I don’t get this Anime no Chikara thing. Honestly? It just seems pretentious. And I mean that in the truest sense of the word. I think one can argue that something like Evangelion is not pretentious, but you can’t do that with these shows. These shows are actively pretending to be something bigger than they actually are.
Take Sora no Oto for instance. Out of the 8 epsiodes that I saw, it came off as nothing but a formulaic moe-themed slice of life show. And not even a good one, like Keion! or Lucky Star. It was relentlessly boring, and the characters had no soul beyond their tried and true archetypes. Even the cast of Keion! had more pep in their execution than these girls.
Now we have Senkou no Night Raid. I only watched one episode, and it really sucked. It was a run-of-the-mill supernatural action show that had nothing exciting in its execution, characters, or story. The only thing that set it apart from the rest was its setting.
What I’m saying is that these show’s attempts at differentiating themselves from other anime is just lazy, and quite insulting. They stick so closely to established formula and have absolutely soulless execution, but think an unorthodox setting somehow puts them on a level above everything else.
I’m pretty bummed. I had high hopes for this project, because I was really looking forward to some well-executed mature anime that would hearken back to the likes of Cowboy Bebop to break up my moe diet a bit. I guess I’ll just stick to the good things noitaminA does.