Finally the day has come that the first of the big two upcoming yuri shows premiered.
Even after the shock that each and every episode would only last for about 10 minutes, the hype was still strong, and many of us yuri fans anticipated this summer anime season partly or maybe even mostly because of Netsuzou TRap.
So far, I’ve refrained from reading any other first impressions of this show, simply because I’m easily influenced and I want to put up a, let’s say unfiltered first view on this adaptation. Putting it like this, I think it’s obvious that my enjoyment of Netsuzou TRap might not match or even come close to what other fans experienced, but oh well…
Though, first things first, the premiere episode basically put us right into the action, showing Hotaru and Yuma being “friendly” with each other, just like the first few pages of the manga depicted. The whole first episode in general stuck closely to its manga version, basically never straying off from what is shown there and featuring the first manga chapter in its 10 minute run. I’ll just assume that this pattern will continue and that each and every episode will cover one chapter only. Since I don’t know what happens in chapter 12, they might have to change some things or leave some chapters out to get to a fitting finale, but who knows.
Personally, disregarding the length of the episodes, I was a little disappointed by how fast-paced this first episode felt. We move from location to location, from one kiss to the next, without even knowing the characters at all. Of course, this episode needed to feature the main problem or conflict of the show, and that it did, but it just went too fast in my eyes and left no room to actually get to know the cast a bit first. Well, I’m pretty sure they will, of course, catch up on that in the next few episodes, and I also have to admit that you just can’t go too much in-depth with episodes that are hardly 10 minutes long.
Other than that, and I already know I’ll receive a bit of criticism for saying this, I’m just not too happy with the animation in this one. Don’t get me wrong, the art style itself is really nice. The characters look like they are supposed to from what we know of the manga, and you can see the influences of the artist present in here, too. Though, the animation is just not as fluid as I wish it would be, and some scenes just felt a bit off in how the characters, and even the perspective, moves. I know, they probably didn’t have the biggest budget, and seeing the anime studio behind this, I guess it was to be expected to just not look too fancy and costly.
I guess you could say my expectations were a little too high, and I was just hoping for something that might actually help the genre grow, instead of seeing something that I fear will be forgotten easily or simply overlooked. Well, I shouldn’t judge it all too soon, I guess. This was just the first episode, and if anything, what we all can expect, and what I actually enjoyed quite a lot (surprise, surprise), is ,of course, the never ending yuri action, as well as the nice drama that already hit us in this first episode.
So I guess I should just see how it all plays out in the next few episodes.
Though, how did you guys enjoy this first episode?