While TMS Entertainment may have done a more faithful visual adaptation than A-1 Pictures in their respective productions of Magic Kaito, this premiere episode has proved that there is nothing wrong with instilling a more modern touch into the fray; as far as I’m concerned, I’m loving it ever the more.
While I still haven’t the slightest idea as to why and how the fourth Persona game has gotten two television series before any other Persona game has gotten even one (although four does happen to be my favorite number), I have to appreciate A-1 Pictures for coming to the rescue with their own line of work here and their respective standard of visual presentation that comes along with it. I can get that the point of an enhanced remake is suppose to make a game look and feel, well… better, but to take it to this much of an improvement is almost a blessing; hell, I didn’t even know the procedure could transition to the game’s anime adaptation too.
If Aldnoah.Zero was a dog and I was an aspiring dog-owner who actually cared about pedigree, then this union would be a theoretical match made in heaven. Director Ei Aoki, newly founded studio TROYCA started by director Ei Aoki, series creator Gen Urobuchi, and music from Yuki Kajiura and Kalafina? Aldnoah.Zero might as well be Fate/Zero’s bastard son who has come to compete with studio Ufotable’s upcoming production of Fate/stay night for the title of true successor (and with a foreknowledge of Fate/stay night’s narrative and the presentation of this premiere episode, I might just be inclined to side with the bastard here).
This summer season has us seeing the return of the gallant Sword Art Online series, and no matter how much controversy it has managed to stockpile since the airing of its first series, studio A-1 Pictures is in full throttle to continue this project as if it’s its most ambitious production ever. Hence, gallant. With the mainstream status the first Sword Art Online series achieved, there’s almost no way to not stand on one preferential side or the other here, so I figure it best to assert my inclination first off.
龍ヶ嬢七々々の埋蔵金 第1話 「勘当されて島流し」 Nanana Ryūgajō’s Buried Treasure #01. 「Disowned and Exiled」 Source Material: Light novel series by Kazuma Ōtorino (榊一郎) Studio(s): A-1 Pictures Director(s): Kanta Kamei (亀井 幹太) Writer(s): Hideyuki Karata (倉田 英之) Music: Keigo Hoashi/MONACA Background Information: Nanana Ryūgajō’s Buried Treasure is an ongoing light novel series written by Kazuma Ōtorino and illustrated by Akaringo. The series has accumulated seven volumes since January 2012, published by Enterbrain under its Famitsu Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation in Enterbrain’s Famitsu magazine began in January, written by Hitoshi…