Sell Me in 20 Minutes: Yuusha ni Narenakatta and Strike the Blood

I’m not in any way expecting this Friday to replace Gatchaman Crowds’ level of performance from last season. Kyokai no Kanata and Coppelion are already pulling the bulk of the week’s power hitting closer to Wednesday, but it’d be nice to have at least one show for every day of the week pulling its own weight.

Yuusha ni Narenakatta opened with some flashy animation of some anti-monster combat and some jiggling boobs. For most of the rest of the episode, the camera made a deal of emphasizing the latter as much as it could, to the detriment of everything else. The cast was never lazily written, but never anything close to engaging; I’ve rarely seen a voice actor deliver his lines with as little interest as this main character’s VA did, and he spent way too much of it making irrelevant informational monologues about a typical fantasy world that didn’t really need introduction. The show is a mine with no minerals, and an easy one to drop.

Strike the Blood popped its cap a bit stronger, with a washed-out intro monologue and a male lead with dialogue appropriate to a guy bumming his way through school while dealing with weird ghost monster problems. The pacing was a bit abrupt; the large scale events of the episode were set in motion by a fairly pedestrian street fight by vampires who didn’t give a crap about daylight. That said, it wasn’t bogged down in dropping proper nouns all over the place and was able to keep the focus on build some respectable chemistry between the two main characters. There’s a good chance this one won’t make it, but it’s at least earned a second episode.

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