Because surprisingly, adaptations don’t always suck!
Let me first say that I didn’t even find the first episode of the show that good. In the words of Emperor J, it seemed fairly pedestrian. But it’s nowhere near as abysmal as some have claimed it to be, before it’s even really begun (inb4 Shangri-la). The two articles I’ve read of those who have already played the VN (ignored Kaioshin’s because no matter what DO NOT WANT SPOILERS) are so harsh I’m wondering if it’s just some old-fashioned trolling.
The thing is, adaptations aren’t always going to be the exact same thing you get with a VN. The studio has to make concessions to fit things into the 20 minutes of air time they have each episode (as well as to fit the pacing of the overall series) so some things may be glossed over for the sake of getting it all done. Admittedly, a lot of characters are thrown in and introduced in a short time, but not so many that it UTTERLY DESTROYS the pacing of the episode.
Other elements of the show are well handled, and anyone watching is given a general outline of the plot and the setting fairly well. We all know that it’s going to end up being some sort of murder mystery because there’s a mountain of gold, a Cluedo mansion and jealous rich people involved, that there will be elements of fantasy and magic due to witch’s curse, and that the little loli is screwed in the head because of emo facial contortions and disappearing umbrella woman. There’s a good amount of content there without it becoming too boring.
The directing is heavy- handed at times (NAME WITH WATERCOLOUR STILL), but otherwise I didn’t have much of a problem with it. The contrast between horror and light-heartedness was one of the thing swhich made Higurashi great, and I wonder how (or if) this type of element fits into the show.
OHNO, UNECESSARY FANSERVICE IN A DEEN ANIME, HAVEN’T HEARD OF THAT BEFORE.
In any case, it wasn’t too bad of a first episode and I hope to see an improvement in the coming weeks. At the very least I’ll give it a chance despite others PURGING IT WITH THE FIRES OF ADAPATIONFAGGOTRY.