The last Spring to Summer show that I’ve been watching…
OP Title: Seikan Hikou
Artist: Megumi Nakajima
If this contest was about MOE, this is… without a doubt, the winner. And I have to admit, I’m MOE-stricken by it enough to activate crazy obsessive Rena Ryuuguu mode. The actual material itself is quite normal. Beyond the catchy song, the animation is simple with just chibified Ranka bouncing to the beat (and the iSlug showing an appearance now and then). The only major fault in it is the very ending when Ranka opens up her bento to reveal two tuna buns… positioned in a suggestive manner. It doesn’t go well with the cuteness but then again, Ranka did do this in one of the early episodes.
Overall Rating: 8/10
OP Title: Lion
Artists: May Nakabayashi and Megumi Nakajima
A very catchy song and the animation is very stylish. Extremely creative and fitting since it meshes together many of the mecha/space battle elements in the series. However, the slight drawback is how awkward Ranka and Sheryl are at the end, when they’re singing side by side. Something doesn’t feel right… It doesn’t seem natural but maybe that’s just me. Otherwise, a very strong OP that’s tough to beat.
Overall Rating: 9/10
ED Title: Northern Cross
Artist: May Nakabayashi
So it goes from top-notch animation… to this? The animation/video is not to my liking. Sure, May’N singing in the shadows is nice but it lacks the concert punch that I think it’s trying to inspire. Not to mention, it’s Sheryl-centric, not my favorite character in the series. Some of the sketches are nice but on the whole, not enough to really make this above the normal. The song itself is good… but again, nothing spectacular like its OPs.
Overall Rating: 6/10