C³ Episode 1 - First Impressions

A naked rice cracker thief?! I don't even...

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blue-haired kawaii tsundere loli C³ managed to grab my attention the moment it was announced that the light novel would receive an anime adaptation. Having heard about parts of the light novel, this show is no light-hearted comedy romance. In fact, the comedy romance aspect included is merely a thin veil hiding the dark and extremely bloody premise of the show.

C³ literally, more or less started off with quite a bang. Yachi Haruaki (voiced by Kaji Yuuki), our main protagonist, is the son of some sort of supernatural object buff who goes around the world collecting strange things. Haruaki ends up having a huge black cube being delivered to his door one day, and during the night, the cube magically turned into a naked girl whom Haruaki spotted nabbing rice crackers from the kitchen. It's quite a sight really.

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The girl's name is Fear, the human form of the black cube. Voiced by Tamura Yukari (Yamada from B Gata H Kei, Mei from Clannad, Sakura from Da Capo, Nanoha from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, etc.), the whole loli tsundere personality is captured perfectly, urusai and all, proving that Kugimiya Rie isn't the only seiyuu who can do tsundere. As Fear explains to Haruaki, she is a cursed girl who has fallen victim to an excess amount of negative emotion, and in order for the curse to be lifted, she has to counter the negative emotion by replacing it with positive, cheery emotions. This in itself is interesting enough for me to want to continue watching to find out more about Fear's history. It sort of hints at the fact that there will be some darker moments in the show, but giving the audience more to think about rather than shoving a whole two or three episode's worth of introductions into our brains. With that being said, plot wise,  the first episode managed to outline things just enough to keep the audience engaged, without overloading us with facts and what not.

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As far as character interaction goes, what more can we ask for? Not only do we have the tsundere loli already hogging all the attention, Haruaki's large breasted childhood friend, Muramasa Konoha, voiced by Chihara Minori (Nagato Yuki from Haruhi, Teresa from Seikon no Qwaser, Minami from Lucky Star), is brought in to further enhance the stereotypical feel that's already being given off by the show. As soon as Konoha was brought into the picture, things started to get hectic, albeit rather funny, goofy chibi expressions included. I found it absolutely hilarious how the parts of Konoha's dutch even kept on breaking off as she was bullied by Fear. One thing that has me scratching my head though, is that it's implied that Konoha, like Fear, isn't human. Konoha tells Haruaki to repeat what he said to her in the past to make Fear feel more comfortable, and Haruaki ends up apologizing to Fear, telling her that he forgot she wasn't human. Either it's a huge screw up, which is possible, or it's definitely hinting to something more, which is also totally feasible.

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As for the comedy aspect, C³ seems to have nailed it spot-on with its somewhat slapstick humour, especially having Fear totally destroy Haruaki's place while "cleaning," mistakenly thinking that she was doing everything how it was supposed to be done. Of course, pantsu flashes and tsundere expressions aside, I personally felt like this was a nice touch, as it reminds us that Fear isn't human, and she'll take some time to get used to, especially from Haruaki. Plus, I'm enjoying the massive amount of tsundere vibes being emitted by Fear. It seems like it's been awhile since there's been a legit tsundere character to appear in a show. Still, as mentioned earlier, it will definitely be interesting to see how the comedy will be fused together with an actual plot that isn't exactly happily ever after.

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The art was top notch, as expected from Silver Link, with some resemblences in the character design compared to Baka Test. More importantly however, the colours were surprisingly vibrant, with a good use of varied contrast, which makes C³ all the more exciting to watch.

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To be honest, I'm getting the feeling that C³ will be somewhat similar to Shakugan no Shana, which presents similar themes executed in a similar way. Either that, or it will be some perverse combination between a comedy romance, a harem, and Kore wa Zombie Desu ka. That's not to say the show doesn't appeal to me though. As a matter of fact, the whole light novel feel is rather evident, which I think adds another dimension and changes the experience of simply watching a show, to being one with the show and being able to analyze everything yourself. In all seriousness, I don’t think I’ve been this excited to see how a show will develop in a long time. Given that this comedic act is simply a blanket to hide the nasty stuff that’ll follow, I’ll be waiting to see what everything boils down to. I have high hopes for C³, and I’m looking forward to episodically cover this show more than anything (well, except for Shana III). Finally I'm once able to receive my weekly dose of tsundere goodness again!

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3 comments:

  1. I liked how, instead of the usual sparkles of light, the sparkles (or whatever they're called) were cubes.

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  2. Not sure how I really feel about this show so far.

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  3. how do you spell the title? yukari tamura and chihara midori? great, this is a must watch show for me

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