I wanted to do this First Impression last week but life happens and GAH. Anyways, Kado and SnK were the first two anime from Spring season that I curled up with Mika (my beautiful shithead cat), and watched. And I thought, “literally everyone and their mother has words to say about Attack on Titan, so let’s not jump in on that one.” So what a great way to start my aniblogging hobby off than with this anime that I originally had no intention of watching this season, but the “white haired guy” caught my eye and I watched it without even getting a feel for what the basic plot was…
But wait, I have a confession before we start this first impression because I need to be completely honest: I loathe CGI/3D anime. Maybe it’s because I’m used to that good old 2D style and I just need some time to adjust, but my god there’s just something about it that strikes a nerve. But hey, lets delve right in to my Kado impression and you’ll hopefully understand why this little disclaimer was relevant.
I started with episode 0 of course; Hanamori Shun and Shindo Kojiro are working for the Ministry Internal Affairs, International Intelligence and Communications and General Affairs. They are asked to to buy out some land for a project as an informal request from the Undersecretary from the Cabinet Office. Basically, the happenings that follow demonstrate Shindo’s remarkable negotiating skills which was important to emphasize. However, I did not even read a description for this damn show so I’m sitting here wondering how an anime about a negotiator is going to incorporate a stylish white-haired man, but boy was I in for a ride. The negotiations go well for all parties involved, and all was going well for this very interesting anime until disaster struck in the form of a giant magical box transforming 2D characters to CGI characters
[removed content: sh*t tier 9/11 joke].
YES, the REAL disaster was that the main characters suddenly were rendered in CGI. I could not handle this sudden shift, it was so distracting. Seriously, the only gripe with this very first episode was the sudden shift from no CGI in sight to CGI main characters during a pretty important scene. It really took away from the urgency of the scene because I was too busy being horrified. In episode 1 all the main characters are CGI, while background characters remain 2D. This to me felt very weird at first, but I grew to appreciate it because I was still seeing the animation style that I’m familiar with being used with an animation style that I just can’t seem to get used to.
Aside from my crusade against CGI, I really think this anime has a lot of potential and I dig it. I really love that the very first episode gives us insight to how Shindo does his job, and how amazing he is at it. It was kind of slow, but not in a bad way. The plot really starts to pick up in episode 1 as everyone is rushing to figure out what this giant box is and you meet some very interesting characters. I have a feeling I’m going to be falling madly in love with the scientist. The final scene in episode 1 shows us exactly why it’s important that Shindo is a phenomenal negotiator and it definitely looks like he has his work cut out for him in the future.
All-in-all, I’m really excited about this series and am super excited to see if it helps alleviate my hatred of CGI. Really glad that jumped into this one blind because I feel like the first impression was a lot more “dramatic” than the shows I actually looked into beforehand.
That’s it for my very first official post on Spring season! I’m looking forward to growing as an aniblogger and forming a more concrete posting schedule. Look out for something in the next couple of days as I try my best to review something without just saying “10/10 would watch again.”