C3 – 01 Review
For God’s sake, she’s a tsundere moe-character! What did he expect? That she behaves like a reasonable person?!
C3 has a hard time selling itself as it seems just like the standard-treatment you have seen countless times before. Guy living alone is suddenly forced to live with a girl and he has a childhood-friend. The story is about flashbacks and the main lesson of life that as long as you see the world as a fluffy place of happiness it IS a fluffy place of happiness.
Some guy living alone in a house residing on a spot with special spiritual energy gets a package from his special troublesome dad which contains an innocent naïve moe-like tsundere girl who has a curse that needs to be lifted by getting her to learn the lessons of living a good life according to the “Fluffy Cats and Rainbows”-manual. She starts to live with the dude which creates a lot of problems but luckily the dude has a caring childhood friend who at once becomes a sort-of rival for the mysterious girl so that she can spend her time being a tsundere. Besides that people are generally nice while the ocean is a dark place not liked by anyone.
Haha, Fiya and her sense of humour! She really knows how to make conversation a pleasant experience for everyone…
The episode features a very straight-forward story as it opens with a very blank main-character receiving a package which turns into a girl. In fact it felt so straight-forward that I imagined someone going through a checklist while writing the story for this, the check-list for cheesy shounen-series that is.
The story wants to be this tragic story about the redemption of this special girl with special abilities who can turn into a box (and other stuff). She’s cursed and it’s already made clear by Haruaki that this isn’t some sort evil spell but rather a kind of test. Fiya has to learn the meaning of life which includes happiness and love – but not death and war since bad things have nothing to do with life.
The series is very obvious in the way it makes some scenes comic-relief-scenes, others story-time and the rest the tragic moments of Fiya (she gets her own tune for being sad just so that the music alone can tell you how she feels in case you missed the mood-shift). All of that still feels very standard and with other series of this season (like the new HunterxHunter) I’m hard-pressed to see why I should bother watching this.
Fiya is just a tsundere-stock-character with all the moe-traits you can imagine (like being klutzy and silly) and a direct way of whining about everything while also having a standard-phrase (‘I curse you!’). Her charm is basically just being like you would picture a moe-character with very little to call her own, even her looks seem like a Konata-ripoff from Lucky Star.
It’s nice to know that this series treats common sense as trait that needs to be learned before it can be applied to reality…
Haruaka who is supposed to guide her to enlightenment becomes part of the story in a very direct way by getting a package from his troublesome father. Besides that he’s a very bland person, good-hearted and all that but nothing that would cause you to have any interest in him. But it is nice to see him staying clearheaded throughout the first episode and not have him freak out the whole time just to make him the straight guy for some lame fanservice-jokes.
And it’s that clear-headedness that’s apparent in the whole episode since it doesn’t get distracted that much already making its intentions clear with the essential information and the characterization. It may be not a very interesting picture this episode is painting but it’s painted in a very thorough manner. The characters receive their respective roles they have to play in the story and the direction of the story is made known. But I doubt that this series will take its story-progression very seriously and the amount of fanservice-jokes and slice-of-life will increase for the next episodes although it should include some shounen-elements as well since Fiya does have some special abilities.
But it will repeat itself with some running gags (I feel like it’s just this kind of show) with stuff like Fiya calling Konoha “cow-titted girl” and Konoha getting jealous when Haruaka and Fiya get close to each other, stuff like that. There are a bunch of jokes attached to the roles of each character and they will be shamelessly repeated until we as audience are sure to hate them (I already don’t like the phrase ‘ I curse you.’ at this point) and the episode really has a problem of telling me why it should interest me what happens next.
Do I like the first episode of this? No. Do I hate it? Not really, it does have its charm by being not too over-the-top. But there’s a lack of imagination and excitement in the way the story is presented that makes it hard for me to care for what happens. It does seem like it doesn’t bother to aim for anything else besides mediocrity.
Posted on October 4, 2011, in Anime, C3 - Cube × Cursed × Curious, Reviews and tagged anime reviews, c3 - cubed x cursed x curious, C³, C³ - Cube x Cursed x Curious, CubexCursedxCurious. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.