First Impressions Digest - Engage Kiss, Lycoris Recoil

First Impressions Digest – Engage Kiss, Lycoris Recoil

First Impressions Digest – Engage Kiss, Lycoris Recoil

Engage Kiss – 01








At this point I’m starting to conclude that White Album 2 was a fluke, because nothing Maruto Fumiaki has written since has grabbed me. Engage Kiss is a weird and not terrible premiere, competently staged and produced, but neither the story or the characters did anything for me. I was modestly interested for about 10 minutes and after that my attention started to flag pretty quickly.
The gist of this is a slacker guy named Shu, who shamelessly sponges off the women in his life to keep him from starving to death. One of them is the daughter of the president of the company he more or less quit, the other a yandere-ish high school girl who seems to have superpowers. We find that out because Shu’s “job” is teleporting to another dimension and fighting demons, and when he finally gets desperate enough to (low)bid on a job for the company, the yandere (Kisara) has to come and save his and the daughter’s (Ayano) asses when the demon turns out stronger than expected.
None of this is grimace-worthy, but I didn’t really like any of these people and the premise has a lot of light-novel in it. There might just be the hint of something very modestly interesting here, but if I’m already bored I’m probably not going to be sticking around based on that slim hope.
Lycoris Recoil – 01
There was really only one reason I watched the premiere of this series (every time I see the title it reads as “Licorice Broccoli” in my head). That’s Imigu Muru, the mangaka behind the wonderful Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru. He did the character designs here and I love his art. Unfortunately he had nothing to do with the narrative side of the series, which whiffs with me in a big way.
Technically this was fine – rather good, even. The animation from A-1 was fluid and the art design was interesting. Director Adachi Shingo is highly experienced and it shows. But the script, woof. That part comes from Asaura, best known for Ben-To. It would be hard to overstate how much I came to loathe that series after the first couple of episodes, and Licorice Broccoli didn’t even take that long to grate on me. The whole moeblob as noble murderer trope is a dumpster fire as far as I’m concerned. Not only is it completely played out by now, but it’s pretty twisted and disturbing in the first place.
So yeah – I hated this, pretty much. It’s a dumb idea competently executed with a decent budget. I won’t waste any more of your time or mine on it – there are plenty of places to go for recaps and such if one is looking for them.
Engage Kiss – 01







At this point I’m starting to conclude that White Album 2 was a fluke, because nothing Maruto Fumiaki has written since has grabbed me. Engage Kiss is a weird and not terrible premiere, competently staged and produced, but neither the story or the characters did anything for me. I was modestly interested for about 10 minutes and after that my attention started to flag pretty quickly.
The gist of this is a slacker guy named Shu, who shamelessly sponges off the women in his life to keep him from starving to death. One of them is the daughter of the president of the company he more or less quit, the other a yandere-ish high school girl who seems to have superpowers. We find that out because Shu’s “job” is teleporting to another dimension and fighting demons, and when he finally gets desperate enough to (low)bid on a job for the company, the yandere (Kisara) has to come and save his and the daughter’s (Ayano) asses when the demon turns out stronger than expected.
None of this is grimace-worthy, but I didn’t really like any of these people and the premise has a lot of light-novel in it. There might just be the hint of something very modestly interesting here, but if I’m already bored I’m probably not going to be sticking around based on that slim hope.
Lycoris Recoil – 01
There was really only one reason I watched the premiere of this series (every time I see the title it reads as “Licorice Broccoli” in my head). That’s Imigu Muru, the mangaka behind the wonderful Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru. He did the character designs here and I love his art. Unfortunately he had nothing to do with the narrative side of the series, which whiffs with me in a big way.
Technically this was fine – rather good, even. The animation from A-1 was fluid and the art design was interesting. Director Adachi Shingo is highly experienced and it shows. But the script, woof. That part comes from Asaura, best known for Ben-To. It would be hard to overstate how much I came to loathe that series after the first couple of episodes, and Licorice Broccoli didn’t even take that long to grate on me. The whole moeblob as noble murderer trope is a dumpster fire as far as I’m concerned. Not only is it completely played out by now, but it’s pretty twisted and disturbing in the first place.
So yeah – I hated this, pretty much. It’s a dumb idea competently executed with a decent budget. I won’t waste any more of your time or mine on it – there are plenty of places to go for recaps and such if one is looking for them.

Source:https://lostinanime.com/2022/07/first-impressions-digest-engage-kiss-lycoris-recoil/

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