I really try to make every effort to watch even the worst of shows, because I sort of believe that in order to write anything useful about it, serious review or LOL REVIEW, I should at least watch the whole thing. Most shows, even lacking in discernible quality, at least give me something to stick with. Isuca, and Fafnir, just did not.
“Shakugan no Shana NOPE.”
Repeating my earlier statement:
It’s basically Shakugan no Shana with a bow and arrow instead of a sword, and Noragami without Hiyori. I’ve only watched the first two episodes so far, so judgement reserved, but I am not expecting much from a show that starts out grimdark and pivots on its dick.
In only a couple more episodes, it manages to weakly add a couple more women to fawn over our protag, who become functionally useless without him, some other characters that do things, and a monster-of-the-week trope that just doesn’t add anything to it. If this were a VN adaptation, I’d be disappointed further, so being a manga adaptation, it really sounds more like a case of the book probably being better. Consider the fact it also only went for ten episodes. For a manga running since 2009, either it folded on unpopularity, production issues, or something else. Considering its animation wasn’t anything to bat home over, I’m banking on the first two.
Really though, the topic has been done many times. I would have accepted it without the harem bullshit and PRESS KISS FOR POWER. Consider this; What separates a show like this from DxD isn’t the harem, but how you use it. No female character in DxD has to rely on Issei, they can kick ass themselves without BOOST MAN there to save them. But when he does step in and fight, he fights with them, not for them, and thus displays his power more radically because he is part of Rias’ “family”. I figured I’d mention that before you ask me why I wouldn’t like harem in this show versus that show, and DxD isn’t even the first to really do this.Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
We’ve had way too many shows about attackers attacking necessitating the need for creating an attacking army to attack the attackers. Some shows do it well. This season’s World Break was one such example. But as I sort of ranked in previous posts, Fafnir, compared to Absolute Duo and World Break, ranks way at the bottom.
From Week One:
If we’re talking the weakest link of the season, this show is it. If you thought Mahouka was absurd, this show won’t help assail you of your disappointment. The three damning factors is the fact that it is another brother-sister pair, he is a irregular, and he was involved in the military before coming to the school. Yeah, real original guys. Do me a favor, Diomedia, scrap this bullshit, and make another goddamn season of Mondaiji. We don’t need more of this shit.
I didn’t really bother past the third or fourth episode. It just didn’t catch with me. So I’ll leave it at that. You can read the Mahouka post for why this sort of thing does not amuse me.