Umi Monogatari: First Imp-yaaawwwwnn-ressions

If I suddenly stop posting in a few weeks, expect it to be because I died of boredom due to viewing this damn show.

Umi Monogatari

Summer has arrived.

Okay so it’s not really that bad (in fact, it’s quite good), but the OP sure is (boring):

If that’s not the most boring OP you’ve seen, then you aren’t me, because it’s the most boring OP I’ve ever seen. And you know what’s REALLY funny? The person who put this video on YouTube? Said person’s name is SleepSubpuntNL. SLEEPsub. SLEEP. Get it? The OP is really boring and the dude’s name is SLEEPsubpuntNL. SLEEP. SLEE- okay enough of that shit. The ED is kind of the same deal, although I will admit that I like the music throughout the course of the show (which is kind of the same type of music as the OP and ED)…..go figure.

Believe it or not, I actually find that I kind of like the show (this is the same for every first impressions post I’ve ever written ever….except Moon Phase, which sucks, and is on hold) and it’s characters especially. The animation seems pretty damn good too, although I did just watch a bunch of Asura Cryin’.

Premise: What better way to kick off the summer season then with a beach show, eh? The grand scheme of this banger is that a ring floats down from somewhere above the surface of the ocean, and is found by a girl named Marin. Marin lives underwater. No, she’s not a mermaid, she actually looks like a normal human (except the ears). She and her sister, Urin, decide to go up to the surface to give it back to her. Now, I will tell you that the whole show isn’t going to be about giving the ring back to this girl (who is an AWESOME character, and will probably be my favorite of the summer season, or at least my top 5), as the ring seems to just be a catalyst for other events that will be happening. Basically, They find Kanon, who threw the ring (that her now ex boyfriend gave her) into the water, because she didn’t want it anymore. A bunch of other stuff happens, but I’m not going to tell you.

Now. as for the characters, which I believe, coupled with the seemingly strong animation, could be the catalyst for me liking the show (that’s the second time I used catalyst….I need to broaden my vocabulary). There’s got to be a reason why I like her character so much…..what can it be?

Evil Aura is Awesome Aura

She’s just awesome. The show appears to be awesome too, for the time being.

FINAL LOOK

Good Points:

  • Characters
  • Animation (I expected Akikan animation, so maybe I’m over valuing this show in this aspect)
  • Story (seems decent)
  • While there is fanservice (what show doesn’t have fanservice now), it’s not the kind that is blatant. It’s tastefully amusing. Most of the times, it will be pointed out or exemplified by other, minor characters in the show (usually men staring at hiney).

Not So Good Points:

  • I an see this show falling apart or losing my interest pretty easily. As long as Kanon stays cool, then this really shouldn’t be an issue.
  • I don’t like some of the costumes.

I picked this up because I thought it would be bad (if that makes any sense at all), but I find myself presently surprised. Can’t wait for more summer shows to start coming out! WEEEEEEE what am I, 4 years old?

EDIT: I should point out that I only watched the first 7 seconds of the ED. I have since watched it in it’s entirety, and have come to the conclusion that I still don’t like it. It’s too “cutey-wootsy-little-bootsie” for me, and I just don’t like it. I mean, it’s not the worst ED I’ve seen, and I don’t necessarily hate it, but no, it’s not to my liking. Thank you for your patronage.

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2 thoughts on “Umi Monogatari: First Imp-yaaawwwwnn-ressions

  1. I’m just going to be watching this show for the music. But seeing that opinions scattered about have been on the positive end of the spectrum as well as my faith in the director being able to bring up something good, I’m hoping this show will work in that ARIA-esque sort of way even though there’s an actual plot to kick things off.

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