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Jan 11
2013

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai 01

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This was by far my most anticipated anime of the season. And to my pleasant surprise, this went above and beyond my initial expectations. (Which were admittedly rather low.)

Shinbo’s known for his crazy and jarring visuals. But instead of head tilts, photo-realistic cut outs, and rapid moving slides with words on them, we find Shinbo the most restrained I’ve probably ever seen him. I quite enjoy how Sasami’s room is all pastels and watercolors in contrast to the outside world.

Another thing that stood out immediately is the soundtrack. The tracks already display a wide variety of instrumentals from synth to spastic brass during that absurd and amazing chocolate world sequence. The opening theme is also good and I enjoyed the animation.

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As for the characters and content, I found myself highly entertained by just about everything. Of course the sisters are all just gimmicks so far, but it’s only the first episode. My question is that will fantastic and nonsensical things happen to the sisters in each episode in an episodic format? Or will an overarching plot show itself quickly? I think I’d enjoy Sasami-san more if it went with the former.

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  • That's actually quite sad to hear that this was one of your most anticipated but your expectations for the show were actually really low : But I'm glad you liked it Myna and you're right Shinbo didn't go crazy with the camera angles but there was just enough to make this first episode very, very SHAFT.

    Whilst asking myself "what the hell am I watching?" I was enjoying every second of the episode. It's funny how nothing seems to make sense to me (even now) but yet it was really entertaining to watch! Guess that's SHAFT for ya ey.

    My guess is that there will be both elements instead of either the former or the latter but definitely more of the former element; putting the Fire Sisters (oh wait wrong show) in unfathomable situations xD Though it WAS a bit early for a Valentines episode.

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