First thing I’ll say is it’s not like the manga. Which i kind of refreshing. There are so many shows out there are go completely off a manga. And, I’m talking panel by panel. I know it’s always great to see your favorite manga come to life but, it’s also nice to not know what’s going on.
The manga is what happens before the anime. It’s still running and it looks like the two will run corresponding to each other, but you don’t need one to understand the other. Also, you and enjoy both at the same time and not become confused with the two stories.
The she it’s self isn’t great. The characters are very generic and tropes. There isn’t much original design when it comes to their personalities.
To be honest there’s nothing new with that concept. It saves time for the writers and the views. No back story needed, you already know how this character will act based on other shows you’ve watched. It may save time, but in my honest opinion it’s lazy. When I see it in anime it turns me off a show.
Now, after I’ve gone and said all of that. The ending of the episode surprised me. I want to know more about Hiyori. Why does she want to kill Yukari? Ending your first episode on that note is a big risk. Since it’s so early, the audience doesn’t have the connection with the characters yet to feel any real empathy yet. But, it can also pay off. It worked on me, I want to know what’s going to happen.
I thought this was going to be a silly shojo about girls with swords. Again, I was surprised.
The show it’s self as more of a shonen feel. It just happens to have an all female cast. Which again is another risk. One I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out. My expectations of this show were low and almost nonexistent. I will happily admit when I’m and I was wrong about this show. Which makes me very happy.
The only other thing I have to comment about for Tojo no Miko, the animation. When the aratama show up in the first scene. You can tell it’s cgi. The background and the characters are all done in classic animation. Where the aratama are done in cg. It’s not as bad as some animes *coughcough*Berserk 2016*coughcough* or the cars in Alice and Zoroku. It still looks like the aratama are pasted in over the original animation. That’s really the only problem I have with the animation.
Besides that the rest of the show is nicely animated. It’s a clean nice style that traditional and not overly stylized. A very nice visually pleasing show to watch.
It’s definitely going to be some thing I look forward to watching of Fridays. That’s not something I’m going to be saying about every anime. I only hope it can keep that level of interest though the rest of the series.