Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai Episode Episode 1
Plot Synopsis: “It’s winter in the big city of Yanagihara, and young people will meet and fall in love. Takashi is a boy who plans to escape to another world, but is held back by thoughts of his younger sister Kobato and girlfriend Asuka. Shusuke is a poor part-timer who has to work with student-author Hiyoko in spite of their initial dislike for each other. The antisocial Hayato makes his living as a handyman until he is visited by a girl name Naru.”
Thoughts: The VN adaptation series of the Spring 2011 season is a mixed bag. In the good bag, you have good character designs, and the overall animation is fluid and good looking. The biggest thing that makes it stand out amongst VN adaptations is that it does not follow the usual formula of one male and a bunch of girls going after him. Well, let me change that up a bit, one of the characters has this going on. What makes this different at least with this first episode is that there are three males leads and various females around them in their lives. This is a nice change of pace from the normal harem VN adaptions.
With the good comes the bad, and the bad is the fanservice. While I like fanservice in general something about it this time around just doesn’t feel right. I mean we get fanservice before the OP. Then we three panty shots in a row, squeezing breasts against a body, then bare breasts with the nipples censored with a giant “KEEP OUT” yellow tape. We also have some loli fanservice in the mix as well. While I have no problems with loli, a loli wearing black lace panties seems out of place. However the conversation during that I believe is a “Take that” to western anime fans who have problems with lolis. The music is nothing to write home about and is listenable, but forgettable.
There is potential here for this show to be a different than the usual VN adaption, but the constant fanservice that this show presents is a bit too much at times, even for my tastes.
Sket Dance Episode 1
Plot Synopsis: “At Kaimei High School, the Living Assistance Club (aka the Sket Brigade) was organized to help students with problems big or small. Most of the time, though, they hang out in their club room, bored, with only a few trivial problems floating in every once in a while. In spite of this, they still throw all their energy into solving these worries.”
Thoughts: To the average person this might sound like a normal after school special about bullying. To some extent that might be true, yet it does not quite feel like that. It is not preachy, but fun going and humorous. The cast is likeable and the character designs are nice looking. The music is nothing to write about at least during the show is mediocre, but the OP is pretty fun to listen too. One thing I would have liked to seen the bullying talked about more, but that is a minor issue that doesn’t take away from the series.
If there was one show this season that could probably do well in a Western market it is this one.