My thoughts on this show as a whole are similar to my thoughts on the leading lady’s character design. There are good things to say about it, but things that turn me off. She has DFC and yet it doesn’t look right with her, possibly because of her height. She has nice legs, but I find her skirt ugly. She has a cute face, but godawful bangs. She has the elements of attractiveness, but doesn’t come full circle. And what’s worse is that this unattractiveness is in her nature so she will just never be attractive to me.
The same goes for the show, period. In the first episode, I thought Nagi seemed better than your average female lead, but by episode 2, she seemed to be pretty average, and the male who I at first thought was acceptable instantly earned my insane hatred by episode 2. The only thing worse than a useless male lead is a useless male lead who seems to think he has a moral high ground. Even though neither character was great, though, I still didn’t hate them enough to drop the show just because they occasionally said and did really good things (especially Nagi.)
And then we have the animation, which has less of elements good and bad for me as it does good and bad in general. This show (or perhaps I) had the poor timing of being watched by me right after I was watching Air and Toradora. both of those shows have very great animation that is great because of it’s sensibility. Kyoto Animation is known for their excruciating effort in making anime look like fucking real life with the way characters move, and Toradora has done a pretty great job of it as well. Meanwhile Kannagi seems to be what happened when animators didn’t care about the sensibility of movement, only that there was movement and a lot of it, resulting in what I like to call ‘excess frames’. I mean I don’t care how fluid it is, hair doesn’t need to fly in 6 directions with every movement, and hands should move that way.
But anyway, now apparently the manga has been cancelled, and since I needed an excuse to drop this show, this is it – I don’t like a sory with no ending.