July 24, 2022

Call of the Night - Yofukashi no Uta - Ep. 1

Although they don't say it out loud, Ko Yamori (14) must be an Aspie. He doesn't get people's emotions, and barely has any of his own. This comes to a head when a pretty (and busty for 14!) girl at school confesses to him, and he rejects her because he feels nothing. The other girls gang up on him and give him shit for rejecting her. He finds solace by sneaking out of his apartment late at night and enjoying the dark world with no people in it. He hints at wishing it could always be that way and quitting school. Severe insomnia doesn't hurt either.

He's not as alone as he thinks. Just as he works up the nerve to buy a beer from a vending machine because he read about alcohol helping one get to sleep, SHE appears. She promises to help him sleep, but as she leads him to her place, she expounds upon the philosophy of the world at night, the freedom from inhibitions. When she finally gets him to her apartment, it is completely barren but for a Futon - with two pillows.

He tries to bolt, but she assures him nothing dirty is going to happen. He decides to pretend to sleep so he can slip out later. He fakes it well enough that she does what anyone who has read a synopsis, or who has even an ounce of clue could tell (what with all the shots of her fangs) - she bites his neck and sucks his blood. And apparently his blood is particularly delicious. However the moment she stops to marvel at it, he gets up and gives her the calmest WTF ever. After a round of lame excuses, he outright asks her if she's a Vampire, and she admits it. Then he starts quizzing her about it, has she turned him? No, it's just eating to her, besides, it would suck to have new family members every time she ate. He agrees, that would suck. Eventually she explains that for her to make him a vampire, he would have to be in love with her when she feeds. This is a twist on Vampire myth I've never heard of. I guess that leaves him SOL since he is so passionless.

But he DOES find a passion, he wants to be a vampire, so he has to figure out how to fall in love with this strange girl, Nazuna Nanakusa. She just wants more of his delicious blood.

Artistically, I'm of two minds. It's well animated, and the settings are fantastic. But the character designs leave me pretty flat. It starts with the eyes, which are often very large but with tiny pupils, placed close together, giving them a cross-eyed look. Although Nazuna has larger purple irises, with circles on them. I thought I had seen that before, and so I checked and I was right, the same style was in Dagashi Kashi. And it turns out they have the same creator, "Kotoyama". Nazuna also has the oddest bosom found in Anime. It also bugs me that her outfit alternates between being thigh-high stockings or maybe thigh boots with wedge heels.

And yet, it's different enough, that I find the character interesting. They're both fish out of water interacting, but they're both from very different bodies of water.

Obviously it won't continue to just be the two of them, based on the opening credits, so we shall see. This is the only new show I've started this season, although I'm also getting Overlord for the day I eventually get to watch it, or I lose everything on my video drive.... (There are a few other things I've tagged on the anime chart, but I haven't pursued them yet. There is SO much unwatched from last season.)

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1 This wasn't on my list (okay, technically I don't have a list this season...), but I watched the first three last night. Better than anything else I've tried this week, despite the excessive and poorly-integrated CGI in the first episode.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at July 25, 2022 04:23 AM (oJgNG)

2 I guess I was engrossed enough to not really notice the CGI. (Unless you mean the backgrounds.)

Posted by: Mauser at July 28, 2022 06:04 PM (BzEjn)

3 No, there's a lot of CG camera rotation that jumped out at me. The one that was particularly glaring was the swing-set motion.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at July 29, 2022 09:45 AM (oJgNG)

4 I'll have to double-check. Must have been extra first episode budget.... Episode 4 just dropped, and .... jesus christ! She's supposed to be 14! What the hell are they putting in the water in Japan?!

Posted by: Mauser at July 30, 2022 12:30 AM (BzEjn)

5 I'd try to import whatever they're putting in the water that produces 14-year-olds shaped like Ai Shinozaki and Saaya Irie, but I'm pretty sure that attempting to pour it into the reservoir would A) get me arrested as a terrorist, and B) get me beaten to death when I explained that I was just trying to create bustier 14-year-old girls. :-)

-j

Posted by: J Greely at July 31, 2022 09:47 PM (oJgNG)

6 They'll do anything to try to reverse Japan's declining birth rate....

Whatever they're using, apparently Vampires are immune.

Posted by: Mauser at August 02, 2022 08:41 PM (BzEjn)

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