[NOTE: This post is very old and no longer reflective of my opinions or writing style.]
Continuing my Fall 07 coverage is the show that I was looking forward to most this season, Blue Drop. Most of what I read about this ep before watching it was wishy-washy opinions and the general consensus that people should ‘wait till episode 2 to form their opinions.’ So I went into ep 1 with these expectations. I was ready for that, becaused when I watched Simoun (which is, invariably, what this show will be compared to) I hated the first ep but fell in love by ep 2.
Well, I am going to have to go ahead and disagree with the wishy washy people and say that this episode was done very, very nicely. The most notably good facet being the cinematography. There were several scenes that just made me think ‘wow, that was done nicely’ or, ‘oooo pretty…’. Along with that, there was a grey and sort of lonesome tone over everything that made me feel pulled in. Not to mention some very nice CG shorts.
I also very much enjoyed the pacing of this episode. It doesn’t rush itself at all, which will be interesting if it can keep that pace for a series only 13 episodes long.
The music was nice, especially the song that played when the birds were flocking around at the beginning. While this episode as a whole didn’t necessarily get much accomplished, I think it did an excellent job setting up the characters, and the ain character herself is a very interesting lead without a personality you see too often. I also enjoyed the unique characer designs which were very cute in some cases. There was also an enormous girl which was kind of funny but a nice addition, IMO.
I do think that the show came across as just a little pretentious, but I like that, since I am a very pretentious person.