This was mentioned to me as a series to watch by a Japanese colleague acclaimed for his technical capability. What can I say… It’s furries in 3D.
The “3D” in Kemono Friends is interesting enough. It’s not a straight-up 3D where you create a model with physics and kinematics and drop it into Blender. It’s not like Shrek. Instead, it’s sort of a 3D, but mapped onto screen with anime-specific changes, such as added confining lines. The model itself makes anime concessions too. For example, the mouth is always on the side.
In part, the 3D is noticeable because production quality is rather poor. The aforementioned confining lines are inconsistent. Water is made to splash off-screen. And so on. If it were a big-budget no-excuses 3D, it could be easier to accept.
The less said about the remainder of production, the better. Okay, it’s a BAMF. With little girls, of course, because duh anime. The only character other than protagonist in ep.1 is dumb like a sack of bricks — presumably because she’s an animal. Well, a furry, really.
Overall, terrible. But possibly cannot-look-away terrible.
P.S. You know, if little furry girl anime like this becomes a genre, like the idol anime, I predict that we’ll see a grizzly twist anime, possibly directed by Yukihiro Miyamoto, based on Island of Dr. Moreau. I give it 2 years.
UPDATE: Omo is trying to stay open-minded. A great deal of existential questioning can be done with junk animation, etc.
UPDATE: Evirus used simpler words. According to him, the series has "the right amount of care in the storytelling, setting, and characters to hold the viewer’s interest as the tales unfold" despite "crudely animated 3DCG". Therefore,
Kemono Friends is captivating as a road trip story with canned adventures which I’m sure will culminate in a grand set of lessons learned along the way. It’s successful enough at it that I don’t care about the 3DCG aspects at all.
I can sympathise with him, but the grand adventure was much too simple thus far.
Omo, by the way, reposited and tried his hardest to be concise, after all.
There is a category of literature in which the concept of finding yourself is the central gist. I think of Kemono Friends as a Greek epic, in which this post-apocalyptic society builds around the person who asks, “who am I”?
Thanks for the focus, Captain Obvious. The genre was defined when Bag-chan found that she didn’t even remember own name. It’s the dumbed down approach that raises my shackles about Kemono Friends, not its timeless messages.
According to ANN, Daisuki is trying to add social elements:
Forget the hassle of having to bounce between anime streaming pages and the forums — now you enjoy anime and congregate in one place!
I suppose the gratification is delayed when you e-mail to Author or post on your own blog.
See that green dot? One my of most favourite mangas is being adapted to an anime.
The same author made Danna ga Nani o Itteru Wakaranai (and its spin-off Sabinuki Kanojo), Komori-san wa Kotowarenai, Kobayashi-san no Meido Dragon. All three were adapted into anime.
Well done, J.C.Staff. You are back. We missed you.
P.S. It took me a very long time to look at the protag and see someone other than Haruka Amami.
P.P.S. Regarding the end segment, remember Lucky*Star?
From the least necessary sequels department: New Game is getting a new season.
Okay, a quick opener here.
1. Everyone go read Evirus. (spoilers: “To me, it is openly racist to presume dullahans are presumptively inadequate or compromised compared to humans.”
2. That said, I think a dullahan is a poorly thought-out concept that requires too much magic to function – Macchi breaths and eats by exactly what means?
3. Sakie-chan is BEST GIRL. Hikari is the harem lead.
4. I’ve read the manga and I really didn’t like the detectives. I’ll do my best not to drop the anime when they inevitably appear.
The biggest problem with Gabriel Dropout is how unfunny it is. The skits are impossibly long for very meager payoff, if any. This became painfully apparent back in the segment of ep.2, where a classmate overhears Gabriel and Vignette discussing their angel and demon things, lacks the context, and misunderstands them. It dragged endlessly, beating the joke to death. I decided to give the anime a chance and watched ep.3, where the director has done the same exact thing! But not only that. The (insufferably overlong) cafe segment has set up a joke for the 2nd part where Satania’s physical lack of taste came into play. I’m sure someone thought that he was very clever when he came up with that, but in actual fact it was a pathetically weak play. You need 10 of the same within an episode to make a comedy work. Look at Nichijou for a template. The direction was so weak that I even checked if Yamakan was at the helm, taking revenge for the choco cornet. But no, it was a veteran director Masahiko Ohta phoning it in.
Production values were quite decent, but that was not enough. And 3 out of 4 main characters are hideous jerks. In Lucky Star we survived Yamakan’s direction because the girls were cute and did cute things. Here though… Vigne’s hopeless struggle is painful, not heartwarming.