Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Ep. 3: Mysterious Colored Scream

Another one of the shows that had a promising start but then stumbled into a whole host of problems that take away any sense of enjoyment you might get while watching it.  It’s choppy, its premise is horrendous, the characters now completely run-of-the-mill, its execution ridiculous.  It’s almost as if the show were stumbling forward without really figuring out what it is.  What’s happening to it is just like the other tsundere anime of the season.  I’ve pretty much lost all interest in this, although one character in particular makes it worth one last episode after this.  I think.

Summary:

The school, like many others, has its own fair share of ghost stories.  All of that leads to the “never misses a class” Sugishita-sensei suddenly disappearing.  Karen tries to organize the class for self-study, but is only moderately successful.  While she studies, she takes further interest in Jun’s inability to take care of his hair, finally loaning him a comb to groom himself.  Moments later, Mitsuki calls “Jun and friends” for an errand.

Mitsuki gives Jun and company the task of finding out what happened to Sugishita-sensei, who was last seen in the old school building.  Jun resents being the lapdog of the student council, but listens to the president anyway.  Soon, the group is completed with Karen and Yuuhi, who join at the last moment.

Inside, Karen reveals she’s a total wuss when it comes to ghosts, and Kiryu can’t help but tease her a little bit.  They all decide (except for Karen, at least) that it’s faster to split up and go in groups; Kiryu strikes again by arranging for Yuuhi and Jun to go as a group so she can sneak in some wonderful pictures of their development.

Yuuhi and Jun remain at odds with each other until they enter an old classroom and are somewhat surprised by a moving anatomy statue.  Jun, however, calls out to the girl behind the statue, who reveals herself as Nagomi Shiraishi, disciplinary officer of the council.  She gives Jun a hint to pull a rope in the back, which leads to a trap door.  Cut to a picture of the Minase parents in a similar trap, but on a much bigger scale.

While the parents can apparently jump entire stories, Jun and Yuuhi remain tangled up in the hidden room.  After some flailing about, Yuuhi tries to reach the top by standing on Jun’s back, but fails to reach.  They try again by sitting Yuuhi on Jun’s shoulders, but ultimately fail due to the sheer embarassment it brings to Yuuhi.  Afterwards, they stay close to keep warm, but separate again after arguing about their relationship.

Their argument awakens Sugishita-sensei, who was thrown out of his apartment for tuning is bike in his apartment instead of outside.  Mitsuki warns him never to do that again, while Minato is relieved to see her older brother again.  Sugishita pulls Jun aside very quickly to see if he wants to talk about his problems with his new fiancé, but some things are better left unsaid.

Impressions:

  • This show is easily one of the most confusing things I’ve seen in a long time.  I think even the producers don’t have the slightest idea what this is all about.  It’s a mash of action, tsundere, harem, and romance that is choppy and poorly executed.  Of course, this is coming from a person who has no real idea what the game was like, so maybe that’s how it was?  I’m not sure.  All I know is that I’ve seen better, and judging from the first episode, this could’ve been much better than it is.  For starters, taking out any references to Jun’s parents until they can introduce them properly would be a good thing.  Also, this background “surveillance” thing is starting to really bug me.  I’m sure it’ll be explained later, but they could drop a few hints maybe, give the viewer SOMETHING to chew on while they watch.
  • Minato is the only endearing character to me right now, as I’ve lost all interest in Yuuhi’s character.  Sugishita, however, is good for a few laughs here and there.  Who the hell would tune their motorcycle in their apartment, anyway?  That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
  • You know it’s a bad thing when I keep forgetting which character’s which.  For instance, it was very difficult to remember what the names of some of the characters are (i.e. Kiryu).  The only ones that stuck in my head were Karen, Minato, and Yuuhi (2 supporting, one main).  That doesn’t bode well for a show that relies on a lot of characters; it basically means you could replace the others with blobs and I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.  It’s especially bad because Jun is very difficult to remember; aside from his Geno Killer status, his character is otherwise forgettable.  It should be noted that of the three characters I do remember easily, I only like one of them.
  • Jun was in the promised land, or was he just getting suffocated?  I wonder?

Preview:

Whatever your answer, I’m watching this next episode for Minato only.  After that, we’ll see if I want to keep this going.

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