I don’t have any kind of musical vocabulary at all, so bear with me. The full version of Kuusou Rumba leaves something to be desired. The first 90 or seconds that they made for TV sound great, but after that it really just falls apart (because, you know, Things Fall Apart.) The song seems very much divided into parts, and while these parts sound mostly ok, they don’t flow together too well. That’s really my main problem with the song– it feels rather disjointed. I’ve listened to it a couple of times, and it’s grown on me a little, but I just can’t like it as much as Hito to shite Jiku ga Burete iru. Though, it took me a while to dig that one, so maybe it’ll be the same here.
As far as the new opening animation goes, I have mixed feelings. SHAFT is known for their unique openings, but they’re also known for revising them over a period of time. I really like the look and feel of this new opening, but it feels really unfinished. The first 45 seconds have no animation at all; just random shots of body parts plus credits. While this is fine, it just feels like filler for real animated stuff that’ll go there. I hope that’s the case, because the animated parts in the last 45 seconds are pretty super. I dig Itoshiki’s outfit (what is he wearing, by the way? An old military uniform?), the dance routine, Itoshiki and stalkergirl embracing while falling, and Itoshiki hanging alone on a tree. It’s all so stupidly emo looking that it’s awesome. Well, aside from the dance, that’s just awesome. Hopefully they’ll add more to it. We didn’t get the real, completed opening to season 1 till about episode 5 anyway, so hopefully by this season’s episode 4/5 we’ll see an improvment.
The show itself is good, though.