Okay, I know why this show is called AFTERLOST but what the hell kind of title is that?
Odd title aside, I was a little curious about AFTERLOST if only because it has a more atypical premise for a mobile game adaptation. Sometime in the near future, an entire city vanishes and the sole survivor, Yuki (Kana Hanazawa), has since been studied by government because she now has a mysterious power. One day, she gets rescued by Takuya (Tomokazu Sugita), a courier who has been hired to escort her to Lost, the ground zero of the vanished city. Say what you will about the show, at least it’s different from the many gacha phone game adaptations. A shame that’s also kind of it, really.
No seriously, that really is it with this premiere. I could honestly end my first impressions with that synopsis. It’s not so much that it’s boring as it is quite eventful with two chase scenes and a fair amount of sci-fi mumble jumble. Rather, things just happen without really making you care. The linchpin to AFTERLOST‘s story appears to be the companionship of Yuki and Takuya but very little is actually done in its favor. Takuya lacks any real reason to escort Yuki apart from the task being his job and while that is the point, there’s isn’t a meaningful or fun interaction between the two either. It especially gets problematic during the climax where Takuya risks severe injuries as he escorts Yuki, spurring the girl to also awaken her hidden powers to protect him. Since neither character has a strong connection with the other, this climax is robbed of any real emotion behind it.
When AFTERLOST isn’t pedestrian, it’s over the top hilarious and not in a good way. I’m okay with the show being action packed, even employing psychic powers to boot, but there’s got to be a line drawn with how crazy it can get. I just have a hard time believing a simple courier has such amazing motorcycling skills that allow him to evade an armed helicopter and a psychic firing energy projectiles at him. It doesn’t help that Yuki’s ability is to summon her dead bodyguard as a familiar who, might I add, can fire over a dozen guns at once because reasons. Sometimes, the action just doesn’t make sense at all. In the beginning of the episode, Takuya and Yuki are swarmed by bodyguards and instead of guns, they’re carrying nightsticks. Does one even need to explain why that’s so stupid?
I’m feeling split on AFTERLOST. The hook is decent enough but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe later episodes will iron things out and give its two leads a real connection. The action will probably stay ridiculous but there’s always the chance that I could get used to it. The question is whether or not I’ll bother with trying this show. The Spring season is pretty lightweight but it may still be wiser to spend time on something else.
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