sleeps through the explanation and appears not to care about the case. Hudson reminds him that they need to work because they are apparently bankrupt.

Unwilling to exert any effort, Holmes sets a search dog on the case, but the search dog escapes. The episode ends with Holmes giving up.

The subtitles for this are also pretty terrible. Why is your bed indeed, Holmes.

“Vampire Holmes” is a 3-minute short based on a smartphone app of the same name. It suffers from the common problem of shorts: it doesn’t understand in the slightest how to properly make use of the allotted time. After the opening and ending, there were only about 2 minutes left to actually tell any story….and about half of that was taken up by Holmes and Hudson arguing about why people sleep on the floor. I thought that the disappearance case was the first sign of a plot of some sort, but, as the episode ended with Holmes giving up, that seems to not have been the case.

I try not to judge animation too harshly, as I don’t feel I’m very knowledgeable on the subject…but Vampire Holmes has hands down some of the worst animation I have ever seen. Holmes and Hudson move in a jerky, awkward manner and contrast with the flat, stationary background. Anything that is not Holmes or Hudson – including the dog – is completely flat. It legitimately looks as though it was created by an amateur using the free trial version of a program. Hudson spending most of the episode in a fairly cute ‘super deformed’ style was about the only good part of the whole thing.

I don’t really see the appeal of Vampire Holmes (who seems not to be a vampire, despite the title) himself, either. His name implies that he’s based on Sherlock Holmes, who is one of my all-time favorite characters, but Holmes, who is described as not using reason or explaining his methods, is lazy, hates solving cases and complains constantly has just about nothing in common with the original Holmes. Hudson is a cute, if generic sidekick, but doesn’t have enough personality to make up for how grating Holmes is.

I might watch another episode or two just to see if the animation really continues to be so terrible, but I don’t think I’ll be reviewing this.

Out of 5 Dios:

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A single Dio, solely for Hudson and the ugly-cute dog.

Tiny Hudson is pretty cute

What an unfortunate-looking dog

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