Sell Me in 20 Minutes: Walkure Romanze, Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta, and Gingitsune

In contrast to a sports-packed Saturday, Sunday’s lineup consisted mainly of more laid-back fare. Which in no way necessitates a drop in quality. At least, I believe all genres are created equal before they get executed by a particular staff. Today’s slate ended up being fairly satisfying.

Walkure Romanze has the whole cheesy schoolgirl knights premise working against it, but I’ve learned that that itself doesn’t always count for much. What a weaker premise does do is place more of the weight of the series on the cast and the presentation. While the jousting scenes were average-tier CG and there was indisputably some annoying fanservice (though none as weaksauce as Yuusha ni Narenakatta), the cast came across as fun and active, Also, they live together in the same boarding house, which I could see leading to some interesting roommate dynamics I could see this as an enjoyable show if it just focuses on them hanging out without leaning too heavily into either fanservice or melodrama. It’s worth another week for now.

Similar to yesterday’s White Album sequel, Yozakura Quartet was a franchise I have a very mixed experience with. The fact that it’s getting a third anime project is somewhat perplexing. My hopes that Hana no Uta would be the one to make the leap weren’t treated to a very fun ride, as this installment basically had the same hollow presentation style that made the OVAs a tough ride while providing little context for anything. I don’t think I’ll be following this one, though I wish fans of the inexplicably continuing franchise the best.

I was sold on Gingitsune in the same way I was sold on Sentimental Journey and To Heart; it was a light-hearted atmospheric series with some definite talent in the wings, the type of thing the late-90s perfected before cels gave way to digital. It’s got the style the properly values background art, introduces characters in a way that was energetic but not forced, and dropping in little bits of the fantastic to punctuate the small uniqueness of the world. This one is a hard keeper, and I’m sticking with it for at least 3 more weeks as the prime muscle relaxant of the season.

2 thoughts on “Sell Me in 20 Minutes: Walkure Romanze, Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta, and Gingitsune

  1. It really feels like I’m going to see Yozakura Quartet for the third (fourth time really, read the manga as well, lol) for how many years it has been around. It has potential, but it needs a ton of work to be done right and not devolve into an episodic case-of-the-week kind of thing. At the very least the Hana no Uta arc is the most plot heavy so I have high hopes 😀

    • At this point, I’m primarily interested in it for the OAD to come out on the 9th. It’s a really interesting datapoint (if the manga sales jump with this volume, it retroactively makes the TV series viable), and I feel like I can watch it in shortform stories.

      I’d rather watch highlights over the actual TV series, since I know how the manga goes already and it can be hard to get into a series sometimes because of that.

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