Spring 2018 Quick Impressions: Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi, Isekai Izakaya, Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai

Since I have once again taken on a lot of shows in this season, I'm going to go over a few of them in one post.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

This series seems to be in my wheelhouse. I tend to like stories revolving around different perspectives on folk tales, and this series has that kind of setup. The main character is basically discovering a fairly standard supernatural realm. It seems like the kind of show I would normally want to watch, but I'm somewhat skeptical so far.

Something about this show hasn't quite clicked with me yet. I acknowledge that the first two episodes are still introducing the setting, but the tengu's story didn't really seem that interesting. It felt like it was just trying hard to cement the fact that Aoi doesn't understand the world's customs.

For the time being, I'm still waiting to see where the show is going. If it focuses too much on the oni king, I feel like I might just lose interest. I'm sure that there's a massive misunderstanding driving this story, which really bugs me.

Isekai Izakaya

The premise of this series seems suspiciously close to that of Isekai Shokudou, featuring a restaurant that links to a different world. So far, the alternate world doesn't seem like a blatant fantasy world, which makes me wonder if it's just a historical world. The first episode seemed okay, but I was a bit bothered by how much the second episode reused themes from the first episode (like the uncontrolled eating of beans and the cold feel of the beer glass).

The show also seems to rely pretty heavily on words flashed across the screen to describe its food. So far, I find it pretty distracting. I get the feeling that there's too much text on the screen to keep track.

Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai

I really had no idea what to expect from this series, but I found it strangely charming. It has a pretty standard setup for a romantic comedy, but I'm liking a lot of the little things the show does in the background. The "surprise transfer student" development in the first episode was kinda strange, but I liked the photograph game in the second episode a lot. It was a great way to introduce the characters by forcing them to interact.

My favorite interaction so far has been the one between the photography club's president, Hajime, and the class rep, Hasegawa. I enjoyed watching the class rep's identity as Hina being suggested based on her reactions and subsequently confirmed by Alec's reactions. The expressions were great and felt like a great way to tell the audience the truth of the situation.

I also thought this random couple in the staircase was funny. Anyway, this show seems fun so far even if I understand none of the photography-related information. I'm curious to see where it goes.

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