Bubuki Buranki is not the kind of show I would usually watch. The only real “mecha” show I’ve watched which is worthy of note is Code Geass which isn’t going to be very useful in terms of a comparison. Like most people, the reason this show caught my eye was due to its 100% 3DCG animation. That’s right, the whole show is animated with 3D models and none of the show is actually hand drawn. The PV looked very promising which was imperative seeing as the show is a complete original with no manga source material to adapt from. Produced by Studio SANZIGEN, it was clear that if there’s any genre they could handle, it’s a science fiction action hybrid. As of today, the show is receiving average reviews and to my disappointment, I completely understand why.
Breaking away from the traditional and expected genre pairings is an incredibly hit or miss strategy. Although some shows have flourished in its innovation to present a fresh idea to its audiences, Haruchika fell flat on so many levels that it was upsetting to watch. Giving praise where it’s due, creating a mystery/romance narrative is quite complex and the show’s ability to juggle these themes is still quite commendable. However, when assessed as a whole series, not only were its characters unlikable and its soundtrack underwhelming, but its impact as a mystery series was so lacklustre that I doubt anyone will even remember this show in a couple of months.
Kono Suba is the amalgamation of a concept so tiresome and overdone that viewers groan at the mere mention, while retaining an impressive level of effective comedy. At its core, people have regarded this show as a parody on the typical video game world trope. However, to undersell this incredible gag comedy in such a way is treason. With its lovable characters, beautiful visuals and effortless presentation of humour, this show goes the extra mile to bring something fresh to the new year.