I won't say the novels are great, but they're better than this adaptation - it's actually by the same author as Scrapped Princess and Outbreak Company, and while it takes its time with explaining things, the first episode is just pretty much the first chapter with no significant mods, which is terrible pacing.Chaika –The Coffin Princess- (Hitsugi no Chaika)
This might have been more watchable if it wasn't going out of its way to annoy me every few minutes. The writing is atrocious, with characters who are either inconsistent in their behaviour, or just impenetrable ; and I never get the sense the mysteries will have answers of any interest.
I just don't care, and that's the final nail on its coffin.
Yes but oppening books usually are heavily pruned. I.e. have only good moves or moves that might plausibly be good rather then every possible move.They do both.
Seems like its this seasons Aku no Hana. Hopefully it doesn't crater as badly.Ping Pong - The Animation
(11 episodes, noitaminA)
The problem is that the show leaves me completely cold. Sure, there's a lot of technical skill at play here, but there's very little to latch onto emotionnally until China shows up halfway through to liven things up. Even then, I found the main characters very unlikeable, and it's going to be an uphill battle to make me care about what happens to them.
This is a caricature of a good chunk of noitaminA shows : an artsy ambitious project that nobody would want to watch. I'll give it one more episode to turn my opinion around, but it's on thin ice.
The difference is that I liked Aku no Hana's unconventional artstyle. Wait, no, that's not quite it ; I liked how it added to the already intense source material. That's the problem with Ping Pong : the plot and characters are dull as dishwater, and the artstyle only makes them even less sympathetic.Its interesting with both this and Aku no Hana it showed that whilst people say 'we want interesting non standard visual styles' when they get them they aren't generally happy.
I must say I'm REALLY liking this one for some reason. Wich is weird considering I've lost all interest in Monogatari.Moreover, it feels like the staff are having a lot of fun making this, and it's communicative. (Unlike, say, Nisekoi, which is the perfect example of SHAFT on autopilot.) I'm game : bring it on.