Fukumenkei Noise Episode 1 First Impressions

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Nino is a girl who love singing, made a childhood promise to with her first crush Momo and song composing Yuzu to someday find her voice. The three went their separate ways, but Nino kept her promise and continue to sing. Years later, the three are now high school students, Nino is drawn to the world of keionbu or band club.

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Manga reader here, I was coming in with low expectations, since the adaptation would have to pretty much invent the musical sequences from 0. The manga’s style is darker and more jagged, which fits really well with how edgy and emo it gets. Its fast pace didn’t go over well into the adaptation either. But the thing I dislike the most is that without the backstory from 6 years ago there’s literally zero tension. If they used at least half of the first episode for that, a lot of the things happening during the 2 live concerts would’ve made more sense to newcomers. Basically, this show would’ve been much better, if it had an episode 0.

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I can kind of tolerate the art style, at times I actually really like it with the whole “punk noise” vibe it’s giving off. But the animation really bothers me. The way she’s animated while singing that little tune gives of an image of a wailing dog rather than a maiden performing an enchanting melody. Or more like I’m picturing a male song bird chirping its lungs out trying to get laid. (Pffft!) Also, the bright flashing lights during the concert sequences may distract from it, but the CG flailing is still very much visible. Despite looking rough, this was way better than I thought it was going to be at first glance and better than Fuuka already. Though the MC was tripping a few of the yandere markers, but I don’t think it’s that kind of show. I’m definitely following this though especially since we get to hear more Saori Hayami singing!

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