We watched the first DVD of the anime Pumpkin Scissors, episodes 1-4, last night.

I've read the first volume of the manga, which the anime follows very closely. Pumpkin Scissors is the nickname of an army unit devoted to post-war relief and reconstruction. In the first story/episode, Corporal Randel Oland, formerly of a secret anti-tank unit, joins Pumpkin Scissors. The next two stories/episodes mostly focus on the unit's Second Lieutenant, Alice Malvin, a very idealistic young aristocrat.

As I said in talking about the manga, these introductory stories are rather obvious. I liked the concept, though, and so was withholding judgment in case the obviousness was a function of the stories' introductory nature.

The fourth episode is promising in this regard. It introduces a longer arc and hints at backstory for Oland, which is a nice addition to the somewhat predictable, to this point, arc of Lt. Malvin. I'm not sure how much depth to eventually expect from this, but there are at least hints that there will be some, which will keep me going for now.

A couple of notes about the anime itself: the tanks are obviously computer-animated with quasi-3D effects, which I find distracting against the hand-drawn backgrounds and characters. The series is set in a quasi-Germanic country, but only some of the characters are given accents (and if there's a pattern, I haven't identified it yet). The production values otherwise seem fine.

I know people who like the Pumpkin Scissors manga, but I see it's an anime as well—how's that? I'm thinking it might be suitable Netflix material for Chad and I.

May 2017

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