Wondering why I’m talking about this?
A year or two back, I remember watching advertisement by Nickelodeon about coming out with a brand new original series. It didn’t look like much, and honestly looked pretty standard. Except one thing caught my eye, and that was how strangely similar it was to Pokemon (and to some extend Digimon).
(creatures being carried in small containers and fight each other? Who would’ve though?)
One weekend I went through a few episodes, and nothing really stood out to me, despite it going on and on about how amazing the story was. As far as a children’s anime of today. It holds up okay. It certainly doesn’t hold up to the older anime, but for kids today it’s not bad…
But it’s not exactly good either.
The animation, while good for the fight scenes, is clunky when it comes to the people, who themselves aren’t really that interesting.
No scratch that. It’s not that they’re not interesting. It’s that I’ve seen their characters roles before in other anime, and here it’s really obvious (and it didn’t help that the advertisement only confirmed that thought).
You got your leader, nerd, tough girl, bad boy, and… quirky character I guess.
There’s nothing else really to their characters though, which is why the animation could be more… Anime. The reason characters in shows like Pokemon, Digimon, even Yugioh, were so fun and such was because we could see their reactions more clearly (especially misty’s)
In Monsuno (and in other children’s anime of today for that matter), it needs big reactions. It needs to have more emphasis on how the characters show feeling, not just through dialogue (which by the way, is mostly exposition in this show).
And I guess you could argue that this show is for younger teens/ middle schoolers so there’s no need for the cartoony reactions, but even shows like Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist make way for it’s crazy moments in order to show how developed these characters are.
I think the only times I felt invested in the characters were twice. Once during a flashback of a character’s mom exploding, (which sounds really bad out of context actually), And the bond between the main character and his parents, specifically with the mom.
It’s not a bad series (I got a few laughs out of the more clever jokes), but this does show how much new anime relies on certain fans. Either hardcore fans for anime like Attack on Titan who want drama and a new spin on things, or a fresh, new audience who have not seen these anime tropes before.
And speaking of fans. Rant tomorrow on… Fan girls…
I did say I would rant all week… *dissatisfied sigh*