Plenty of charm, lacking in fun
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the original Yozakura Quartet from 2008. It aired in a time where I was watching more anime than I can recall, so I might have watched it and just forgotten. Either way I’m walking into the rebooted Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta blindly, expecting to find a enjoyable but not too special show. The first episode delivers on the latter, not enough on the former.
The first episode introduces us to the four main characters of the show. Hime Yarazakura, the mayor of this town where beasts and man coexist. Ao Nanami, a beast cat-girl (called satori, thanks Jet) with mental powers. Kotoha Isone, a half-beast girl who’s specializes in Powerspeak, the ability to create objects by describing them and Akina Hiizumi who is a human boy who can also use magic to a small extent. They’re all entertaining characters and the amount of charm they radiate is impressive, a show like these requires strong characters and it seems it’ll have plenty of it.
As for the actual premise of the first episode, it’s fairly simple. A young girl is seemingly lost and without parents so she gets help from Kotoha and her friends. Of course things get wacky and soon we have a crisis in the town that forces the main characters into action-sequence mode. It’s well structured and pretty decently directed, but there’s a underlying problem with all of it. It’s boring.
All the things the characters are doing should be entertaining, but it lacks a certain spark of fun that something as ridiculous as the things going on on screen absolutely requires. No matter how fun a giant bouncing goldfish is in theory, if you don’t execute it in a funny way, it’s just a funny idea wasted on nothing. That’s kind of how I felt about Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta‘s first episode. Doesn’t help that the staff seemed to place priority in putting in up-skirt-shots into as many scenes as they could over good writing. But hey, at least it wasn’t distracting.
I will compliment on the soundtrack though. Both the opening theme and the actual music during the episode was fitting and a joy to listen to. The opening theme, “Sakura no Ato (all quartets lead to the?)“, is one of the most fun and exciting songs this season so far. I recommend everyone to give it a listen.
I don’t dislike Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta, I really don’t. It was okay. However, I can’t deny that it absolutely is sitting in the trench of mediocrity right here.
There’s possibility for greatness that I hope is realized next episode. For now I will respect the show for creating fun and charming characters, but that charm was not enough to keep the episode afloat when the tidal wave of boredom flooded everything.