(One episode watched):
When I start watching the first episode of a new show, I am skeptical and impatient. I know that only a handful of the new anime that come out each season will be good enough to be worth watching 'til the end. What I want is for something interesting and unusual to jump out and grab my attention, because if it doesn't, watching is just plain tedious. Aldnoah.Zero (whatever that means) was a first episode that was tedious to the end. It felt terribly generic and predictable: a beautiful, pure-hearted alien Princess; a corrupt and cruel aristocracy that cynically backs her; an ordinary human boy who (no doubt) will wind up as the Princess' protector; a conspiracy to hide a critical truth from the general public; a feud between Earthly humans and humans who have migrated to another planet; and, perhaps most predictable of all, simplistic and uninteresting characters. The premise caused me to feel a sort of deja-vu, because I'm certain that I once watched at least one anime with much the same storyline. Aldnoah seems like an attempt to blend the Princess-and-the-Pauper storyline with mecha action (though none has broken out yet in episode one). This show never surprised me in the least or inspired any significant interest. I don't care how a story that is so unexceptional is going to work out. The vibe I get is of a mass-produced anime from a unit that was interested in quantity rather than quality, because that's infinitely cheaper and less risky.
Last updated Tuesday, July 08 2014. Created Tuesday, July 08 2014.