Rain, rain, go away…
The moment I’ve been waiting for since starting this anime: the storm! I had read a brief synopsis of the story, and there is a storm mentioned. So, the start of the episode had me feeling like things would finally pick up. But I was wrong, the storm came and went and nothing happened. I’m really starting to think that this anime is not going to follow the plot of the video game it is based on at all. I signed up for cute girls and swords and sorcery… One out of three is not good in my book.
This episode centers a bit more on the blonde sister, Airy, and her kind heart. However, the three girls are sill pretty much the same character. I’d really like to say this episode helps differentiate them further than their debut, but it does not. They might as well be a three-headed monster, which would at least be more interesting than what is currently passing for a plot here. The only good thing that happens this whole episode is that Grumpy Mc Frowny Face (Alvin) actually smiles. While on the subject of the elves, it seems as though Rana and Elwing are the same person which explains why they look identical.
The audio visual quality is holding steady, but that’s an easy feat to pull off when the is no action to speak of. I honestly feel like Production I.G is wasted on this anime, as I know they can pull off things of a greater caliber. Maybe the next episode will give them a chance to show off a bit, or maybe this anime received a rather tight budget. Once things pick up in the plot (if they do at all), we’ll get to see if the quality will still hold up.
Shiwase no Pan is shaping up to be a bread-filled yawn fest. I can’t remember an anime where I watched two episodes waiting for something, anything, to happen. I know there is much, much, more to the story here but until it takes off we are stuck with the generic sisters and Rick. Why couldn’t they have made these characters more interesting so they could carry things better. In the immortal words of Monty Python: “Get on with it!” There are only ten more episodes to go, and the plot has only just begun to take form.
GO Rating: 2.5/5