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Well one of my most anticipated shows of the season has aired, Kiss Dum. Kiss Dum has been refered to as a "dry run" for the next Macross's production staff, but I'm looking forward to it being a great series. Two Mix is doing the opening theme and will hopefully have an insert song once in a while if they aren't doing the music. The main site can be found here (http://www.kissdum.com/index2.html). The plot goes as follows:
In A.D. 2031, humans are enjoying a prosperous existence until strange life forms called Hardians appear. They suddenly begin to multiply and assault the human population. As a countermeasure, mankind organizes the N.I.D.F. to investigate the Hardians and protect themselves.
A fighter pilot, Aiba Shu, begins to become involved in the battle against the lifeforms. Rurika Yuno, one of Earth`s foremost scientists, investigates the Hardians and hears rumors about the "Book of a Dead Man." What is the secret of this tome, and what relation does it have to the Hardians?
Now, the fight for mankind`s survival begins.
It sounds generic I know, but it looks good.
Well episode one has aired and it looks nice. The animation quality seems spot on most of the time and the character designs really stand out. I got to see the raw and it was a humbling experience expectations wise. The show just came off as average to me. I still like the show and want to see what happens, but it just seemed so run of the mill. The music was decent when they used it as it was used sparingly in episode one. The voice work seemed pretty good as I picked up one or two familiar voices. It really reminds me of Tactical Roar, a lot. I don't know if thats a good thing or a bad thing...
The interesting thing is that they start the series off in a setting that I wasn't expecting with a huge Titanic like shipwreck that really shows off the animation quality for the episode. People are everywhere, the ship is taking on water, and the music hits the spot. I'm not a huge fan of underwater stuff, but I guess you have to set it up somehow. My only complaint is that at times The series looked "cheap" if you will. The monsters used at the middle of the first episode are laughable at times and you wouldn't expect this from a big production. Still though the action is pretty good and there is a lot on screen. The series looks to have a large cast of characters judging by the first episode. Sorry if I'm not mentioning any names or specifics since I don't know any yet :P .
But it has that "Macross vibe" to it. It started itself off pretty good as episode two looks like more of the same action wise. They really need to improve their animation consistancy though. Supposedly they had huge production issues and have a first time animation director, boy does it show. I almost equate it to something you'd see on Cartoon Network at some parts especially with the Giant Eagle like thing that looks straight out of a serialized kids show. So I'm hoping that they can fix the problems they had and that episode one was the average one. If they don't I can see myself dropping this fairly quickly due to a lot of other shows being out this season.
After the average events of episode one, can Kiss Dum redeem itself? In short, god I hope so. The animation still seems a little bit off and almost average. On the positive side(or maybe not that positive), the ending animation is really nice as it's more of a "character sketch" type of thing. I can't comment to much on what happened mainly due to the fact that it almost looked like a retreading of the first episode just with some explanation. They're still juggling a large cast and it's easy to tell that the production staff isn't settled in yet. So while they're still trying to set the show and premise up, you're almost bored to tears.
I had high hopes for Kiss Dum but if it remains the same I really can't see myself watching it outside of wanting to hear new Two Mix music :( . Although I'm hoping that this isn't the case. Something in Kiss Dum is giving me the Zegapain vibe, maybe the designs. I'm holding out a little hope though as Zegapain took a little while to get going, but at least it had an interesting school setting.
Ugh, unless this show gets dramatically better, I'm not going to continue to watch it. The story is moving along at a snails pace and really feels like we've been in the same area for the last three episodes, going over the same material. Not to mention the inconsistent animation and the lackluster production team that still seems to be having problems. The only real thing that I'm actually liking is Two Mix's music, but I can listen to that when a soundtrack comes out.
Sadly I had high hopes for Kiss Dum, but it seems like this is meant to be just what some people said it was before it aired, "a dry run for the next Macross's production staff". They better get all of the kinks worked out or the next Macross will be dreadful.
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