First Impressions Lightning Round – Happy Lord of Grand Blue Sugar

Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King

Episode 1

I honestly zoned out at around the three minute mark of Lord of Vermilion. Introducing like a dozen of characters all spouting “deep” and “philosophical” speeches of how tragic it is for them to fight each other makes for a really poor hook. And after that cold opening, the premiere was just boring. The characters who actually get attention are uninteresting and the “catastrophe” that strikes look like something out of The Happening. Add in random Shakespeare quotes and mediocre animation and the result is a series that really isn’t worth the time.

Happy Sugar Life

Episode 1

That wasn’t happy at all…

Granted, there was no way a title like that could actually be sweet (pun not intended) but Happy Sugar Life still creeped the hell out of me. Satou living alone with Shio was enough to make me suspicious but the show nevertheless makes the stranger danger even more apparent. Kidnapping, blackmail, murder. Satou has apparently done it all and she pretty much does them happily if it makes life with Shio easier. Oh and this character has pink hair. How yandere of her.

I’m liking Satou as a character though. It’s impressive on Happy Sugar Life‘s part in how it comfortably alternates between Satou showering Shio with love to her snapping at the people who’s pushed all the wrong buttons. A smart choice this premiere does was only hinting at the extremities she’s willing to commit. Her target for this week was a scummy manager and rapist and thus had it coming and all Satou really resorted to was just simple blackmail. The amusing thing is that Satou probably wouldn’t have care about the victim at all if she just got paid properly. It’s also just great to hear Kana Hanazawa play a sinister role for once; it’s an aspect of her acting abilities that I wish was utilized more often.

Normally, this isn’t the kind of horror anime I’d usually watch but I may make an exception for Happy Sugar Life depending on how how the next few episodes fare.

Grand Blue Dreaming

Episode 1

I somehow didn’t consider Grand Blue when I was writing my Season Preview. The aggregate scores for the manga are really high and while I’m not fixated on such numbers, it is still alarming to me. That said, I kind of don’t get what the appeal of Grand Blue is. It’s apparently about a diving club but there was an astonishing lack of it in this anime. Instead, it’s just lot of college students getting drunk and naked. That’s it.

To be honest, I didn’t laugh at anything in this premiere. Not a single moment. I didn’t find the constant drinking and stripping all that funny, I thought the gay jokes were horribly dated, and I rolled my eyes over that one incest joke. Crass and mean-spirited humor is fine with me but it seems to be the only trick up this anime’s sleeve and it tries way too hard to make it work.

If you’re a fan of the manga, I hope this adaptation is meeting your expectations. I will just not bother with it.


Thanks for reading!

Grand Blue Dreaming is officially available on Amazon.

Happy Sugar Life is officially available on Amazon.

Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King is officially available on Crunchyroll.

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