TL;DR First Impression
This is a third anime reboot of the series, but if you count the drama and film, this is technically the fifth reboot. The original series name was “Humanoid Monster Bem” (妖怪人間ベム Yōkai Ningen Bemu) which first aired on October 7, 1968. The series was later remade into a second anime television series, which premiered in April 2006.
The Opening theme is “Uchū no Kioku” by Maaya Sakamoto and the ending theme is “Iruimi” by JUNNA. The opening theme gives me hope for the series. It’s edgy and trendy but also dark. I give both the intro and outro a 6/10 score. However, once the anime started, I can tell the animation isn’t as good as the first few preview scenes make it out to be. It’s not bad, but you can tell there is a lack of detail.
We are first introduced to our naive and fish out of water detective. She was banished to the outside due to her unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice. I suspect she will be our convenient exposition dump character, where everyone will explain to her how things work in her new environment. So far the writing feels very simple as if written for children.
The monster on the first meeting with Bem gives an exposition on his back-story and his motivation within the first 15 seconds of the fight. The final fight of the episode concluded with a whimper instead of a bang. So far I feel very little attachment to any of the characters or identify with their motivation. This episode gives me a vibe this is going to be a monster of the week kind of show with thin plot thread tieing it together.
I had some hope for this show just from the opening theme. I am indifferent if I want to continue with this show as I suspect it will just get worst.
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